Designed for North American travellers who wish to engage with the world in order to better understand it, PONANT’s themed ‘Quintessential Collection’ voyages offer a truly immersive destination experience, coupled, of course, with the line’s famed onboard luxury.
In addition to the usual elements of the PONANT experience, these voyages include exceptional activities ashore, all relevant to the theme of the cruise – be it nature, culture, history, music, food and wine and the like – these itineraries encourage like-minded travellers to embrace the local culture of every place they visit.
As you consider these 2020 sailings, keep in mind that Ponant has a First-Time Traveller Benefit for guests who are new to Ponant. Savings of and additional $600 USD per couple on bookings made by December 31, 2019.
An Immersion in Japanese Culture
9 Days | 8 Nights
May 30 – June 7, 2020
Your Ship: Le Soléal
Travelling from Osaka to Maizura for nine days aboard Le Soléal, this voyage explores a place where hyper-modernity exists side by side with the quiet serenity of ancient shrines and gardens. Delving into Japan’s traditional aesthetic, along with its many modernist impulses, guests will sample local food and drink; experience traditions of music and dance; witness the practice of religion; and view art both ancient and modern.
A Musical Odyssey in Northern Europe
10 Days | 9 Nights
September 8-17, 2020
Your Ship: Le Dumont-D’Urville
Cruising from Stockholm to Honfleur for 10 days aboard Le Dumont-D’Urville, this voyage celebrates the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, the most beloved and transformative composer of all time. Guests will explore the rich cultural heritage of Northern Europe accompanied by world-class chamber musicians performing all-Beethoven repertoire, visit some of the best museums in the world and explore stunning architecture and contemporary art while also enjoying private concerts at sea, exclusively-curated by Michael Parloff. Also not to be missed, a private concert at the historic 17th century Westerkerk in Amsterdam featuring the Kreutzer violin sonata and the Archduke piano trio. Request a quote
Celebrating American Composers with the Conductor of the Boston Pops
9 Days | 8 Nights
October 19-27, 2020
Your Ship: Le Champlain
Travel from Montreal to Boston for nine days aboard Le Champlain. With a musical program curated and performed by the legendary Boston Pops Conductor, Keith Lockhart – joined by six musicians – guests will discover the elegance of a Parisian salon, the raw energy of the New World, and the rhythms of the Jazz Age. Itinerary highlights include Quebec City, the wildlife rich Saguenay River, the Gaspé Peninsula, Cape Breton, Louisbourg, Bar Harbor, and more.