Tuesday 12 November 2019

PONANT Offers Over 80 Cruises With Scuba Diving Options

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Ideal For Divers Who Like To Cruise Or Cruisers Who Like To Dive

 PONANT offers the opportunity to dive in some of the most remarkable underwater sites around the world, all the while enjoying the luxury and trappings of modern small ship cruising with a French touch.

During 2019, 2020 and 2021, World Leader of Luxury Expedition Cruises, PONANT, features scuba diving destinations across over 80 voyages.Perfect for divers who enjoy travelling with companions who also like to dive, or prefer to snorkel …. or would rather enjoy exploring shore-side while their dive partner is underwater.

Whether drift diving or exploring wrecks, these itineraries provide a variety of warm water diving options to suit all tastes. At some locations introductory Beginners Dives are available to ease newcomers into the underwater life below.

From the Seychelles to Polynesia, Madagascar to the Caribbean, these PONANT cruises take you to fascinating destinations above water and iconic dive sites below. Monique Ponfoort, Vice President PONANT Asia Pacific, explains “If pristine coral reefs, World War II wrecks, an abundance of marine life that potentially includes parrot fish, spiny lobsters, turtles, sharks, barracuda and manta rays appeals to you, then consider joining one of these cruises exploring the diversity of the underwater world”.

“Voyages with scuba diving offered include close-to-home options like Fiji, Micronesia and Papua New Guinea, while further afield we have diving available on cruises to the Seychelles, Maldives, Polynesia and the Caribbean….. We also have six expedition voyages in partnership with National Geographic”.

Balance underwater experiences with a relaxed lifestyle onboard:

“Whether a diver or not, our fleet of modern small ships provide a friendly, intimate experience and facilities that all guests will enjoy”.

“These are definitely not hard-core dive boats. Rather, we offer small ship cruising with all the little luxuries and creature comforts that make for as memorable time above water as below. These are enjoyable voyages first and foremost with the added option of diving in some of the world’s finest locations.”

“We even manage to give non-divers a taste of the underwater world. Our new fleet of Explorer ships have an exclusive world-first, an underwater lounge we call Blue Eye. Here, situated below water level, look out through the large windows into the surrounding marine world while listening to the sounds of the ocean and creatures in the vicinity. And you don’t even need to get wet!” explains Monique.

Enjoy French luxury and ambiance, and experience the difference small ship cruising offers. Cool off in the swimming pool, enjoy Sothys spa therapy to ease tired muscles or simply as a pampering indulgence. An inclusive Open Bar provides guests with the chance to share your day’s experiences with newfound friends with a beer, wine, champagne or, perhaps, a cocktail. Later, the choice of refined cuisine, the flavours complemented with world-class wines.

Important Notes: these PONANT voyages are not designed for hard-core scuba divers seeking dedicated dive boats with multiple daily dives. The dives are best suited to accredited recreational divers. Typical maximum depth will be 20 - 25 metres.

Scuba diving is an additional cost. Example: €80 for one dive up to €420 for 6 dives. Price includes wetsuit, buoyancy jacket, fins, mask, snorkel, regulator with octopus and pressure gauge and a dive computer.

Accreditation level: The minimum level required for scuba diving is the PADI Open Water Diver (or equivalent). The certification card, the diving logbook and a recent medical certificate (less than 12 months) must be presented on board at the beginning of the cruise.

Diving excursions may be changed depending on weather and safety conditions and the number of divers.

An experienced dive instructor is onboard during the cruise, sometimes working in conjunction with local dive operators to ensure access to the best locations according to prevailing conditions.

Further information:

PONANT cruises epitomise modern-day expeditions, where luxury merges with adventure across voyages that include polar, tropical and sub-tropical destinations.

The fleet of PONANT environmentally accredited ships are internationally recognised, forming part of the youngest and most modern fleet of luxury expedition ships in the world.

Some voyages currently offer Ponant Bonus fare savings of up to 30%!

Below are examples of some of the 80 PONANT voyages featuring scuba diving:

Description automatically generatedThe Essential Seychelles:
Mahé to Mahé (Seychelles Islands) aboard Le Jacques-Cartier & Le Bougainville.
An 8 night expedition cruise to the heart of this archipelago’s inner islands for a glimpse of paradise above and below water. Possibility of diving in Saint Joseph Atoll, Curieuse Island, Grande Sour, Praslin and La Digue Islands.
13 departures to select from between December 2019 and March 2021.
From AUD $5,350 per person*(1) in a Deluxe Stateroom with private balcony based on a double occupancy.

Polynesia: The Austral Islands & Bora Bora: Papeete to Papeete (Tahiti) aboard Le Boreal & Le Soleal.
A 9 night voyage exploring the idyllic islands and atolls of French Polynesia. Possibility of diving in Raivavae, Tubai, Rurutu, Rimatra, Rangiroa and Moorea.
Departs 10 October 2020 & 4 May 2021.
From AUD $6,520 per person* in a Superior Stateroom based on a double occupancy.

Island Gems & Underwater Treasures of the Caribbean – with National Geographic:
Colón to Fort-de-France aboard Le Jacques-Cartier.
A 9 night expedition cruise that will immerse you into Afro-Caribbean cultures as well as allow the opportunity to discover the magnificent marine flora and fauna of the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Possibility of diving in Bonaire, Saint George’s Grenada, Mayreau Island and Soufrière.
Departs 1 March 2021.
From AUD $5,530 per person* in a Deluxe Stateroom based on a double occupancy.

To access a listing of all voyages with “Diving”, and for current pricing, visit our website https://au.ponant.com. Click on the “CRUISES” tab then filter by “Our Offers” selecting the “Diving” filter option.

Pricing Terms & Conditions: * All advertised prices are based on the Ponant Bonus fare per person, in Australian Dollars, based on a double occupancy, including port taxes, yield managed, correct at time of writing – 7/11/2019. Ponant Bonus discount subject to change based on availability. (1) Price based on 8 December 2020 cruise. Refer to https://au.ponant.com for further Terms & Conditions.


Details of all PONANT voyages, pricing and shore excursion highlights are available at https://au.ponant.com/.

Contact your travel agent, or PONANT on: 1300 737 178 (Australia) or 0800 767 018 (New Zealand), or email reservations.aus@ponant.com.

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