PONANT Will Usher In 2017 With Sails To Cuba

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PONANT, the only French-flagged cruise line, celebrated for destination-focused itineraries to remote and exotic destinations, is extending its yacht-style cruises to offer Americans the opportunity to explore Cuba and get a deeper understanding of its people and culture.

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PONANT has been introducing Europeans to Cuba in the past and we are now delighted to offer Americans this enriching opportunity from a most comfortable setting aboard a cruise on Le Ponant

PONANT, the only French-flagged cruise line, celebrated for destination-focused itineraries to remote and exotic destinations, is extending its yacht-style cruises to offer Americans the opportunity to explore Cuba and get a deeper understanding of its people and culture.

These "People-to-People Cultural Exchange" cruises in 2017 will offer immersive itineraries from 7 and 8 nights on Le Ponant, the iconic sailing yacht hosting only 64-guests eager to embark on a unique exploration of Cuba’s complex history and culture in a highly-experiential, authentic and engaging manner.

“Enjoying thoughtfully-curated programs and engaging with locals have always been the essence of the PONANT cultural experience," noted Navin Sawhney, Chief Executive Officer, Americas. “PONANT has been introducing Europeans to Cuba in the past and we are now delighted to offer Americans this enriching opportunity from a most comfortable setting aboard a cruise on Le Ponant.”

Cuba offers an amazing variety of attractions, from historic cities with some of the hemisphere’s best-preserved colonial architecture to idyllic off-lying cays that offer a rich marine life. In the company of local experts, guests will also have meaningful encounters with Cuban citizens, artists, professionals, and civic leaders.

Touring Cuba aboard Le Ponant allows for comfort in casual elegance while exploring this unique island-nation with French-inspired cuisine, the convenience of unpacking just once, the sophistication of shipboard accommodations and traveling with an intimate group of like-minded travelers.

ABOUT PONANT
The only French-flagged cruise line and world-leader in polar expeditions, PONANT, was founded in 1988 by Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée and a dozen Merchant Navy officers. Boasting one of the newest fleet of small luxury ships, today the company is a reference for a new style of high-end cruises and a unique concept for sea travel that combines exceptional itineraries with five-star amenities. In October 2015, PONANT Cultural Cruises and Expeditions was acquired by Artemis Holding Company of the Pinault family, strengthening the brand's competitive advantage globally. http://www.ponant.com

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