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; Ponant LeSoleal, Beyond The Polar Circle, Antarctica, Falklands, S Georgia,Jan., 2018; Viking Tialfi, Rhine Getaway, Nov., 2017; Norwegian Spirit Mediterranean, Nov., 2017; Royal Caribbean Vision ofthe Seas, 11 day Baltic, Aug., 2017; Norwegian Epic, Spain, Morocco, CanaryIslands, March, 2016; Viking Pride, Paris & Heart of Normandy, Sept., 2015;Semiramis II, Nile River Egypt, May, 2015; Oceania Riviera, Turkey & GreekIsles, Oct., 2014; Celebrity Summit, S. Caribbean, Jan., 2014; CarnivalElation, W. Caribbean, Jan., 2012; Carnival Pride, E. Caribbean, Aug., 2010; GoldenPrincess, 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; DeTijdgeest Dutch Barge, Netherlands & Belgium, May, 2002; Renaissance R3,Tahitian Islands, March, 2001; Dawn Princess, S. Caribbean, Nov., 1999; StarPrincess, S. Caribbean, Nov., 1994; And lots of land based adventures to morethan 60 countries on 6 continents! Happy to answer any questions or share photos, home(at)terryandmike(dot)com.