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PONANT is welcoming a sleek new member to its small-ship fleet: the intimate 24-meter catamaran Spirit of Ponant. The vessel was built in France and features six staterooms. The yacht will begin its journey in Corsica in July 2024 before heading to the Seychelles for the winter 2024 season. Spirit of Ponant will be available for private charters on week-long voyages and on a per-cabin basis for select itineraries, a unique offering for sailing yachts of this size.

“The Spirit of Ponant is a new expression of our pioneering spirit, as the travel format is a first in the luxury cruise sector. Our guests will experience what it is really like to be a sailor, including interacting with the captain to create a voyage that meets their desires and expectations. They will benefit from hidden away anchorages in magical places while enjoying the high-end services for which PONANT is renowned,” said Hervé Gastinel, CEO of PONANT, in a press statement.

Spirit of Ponant Takes Center Stage

Accommodating up to 12 guests and four crew members, Spirit of Ponant will provide your clients with the personalized service that PONANT is known for. During their cruise, they will enjoy the services of a personal chef, spacious staterooms and various activities, including paddleboarding, wakeboarding and snorkeling.

Rear cockpit. (Photo by PONANT/Nicolas Claris)

The yacht’s inaugural season in Corsica will feature customizable 7-night itineraries, roundtrip from Bonifacio, tailored to your client’s interests and co-created with the Captain’s recommendations. For the winter 2024 season, it will sail to the Seychelles, offering circumnavigations of Mahé, the largest island in the archipelago.

“The concept and design of this Lagoon Seventy 7 yacht has been praised by everyone in the industry, won over by the spacious interior and exterior areas. Guests will really appreciate the high-end finishings as much as her exceptional sailing qualities,” said Guillaume Le Brec, the skipper in charge of this project at PONANT, in a press statement.

Spirit of Ponant joins the line’s fleet of 13 small ships, including the brand’s first ship, the 16-stateroom sailing yacht Le Ponant, and the world’s only luxury icebreaker, Le Commandant Charcot.

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