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Ponant is offering up to 30 percent off select Arctic expeditions in 2019. (Photo credit: Ponant/Lorraine Turc)
Ponant is offering up to 30 percent off select Arctic expeditions in 2019. (Photo credit: Ponant/Lorraine Turc)

Ponant is offering up to 30 percent off select Arctic expeditions in 2019. The line recently announced 21 departures to the Arctic in summer 2019 with new itineraries including the 13-day Magnificent Volcanoes of the Aleutian Islands (June 24-July 6), which takes guests along the Pacific Ring of Fire; and the 15-day Greenland of Great Explorers (July 12-26), where guests can follow in the footsteps of great French explorers who pushed the boundaries of polar navigation in the 19th century.

Iceland itineraries will also be offered aboard Le Champlain, one of the new ships in the Ponant Explorers series. Ports of call will include Reykjavik, featuring the largest visual art institution in Iceland; Grimsey, the nation’s northernmost territory and the ideal place to experience the midnight sun; and Heimaey, encased in a fortress of lava and home to 8,000 puffins.

Additional expeditions will take guests to Spitsbergen, located 800 miles from the North Pole; Baffin Bay, accessible only briefly during the summer when the sea ice becomes fragmented; and Alaska with its vast open spaces is perfect for wildlife spotting opportunities, including brown bears and bald eagles. Rates for the Magnificent Volcanoes of the Aleutian Islands itinerary start at $8,233 pp. Rates for the Greenland of Great Explorers itinerary start at $10,408 pp. For more information, call (888) 400-1082 or visit ponant.com.