Compagnie du Ponant’s New Ship: Le Lyrial

Compagnie du Ponant has announced details on its newest ship, the Le Lyrial.  She will be the fourth ship in Ponant’s Boreal-class fleet, sailing an inaugural cruise in April 2015. Her inaugural season will be spent cruising the Mediterranean, visiting Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Greece, and Turkey before heading to the icy shores of Antarctica. The interior design has been entrusted to interior architect Jean-Philippe Nuel, who will be working with a palette of blues, spanning the scale …

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Compagnie du Ponant opens Antarctica 2014-2015 cruises

Sales for Antarctica are now open exclusively for Ponant Yacht Club members November 4th and 5th, 2013 and for everyone else November 6th 2013. The mythical white continent reveals its imposing landscapes to us: a majestic polar desert of ice and water, an icy vastness cloaked in iridescent colors where blue and white form a subtle blend, where nature seems to be reclaiming its rights… LE SOLÉAL can take you to the far reaches of these Southern …

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Compagnie du Ponant Goes All-Inclusive!

Looks like some more restructuring is happening for Compagnie Du Ponant, a small French luxury river cruise line.  Compagnie recently sold two of its ships: the 3,500-ton, 90-passenger Le Levant went to Paul Gauguin Cruises and has been renamed Tere Moana, to sail in the South Pacific. The 8,282-ton, 226-passenger expedition ship Le Diamant has been chartered to Quark Expeditions, who will rechristen it Ocean Diamond and sail her to both poles. This leaves the luxury line just …

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Ponant’s Le Boreal Cruises from Boston to Montreal

So here I am, the first full day of my cruise from Boston to Montreal aboard Ponant’s Le Boreal. After listening to a lecture on the history of Acadia, starting from the 11th century, the passengers who were taking a tour boarded a tender that took us into Bar Harbor. This place is so picturesque, it could be a movie set. Our tour bus climbed into magnificent Acadia National Park,49,000 glorious acres, all donated by such wealthy Americans as …

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Companie du Ponant expands Caribbean offerings to include St. Martin cruises

Luxury yacht cruise company, Compagnie du Ponant, who recently expanded their worldwide cruise options to now include 17 Caribbean sailings, is offering guests a seven-night “St. Martin – St. Martin” cruise – with limited time savings of up to 25%. The two 2012 sailings aboard the 330-foot mega yacht Le Levant travel roundtrip from St. Martin — noted for white sand beaches, exciting nightlife and French-Indian Cuisine — visiting ports in the British Virgin Islands, French West …

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Le Boréal: Small ship cruising, French-style

When I board a small ship, I sometimes feel like Donald Trump (but with better hair). Though I don’t own a yacht, on a small ship I know I’m about to have a yachting-style experience: a sophisticated, service-oriented voyage, the intimacy of a single-seating dining room, the quiet of a vessel that carries few or no small children, the luxury of private spaces in which to relax, the ease of arriving in port with no crowds rushing …

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Lovely Fall Cruises on Compagnie Du Ponant

Have you experienced a cruise on Compagnie Du Ponant? This lovely line, with a French flair, is currently featuring their ship Le Boreal, a mega-yacht with 132 staterooms and suites, which is especially well-suited to exceptional destinations and up-close landscapes. Compagnie Du Ponant has introduced a deal for new passengers booking on Le Boreal by May 31, 2011; a $400 shipboard credit (based on 2 persons sharing one stateroom. $200 shipboard credit will apply for one person …

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Compagnie du Ponant, the luxury yacht cruise line, unveils its newest color brochure

Compagnie du Ponant, the luxury yacht cruise line, has unveiled its newest brochure, detailing a wide range of winter 2011-2012 sailings to six of the world’s seven continents. The 128-page full color brochure’s layout features a fresh look and is now organized by destination to make it easier to find the region of most interest to the reader. To celebrate the brochure release, Compagnie du Ponant is offering a $400 per stateroom shipboard credit for new guests …

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Compagnie du Ponant: Casual Elegance

I’ve really taken a liking to the Compagnie du Ponant line.  This small ship line, whose 5 gorgeous ships hold between 64 and 226 guests, provides an intimate cruise experience that includes all meals, evening entertainment and events, baggage handling from pier to the ship and vice versa.  The French registry allows the line to visit unusual locales such as Cuba and Libya, and also adds to the flavor of the International and French cuisine, with complimentary …

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Compagnie du Ponant to introduce new mega-yacht this spring

Compagnie du Ponant, a French company that recently opened a U.S. office, is introducing a new $150 million mega-yacht, the 264-guest Le Boréal, this spring. The 466-foot mega-yacht was built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. A sister ship, L’Austral, will debut in spring 2011.

Le Boréal will have a staff-to-guest ratio of 1:2. Public spaces include a theater for performances and lectures, the Main Lounge with a dance floor and live music, the Panoramic Lounge for live entertainment and Internet access, a library, two open-air bars and two restaurants. Serving French and international cuisine, La Licorne will offer three meals a day in an elegant setting. At the more casual La Boussole, guests can dine inside or in the open air on lighter meals for breakfast, buffet lunch and themed dinners. The yacht also provides 24-hour room service.

The vessel will have a Carita spa with a hammam and a hydrotherapy room. The fitness center will be equipped with treadmills, bicycles and kinesis equipment. The ship also has an expansive Sun Deck with a swimming pool and terrace with panoramic views. Le Boréal has will carry a fleet of Zodiac rubberized rafts that allow guests to explore as well as a marina platform that allows access to the water for swimming or water sports.

All but eight of Le Boréal’s 132 suites and staterooms have verandas. Measuring between 484 to 200 square feet, the suites and staterooms have king or twin beds, bathtubs or showers, L’Occitane amenities, flat-screen satellite TV, DVD, CD and iPod players, satellite telephone and Wi-Fi. Suites also have Nespresso machines and Carita amenities. Le Boréal has the flexibility to reconfigure 40 staterooms into 20 suites, making a total of 24 suites and 88 staterooms.

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