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Cruising in 5-star French Flair with Le Ponant Luxury Small Ship Cruises & Expeditions
Intimate luxury discovery cruising “a la Francaise”.
Le Ponant is the only French cruise ship owner. It has been delivering upmarket cruise service for over 25 years. John Galligan Travel are proud to bring this superb cruise product to our discerning cruise clients.
Le Ponant sails to exceptional destinations while combining a refined lifestyle with a passion for discovery. It has a fleet of 4 modern, sleek motor yachts and one sail/motor vessel. All in the 5-star category, complete with understated luxury. Destinations include discovery cruises to Antarctica.
Le Ponant’s “French Touch” is simply the subtle blend of relaxed elegance and conviviality. That certain “je ne sais quoi” that passengers so appreciate, buoyed by the elegant authenticity of the trips and the personality of the ships. Destinations range from the Far East to the Mediterranean, South America, and the Arctic and Antarctic. The ships are fully ice rated and ideal for expedition cruising in style.
Many extras are included in your cruise i.e. all meals while onboard, mineral water, tea, coffee, wines served during lunch and dinner, evening entertainment and events, baggage handling from pier to ship and vice versa.
Many departures have a cruise theme. With internationally renowned artists, recognized specialists, top level sports managers, Michelin-starred chefs, every themed cruise has been conceived to help you fulfil your personal expectations. Distinguished speakers and customized programs are in place for you to share the passion and talents of highly regarded professionals. Whether you are an amateur or experienced connoisseur, you are sure to appreciate these exceptional cruises. On board and on land, they have been meticulously planned around the chosen theme, particularly with regard to the choice of golf courses, concert halls, museums, and other venues.
Le Ponant Ships
The fleet of 5 vessels allows for choice. “Le Ponant” is an efficient three-masted sailing yacht with 32 staterooms. The new state of the art ships “Le Boréal”, “L’Austral”, “Le Soleal” and “Le Lyrial” have 132 staterooms and suites. They all offer chic cruising without the crowds. Experience the comfort of a private cruise onboard vessels of an intimate size, exclusive to between 64 to 226 guests. Interiors are elegant and uncluttered. Delight in the fun and casual elegance onboard without the formalities. Discover exceptional sites and come close to landscapes, inaccessible to larger ships. The French registry allows Le Ponant’s ships to visit destinations often not visited by other lines, including Cuba and Libya.
As you might expect, Le Ponant offers exquisite dining with French and international cuisine. Complimentary wines are included at lunch and dinner. The gourmet cuisine is worthy of top fine dining restaurants. Exquisite wines are available, and menus are created with expertise by skilled chefs with a French-inspired menu, enhanced by specialties from the various ports of call.
Crew members are all versed in elegant discretion and will see to it that you enjoy a welcome that will make your cruise a unique experience. Le Ponant offers an alternative to many other traditional cruise lines. Attentive, professional, discreet and elegant, the fully bilingual service on board will meet your every desire. The unique atmosphere is filled with a signature sentiment: a warm welcome from an experienced crew who are passionate about what they do, in the tradition of private yachting.
Le French Touch?
The French Touch is above all a French crew, there to welcome you and ensure your well-being during your cruise. It’s also the French art of living that travels with them, where discreet service and excellent cuisine naturally take pride of place. Each day, French chefs will introduce you to fragrant flavours, cheeses carefully selected by expert cheese affineurs, delicious specialty breads and sweet pastries. All of this is accompanied by a selection of fine wines to complement your meal, or you may choose from a superb “à la carte” list of grand cru wines and the on-board sommelier will be only too happy to advise you. The French Touch is also evident in their choice of partners, whose expertise and passion for their work matches their own quest for excellence. Interior design by Jean-Philippe NUEL, beauty treatments by Sothy’s, fabrics by Pierre FREY, travel beauty kits by L’Occitane and a range of boutiques including Lacoste and Façonnable.
