Ponant and National Geographic Expeditions announce three new 16- to 21-day cruises to Antarctica

Le Lyrial (Courtesy Philip Plisson, Ponant)With a shared common vision in premium experiences and responsible travel, PONANT and National Geographic Expeditions offer an extensive range of expedition cruises throughout the world. Their unique itineraries allow guests to experience some of the most remote places on the planet, with a focus on respecting the cultures, environment and marine life of the places visited.

Continuing that tradition, PONANT and National Geographic today announce three new in-depth itineraries throughout the Antarctic.

The Antarctic Odyssey – with National Geographic

This fantastic 21-day epic cruise is unquestionably the trip of a lifetime, the quintessence of PONANT excellence in the Antarctic thanks to an all-new itinerary, the most comprehensive in this region. Guests will set ashore at some of the greatest wildlife sites on earth, guided by a National Geographic photographer. On the programme are several ports of call that will make this a unforgettable trip: the Falkland Islands with their rich and varied wildlife, South Georgia and its colonies of king penguins, the Antarctic Peninsula and, for the very first time, the mountainous South Orkney Islands, hunting ground for leopard seals. Guests will embark for an extraordinary adventure which will finish in Ushuaia via the mythical Drake Passage.

From Montevideo to Ushuaia
Aboard Le Lyrial
From 19 November 2019 to 9 December 2019
21 days / 20 nights
From €13, 770*
Ushuaia – Buenos Aires economy-class flight and transfer included

Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica – with National Geographic

PONANT announces an exceptional polar expedition cruise, discovering the most beautiful sites of the southern region. Guests will be enchanted by the wild beauty of the Falkland Islands, the huge glaciers of South Georgia and the exceptional wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula. Travelling in the company of a National Geographic Expert, guests will be taken on a journey through the lens of science & exploration and will experience these sites with the perspective that only National Geographic can bring. An all-new circumnavigation of South Georgia, the real highlight of the cruise, will be to explore the island’s mysterious and spectacular west coast and guests will perhaps have the chance to land on the sites where the British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton came ashore before starting his great crossing of the island.

From Ushuaia to Ushuaia
Aboard Le Soléal
From 14 to 29 November 2019
16 days / 15 nights
From €11, 740*
Buenos Aires – Ushuaia, Ushuaia – Buenos Aires flights and transfers included

Beyond the Polar Circle – with National Geographic

One of the highlights of this 17-day polar expedition cruise through the southern lands will be when the guests aboard L’Austral cross the mythical line of the Antarctic Circle. Guests will discover the wild beauty of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, this sub-Antarctic region formed by an underwater mountain chain that is home to diverse and preserved wildlife. The cruise will continue according to the White Continent’s weather and ice conditions. The National Geographic photographer and expert will inspire guests to see, experience and capture the beauty in new ways and the on-board experience will be complemented by outings and shore visits in the Zodiacs with an experienced team of naturalist guides.

From Ushuaia to Ushuaia
Aboard L’Austral
From 15 to 31 January 2020
17 days / 16 nights
From €16,220*
Buenos Aires – Ushuaia, Ushuaia – Buenos Aires flights and transfers included

In addition, when traveling on any of the PONANT-National Geographic itineraries, guest are informed that a portion of all proceeds go back to the non-profit National Geographic Society that supports researchers and explorers who work to preserve, protect, and advance understanding of the planet and its people.