Ponant is beefing up its presence in the South Pacific with a new plan to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises. Ponant says that, following the acquisition, the two cruise lines will keep their management, with Diane Moore acting as CEO of Paul Gauguin with her team still based in Bellevue, WA, and Navin Sawhney acting as CEO Americas of Ponant, based in New York. In a written statement Ponant president and founder Jean-Emmanuel Sauvéesaid that the acquisition would broaden the range of destinations that the company is able to offer to its guests. Sawhney noted that the deal comes as Ponant is expanding its fleet to 14 ships by 2021. Most recently the luxury brand took delivery of Le Dumont-d’Urville, the ninth ship in its fleet and the fourth in its Explorer series. Free Luxury Travel Newsletter Like this story? Subscribe to The Dossier Luxury Travel Advisor’s only newsletter, covering unique … [Read more...] about Ponant Plans to Acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises
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Seabourn has released new design details for the submarines on its new expedition ships, the Seabourn Venture and its as-yet-unnamed sibling vessel. Each new ship will carry two U-Boat Worx Cruise Sub 7 submarines custom-built for the cruise line. Each battery-powered sub will carry six guests and one pilot, journeying up to approximately 980 feet below the surface to explore sunken wrecks and reefs, as well as to view marine wildlife in their natural habitat. Guests will be seated in two clear acrylic spheres flanking a central pilot station, allowing for undistorted views in virtually all directions, Seabourn said. Each sphere will contain three passenger seats mounted on a platform that can rotate to give guests the best sightlines. The subs will also have a 4K underwater video camera system to record the world outside, while an internal video recording system will capture imagery of guests inside and their direct surroundings. Video footage can then be downloaded and … [Read more...] about Seabourn Unveils Submarines on New Expedition Cruise Ships
Until they’re running on wind and other renewables, cruises are not going to be easy for those who want to minimise their carbon footprint when they take their holidays. On the Mediterranean, all the port cities cruise vessels visit are reachable by train, bus and other cleaner, and much cheaper, modes of transport. For those who want to explore the coasts and inland waterways of South America, however, sometimes a boat is the only way. The continent that gave us maps marked “Terra Incognita” still has ports and entire regions that are only reachable from the shore. So if you decide to limit your cruise holidays to when it’s the only viable option, the following might find a spot on your bucket list. Iquitos and Pacaya Samiria national park, Peru This port city in the country’s northern Amazon is not connected to the rest of Peru by road. The same goes for the Pacaya Samiria national park, the second largest national reserve in the country, that can only … [Read more...] about Six South American treasures you can only discover on a cruise
Ponant has announced two in-depth musical cruises for 2019 and 2020 that will be part of the Quintessential Collection, a series of themed itineraries that take a deep dive into a destination. The seven-night “A Musical Odyssey in the Mediterranean” aboard Le Bougainville from Athens to Rome is scheduled for September 20 -27, 2019, while the nine-night “A Musical Odyssey in Northern Europe,” celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday, aboard Le Dumont-d’Urville from Stockholm to Honfleur is scheduled for September 8 -17, 2020. The musical component of both cruises will be curated by Michael Parloff, former principal flutist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. A signature of these voyages will be the artists participating fully in excursions and life aboard ship, in addition to their performances. Travelers can expect to share their company over drinks or dinner and in informal conversation. “A Musical Odyssey in the … [Read more...] about Ponant Announces Two Musical Experiences at Sea for 2019-20
Alyson Krueger, The Washington Post Published 4:13 pm CDT, Thursday, April 18, 2019 A humpback whale tail rises above water. A humpback whale tail rises above water. Photo: U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Photo By Bill Thompson Photo: U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Photo By Bill Thompson Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 A humpback whale tail rises above water. A humpback whale tail rises above water. Photo: U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Photo By Bill Thompson Like to take pictures of wildlife? You can help scientists out. 1 / 1 Back to Gallery For one week in January, passengers aboard Le Boreal, a cruise ship operated by the French company Ponant, soaked up Antarctica's … [Read more...] about Like to take pictures of wildlife? You can help scientists out.