Ponant operates 12 small capacity vessels that offer worldwide itineraries that include Antarctica, the Arctic, and Africa. Their vessels are registered in France and they employ 1,500 crewmembers. Ponant is the only French cruise line and is a world leader in luxury expeditions.
Starting out in 1991 with only one ship, Le Ponant, the company today now operates four additional and identical luxury sister ships, Le Boreal (2010), L’Austral (2011), Le Soleal (2012), and Le Lyrial (2015).
In 2015, Artemis, a holding company controlled by France’s Pinault family acquired Ponant. And, in March 2016, Ponant signed a letter of intent to build four expedition vessels that will carry 1C ice class certification. Their new ships were named after French explorers, Laperouse, Champlain, Bouganville, and Kerguelen.
The employment pages of their website indicate that they do not directly hire their crew members. The staff on board PONANT vessels are employed by Uvéa Marine Services, a crew maritime company. If you wish to join their UMS ships’ teams, they invite you to apply for the offers below.
- Hotel / Restaurant
- Prod (Speakers, Naturalists…)
Cruise Line Website: http://en.ponant.com
Employment Page: Ponant Careers
Uvéa Marine Services Website: http://www.ums.wf
Updated: September 2, 2020