8. Ponant Cruises and Expeditions – Julie Rogers

POSTED BY Allen Suss September 13, 2016 IN Podcast, Travel | No Comments

Julie Rogers - National Business Development Manager, Ponant Cruises and ExpeditionsCruise liners are the first point of call when travellers consider taking to the seas, though sometimes a different, more exclusive sea travel experience, like Ponant cruises, is calling.

Today I’m talking with Ponant’s Julie Rogers. Ponant specialise in luxurious yacht expeditions that deliver on a more intimate and human level.

What makes Ponant cruises different?

There’s many things including:

  • Ponant cruises are limited to 180 passengers
  • Exquisite food
  • Ponant goes exotic places and into places the bigger ships can’t even think of going into
  • Ponant even travels into Antarctica

About Ponant cruise ships

Ponant cruise ships are classified as Mega Yachts. They are 145 metres in length.

Four more Ponant mega yachts are in the making, and they will only be 127 metres in length, which will enable them to sail to previously prohibitive places, like the Maldives and up the Amazon River.

Why Ponant Cruises?

The whole ambiance of Ponant is for you to feel as though you are on a private yacht.

The intimacy of being on a small ship (170 – 180 guests). You get taken to mythical destinations and smaller hidden coves that are simply not accessible to the larger ships.

Ponant can actually cruise up the River Thames and the bridge opens up, and you are docked outside the government house.

The food is international with French flavours (Ponant is a French cruise line).

There are 3 diners choices… you can dine a-la carte, or up to the grill for a more casual buffet (there’s barbeque at lunch times), and there is also room service at no additional charge.

Ponant cruises all over the world with their 4 mega yacht, and are experts in the polar regions. All yachts are expedition purpose built.

Ponant has a unique pricing policy. When a new cruise is release, it’s released with a 30% Ponant bonus. As more and more people book in for the cruise, the bonus decreases. This is to encourage passengers to book early.

A bit about Julie…

Julie has been in the Travel industry for 23 years and has had good all-round experience in different sectors of the industry, including…
– Corporate Travel
– Retail Travel
– Wholesale : Scenic, Globus family, SQ, HAL & Seabourn, Rocky Mountaineer
– Current: PONANT as National Business Development Manager

Awards
– NTIA : Best Sales Executive 2006
– Many Sales Awards

Travel
– Almost everywhere….except Antarctica which is booked for February 2018

Favourites
– Always happy to find a new favourite destination…..
– Scuba diving Maldives
– Europe River Cruising
– Egypt
– Africa Safari
– Yacht Cruising around the Whitsundays

Wishlist Travel
– Yacht Cruising & Scuba in Eastern Caribbean
– Ponant Cruise – Kimberley Expedition

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