PONANT, the world’s leading luxury expedition company and the only French-owned company, in its quest to elevate luxury travel to its greatest exponent while preserving its «savoir faire», is associated with Relais & Châteaux, a symbol of excellence in gastronomy , to offer unrivaled experiences from 2020. Several Relais & Châteaux chefs will travel on several PONANT cruises organizing gala dinners and creating new dishes focused on the flavors and ingredients of the destination. Guests can also enjoy masterclass cooking, as well as conferences on gastronomy. Depending on the cruises and the stopovers, the chef will also offer the possibility of some passengers accompanying him to visit a local market or his meetings with local producers.
«Treasures of Brittany»
On September 20, 2020, Mathieu Guibert (head of the house of Anne de Bretagne in the Plaine-sur-mer) will be aboard the Jacques-Cartier for an 8-day cruise along the Brittany coast. During this itinerary, guests will discover historical port cities and wild coasts of Brittany such as the Ponant Islands, the Gulf of Morbihan, Houat, Hoëdic, Ouessant or Belle-Île-en-Mer. From € 4,350
«Canary Islands and Cape Verde»
On October 11, 2020, from Portugal to Senegal, the Spanish chef of Relais & Châteaux Federico López Arcay (director of A Quinta Da Auga in Santiago de Compostela) will embark for 9 days aboard the Dumont-d’Urville. After leaving Lisbon, the boat will sail to the historic city of Funchal in Madeira, then go to the Canary Islands, Tenerife and Gran Canaria, before discovering Cabo Verde: Mindelo and Santiago, the most populated islands of the archipelago. Dakar will be the final destination, a sunny pause between the cultural and architectural heritage, and exceptional natural places. From € 4,330 *
«China and Vietnam»
On October 28, 2020, passengers embarking aboard the Lapérouse, in the vibrant Chinese megalopolis of Shanghai, will make a 9-day cruise with Asian flavors, which will take them to Halong Bay. In this itinerary the ship will visit cities such as the romantic Xiamen or the bustling Hong Kong and will end its trip in Haiphong, Vietnam. A unique cruise during which passengers will discover fascinating cities and natural treasures declared World Heritage by Unesco. From € 4,530 *
Philippe Gombert, president of Relais & Châteaux, said: «We share the fundamental values of the cruise line: ethics, commitment and authenticity, which are particularly illustrated in the development of local cultures, respect for heritage, protection of the environment Environment and nature The requirement of ethical cooking is our leitmotiv.The ocean must now be considered one of the most valuable ecosystems on our planet. »
For his part Jean Emmanuel Sauvée, president and co-founder of PONANT, said: «To show French excellence in all the seas of the world.» This is the philosophy that has driven PONANT for 30 years and the exceptional partnership we have formed is particularly relevant. with Relais & Châteaux Our common values in the field of the environment, excellence in service and gastronomy or the concept of «boutique hotel» that is reflected in the intimate size of our ships are some of the numerous points of convergence that We have to offer our guests a unique experience. »
Juan Rodero CEO of StarClass, representative of PONANT in Spain has shown his enthusiasm with this association as it allows customers to offer culinary experiences that match the StarClass brand.