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  • Ponant-Le-Ponant-stateroom.jpg - Relax in style and comfort in one of the 32 staterooms on the luxury yacht Le Ponant.
  • Ponant-stateroom.jpg - A stateroom on Le Ponant, part of the Ponant fleet of yachts cruising the seas.
  • Ponant-maldives1.jpg - An oceanview cabin on the petite Le Ponant.
  • Ponant-maldives7.jpg - Le Ponant at sunset. The beautiful sailing ship explores the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Indian Ocean and other exotic destinations.
  • Ponant-maldives4.jpg - Sail the Mediterranean or Caribbean on Le Ponant.
  • Ponant-without-sails.jpg - Drop anchor in a secluded bay and relax on the three-masted Le Ponant sailing ship.
  • Ponant-maldives6.jpg - The three-masted sailing ship Le Ponant at twilight: cruising as it was meant to be.
  • Ponant-Yacht.jpg - Le Ponant, carrying only 64 passengers, sets sail for ports of call around the world.
  • le-ponant-in-maldives.jpg - The small masted luxury cruise ship Le Ponant sailing in the Maldives at sunset.
  • Ponant-maldives5.jpg - Vist the gorgeous Maldives, off the coast of Africa, as part of a Ponant yacht cruise.
  • Ponant-under-sails.jpg - Set sail for the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands on a Ponant Yacht Cruise.
  • Ponant-general.jpg - An aerial view of the sleek, petite luxury sailing ship Le Ponant.
  • Ponant-general2.jpg - An aerial view of Le Ponant. Enjoy an intimate getaway on the three-masted luxury ship.
  • Ponant-al-fresco.jpg - Al fresco dining is always an option on a Ponant yacht cruise.
  • Ponant-LePonant-sail.jpg - Experience the most scenic ports of France and the Caribbean on Le Ponant.
  • Ponant-LePonant-sails.jpg - Sail the Grenadines in the Caribbean on the spectacular 64-passenger luxury yacht Le Ponant.
  • Ponant-stateroom2.jpg - Get restored with a dream cruise on Le Ponant.
  • Ponant-couple.png - Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on Le Ponant.
  • Ponant-LePonant-dining.png - Fine dining on Le Ponant may include seafood with traditional French touches.
  • Ponant-LePonant-Sommellier.png - Your sommelier will guide you to the right wine pairings during dinner on Le Ponant.
  • Ponant-dining-alfresco.jpg - Enjoy exquisite foods and well paired wines when dining al fresco on a Ponant cruise.
  • Ponant-Le-Ponant-dining.jpg - Explore the flavors of the globe on the 64-passenger luxury yacht Le Ponant.
  • Ponant-lounge2.jpg - Kick back with a cocktail in the lounge of Le Ponant during your luxury ship sailing.
  • Ponant-lounge.jpg - Relax and meet new friends in the lounge aboard Le Ponant as you sail to exotic locales.
  • Ponant-couple.png - Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on Le Ponant.
  • ponantcruise - A look at the Ponant Yacht Spa.
  • Ponant-Le-Ponant-fitness1.jpg - Change up your fitness routine during a sailing on Ponant's Le Ponant.
  • Ponant-Le-Ponant-fitness2.jpg - Refresh the mind and body on Ponant's luxury yacht Le Ponant.
  • Ponant-Le-Ponant-lounge.jpg - Relax in the lounge of the small sailing yacht Le Ponant.
  • Ponant-Le-Ponant-romance.jpg - Find romance in small, enchanting ports aboard Le Ponant, a sailing yacht with just 32 staterooms.
  • Ponant-Le-Ponant-romance2.jpg - Take time to enjoy sunsets in romantic ports around the world on the 64-passenger Le Ponant.
  • Ponant-Le-Ponant.jpg - Take time to relax on deck during your voyage on the luxury yacht Le Ponant.
  • Ponant-champagne.jpg - Sunset and a perfectly chilled glass of champagne make for a perfect vacation escape on a Ponant cruise.
  • Ponant-maldives5.jpg - Vist the gorgeous Maldives, off the coast of Africa, as part of a Ponant yacht cruise.
  • Ponant-maldives9.jpg - Le Ponant, with just 64 passengers, sails to exotic ports of call the world over.
  • Yole-regatta-Martinique - A Yole or "gig," meaning an elongated boat, is featured in a festive regatta during Martinique's traditional island Carnival.
  • La-Trace-des-Falaises-Guadeloupe - The cliffs of La Trace des Falaises on Grand Terre, Guadeloupe.
  • Ponant-St-Lucia-Le-Sourfrier-Le-Ponant.jpg - Book a winter cruise on Le Ponant to sail by St. Lucia and enjoy the majestic Pitons.
  • Ponant-maldives8.jpg - Take a dream cruise on Le Ponant for a small-ship yacht experience.

