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Compagnie du Ponant Offers Free Singles Supplement on Sailings Around the Globe

Solo Cruisers Enjoy Oceanview Staterooms or Suites At No Additional Charge 
on 30 Select 2014/2015 Season Cruises

Solo cruisers looking to enjoy the comfort and privacy of their own stateroom without the added single supplement can now book staterooms or suites on the French-flagged cruise line Compagnie du Ponant . The luxury expedition line, known for their destination-focused itineraries to remote and exotic locales, offers close to 30 cruises aboard the line’s three 132-stateroom sister ships, Le Soleal, Le Boreal and L’Austral, with free single supplement. Staterooms on all three ships are double occupancy or larger, all have ocean views and most have a private balcony. Compagnie du Ponant’s all-inclusive pricing includes all meals, open bar, gratuities, port charges, taxes and fees. Select itineraries also include round-trip air .

Unlike other cruise lines where single cruisers have to book early or at the last minute to secure single-occupancy rooms without the additional charge, which can be 50% to 100% of the double occupancy fare, Compagnie du Ponant’s free singles supplement cruises are available for booking throughout the season, with new itineraries added annually.

Solo sailors can voyage to Asia to discover new empires and ancient kingdoms in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. Those who prefer the Adriatic and the Mediterranean can set sail from Venice to discover the delights of the Croatian coastline, or cruise from Athens and Istanbul to visit the Greek Islands and Turkey, or consider a cruise through Northern Europe, with stops in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. South America options include Peru, Chile, Argentina, and a very special Panama Canal crossing celebrating the Canal’s 100th anniversary.

The intimate size of Compagnie du Ponant’s ships offer an experience much like sailing on a private-yacht allowing guests to get know all the crew, staff and fellow passengers fairly quickly, offering a friendly atmosphere onboard and on excursions. Meal times, which are open seating, are another opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow passengers as everyone marvels over the French-inspired menus and pastries, as well as the plats du jour that often reflect the destination visited that day.

The following is just a sampling of Compagnie du Ponant’s cruises offering free singles supplement:

14-night “Japan to China” cruise , sails to the heart of the Land of the Rising Sun exploring the Japanese ports of Maizaru, Mojiko, Hiroshima, Uwajima, Kagoshima, Nagasaki before charting a course south for China and Shanghai, Xiamen and Hong Kong. Trip dates: October 16to 30, 2014

11-night “Best of Vietnam” cruise , from Hong Kong set sail for the “country of two deltas” exploring Vietnam’s lively capital of Hanoi, the magical Ha Long Bay, Da Nang, and Nha Trang. Sail along the Saigon River for a glimpse of the remains of beautiful Indochina and Ho Chi Minh before heading to Singapore. Trip dates: October 30 to November 10, 2014


8-night “Traditional Japan” cruise , depart from Tianjin, China and sail along the coasts of South Korea and Japan, offering a palette of unusual landscapes and cultures. From the port of call at Incheon, take a timeless journey to the heart of Seoul and visit jewels of South Korea before sailing on to unspoiled landscapes and modern metropolis in Japan including Hakata, Beppu, Hiroshima and Osaka. Trip dates: March 29 to April 6, 2015


7-night “Between Glaciers and Geysers” cruise , from Reykjavik, Iceland sail to the edge of the Arctic Circle, between vast glaciers, vertiginous fjords, volcanoes and boiling geysers where the first Vikings went ashore in the 9th Century. Trip dates: July 20 to 27, 2014

15-night “The Kuril Archipelago” cruise , sailing from Petropavlovsk, Russia to Maizuaru, Japan, discover the origins of a part of our planet that is still unknown to most, where Ocean and Fire have fashioned a wide, free and almost forgotten paradise. You’ll reach the Kuril Islands, which extend all the way to Japan. Discover more than 200 volcanoes, geysers, primary forests, wild nature, brown bears fishing for salmon, colorful taiga and much more. Trip dates: October 1 to October 16, 2014

9-night “Panama Canal: 100 years” cruise , chart a course south along the Pacific Coast of South America, from Netherlands Antilles to Colombia, via Ecuador and Peru to discover exceptional sites within a pristine natural setting. A highlight is the crossing of the legendary Panama Canal on its 100 anniversary. Trip dates: October 16 to 25, 2014

13-nights “Chilean Fjords” cruise , sail along the Pacific Coast of South America to discover the charms of Chile, it’s colonial styles, contrasting landscapes and pristine lands. Fall in love with Puerto Montt, the capital of the “Lake District”, whose beauty is renowned worldwide; explore Tortel, a little Patagonian village at the end of the world; Tores del Paine National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and Cape Horn and its infamous passage known by only the most experienced sailors. This is a unique opportunity to sail to the heart of the Chilean waterways, between immaculate archipelagos and tumultuous fjords. Trip dates: November 2 to 15, 2014

