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THE BRIGHT FUTURE OF




      EXPEDITION CRUISING










































             here was once a time when those looking to take an expedition cruise were left with few choices. Old
             Soviet-era icebreakers and decommissioned research ships that were pressed into adventure cruise service
      T offered little in the way of creature comforts, and cruisers had to make compromises on everything from
      accommodations to food to service in order to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime voyage to far-off lands.

      Those days are quickly becoming a thing of the past. The    PONANT TO LAUNCH FOUR SHIPS
      next few years will see expedition ships of all shapes and sizes   Known collectively as the Ponant Explorers, four vessels –
      launched, and most will focus primarily on the luxury expedition   named after great French explorers – will be purpose-built
      cruise market. These new ships have accommodations that rival   for expedition cruises to the Arctic, Antarctic, and regions in
      those aboard the latest mega liners and offer features, such as   between. The first two vessels are due to enter service in the
      helicopters and submersibles, that only billionaires could have   summer of 2018, with the remainder to follow during the
      dreamed of having on their yachts.                          summer of 2019.

      No fewer than half a dozen companies are building new
      expedition cruise ships that will debut between now and 2020.


        Expedition cruises are active voyages designed with
        the adventurous cruiser in mind. You might have
        shore landings at 5 a.m. in Antarctica, or late-night
        tours in Europe. Dining times are constantly shifted
        to reflect the time ashore. We can help you find an
        expedition cruise that fits the level of activity and
        luxury you are most comfortable with.
                                                                                            Ponant Zodiac expedition, Kodiak Island, Alaska




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