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AussieBoyTX

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    Texas
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    Off the beaten path, remote destinations; scuba; hiking; biking
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Ponant
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    South Pacific

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  1. The link above has been updated through April and almost everything is cancelled. Check to see if the specific cruise you're looking for is listed. If it's not there at all, maybe there's hope? There are some April cruises on Le Bellot in Australia listed as "Under Study."
  2. Updated for March. Everything cancelled aside from the three Gauguin cruises departing March 6,13 & 27 is cancelled. https://fr.calameo.com/read/000132423cf461dcaf716?authid=BIZNrwBnxZY5
  3. Unfortunately, Ponant says this cruise (along with all others in January & February) is cancelled... https://fr.calameo.com/read/000132423cf461dcaf716?authid=BIZNrwBnxZY5&fbclid=IwAR3rpCjGU_8B_43woFlIFr1Hh5uUORGMDblK5v2kNlF_Yjq19Y4OlreSA3I
  4. Here is the list of January / February cruises. All have been cancelled — three Paul Gauguin sailings are “confirmed’ in March. https://fr.calameo.com/read/000132423cf461dcaf716?authid=BIZNrwBnxZY5&fbclid=IwAR3rpCjGU_8B_43woFlIFr1Hh5uUORGMDblK5v2kNlF_Yjq19Y4OlreSA3I
  5. It appears that Ponant has updated the site -- at least to cancel cruises. The first sailings shown are now Paul Gauguin in early March and L'Austral between Lisbon to St. Malo then on to Glasgow in mid April.
  6. Summary: After the epidemic on Le Jacques Cartier, Ponant has stopped all operations for a reevaluation of the COVID protocols and hope to resume sailing Spring 2021. In the meantime, 750 or their normal contingent of 1750 crew members will remain on the payroll to maintain the ships. https://www.meretmarine.com/fr/content/ponant-met-sa-flotte-larret-pour-plusieurs-mois-et-tente-de-preserver-lemploi
  7. Wow. Everything but some Gauguin cruises and the single Martinique - Panama cruise over Christmas are gone.
  8. FWIW, we were advised that "The Seychelles & Aldabra Atoll" December 16-28 has been cancelled. I don't know if that is the entire Seychelles season that Ponant was working on, or just this cruise.
  9. I watched yesterday. There were some interesting things: - For new reservations on cruises booked November 1, 2020 through October 31, 2021, deposit is only 10% and final payment is due 30 days in advance. - Refunds are available for cancellations greater than 30 days before cruise, you have a positive COVID test, or Ponant cancels the cruise. For cancelations less than 30 days, the current T&C applies. - There was a large section on environmental issues and how Ponant deals with them -- this included respecting native peoples as well as nature, reduction of emissi
  10. Yeah, everyday is a new adventure with Ponant. The link is on the French-langauge site here: https://www.ponant.com/blog/covid-19/ I don't think you'll see it in any language selection other than FR-France I have set my home country on Ponant.com to France and find that the contents don't exactly match the other language sites.
  11. They have added a new set of ship names I suppose to deal with their changing schedules and the limitations of their website: Soleal 2, Belot 2 and Boreal 2 join all the S20 ships.
  12. I remain confused. Ponant is convinced they can do Seychelles, I guess. France and UK are now on the Seychelles accepted country list with isolation so I guess that’s feasible. Dumomt d’Urville shows up in Martinique on December 23. The Tahiti schedule may be more fleshed out. The website still doesn’t match — it shows some Caribbean cruises on Bougainville S20 that aren’t mentioned in this doc. plus all of the numerous cancellations have t been removed.
  13. Updated again as of October 6. I didn’t try to cross reference the changes.
  14. An interesting article with the Deputy General Director. A couple of highlights: - Ponant is satisfied with bookings on the French cruises and were able to operate all but Normandy out of Le Havre (due to lack of interest). 40-50% occupancy, which makes profitability difficult. - As for upcoming cruises, "The period we are living in allowed us to show our ability to adapt. The coming months are uncertain, but we are planning cruises in Greece, Croatia (Editor's note: two dedicated brochures are being sent to the agencies), the Red Sea or the Iberian Peninsula by November. Fo
  15. I think few will be surprised if M/V Paul Gauguin is retired instead of renovated in 2021 and replaced with one or two Ponant ships — one even renamed Paul Gauguin.
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