9-nights “Norwegian Fjords” cruise , sail from Copenhagen, Denmark to Tromso, Norway along the Norwegian coastline whose vertiginous cliff faces have been sculpted by the wind and the sea, giving rise to many unspoiled fjords. Visit some of the most beautiful capitals of the North Sea and their architectural treasures. Trip dates: May 26 to June 4, 2014


7-nights “Pearls of the Adriatic Sea” cruise , from Venice, set sail for Croatia and its many hidden treasures, with a stop in Montenegro. This voyage explores the wild beauty and pearls of the Adriatic, including ancient ruins, a wealth of art, and timeless cities just waiting to be discovered. Trip dates: June 12 to 19, 2014

16-nights “Indonesian Archipelago” cruise , from Darwin to Hong Kong, via the Maluku Islands and the Philippines. Journey between unusual towns and preserved forests, from Ambon, the capital of the Maluku Islands, an archipelago hidden in the south of the Philippines to Sandakan the gateway to the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve where you will meet orangutans in their natural habitat to the bustling capital city of Manila. The final stop on the voyage is Hong Kong with its unforgettable harbor, modern skyscrapers and savvy blend of East and West. Trip dates: March 4 to 20, 2015

Additional information on all the destinations and cruises with free singles supplement can be found online ponant is offering free singles supplements on many 2014 and 2015 cruises. .

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COMPAGNIE DU PONANT OFFERS FREE SINGLES SUPPLEMENT 
ON SAILINGS AROUND THE GLOBE

Solo Cruisers Enjoy Oceanview Staterooms or Suites At No Additional Charge 
on 30 Select 2014/2015 Season Cruises

MARSEILLE — (May 15, 2014) – Solo cruisers looking to enjoy the comfort and privacy of their own stateroom without the added single supplement can now book staterooms or suites on the French-flagged cruise line Compagnie du Ponant. The luxury expedition line, known for their destination focused itineraries to remote and exotic locales, offers close to 30 cruises aboard the line’s three 132-stateroom sister ships, Le Soleal, Le Boreal and L’Austral, with free single supplement. Staterooms on all three ships are double occupancy or larger, all have ocean views and most have a private balcony. Compagnie du Ponant’s all-inclusive pricing includes all meals, open bar, gratuities, port charges, taxes and fees. Select itineraries also include round-trip air.

Unlike other cruise lines where single cruisers have to book early or at the last minute to secure single-occupancy rooms without the additional charge, which can be 50% to 100% of the double occupancy fare, Compagnie du Ponant’s free singles supplement cruises are available for booking throughout the season, with new itineraries added annually.

Solo sailors can voyage to Asia to discover new empires and ancient kingdoms in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. Those who prefer the Adriatic and the Mediterranean can set sail from Venice to discover the delights of the Croatian coastline, or cruise from Athens and Istanbul to visit the Greek Islands and Turkey, or consider a cruise through Northern Europe, with stops in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. South America options include Peru, Chile, Argentina, and a very special Panama Canal crossing celebrating the Canal’s 100th anniversary.

The intimate size of Compagnie du Ponant’s ships offer an experience much like sailing on a private-yacht allowing guests to get know all the crew, staff and fellow passengers fairly quickly, offering a friendly atmosphere onboard and on excursions. Meal times, which are open seating, are another opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow passengers as everyone marvels over the French-inspired menus and pastries, as well as the plats du jour that often reflect the destination visited that day.

The following is just a sampling of Compagnie du Ponant’s cruises offering free singles supplement:

14-night “Japan to China” cruise, sails to the heart of the Land of the Rising Sun exploring the Japanese ports of Maizaru, Mojiko, Hiroshima, Uwajima, Kagoshima, Nagasaki before charting a course south for China and Shanghai, Xiamen and Hong Kong. Trip dates: October 16to 30, 2014
11-night “Best of Vietnam” cruise, from Hong Kong set sail for the “country of two deltas” exploring Vietnam’s lively capital of Hanoi, the magical Ha Long Bay, Da Nang, and Nha Trang. Sail along the Saigon River for a glimpse of the remains of beautiful Indochina and Ho Chi Minh before heading to Singapore. Trip dates: October 30 to November 10, 2014

