Compagnie du Ponant Lifestyle:
The company's philosophy is cruising "à la française", but cruises are bilingual--French and English. Many of the cabin, dining, and bar staff speak English as well (or better) than they do French.
The company's five ships sail worldwide itineraries to many exotic ports of call inaccessible to large cruise ships. The small ships and enticing itineraries are the company's strongest points. The atmosphere is elegant casual, but varies with the itinerary. For example, expedition cruises to the Arctic or Antarctic will be more casual than those in the Mediterranean or Baltic.
Compagnie du Ponant Cruise Ships:
- L'Austral (2011) - 264 passengers (identical to Le Boreal)
- Le Boreal (2010) - 264 passengers
- Le Ponant (1991) - 64 passengers (contemporary sailing vessel)
- Le Soleal - 264 passengers (to join the fleet in 2013)
Compagnie du Ponant Passenger Profile:
The ships are contemporary, French chic, and much like a yacht. The ships don't have casinos, and the onboard activities are quieter and more geared towards educational lectures than party games. So, those who favor the frenetic party atmosphere of mainstream cruise ships might be disappointed or bored.
Compagnie du Ponant Accommodations and Cabins:
I sailed in a Prestige stateroom on Le Boreal and found the 200 square foot + 43 square foot balcony to be very nice. I loved the decor and the split bath, with toilet in a separate room from the shower and sink area. The storage space was impressive, as was the large flat screen TV.
If planning a cruise with Compagnie du Ponant, be sure to study the deck plans closely since the ships' layout and cabins vary significantly.
Compagnie du Ponant Cuisine and Dining:
All meals are open seating, with free wine at lunch and dinner. Le Boreal, Le Soleal, and L'Austral have a main restaurant and a casual buffet restaurant; Le Ponant has one main restaurant.
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Compagnie du Ponant Contact Information:Address: COMPAGNIE DU PONANT
408 avenue du Prado
13008 MARSEILLE, France
From the US & Canada: 1-888-400-1082 (toll free number)
From UK: 0808 234 38 02 (toll free number)
From Germany: 0800 180 00 59 (toll free number)
From Austria: 0800 29 60 94 (toll free number)
From Switzerland : 0800 55 27 41 (toll free number)
From anywhere in the world: +33 4 88 66 64 00
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