Travel, Tourism & Hospitality

Ponant-CruiseXplore partner to expand regional footprint

French cruise ship operator Ponant and Middle East-based CruiseXplore have entered into a partnership to combine the seamless services of world-class luxury voyages and regional industry experience.

For 35 years, Ponant has taken its voyagers to explore all seven continents on its modern and luxurious fleet of vessels that feature state-of-the-art technology, comfort and elegance.

Ponant is a pioneer in sustainable exploration and offers more than 400 itineraries across 100 plus countries. Across all itineraries, guests will have opportunities to visit and enjoy over 120 Unesco World Heritage Sites.

Ponant’s new deployment for this winter includes an eight-day cruise aboard Le Bougainville, between prodigious metropolises, ancient merchant cities and nature shaped by the stunning desert sun. The “Treasures of Arabian Gulf” itineraries will depart from Muscat on December 8 and on December 22, 2023.

Le Bougainville will depart from Doha to Muscat on the 11-day “Music of One Thousand and One Nights,” from November 28 to December 8, 2023.

The New Year cruise will departure from Doha on December 29 for cruising the Arabian Coast with Smithsonian Journeys.

Commenting on the partnership, Stephen Winter, Ponant International Sales Director said: “This collaboration marks a significant milestone in our journey to expand our presence in the Middle East. Together, we will not only enhance our sales efforts, but also raise awareness locally. With our joint expertise, we are set to embark on an exciting voyage towards a brighter future in this dynamic market.”

“Ponant’s combination of high sophistication, outstanding service and exceptional destinations appeal greatly to this region. The Middle Eastern guests always look for premium holiday options and Ponant  serves to be the perfect fit for our guests,” said Lakshmi Durai, Chief Executive Officer of CruiseXplore. – TradeArabia News Service