Six of the 16 itineraries for the far north voyages are new
Ponant has launched sales for 26 sailings in the far north for summer 2024.
From Spitsbergen to America’s Great Lakes via Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and Iceland’s west coast, there are a total of 16 itineraries to choose between – six of which are new.
Depending on the destination, itineraries could include meetings with Inuit peoples, wildlife-watching, visits to Unesco World Heritage sites, landings in Zodiacs with an experienced team of naturalist guides, hiking and kayaking.
Highlights of Ponant's summer 2024 itineraries:
NEW: Wilderness from Greenland to the East Coast of Canada
What the brochure says: Departing from Greenland, passengers will explore Canada’s far north all the way to the shores of Labrador and Newfoundland Island. Encounters with local people, the rich variety of wildlife, the exciting history of the Arctic territories, and many unforgettable hikes will mark this polar odyssey aboard Le Lyrial. First port of call will be Sisimiut with its colourful houses facing the Austral Ocean. The ship then sets course for the Labrador Sea to Canadian shores at Nunavut and the clear waters of the Grinnell Glacier. Next comes the splendid Nachvak Fjord and town of Rigolet, accessible only by sea, and Newfoundland Island. The journey will end on the island of Saint-Pierre, a fragment of France on the other side of the world, which is home to fascinating biodiversity. 25 August to 8 September 2024, 15 days/14 nights, from US$11,400
NEW: Expedition along Saint Lawrence
What the brochure says: This original expedition voyage on Le Lyrial takes guests along Canada’s coast from the peaceful islands of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon to Montreal. The shores of the Saint Lawrence River alternate between lagoons and rugged cliffs, with a chance to see wildlife when out hiking. Newfoundland Island, one of the first places in the New World known to Europe, then reveals the secrets behind its Viking history. After sailing down the Saguenay River, there’s a chance to explore the historic city centre, a Unesco World Heritage site, of the Belle Province capital, Québec. 8 to 19 September 2024, 12 days/11 nights, from US$8,310
NEW: From Québec to the Big Apple: nature and remarkable cities
What the brochure says: From Montréal to New York, this new itinerary opens the doors to vast protected areas and cultural treasures from Canada to America’s east coast. First port of call is Québec and its historic city centre that conceals fortifications and picturesque stone houses with their mansard roofs, then on to Tadoussac. Located at the mouth of the Saguenay River, it is a must for whale watching. Next is the Gaspé Peninsula and Percé, one of the most beautiful villages in Québec, bordering a national park with natural, historic, and geological heritage. Next, the beaches and red cliffs of the Magdalen Islands, followed by Nova Scotia, Boston, Cape Cod and finally New York. 19 September to 2 October 2024, 14 days/13 nights, from US$7,540
NEW: Expedition in the heart of the American Great Lakes
What the brochure says: Le Champlain will explore the natural and cultural treasures of America’s Great Lakes, departing from Milwaukee. The voyage takes in the pine forest ringed lakes Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario. Protected islands, picturesque villages and national parks reveal the history of this region, in the footsteps of the Native American communities and first European settlers. It will be an opportunity to observe a rich diversity of fauna from moose, reindeer, brown bears and racoons to migratory birds. From Port Colborne, the Niagara Falls provide an impressive sight before the ship arrives in Toronto. 24 September to 4 October 2024, 11 days/10 nights, from US$6,980
Fjords and glaciers of Spitsbergen
What the brochure says: Spitsbergen, the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago, boasts an exceptional diversity of fauna and flora between fjords, glacier fronts and green valleys. In the wake of former whalers, the ship will sail from Hornsund, Bellsund and the Northwest Spitsbergen National Park, before setting course for Ny-Ålesund and its international research station, renowned as one of the northernmost communities on Earth. This is an exceptional opportunity to see polar bears, walruses, marine mammals, arctic terns, puffins and reindeer. 11 June to 23 July 2024, 8 days/7 nights, from US$8,450
Disko Bay and Inuit villages
What the brochure says: This expedition voyage into the Arctic begins in Kangerlussuaq on Greenland’s west coast. After a first port of call in Evighedsfjorden, the Eternity Fjord where many bird species nest, Le Boréal will reach Sisimiut, a colourful harbour nestled between rolling hills. The ship then crosses Disko Bay to the shores of the Eqi Glacier, an ice giant of crystalline reflections, and the Paul-Émile Victor research base. A world of ice will open up between majestic icebergs, mountainous basalt formations and brightly painted houses. A unique opportunity to meet the local people, discover Greenland’s Inuit culture and observe a plethora of marine life during the many Zodiac landings. 21 to 28 August 2024, 8 days/7 nights, from US$9,415
For more information, visit www.en.ponant.com/cruises