Travel and Adventure

National Geographic Expeditions and PONANT Announce an Extensive Long-Term Global Cruise Partnership

Over 100 unique itineraries have been created by PONANT for National Geographic Expeditions, on sale from 31 July 2018 Thursday, August 30, 2018

By National Geographic Staff
Ponant's Le LapÇrouse in Alesund, Norway

National Geographic Expeditions, travel business of one of the world’s most trusted brands, and PONANT, the world leader of luxury cruise expedition, have today announced a new strategic partnership to create an extensive range of co-branded, luxury cruises. With a shared common vision in premium experiences and responsible travel, PONANT and National Geographic Expeditions will offer an extensive range of expedition cruises throughout the world, targeting customers in Australia, Asia Pacific, UK, Europe and Africa.

National Geographic Expeditions is the premium provider of travel experiences that embody the renowned National Geographic spirit of adventure, conservation and education.  Offering unique access, experiences and expertise that only National Geographic can, the company also returns a portion of all proceeds to the non-profit National Geographic Society to support researchers and explorers who work to preserve, protect, and advance understanding of the planet and its people.

 

PONANT is the world leader in luxury expedition cruising operating a state of the art fleet of 7 small ships, increasing to 12 by 2021, with the delivery of new Expedition class vessels and a luxury hybrid Icebreaker powered by LNG.  The full fleet has been ‘clean ship’ certified and offer a number of leading edge technologies to protect the environment, including recycling and reuse programmes, reduced exhaust emissions and sustainable purchasing practices. All efforts made by the luxury cruise operator are designed to respect the environment and marine life.

As part of the on-board experience, PONANT will create unique itineraries to some of the most remote places on the planet, transporting guests in style and comfort along with innovative new features, including a new multi-sensory underwater lounge called Blue Eye. National Geographic Expeditions will provide a range of expedition resources on-board, including leading experts and National Geographic photographers to travel with all guests to create an immersive and quality experience.

PONANT's ship in Lemaire channel, Antarctica.

The luxury ships will offer an intimate experience with total passengers ranging from 180 to 240 per cruise and 130 itineraries have been designed for the next four years, with prices per person starting from £2,700. Core destinations will be the Antarctic and Arctic, which will be complemented by a range of global expeditions covering all continents.

Nathan Philpot, Travel Director, National Geographic Partners (Europe & Africa) commented “Today marks a milestone in growing our Expeditions business across Europe. In PONANT, we have a luxury partner with European flair that have experience in traveling to ambitious locations, along with an expansive travel agent network together with call centres and websites in English, French and German. We will be offering premium experiences with an ethically minded partner, to create itineraries that speak to the explorer in all of us.”

PONANT expedition on L'Austral, Raja Rampat, New Papua

Hervé Bellaïche, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer for PONANT added “The partnership brings together two highly respected global companies with common values to inspire a new generation to live curiously, explore our planet and become ambassadors for sustainability. National Geographic brings a network of experts, photographers and Society-sponsored researchers, while PONANT, brings the best luxury expedition experience in the world, associated with the largest fleet of new, technically advanced small expedition ships able to sail all regions of the world.”

Designed specifically for the European markets, the new cruise experiences will be available to book from 31 July 2018. Further details on the cruises can be found on National Geographic Expeditions website at www.nationalgeographicexpeditions.co.uk

Drawing on the National Geographic Society’s 130 years of exploration and storytelling, National Geographic Expeditions offers a wide range of unique travel experiences, including small ship voyages, private jet expeditions, small group tours, private tours, a collection of luxury sustainable lodges, and more. Trips are organised in over 80 countries on all seven continents, from the tropical atolls of French Polynesia to the peaks of Nepal and the ice world of the Arctic.

Ponant's Le LapÇrouse in Alesund, Norway