A shared common vision of premium experiences and responsible travel has brought together National Geographic Expeditions and luxury expedition cruise line, PONANT, to create a collection of over 100 unique co-branded itineraries, on sale now.
Targeting customers in Australia, NZ and Asia Pacific, the long-term arrangement will see PONANT “develop itineraries to some of the most remote and inaccessible places on the planet, transporting guests in style and comfort along with innovative new features, including a new multi-sensory underwater lounge called Blue Eye,” the companies said.
“National Geographic Expeditions will provide a range of expedition resources on-board, including leading experts and National Geographic photographers to travel and engage with all guests to create an immersive and quality experience.”
PONANT’s luxury ships offer an intimate experience with total passengers ranging from 180 to 240 per cruise and 130 itineraries have been designed for the next four years, with prices per person starting from $4,730 per person. Core destinations will be the Antarctic and Arctic, which will be complemented by a range of global expeditions covering all continents.
“Today marks a milestone in growing our National Geographic Expeditions business in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region,” said Tim Jones, Vice President Travel Asia Pacific, National Geographic Partners.
“In PONANT, we have a luxury and ethically minded partner with European flair, experience in travelling to ambitious locations, along with an expansive travel agent network. We will be working together to offer premium expedition experiences, creating unique itineraries that speak to the explorer in all of us.”
National Geographic Partners, VP Travel Asia Pacific, Tim Jones
Sarina Bratton AM, Chairman Asia Pacific for PONANT said the French cruise company was thrilled to have been chosen as National Geographic’s expedition cruise partner
“This partnership brings together two highly respected global organisations with shared values and a common goal to inspire guests to live curiously, explore our planet and become ambassadors for sustainability,” Bratton said.
Drawing on the National Geographic Society’s 130 years of exploration and storytelling, National Geographic Expeditions offers a wide range of unique travel experiences, including small ship voyages, private jet expeditions, small group tours, private tours, a collection of luxury sustainable lodges, and more. Trips are organised in over 80 countries on all seven continents, from the tropical atolls of French Polynesia to the peaks of Nepal and the ice world of the Arctic.