The French cruise line, Compagnie Du Ponant has been kept a secret for over 20 years by European travelers, but now that the company is planning on opening a new office in Miami, the cat is out of the bag. Ponant specializes in luxury cruises to off-the-path ports in Antarctica, Greenland, Europe, and beyond. Passengers can enjoy exceptional cuisine, spacious staterooms, and a welcoming family environment (kids sail free). Now, with two new state-of-the-art mega yachts on the way it’s quickly becoming a rising star in the industry.
When the newest ship, Le Boréal debuts in May 2010 she will uphold the sleek, modern design found on the three others, but Le Boréal will also feature impressive new amenities. Some highlights include a spa and fitness center, theater, all oceanview cabins with iPod docking stations, internet access, and even espresso machines in suite cabins. (After all, it is a European ship.) The maiden voyage, which is priced from 2,390€ ($3,547), embarks from Monaco and sails to Naples, Capri, Portofino, and other charming ports of call throughout Italy and France. L'Austral, the sister ship of Le Boréal, will launch in 2010.
For more information about Compagnie Du Ponant, visit www.ponant.com.