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PONANT to debut refitted sailing yacht next month

TORONTO — PONANT is set to debut its iconic three-masted sailing yacht, Le Ponant, this August following a complete refit.

The 88-metre sailing yacht will relaunch next month in the Mediterranean with 10 departures and three new itineraries, followed by winter 2022/23 in the Seychelles and summer 2023 in western Australia’s Kimberley region.

With just 16 staterooms and suites accommodating a maximum of 32 guests, Le Ponant offers a 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio, making guests feel like they’re aboard a private yacht. Cabins are spread over three decks, each with large windows overlooking the sea.

The intimate-sized vessel also features an outdoor bar, Le Diamont restaurant, a wellness space that offers Biologique Recherche treatments, daily yoga sessions on the deck, glass-bottomed kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, diving and snorkelling equipment and a saltwater pool.


The first voyage will depart on Aug. 14 with a seven-night itinerary along Croatia’s coastline, from Dubrovnik through the Bay of Kotor, then to the Adriatic islands of Mljet, Korčula, Vis, Hvar, Brač, Šipan, and Lopud. Activities include wine tasting, traditional sword dance performances, visits with local artists, diving excursions to World War II shipwrecks, and a tour of the oldest fishing port in the Adriatic. Prices start at $10,890 per person.

In August, Le Ponant will depart on a seven-day island-hopping journey around Greece. Beginning in Dubrovnik, the yacht will set sail toward the Ionian and Aegean Seas, stopping in the islands of Paxos, which is only available to smaller ships; Kefalonia, home to limestone cliffs; the fortified peninsula of Monemvasia, in the southeastern Peloponnese; and Kythnos, one of the region’s lesser-known islands with over 100 beaches. Prices start at $9,980 per person.

In September, Le Ponant will circle around Greece’s Cycladic islands on an eight-day itinerary beginning and ending in Athens. PONANT guests will enjoy unique access to exclusive ports of call on Tinos, Polyaigos, Folegandros, Monemvasia, Kythnos, and Spetses, due to the intimate size of Le Ponant. Prices start at $13,110 per person.

For all Summer 2022 departures click here.



New for this year is ‘The Seychelles Under the Trade Winds’ itinerary, with 11 departures on Le Ponant during the 2022-2023 season. Sailing roundtrip from Mahé, the nine-night itinerary explores a new island each day, including two new ports of call for PONANT: the African Banks north of the Amirante Islands, and Thérèse Island, both of which are uninhabited and will be available to PONANT guests for the day. An onboard expedition leader, a trio of naturalist guides, and a free dive instructor will be on hand to lead excursions. Activities include scuba diving, free diving initiation, sunrise and sunset yoga, meditation, paddle boarding, snorkelling, and outings in glass-bottomed kayaks. Rates start from $10,890 per person.

For all Winter 2022-23 departures click here.



In summer 2023, Le Ponant will set sail for Australia’s northwest with 26 departures to Kimberley’s coast, which is often referred to as the “Antarctica of the tropics.” State-of-the-art Zodiac boats will enable guests to reach hard-to-access points, while an exclusive partnership with the prestigious Paspaley Group will offer private scenic flights onboard one of the brand’s vintage Grumman Mallard flying boats to transport guests to or from their embarkation or disembarkation point. Guests can opt to explore the Northern or Southern Kimberley Coast, with rates starting at $12,930 per person.

For all Summer 2023 departures click here.


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