Why France’s Ponant Cruise is the most luxurious cruise liner

Arushi Sakhuja
Nobody does luxury like the French. Coming up with the word ‘luxe’, they can easily be called the pioneers of a luxurious lifestyle. The French luxury cruise line Ponant plays to these strengths.
While the cruise is smaller in capacity as compared to other cruise liners, these are built on a more personal scale and are truly floating five-star hotels. They are more intimate with an added advantage of accessing legendary destinations and secret ports-of-call that larger cruise ships not only can’t get near but also aren’t welcome in.
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From the heart of the Mediterranean bays to the majestic glaciers of Antarctica, the remote lands of Alaska to island-hopping in the Caribbean, the Ponant fleet will take you to all such destinations that you might wish to explore.
Staying true to a truly French Tour experience, the crew onboard is all-French with delicious French cuisine you’d usually have to travel to Paris for. Think fine French wine of various vintages, artisanal cheeses, delectable bread and pastries from Maison Lenôtre, macarons from the world-famous Ladurée and champagne Veuve Clicquot on offer.
Adding to its luxurious appeal, the interiors designed by Jean Philippe Nuel, who has also designed interiors for Sofitel and Taj Hotels.
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Ponant Cruise
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Ponant Cruise

Ponant Cruise
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What’s more? Known for their refinement and authenticity, Ponant’s 5-Star Culture and Relaxation cruise offers a new way to travel, by combining cultural enrichment with time to unwind in a luxury setting and sites that only insiders know about. From tailor-made cruises to theme cruises it combines your taste for travel with your hobbies, the unique opportunities onboard and on-land, making it a cultural experience.
No matter whether you seek an intimate experience or a bigger one, Ponant has something for everyone.  The Sisterships have 122 to 132 staterooms and suites. The experience is all about travelling on small-capacity vessels with a unique atmosphere: a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.
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A few of their most famous cruiser liners include the Le Ponant, a masted yacht with 16 cabins and suites. It’s one of the most elegant superyachts, perfect for an intimate and friendly cruising atmosphere. This splendid traditional French sailing ship has only 16 cabins and suites. It almost feels as though you are on a private yacht, as it redefines the notion of luxury yachting.

 

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Or channel your adventurous side and reach the real North Pole, cross the Arctic Ocean and discover the very north-east of Greenland as you set foot on the Le Commandant Charcot. Designed to trace the footsteps of the great polar explorers, it doesn’t compromise on an elegant setting with luxury amenities as it does so.
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Finally the Le Lapérouse has just 92 staterooms and suites, all with a balcony or private terrace.
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This is truly a first-class adventure at sea, difficult to comprehend unless one steps on board.
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