PONANT and Smithsonian Journeys release 2023 program

From the Arabian Coast to the St. Lawerence River and the Total Solar Eclipse

Mykonos, Greek Isles | @Studio Ponant/Julie Gourio

PONANT has unveiled its 2023 sailings that will be conducted in collaboration with Smithsonian Journeys, the travel program of the Smithsonian Institution.

There are 21 departures offered next year, including new itineraries of the Arabian Coat, Kimberley, Mediterranean and St. Lawerence River and Northern Africa. The new release program builds on the success of the partnership between PONANT and Smithsonian Journeys which launched in 2021 for 19 voyages this year.

Kimberley sunset | © Ponant/Nick Rains

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Drawing on Smithsonian’s resources dating back 175 years, the sailings will feature notable experts and experiences that embrace local cultures and dive deeper into a destination’s history, cuisine, language, environment, and wildlife. This is the second year PONANT and Smithsonian Journeys will offer co-branded sailings.

Guests on the sailings will be able to engage with a variety of Smithsonian Journeys Experts, ranging from archaeologists and scientists to anthropologists and historians. As part of the itineraries, PONANT will sail to ports of call never previously visited, including Ploče, Croatia and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

Aboard Le Boreal | ©PONANT/Erick Larrieu

Among the collection is the new 16-day Solar Eclipse 2023: Indonesia to Australia’s Kimberley aboard Le Lapérouse, departing Bali on 9 April 2023 that includes the total solar eclipse on 20 April 2023.

Other joint options in 2023 include a 9-day Cruising the Arabian Coast itinerary from Dubai to Muscat aboard Le Bougainville, departing 6 January; an 8-day Circumnavigation of Sicily operating roundtrip from Valletta, Malta aboard Le Bougainville, departing 4 May; and a 15-day Symphony of the St. Lawerence: From Quebec to the Canadian Maritimes, on board Le Bellot, from Toronto to Glouster, sailing from 16 October.

There are also voyages to Antarctica and the Arctic, as well as the Caribbean.

Click here to view the entire 2023 collection.

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