Ponant resumed operations on June 16 from Iceland—the primary of greater than 50 departures setting sail to the nation, together with others across the Mediterranean and France this summer time. Highlights embody a brand new partnership with the Louvre, new itineraries and ports of name, and a cease on the model’s namesake islands, Ponant Islands.
From the Italian coast to the Greek islands, Ponant is providing over 30 sailings within the Mediterranean between June and November 2021. A partnership with the Louvre will convey the museum to the see because the crusing discovers the traditional websites of Greece and Istanbul throughout “The Cyclades and Historic Treasures,” July 13-20, 2021. There will likely be visits to quite a few UNESCO World Heritage websites, together with the Acropolis in Athens and the Mycenae ruins from 1200 B.C. In collaboration with Ponant, onboard programming will likely be designed with curators and division administrators from the Louvre for friends to find the traditional lands which have impressed the museum’s collections.
A brand new 13-day crusing, “Iconic Treasures of the Adriatic,” may also depart from Athens on August 21 exploring the coasts of Greece, Montenegro, Croatia and Italy. Highlights will embody the Bay of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Website; a brand new port of name in Primosten, a small medieval fishing village house to one of many largest statues of the Virgin Mary on this planet; and the mountain island of Korčula and its medieval metropolis, the place Marco Polo was born.
Two Ponant Explorer ships—Le Dumont-D’Urville and Le Champlain—will discover Iceland’s various landscapes this summer time by way of September 2021. The eight-day “Icelandic Mosaic” itinerary explores the western coast of the nation with 5 ports of name, together with Grimsey, the northernmost island, in addition to Heimaey, the one inhabited island within the Westman archipelago. Through the crusing, passengers may also witness such polar wildlife as humpback whales, Atlantic puffins, Arctic terns and Icelandic horses.
Visitors can prolong the journey with an non-obligatory post-cruise tour to The Golden Circle, the 190-mile driving loop from Reykjavik to the UNESCO World Heritage website Thingvellir Nationwide Park; the Geysir geothermal space, believed to have began erupting over 700 years in the past and has since lent its identify to sizzling springs all around the world; and the Gullfoss, or Golden, Waterfall.
Returning to its roots, Ponant is providing 15 sailings alongside the French shoreline this summer time. Le Bellot, the fifth installment within the Ponant Explorer sequence, will sail roundtrip from Saint-Malo on eight-day itineraries exploring the Breton Coast. Highlights embody the model’s namesake islands, Ponant Islands, and a cease on the island of Houat, house to lower than 200 inhabitants all 12 months spherical.
Different sailings embody circumnavigating the island of Corsica with stops within the seaside resort of Saint-Laurent in addition to Roccapina Seaside with its granite lion, a rocky outcrop of pink granite naturally formed into the type of a crouching lion by way of erosion.
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