JGT’s Le Ponant 2015 Irish Cruises
“Gourmet Cruise” Lisbon to Dublin 12th May 2015 – 7 nights
Guest Celebreties Nathalie Beauvais (chef passionate about the cuisine and the products of her native Brittany), Pierre-Yves Lorgeoux (specialist of healthy, balanced gastronomy), Patrick Jeffroy (famous chef, holder of two Michelin stars) and Patrick Mahe (writer and former Editor in Chief of Paris Match (1981-96), and Director of Télé 7 Jours).
Enjoy the best of French cuisine in the company of those who know. This cruise will depart Lisbon and visit Viana do Castelo (Portugal), Cee (Spain), La Coruna, Scilly Isles, Cobh and overnighting in Dublin before disembarking there.
Prices from €1,590 plus taxes €350pp sharing.
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT!
“Irish Symphony” Dublin to Dublin 19th May 2015 – 7 nights
Land of Legends and romance, the Celtic shores offer to travelers a poetic and wild beauty. We invite you to sail aboard Le Soleal to discover itineraries punctuated in history, between plains and colored villages, under the eyes of the Atlantic Ocean.
A unique opportunity to cruise with Alain Duault. Alain is a well-known French musicologist, journalist, writer, television and radio presenter, and producer. He will share his vast knowledge and passion for classical music. Alain Duault is a regular on La Compagnie du Ponant’s ships, and for this 2015 Musical Cruise he will be surrounded by an exceptional group of artists he has specially selected. Together, they will delight music-loving passengers with talks and concerts during which a number of composers will be honoured. The Artistic Cast accompanying Alain Duault:-
– The Sirba Trio: Yann OLLIVO (piano), Richard SCHMOUCLER (violin), Rémi DELANGLE (Clarinet) – Soloists: Cécile CORBEL (Harp), Mikhaïl RUDY (Piano), Ophélie GAILLARD (Cello), Florian LACONI (Ténor), Mireille DELUNSCH (Soprano)
With the participation of François Mauss, founder of the “Davos of Wine”, which will invite you to a unique tasting of some outstanding wines.
This cruise will depart Dublin and visit Cork, Liverpool, Douglas, Iona, Staffa Island (Hebrides), Killybegs, Belfast and return to Dublin.
Prices from €2,310 plus taxes €350pp sharing.
“Heart of Scotland” Dublin to Copenhagen 26th May 2015 – 9 nights
Visit the most beautiful capitals of the North Sea and their architectural treasures. The sound of bagpipes echoes in the mist over lochs inhabited by monsters from the sea. Welcome to Scotland, a kingdom of heather-clad mountains and ancestral homes haunted by long forgotten ghosts. In this land of legends and romance you will set out aboard Le Soleal to discover mysterious castles and dungeons and approach Celtic territories steeped in History from the sea, just as the first Vikings did all those centuries ago.
The cruise will feature Breton Music by Arz Nevez. Within the 1001 facets of Breton music, Arz Nevez occupy a special place. This comes from having succeeded, twelve years ago, in combining traditional and classical forms, two worlds that were similar to one another but went no further. Driven by the guitarist Yves Ribis, Arz Nevez has added new colours to an already brilliant Breton palette. With five discs under their belt, the group has more than demonstrated its worth. Their ease and imagination have left their mark…” Gildas JAFFRE, Ouest France newspaper.
This cruise will depart Dublin and visit Douglas, Iona, Tobermory, Portree, Kirkwall, Stavanger, Kristiansand, Oslo, Goteborg and disembark in Copenhagen.
Prices from €2,780 plus taxes €450pp sharing.
To book your “Gourmet Cruise” call John Galligan Travel on (01) 207 6555 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
ANTARCTICA AND OTHER EXPEDITION CRUISES
Le Ponant cruises are famous for their expedition voyages to the Arctic, Antarctica, Siberia, North West Passage etc. Expedition cruising in style.
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