Compagnie du Ponant is offering itineraries in South America, with 10 different cruises starting from Panama in Central America and crossing the Panama Canal all the way to the Tierra del Fuego archipelago of southern Chile and around Cape Horn, calling on countries including Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Venezuela and Colombia.
Compagnie du Ponant offers expedition-style cruising aboard three 132-stateroom sister ships, Le Boreal, L’Austral and Le Soléal, which just launched in July 2013. Due to their smaller size and technical capabilities, the ships are able to sail in waters and berth in ports not accessible to bigger ships. For example, ports of call on the South American voyages include the small Patagonian village of Tortel in Chile, the fishing port of Matarani in Peru, and Îles du Salut, a group of small volcanic islands off the coast of French Guiana.
Spotlight South America itineraries for the 2013/2014 Season include:
13-nights Valparaiso, Chile to Ushuaia, Argentina: A cruise along the Pacific Shores of South America, into the heart of the Chilean Fjords, around Cape Horn and through the Beagle Channel. Dates: Nov. 9 to 22, 2013 – all inclusive pricing from $5,918 per person
14-nights Recife, Brazil to Cayenne, French Guyana: This cruise has a variety of sceneries, from waterfalls to deserts, volcanoes and tropical forest, with the highlight of exploring the waterways of the Amazon. Dates: March 23 to April 6, 2014 – all inclusive pricing from $5,368 per person
14-nights Montevideo, Uruguay to Recife, Brazil: Discover the regions of Brazil from the Rio Grande and the lively beaches of Ilhabela to the tropical forest of Paraty to Rio de Janiero and Salvador. Dates: March 9 to 23, 2014 – all inclusive pricing from $5,810 per person
46-nights Ushuaia, Argentina to Fort de France, Martinique: This trip sails around Cape Horn to the Patagonia Channels to Chile’s port city of Valparaiso before heading to Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Costa Rica. After crossing the Panama Canal, the ship sails on to Colombia, Curacao and Venezuela, before calling on the Caribbean islands of Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia and Martinique. Dates: March 2 to April 17, 2014 – all inclusive pricing from $19,600 per person
On select sailings, Compagnie du Ponant offers a free singles supplement. For a list of the free single supplement cruises for the 2013/2014 season, click here.
For more information, visit en.ponant.com.