Ponant Sails to Cuba with Two New Itineraries in 2018

Ponant's Le Ponant Sails the Globe. Photo by Francois Lefebvre provided courtesy of Ponant. Editorial Use Only
Photo by Francois Lefebvre provided courtesy of Ponant

After its first cruising season in Cuba, PONANT is preparing for its second season in the destination with space available on two sailings: March 18-25 and April 1-9, 2018.

The seven-and eight-night "People to People Cultural Exchange" voyages will take place aboard the 64-guests Le Ponant, a three-masted sailing yacht. Ports of call include: Santiago de Cuba, one of the island's oldest cities; and Casilda, a small fishing village. An option two-night pre-cruise extension is available in Havana, where guests can partake in tours of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Guest lecturer Franklin W. Knight, professor of history at the Johns Hopkins University—who has been organizing educational travel programs to Cuba since the 1970s—will join the April sailing. 

Le Ponant has 32 rooms, all equipped with ocean views. Staterooms average 160 square feet and offer amenities including: European-style outlets, individual heat/air conditioning controls, a mini bar and complimentary bottled water. Other ship highlights include: four decks of guest facilities, the Sun Deck, Antigua Deck, St. Barth Deck and Marie Galante Deck; onboard library, a fleet of Zodiacs, and laundry services available for an additional fee. 

Free Luxury Travel Newsletter

Like this story? Subscribe to The Dossier

Luxury Travel Advisor’s only newsletter, covering unique destinations and product news for affluent travelers. Delivered every Tuesday & Thursday.

Additionally, Ponant is offering another Cuba itinerary for an 11-day voyage sailing December 6 to December 16, 2018. The voyage embarks from St. Martin to Cuba calling in the Dominican Republic, Virgin Gorda, Antilla and Havana.

In the coming months, Ponant will embark on numerous voyages to other destinations in the Caribbean including: 

  • Tee-time in the West Indies: This golf cruise sails from Fort de France to Pointe-a-Pitre and offers an optional golf package and visits to the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Saint Lucia. 
  • Christmas in the Grenadines: The 10-day cruise visits Saint Lucia, Tobago Cays National Park, Bequia, and multiple exclusive diving locations. An experienced diving monitor is on the cruise for those who wish to scuba dive or snorkel. 

Suggested Articles:

Aside from the risk of stumbling unawares into street battles and clouds of police tear gas, Hong Kong remains a pleasant city. Read more here.

Sansiveri will be based in New York City and responsible for sourcing, developing and account managing the business for the East Coast. More here.

Unexpected experiences and milestone celebrations are the travel trends to watch for 2020, according to Virtuoso’s latest Luxe Report. Here’s a look.