Posted September 19th, 2016, 03:38 PM
After doing research for a couple of years and speaking to a travel agent who specializes in expedition trips, we came to the conclusion that Ponant was for us and have booked on a sailing for January 2018 called "Crossing the Polar Circle" or something similar on Le Soleal.
We had told the agent we wanted to visit Antarctica, Faulklands and S Georgia, balcony cabin, luxury surroundings, high end food and service, great expedition staff, and our budget, and this sailing hit our wish list.
For Antarctica sailings Ponant limits passengers to 199, although the ship can hold just over 200 passengers.
Diamond Princess, Southeast Asia & Japan, Jan., 2020; Norwegian Dawn, Southern Caribbean, Feb., 2019; Ponant LeSoleal, Beyond The Polar Circle, Antarctica, Falklands, S Georgia, Jan., 2018; Viking Tialfi, Rhine Getaway, Nov., 2017; Norwegian Spirit, Western Mediterranean, Nov., 2017; Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas, 11 day Baltic, Aug., 2017; Norwegian Epic, Spain, Morocco, Canary Islands, March, 2016; Viking Pride, Paris & Heart of Normandy, Sept., 2015; Semiramis II, Nile River Egypt, May, 2015; Oceania Riviera, Turkey & Greek Isles, Oct., 2014; Celebrity Summit, S. Caribbean, Jan., 2014; Carnival Elation, W. Caribbean, Jan., 2012; Carnival Pride, E. Caribbean, Aug., 2010; Golden Princess, Alaska Inside Passage, May, 2010; Carnival Fantasy, W. Caribbean, July, 2009; Uniworld River Countess, Germany & Austria Christmas Markets, Dec., 2007; Holland America Statendam, Australia & New Zealand, Oct., 2006; Norwegian Dream, W. Caribbean, Dec., 2005; RCCL Rhapsody of the Seas, W.Caribbean, Oct., 2003; Imagine French Barge, Burgundy Region, May, 2003; De Tijdgeest Dutch Barge, Netherlands & Belgium, May, 2002; Renaissance R3, Tahitian Islands, March, 2001; Dawn Princess, S. Caribbean, Nov., 1999; Star Princess, S. Caribbean, Nov., 1994; And lots of land based adventures to more than 75 countries on all 7 continents! Happy to answer any questions or share photos, home(at)terryandmike(dot)com.