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10 reasons to take a luxury cruise

19 Oct 2018 · Lana Bogunovich

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If you would like to discover amazing itineraries and prefer the tailored experiences you get when travelling on a small ship, then luxury cruising is the only way to travel. PONANT is the World Leader of Luxury Expeditions and here are 10 great reasons to consider them when planning your next cruise.

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1. Cruise aboard a modern, young fleet
Cruising on a young and modern fleet provides a level of comfort and confidence that you just don’t get on other, more dated fleets. Whether you’ve just returned from exploring the Antarctic Icebergs aboard a Zodiac or spent the day wandering the streets of Barcelona, it’s nice to come back to all the modern comforts you should expect from a luxury cruise line. 
PONANT comprises one of the youngest fleets in the world with the just launched Le Lapérouse and they have another six new ships to be launched before 2021. Click here to see where PONANT can take you.

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2. Intimate ships with private balconies
While some ships dominate the landscape with their size and environmental footprint, PONANT’s compact-sized fleet gives the traveller an intimate, private cruising experience.
Accommodating from just 64 guests on our three-masted yacht to a maximum of 264 guests, with most rooms having their own private balcony, these ships make you feel as if you are sailing on your own private yacht.

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3. A gastronomical experience
Forget packed communal dining areas and underwhelming menus. Instead, think delicious meals, fragrant flavours, carefully selected cheeses and wines, delicious artisan bread and sweet pastries imagined by Maison Lenôtre onboard a PONANT luxury cruise.  
Maison Taillevent also provides its fine selection of vintage wines by the glass, while Veuve Clicquot is used for gala cocktails. The Ladurée bakery also produces baked treats for afternoon tea.

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4. Exciting itineraries
Because of the compact size of the PONANT luxury fleet, a whole range of destinations open up to the cruise traveller, which are simply not possible on larger ships. A perfect example of this is when its ship passes through the narrow Corinth Canal. PONANT has designed itineraries that are rich in encounters and discovery all over the world: mooring in the heart of secret bays in the Mediterranean, sailing between the majestic icebergs of Antarctica, expeditions to the remote lands of Alaska, or island-hopping in the Caribbean Sea. Click here to discover destinations you never knew were possible.

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5. Solo cruising options
If you or any of your friends are interested in cruising to fascinating destinations on a compact, luxury cruise ship, PONANT has a number of packages that can benefit single travellers. The package start with no single supplement on a selection of voyages and 
range of exotic destinations. With so many wonderful places to explore around the world, why not consider taking your next holiday with PONANT? Book today to secure your single traveller option.

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6. Luxury Expeditions
When you choose a PONANT Expedition cruise, you are choosing comfort, refinement and discovery. Irrespective of the destination, from the icy poles to the great Amazonian rivers, the remote landscape of the Kimberley or the jungles of Borneo, PONANT takes you off the beaten track, as close as possible to nature, often far from mainstream maritime routes. 
Expedition itineraries offer flexibility at all times: Our Captains and Expedition Leaders can make unscheduled stops and Zodiac landings to let guests enjoy the surprises of nature. Click here to quench your thirst for adventure.

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7. Encounter local cultures
Travelling with renowned anthropologists, historians, botanists, geologists, naturalists and ornithologists, enables you to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the local cultures and the world that they live in. 
PONANT guests have the opportunity to engage with ancient cultures all around the world. You can encounter the tribes of the Asmat region of West Papua or the Inuit of Northern Canada.  

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8. Observing wildlife up close
One of the many advantages of travelling on a luxury small ship is that you are able to travel through a landscape with minimal disturbance to the wildlife. It’s also easier and quicker to board your Zodiac for a quick visit to shore where you will encounter everything from the King Penguins of South Georgia to the curious Orangutan of Borneo. PONANT’s expert expedition team are always on hand to answer any questions and in such an intimate small ship setting, guests form a real camaraderie with their fellow travellers and crew. Get up close to the wildlife on your next cruise.

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9. World-first Blue Eye underwater lounge
PONANT, in keeping with its pioneering spirit, has launched a world-first: Le Lapérouse is the first cruise ship on Earth to be equipped with a multi-sensory underwater space, called Blue Eye. A specially designed room with two large portholes looking out upon the sub-aquatic world. Integrated digital screens project the images filmed live by three underwater cameras along with an immersive sound experience that can be felt in the Body Listening sofas, which discreetly vibrate in unison with the ocean’s natural cycles. Learn about what to expect onboard a Ponant Luxury Cruise

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10. Luxury Icebreaker
Reach the Geographic North Pole, complete a crossing of the Arctic Ocean and discover Greenland’s extreme North East or probe the icy wilderness of Antarctica. From 2021, in a refined onboard environment offering luxury services of a kind never before provided in the far extremes of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, the newest addition to the PONANT fleet will be taking guests in the footsteps of the great polar explorers. More than just conventional cruises, these are true polar expeditions.

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