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Compagnie du Ponant Cruises was established in 1998 by Philippe Videau, Jean-Emmanuel Sauvé, and other officers of the French Merchant Navy. The company started with just one vessel (Le Ponant) and has slowly grown over the years. in 1999, the company acquired Le Levant, a yacht type of cruise ship. in 2012 Le Levant was purchased by Paul Gauguin Cruises and became Tere Moana. In 2004, Ponant purchased Le Diamant, a luxury liner. Le Diamant transferred to Quark Expeditions in 2012 to becoome Ocean Diamond.

Later, in 2010, Ponant put into service the first of a series of four identical luxury sister ships, Le Boreal. A year later, the company began operating the second ship of the class, L'Austral and in 2013 the third ship of the class was added to the fleet, Le Soléal. The fourth ship of the class joined the fleet in 2015.Currently Compagnie du Ponant Yacht Cruises and Expeditions operates a fleet of five small cruise ships (yachts); Le Ponant, Le Boreal, L' Austral, Le Soléal and Le Lyrial. The Le Ponant has 32 fully equipped cabins and sails under the French Flag. It has crew of thirty people. There is a terrace lounge, a large lounge, dining rooms and a nightclub. The Le Levant has 45 fully equipped outside cabins, with two bars, a fitness center, a swimming pool, a large lounge and a boutique. It also sails under the French flag and has a crew of 55 members. All the yachts are equipped with telephone and satellite equipment.

The ships visit usually inaccessible by larger vessels places and ports. Destinations covered by Compagnie du Ponant Cruises are from the Adriatic to the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and Aegean Sea, Indian Ocean/Red Sea, South America and Antarctica, Northern Europe, Scandinavia, Iceland and Greenland.

Cruise ships and itineraries:

Le Ponant: France registered; built 1991; 1,489 gross tons; 64 passengers; 32 crew members.
Itineraries: Mediterranean and Northern Europe out of Nice/Marseille- France and Valletta, Malta; Cape Verde; caribbean out of Fort de France, Martinique.
  Le Ponant sailing ship
     
Le Boreal: France registered; built 2010; 10,600 gross tons; 264 passengers; 139 crew members.
Itineraries: Spitzbergen out of Longyearbyen, Norway; Iceland out of Reykjavik; Alaska out of Vancouver, BC; Central America out of San Francisco; South America; Patagonia out of Ushuaia (Argentina) and Valparaiso (Chile); Scandinavia/Russia out of Stockholm - Sweden, Copenhagen - Denmark; Caribbean out of Martinique; Eastern Canada and New England out of Quebec (Canada) and Boston (United States); Antarctica out of Ushuaia (Argentina).
  Ponant Le Boreal ship
     
L' Austral: France registered; built 2010; 10,600 gross tons; 264 passengers; 139 crew members.
Itineraries: Alaska out of Vancouver (Canada) and Juneau (Alaska, USA); Hawaii and French Polynesia out of Honolulu (Hawaii) and Papeete (French Polynesia); Easter Island out of Papeete (French Polynesia) and Hanga Roa (Easter Island); Antarctica out of Ushuaia (Argentina); South America out of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Scandinavia/Russia out of Stockholm - Sweden, Copenhagen - Denmark; Iceland out of Reykjavik - Iceland.
  Ponant L Austral ship
     
Le Soléal: France registered; built 2013; 10,992 gross tons; 264 passengers; 139 crew members.
Itineraries: Greenland; Kamtchatka out of Anchorage (Alaska, USA) and Petropavlovsk (Russia); Far East out of Kanazawa (Japan) and Hong Kong (China); Indonesia out of Darwin (Australia) and Kota Kinabalu (Malaisya); Japan out of Osaka (Japan) and Maizuru (Japan); Alaska out of Seward (USA) and Vancouver (Canada); Hawaii out of Vancouver (Canada) and Honolulu (Hawaii, USA); French Polynesia out of Honolulu (Hawaï) and Papeete (French Polynesia); Easter Island out of Papeete (French Polynesia) and Hanga Roa (Easter Island,Chili); Antarctica out of Ushuaia (Argentina); South America out of Montevideo (Uruguay)and Recife (Brazil).
  Ponant Le Soleal ship
     
Le Lyrial: France registered; built 2013; 10,700 gross tons; 264 passengers; 139 crew members.
Itineraries: Mediterranean/Adriatic/Aegean out of Venice - Italy, Athens (Greece), Dubrovnik (Croatia), Istanbul - Turkey and Marseilles (France); South America out of Montevideo, Uruguay; Antarctica out of Ushuaia (Argentina); Western/Northern Europe out of Honfleur - France; Scandinavia/Russia out of Stockholm - Sweden, Copenhagen - Denmark; Iceland out of Reykjavik - Iceland.
  Ponant Le Lyrial ship
     








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