Compagnie du Ponant – PONANT

This French cruise company enjoys small luxurious yachts. They have a French crew of whom most speak English. Their attentive service is what one would expect from the best hotels or restaurants. As you might expect, the best chefs and French gastronomy. They invite you to sail in a five-star environment and enjoy a travel experience they ensure is simultaneously authentic and sophisticated. Founded in April 1988 by Philippe Videau, Jean-Emmanuel Sauvé, and other officers of the French Merchant Navy each ship is named after a famous French seafaring explorer.

Paul Gauguin Cruises was purchased by Ponant in 2019.

Le Champlain is the second ship of the Ponant Explorers-class of cruise ships operated by Ponant. Each member of the class has been allocated the name of a famous French explorer, and Le Champlain is named after Samuel de Champlain, “The Father of New France”

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