National Geographic Expeditions and Ponant have announced a new partnership to create co-branded, luxury expedition cruises with a focus on their shared vision for premium experiences and responsible travel.

Together, the two brands will offer expedition cruises throughout the world, targeting customers in Australia, NZ and Asia Pacific.

Ponant has created unique itineraries to some of the most remote and inaccessible places on the planet, transporting guests in style and comfort with innovative new features, including a new multi-sensory underwater lounge called Blue Eye.

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.

The luxury ships will 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.

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Core destinations will be the Antarctic and Arctic, which will be complemented by a range of global expeditions covering all continents.

Tim Jones, Vice President Travel Asia Pacific, National Geographic Partners said the relationship was a milestone in growing their National Geographic Expeditions business in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region.

“We will be working together to offer premium expedition experiences, creating unique itineraries that speak to the explorer in all of us.”

Tim Jones, Vice President Travel Asia Pacific, National Geographic Partners


expedition cruising – Pic: Rod Eime

Sarina Bratton AM, Chairman Asia Pacific for Ponant added that they were thrilled and gratified that one of the greatest specialist media companies in the world had chosen Ponant to be their expedition cruise partner.

The new cruise experiences are now available for booking here.

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