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Ponant, the world’s only French-flagged cruise company, offers luxury small-ship cruising on 12 distinctive yachts. Ponant, based in Marseilles, France, is a subsidiary of CMA CGM, the world’s third-largest container shipping company.

Expansive sun decks and open-air restaurants allow guests to enjoy an authentic sailing experience. Because of the intimate size of the vessels, guests feel as if they are sailing on their own private yacht. Personalized service is assured, with a staff-to-guest ratio of 1:2. All the captains and officers are French, and all speak fluent English. Ships feature two or more indoor and outdoor lounges, with live musical entertainment and dancing under the stars; guest speakers on various subjects; a library with Internet access, reading materials and games; a watersports platform for diving and snorkeling; a fitness center with a massage area and Hammam Turkish baths; gift shop; beauty salon; and infirmary. Select ships have a Wii activity area and on-demand movies. Smoking is only permitted on outside decks of all ships. Le Boreal and L’Austral provide flexible stateroom configurations which accommodate families nicely. On select ships, Ponant Kids Club provides baby-sitting service upon request, children’s menus, tea parties, games, piano lessons and a host of other activities.

On average, Ponant’s rates start at $2,300 per person, depending on the itinerary and category. About 80% of its itineraries are seven nights, with some sailings between 4 and 15 nights.

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