Ponant to boost Middle East presence with CruiseXplore partnership

Ponant to boost Middle East presence with CruiseXplore partnership

The collaboration marks a significant milestone in the line’s expansion in the Middle East

Ponant and CruiseXplore have entered into a partnership. CruiseXplore’s Middle East cruise industry experience will be employed to promote Ponant’s luxury voyages to travellers in the region.

Founded 35 years ago in France, Ponant's modern fleet of luxury vessels now explore all seven continents, offering more than 400 itineraries across 100 countries. Ponant guests have the opportunity to visit and enjoy more than 120 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Ponant’s new deployments for this winter aboard Le Bougainville include the 11-day 'Music of One Thousand and One Nights' journey sailing from Doha, Qatar to Muscat, Oman from 28 November to 8 December 2023. 

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Guests can also embark on the eight-day 'Treasures of Arabian Gulf' itinerary departing Muscat on 8 and 22 December 2023. 

In addition, a New Year cruise will depart from Doha on 29 December to cruise the Arabian Coast with Smithsonian Journeys.

Commenting on the partnership, Ponant international sales director Stephen Winter said: “We are thrilled to announce our strategic partnership with CruiseXplore. Together, we will not only enhance our sales efforts, but also raise awareness locally.” 


CruiseXplore chief executive officer Lakshmi Durai “We are delighted to see the pace at which the demand for luxury cruises has been growing year-on-year. Middle Eastern guests always look for premium holiday options and Ponant is the perfect fit for our guests. With Ponant, our guests will get to experience the most luxurious and private yacht style cruise vacations.” 

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