There are many among us who think that a cruise ship is reserved for customers of an advanced age, that it’s not a real holiday, that cruise travel is boring. That’s a lot of prejudices – and yet there is a great deal of fun for everyone to be found onboard and on dry land.
Indeed, one company providing many splendid cruises to sunny destinations is Compagnie du Ponant – they can even take you to the Arctic.
The French-owned cruise company celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, offering 5-star expeditions to a wide variety of destinations. They run three luxurious yachts – Le Boréal, Le Soléal and L’Austral – equipped with 132 cabins and suites, plus Le Ponant, which has 32 cabins.
For those of you who are used to vacations in 5-star accommodation, welcome to a very luxurious yacht indeed. With several restaurants, including one that could be described as ’gastronomic’, a spa providing exceptional attention, a swimming pool, various themed bars (music, dancing, piano), an extensive library… and attentive staff looking after your every whim, these boats have what it takes to seduce any traveller. You are looking for the serenity of a luxury yacht on a human scale on you cruise travel, one which can stop off at the kind of unique locations only small cruising yachts can reach. You want to you feel completely at home while having the trip of a lifetime.
For families used to holidaying in top of the range holiday clubs that combine relaxation, sports and activities for parents and children alike, welcome aboard. On one of these themed cruises, grownups can sit back and enjoy a show in a theatre large enough to hold all of the passengers, while your dear little toddlers or teenagers will be looked after by the crew as they get a taste of the many and varied activities on board.
For those of you familiar with discovery tours calling at various luxury hotels, Compagnie du Ponant has something for you, too. The yachts sail mainly at night, so in the daytime they stop off in idyllic harbours. These are always carefully chosen to culturally fit the country you are visiting and professional guides lead the way. If you haven’t taken a cruise before, it really is a joy to get up in the morning and discover ever more beautiful and varied landscapes. And there’s no need to pack your suitcase and hit the road to find a hotel – your neat cabin is waiting for you and fine buffet food is always just around the corner.
Finally, for those natural-born explorers, eager to confront the exceptional, to take on the wilderness, welcome home. Aboard L’Austral, Le Boréal and Le Soléal you can head for just such places, since these vessels are specially designed for polar cruises – an unforgettable adventure in the far north and south poles, accompanied by recognized experts, but 5-star all the way.
So for the sceptics out there, accustomed to stereotypical vacations, try out this unforgettable experience, even if it’s just once in your life.
Practical tips: You can book your cruise on en.ponant.com or through one of the agents in Belgium, such as Navicruise, Footprints, Travel Sensations, Allways, Caractère, Classix, Cruise Plus, Eagle Travel, Enjoy Paradise, LDK, Thomas Cook, Locazur, Stopover.