Fans of expedition cruises and luxury travel, rejoice!
PONANT has partnered up with National Geographic Expeditions for a new strategic partnership to bring travellers a new range of co-branded luxury expedition cruises.
The partnership, which will target customers in Australia, NZ and Asia Pacific, will offer unique itineraries to some of the most remote and inaccessible places on the planet, along with innovative new features, including PONANT’s new multi-sensory underwater lounge called Blue Eye.
National Geographic Expeditions will bring on board a range of expedition resources on-board, including leading experts and National Geographic photographers to travel and engage with all guests to create an immersive and quality experience.
“Today marks a milestone in growing our National Geographic Expeditions business in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region,” Tim Jones, Vice President Travel Asia Pacific, National Geographic Partners said.
“In PONANT, we have a luxury and ethically minded partner with European flair, experience in travelling to ambitious locations, along with an expansive travel agent network. We will be working together to offer premium expedition experiences, creating unique itineraries that speak to the explorer in all of us.”
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 A$4730 per person.
Core destinations will be the Antarctic and Arctic, which will be complemented by a range of global expeditions covering all continents.
“This partnership brings together two highly respected global organisations with shared values and a common goal to inspire guests to live curiously, explore our planet and become ambassadors for sustainability,” Sarina Bratton AM, Chairman Asia Pacific for PONANT said.
The new cruise experiences will be available to book from 8th August 2018.