Le Ponant: Luxury yacht sailings to dreamy destinations

Have you sailed on Le Ponant? We'd love to hear your take and see your photos. The following information was curated by Cruiseable.

Snapshot

Le Ponant, a three-masted schooner from France-based cruise line Ponant, sails to small islands, hidden harbors and exclusive ports of call in the Mediterranean with only 64 guests aboard. She is stylish, friendly and relaxed. 

Le Ponant was specially designed for worldwide cruising to remote destinations that are accessible only by small ships — specifically, destinations in the Mediterranean that big ships can’t reach. Coastal navigation and “island hopping” are easily accomplished, and the image of several dramatic harbor entrances will last a lifetime.

Where Le Ponant sails

Le Ponant offers itineraries throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean. Set sail in the Cape Verde Islands and be enchanted by these islands off the West Coast of Africa. Or, spend Christmas or New Year's Eve in the Caribbean, cruising the smaller ports and bays of Le Saintes archipelago (Guadeloupe) and Tobago Cays (St. Vincent & the Grenadines).

Le Ponant also sails for Tauck a few weeks during the year on itineraries to Sicily, the Amalfi Coast and Rome and a "Treasures of the Mediterranean" voyage. 

Ratings & awards

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Enjoy dining al fresco on Le Ponant.
Courtesy of Ponant Enjoy dining al fresco on Le Ponant.

An all-inclusive experience

Here is what is included in your fare: all drinks, table wine for lunch and dinner, bottled mineral water, port charges and Zodiac excursions when the ship operates special expedition-style cruises.

Here is what is not included: gratuities, Wi-Fi and spa treatments.

Amenities & dining

On board, you’ll find four decks featuring a small library with a choice of books, a cozy lounge with evening piano music, a small boutique and a full-service bar. Continental breakfast is served in your stateroom or at an American-style buffet in the outdoor panoramic restaurant; lunch is also served in the outdoor restaurant, buffet style; and dinner is served nightly in the window-lined restaurant. 

Staterooms

Staterooms (about 150 square feet) are all ocean-facing on Le Ponant and include a private bathroom with shower, mini bar, multi-channel music system, individual climate control and a telephone with worldwide satellite access.

Sailings for two cruise lines

Le Ponant sails for Marseille-based Ponant cruise line, and for part of the year it is leased by Tauck for additional cruises in the Med. 

Interested in a cruise on this ship?

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Intriguing destinations
  • Where: Maldives

  • What: First-class comfort
  • Where: 32 cabins

  • What: Champagne
  • Where: Main lounge
  • Able to cruise to small, exclusive ports in the Mediterranean
  • Outdoor dining for breakfast and lunch
  • All staterooms have views of the ocean

Fast facts

64 Passengers [?]
30 Crew
4 Decks
1991 Maiden voyage
1,489 Tonnage [?]
291 Length in feet
39 Width in feet (max beam)
12 speed (mph) [?]

Overheard

“Le Ponant is best suited to young-minded couples and singles who want contemporary, sophisticated facilities in a very relaxed but chic setting, with good food and service, no entertainment, and plenty of time for quiet relaxation.”

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