French exploration firm Ponant has released details of its European, Asian, Arctic and Pacific voyages for the period from April to November 2018, which includes information on where the first of the line’s brand new vessels will be sailing immediately following their launch.
The newly released season sees cabins across seven ships now available for booking. These ships include the line’s traditional masted sailing ship Le Ponant to its four 264-guest sister ships Le Boreal, Le Soleal, L’Austral and Le Lyrial and now also La Laperouse & Le Champlain – Ponant’s first two brand new 184-passenger expedition ships. Itineraries across the fleet range in duration from 7 to 22 days.
Maiden voyages scheduled for La Laperouse will see the ship debut in June 2018, starting life in Iceland and the Baltic region before rounding the Iberian Peninsula and sailing into the Western Mediterranean. Its first expedition will be a seven-night journey round-trip from the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik exploring bays and inlets around Hafnarfjordur. This maiden voyage is priced from $5,920 per person twin share.
After its first few voyages in Iceland, the ship will head deeper into the Baltic region with departures from Bergen, Copenhagen and Honfleur. A voyage from the German port around to Marseille on the southern tip of France will then take place, after which the ship will spend the remainder of its season cruising between Athens and Rome.
Ponant’s other new ship Le Champlain will spend the entirety of its maiden season in another part of the Western Mediterranean, offering seven-night voyages from Rome, Valletta (Malta), Marseille (France), Malaga (Spain) and Tenerife (Canary Islands).
Elsewhere, the remainder of the fleet will spend the season in the Eastern Mediterranean (Le Lyrial), the Baltic (Le Boreal), the UK and Baltic (Le Soleal) while Japan, Polynesia and Australia (L’Austral) also appears on the schedule.