With 35 years maritime expertise and a world-leader in luxury expeditions, PONANT’s small-ship fleet has spent 25 years exploring the pristine wilderness of the polar regions.

Whether you’re an experienced traveller seeking the ultimate Antarctic Grand Voyage or are ready to embark on your inaugural polar adventure, PONANT’s industry-leading captains and destination experts have crafted bespoke itineraries, ensuring each guest is immersed in the wonders of the Great White Continent, ahead of their 2025/26 Antarctic season. 

Zodiac outing exploring Cierva Cove, Antarctica
Zodiac Outing exploring Cierva Cove, Antarctica. Photography by Oliver Blaud.

Did you know you could reach Antarctica from New Zealand?

With some itineraries departing and returning to Dunedin, New Zealand, PONANT invites you to reach the Ross Sea to explore historic sites like Sir Ernest Shackleton’s hut at Cape Royds, where fewer than 1,000 people worldwide have ventured. 

For the intrepid explorer seeking the Ultimate Antarctic Expedition, PONANT offers the 31-night Antarctic Grand Voyage departing from Valparaiso, Chile aboard Le Lyrial. This epic journey encompasses 20 ports of call across the Chilean Fjords, Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia, and the Falklands before concluding in Ushuaia, Argentina.

Stand before the Brüggen Glacier, the third-largest ice mass in the world, and encounter a plethora of wildlife on your inclusive daily shore excursions, from albatrosses and penguins to whales and seals, to name a few. 

A Ponant Antarctica expedition guarantees you the expertise of some of the experienced expedition leaders and the chance to immerse yourselves into magical natural environments, before retreating to Ponant’s onboard signature luxuries of your vessel, including delving into a gastronomy experience by world-renowned chef Alain Ducasse, 24/7 open bar, inclusive and unlimited WiFi, spa treatment by Clarins and much more!

Ponant in Antarctica
Sistership Le Soléal, exploring Neko Harbour, Antarctica. Photography by Oliver Blaud.

What’s on offer with PONANT?

Antarctica is now more accessible than ever with PONANT offering up to $2,500 flight credit per person on select Antarctica 2025/26 expedition itineraries.

For adventurers in Australia and New Zealand considering the ultimate polar experience, PONANT encourages exploring their 2025/26 Polar Grand Voyage, where you can save 10% on the second and subsequent voyages you book!* Conditions apply.

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