8-night “Traditional Japan” cruise, depart from Tianjin, China and sail along the coasts of South Korea and Japan, offering a palette of unusual landscapes and cultures. From the port of call at Incheon, take a timeless journey to the heart of Seoul and visit jewels of South Korea before sailing on to unspoiled landscapes and modern metropolis in Japan including Hakata, Beppu, Hiroshima and Osaka. Trip dates: March 29 to April 6, 2015

7-night “Between Glaciers and Geysers” cruise, from Reykjavik, Iceland sail to the edge of the Arctic Circle, between vast glaciers, vertiginous fjords, volcanoes and boiling geysers where the first Vikings went ashore in the 9th Century. Trip dates: July 20 to 27, 2014
15-night “The Kuril Archipelago” cruise, sailing from Petropavlovsk, Russia to Maizuaru, Japan, discover the origins of a part of our planet that is still unknown to most, where Ocean and Fire have fashioned a wide, free and almost forgotten paradise. You’ll reach the Kuril Islands, which extend all the way to Japan. Discover more than 200 volcanoes, geysers, primary forests, wild nature, brown bears fishing for salmon, colorful taiga and much more. Trip dates: October 1 to October 16, 2014
9-night “Panama Canal: 100 years” cruise, chart a course south along the Pacific Coast of South America, from Netherlands Antilles to Colombia, via Ecuador and Peru to discover exceptional sites within a pristine natural setting. A highlight is the crossing of the legendary Panama Canal on its 100 anniversary. Trip dates: October 16 to 25, 2014 

13-nights “Chilean Fjords” cruise, sail along the Pacific Coast of South America to discover the charms of Chile, it’s colonial styles, contrasting landscapes and pristine lands. Fall in love with Puerto Montt, the capital of the “Lake District”, whose beauty is renowned worldwide; explore Tortel, a little Patagonian village at the end of the world; Tores del Paine National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and Cape Horn and its infamous passage known by only the most experienced sailors. This is a unique opportunity to sail to the heart of the Chilean waterways, between immaculate archipelagos and tumultuous fjords. Trip dates: November 2 to 15, 2014
9-nights “Norwegian Fjords” cruise, sail from Copenhagen, Denmark to Tromso, Norway along the Norwegian coastline whose vertiginous cliff faces have been sculpted by the wind and the sea, giving rise to many unspoiled fjords. Visit some of the most beautiful capitals of the North Sea and their architectural treasures. Trip dates: May 26 to June 4, 2014

7-nights “Pearls of the Adriatic Sea” cruise, from Venice, set sail for Croatia and its many hidden treasures, with a stop in Montenegro. This voyage explores the wild beauty and pearls of the Adriatic, including ancient ruins, a wealth of art, and timeless cities just waiting to be discovered. Trip dates: June 12 to 19, 2014
16-nights “Indonesian Archipelago” cruise, from Darwin to Hong Kong, via the Maluku Islands and the Philippines. Journey between unusual towns and preserved forests, from Ambon, the capital of the Maluku Islands, an archipelago hidden in the south of the Philippines to Sandakan the gateway to the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve where you will meet orangutans in their natural habitat to the bustling capital city of Manila. The final stop on the voyage is Hong Kong with its unforgettable harbor, modern skyscrapers and savvy blend of East and West. Trip dates: March 4 to 20, 2015

Additional information on all the destinations and cruises with free singles supplement can be found at: http://en.ponant.com/Cruises/Special-Offers/Free-single-supplement

About Compagnie du Ponant
Founded in 1988 by Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée and a dozen merchant navy officers Compagnie du Ponant has four intimate cruise ships, flying the French flag and embodying the essence of a private luxury yacht. Every year more than 20,000 guests sail with Compagnie du Ponant.

Able to sail in waters inaccessible to larger ships, Le Boréal, L’Austral and Le Soléal (132-staterooms and suites) and Le Ponant (32-staterooms) the four sleek Compagnie du Ponant yachts visit unique exotic ports not found on many itineraries, allowing 64 to 264 guests to discover engaging new experiences aboard and ashore during 3- to 21-night cruises that span the globe. Options abound, from five-star polar expeditions, cultural cruises and ocean voyages to music – (jazz, classical, opera and more), golf- and culinary-themed cruises. All cruises feature attentive service from a convivial crew fluent in English and French, luxuriously appointed staterooms and suites, gourmet cuisine and fine wine, and carefully curated excursions.

Compagnie du Ponant, the only French cruise line, welcomes its fifth luxury yacht Le Lyrial in spring 2015 .

Compagnie du Ponant’s North American sales office is located at 4000 Hollywood Boulevard, Suite 555-S, Hollywood, FL 33021. For reservations and more information, please call: 1-305-398-9849 or toll free: 1-888-400-1082; email: USreservations@ponant.com, or visit the website .

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