NZ court fines expedition line and captain

French luxury company Ponant has been ordered to pay NZ$70,000 in fines after L’Austral entered into a prohibited zone in the remote New Zealand Subantarctic Islands early last year. The ships’ captain, Regis Daumesnil was […]

WORDS BY Bernadette Chua . Oct 5 2018

Record number of Aussies book North West Passage

Luxury expedition line Ponant launched its 2020 North West Passage cruise on Thursday – and by lunchtime, 60 per cent of the ship’s cabins had been snapped up by Australians. In an astonishing result which […]

WORDS BY Teresa Ooi . Feb 23 2018

Ponant to sail to the Kimberley for the first time

Luxury expedition cruise line Ponant heads to the Kimberley coast for the first time this year and already three of its four cruises are sold out. Bookings for next year’s Kimberley cruises from Darwin to Broome […]

WORDS BY Teresa Ooi . Jan 20 2017

Ponant announces L’Austral’s visit to Australia in 2017

  Its one of the coveted luxury cruise brands, and Aussie cruisers will have an opportunity to be aboard a Ponant ship next year. The French cruise company has announced its first itinerary in Australia around […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Jan 15 2016

British forces rescue 347 from Le Boreal

Dramatic footage of British forces based in the Falkland Islands yesterday responding to a distress call from the 10,000 tonne luxury Ponant cruise ship Le Boreal has been released by the Ministry of Defence in […]

WORDS BY Bernadette Chua . Nov 19 2015

Showcasing the world’s beauty

Forget 2D images – Ponant has released a series of ‘photospheres’, click-and-drag visual productions offering 360-degree views of its ships’ surroundings. With the help of Google Maps, the photospheres showcase beautiful destinations such as Komodo Island in […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Jul 8 2015

Scenic unveils first small ship luxury cruising brochure

Scenic Tours has partnered with Compagnie du Ponant to launch its first 2015 Small Ship Luxury Cruising brochure. The program includes seven itineraries aboard Compagnie du Ponant’s boutique luxury ships – Le Soleal, Le Boreal, […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Jul 16 2014

Ponant experiences record cruise growth

Ponant has experienced record growth since announcing its expansion Down Under, achieving a 50 percent year-on-year growth in bookings for the first five months of 2014. In November last year, the French company appointed former […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Jun 17 2014

New destinations and itineraries for Scenic in the US and Asia

Scenic Tours is gearing up for 2015, with the launch of its China/Japan and Canada/Alaska/USA programs. Next year, the line will explore Canada and North America in more detail, with six new itineraries in the […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Jun 16 2014

Bargains ahoy as new armada sets sail for Australia

Cruise lines are gearing up for a battle over Australian cruisers, as an armada of new ships sail Down Under over the next few years. And that means some of the best savings ever on […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Jun 6 2014

Ponant’s new vessel

Compagnie du Ponant has released details of its newest luxury expedition ship, Le Lyrial, which will feature the largest cabins in the company’s fleet. The French-based company revealed she will have a completely redesigned upper […]

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Feb 3 2014