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COMPAGNIE DU PONANT CELEBRATES 25 YEARS

COMPAGNIE DU PONANT CELEBRATES 25 YEARS WITH NEW SHIP, LE SOLÉAL, SPECIAL OFFERS AND A YEAR OF SPECIAL EVENTS

This year, Compagnie du Ponant , the luxury yacht cruise company, market leader for polar destinations and five-star expedition specialist, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with 25% off on a selection of eight cruises in Asia, the Mediterranean, the Great Canadian North, South America and Russia. As part of the anniversary celebration, an exceptional series of celebrity guests including musicians, performers and lecturers will be on board select sailings throughout the year. The Anniversary savings offer is valid for reservations made between now and May 25, 2013 for cruises on Le Boréal, L’Austral and Le Soléal (each offering 132 staterooms and suites), and three-masted Le Ponant (with 32 staterooms).

Compagnie du Ponant celebrates 25 years with a new ship, Le Soléal.


Each of the 132-cabin yachts offers an elegant and intimate ambience with spacious suites, impeccable service and excellent food and wine – plus their small size allows them to reach destinations that larger ships cannot. Passengers also enjoy the company of leading experts, historians and naturalists who are passionate about their subject as guides and lecturers.

In April 1988, with a dozen officers from the French Merchant Navy, current CEO Jean Emmanuel Sauvée embarked on this adventure by building the company’s first ship, the famous three-masted Le Ponant. What started as a dream is now a flourishing reality, with the addition of three prestigious vessels to the fleet, sister ships Le Boréal, L’Austral and Le Soléal, which sails on her inaugural cruise from Venice to Barcelona on July 1, 2013.

An experienced bilingual crew, attentive service and exceptional itineraries in elegant surroundings is what distinguishes Compagnie du Ponant as a modern and innovative fleet that has been sailing the world’s oceans for 25 years.

To mark the occasion, various events and offers have been organized throughout the year:

25 YEARS, 25% OFF A SELECTION OF CRUISES

Guests can save 25% on the cruises below and experience the true essence of yacht-style cruising with exceptional destinations and moorings inaccessible to larger ships, gourmet cuisine and impeccable service.
8-Day METEORES from Istanbul to Istanbul (Turkey)
15-Day CANADA from Kangerlussuaq (Greenland) to Quebec (Canada)
9-Day TCHOUKOTKA from Anadyr to Anadyr (Russia)
5-Day CORSICA from Marseille to Marseille (France)
8-Day SPAIN & PORTUGAL from Lisbon to Lisbon (Portugal)
12-Day CENTRAL AMERICA from Colon (Panama) to Lima (Peru)
12-Day VIETNAM from Singapore to Hong Kong
9-Day THAILAND & MALAYSIA from Singapore to Singapore

ACCESS TREASURES OF THE WORLD BY SEA

Newly launched “Ponant Discovery” extensions transform a cruise into a sea voyage. A wide array of itineraries in the Arctic (Le Soléal will cross the famous Northwest Passage this summer) and Asia allow guests to delve deeper into the culture and treasures of countries they visit – the Atacama Desert, Iguazu Falls, Machu Picchu, Easter Island and Galapagos are among the many dream destinations now accessible on these “cruise-voyages.”

SPECIAL GUESTS

Throughout the year, to celebrate its 25th anniversary, many very special guests will be honoring Compagnie du Ponant with their presence on board. They include: famous opera singer, Ruggiero Raimondi; ex-government minister and philosopher, Luc Ferry; poet, writer and musicologist, Alain Duault; child psychiatrist, Marcel Rufo; singer and song writer, Hugues Auffray; comedian, actor and singer, Michel Leeb; jazz violinist, Didier Lockwood; Breton singer and harpist, Cécile Corbel; French troupe from the musical Mamma Mia; soprano and actress, Inva Mula… and many other surprises.

To reserve or learn more, please call 1-888-400-1082 or visit the website .

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