Tauck Small Ship Cruising


Cruising with our long-time partner Ponant is to journey to regions where others do not venture. Offering truly unique-at-sea experiences, Ponant's state-of-the-art ships continue to bring our guests to "mythical destinations and secret ports" accessible only by small ship, offering "front-row seats to nature's spectacles" year after year.


Le Boréal, Antarctica

Welcome to Ponant

To embark on a luxury expedition cruise or sailing vessel with Ponant is to cruise with one of the finest in the industry. With a special long-standing relationship exclusive to Tauck, Ponant works diligently to make travelers dreams come true in remote and Mediterranean regions around the world. With its destination driven, state-of-the-art, hand-picked fleet… limited guest capacity, sleek design, and cutting-edge technology… and highly experienced crew from captain to expedition leader to expert naturalist… cruising on a Ponant vessel results in a beyond enriching experience turning each guest into true ambassadors of the shores they visit. 

Ponant's Explorer Series Ships

Introducing Ponant's exciting new Explorer Series ships

Sophisticated styling, innovative "green" technology, and welcoming, attentive service are all hallmarks of Ponant's new limited-capacity Explorer Class yachts (boasting 92 staterooms and suites) – including Le Lapérouse, debuting for Tauck in 2018, and her sister ships Le Champlain and Le Dumont d'Urville, joining Tauck's fleet of handpicked small ships for the 2019 cruising season. Each of these new, state-of-the-art ships is a luxe mega-yacht featuring six passenger decks, a choice of two dining venues and all-included bar and restaurant beverages throughout the day aboard ship, including house wines and spirits. Their environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed cabins, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside make your time at sea a pleasure, and offer the perfect atmosphere for a truly unique cruising experience.

Blue Eye Lounge

Aquatic wildlife... underwater... on the outside looking in...

Exclusive to our Explorer-Series small ships, Le Lapérouse, Le Dumont d'Urville and Le Champlain, The Blue Eye lounge is the world's first multi-sensory, underwater lounge. The space's graphical references evoke cetaceans and jellyfish – and inspiration is evident in the lines of the lounge, the positioning of the body, the furniture and the fittings. All focus is drawn towards the two portholes, shaped like the eye of a cetacean and looking out upon the subaquatic world. The lighting in the lounge is developed through touches, disseminated in the space, allowing the spirit and the gaze to dive into the spectacle unfolding outside. The mural décor disappears to make way for the integrated digital screens projecting the images filmed live by three underwater cameras. Placed at the ship's strategic points, these cameras enable guests to witness, for example, the spectacle of dolphins playing in the bow waves.

Venice & the Dalmatian Coast

Join us for an extraordinary Tauck cruise aboard Ponant's Le Lyrial – "Venice & the Dalmatian Coast"

One of Tauck's most popular small ship cruises for more than a decade, our "Venice & the Dalmatian Coast" is a 10-day experience exploring Venice, Italy's incredible "city of canals," and Croatia's Dalmatian Coast on the Adriatic Sea, dotted with ancient forts and castles, and looking much as it did during the "Age of Sail" – including a 7-night cruise aboard Ponant's luxury yacht Le Lyrial. Shore excursions visit palaces, cathedrals, walled cities and citadels from the Greek, Roman, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque periods... and UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Dubrovnik, Venice, Kotor, Sibenik and Split. Attend a Moreska cultural performance, spend two nights in Venice taking in the rich treasures of the lagoon city... and much more!

Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice

Discover a fascinating island nation on Tauck's "Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice" – aboard Ponant's Le Champlain

Sold out year after year, our 8-day "Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice" invites you to cruise aboard one of the newest vessels in Tauck's small ship fleet – Ponant's stylish Explorer Series yacht Le Champlain – to get to know surprising Iceland as few people do. Sailing from sophisticated Reykjavik to off-the-beaten-track towns, tiny villages and islands populated by just a handful of people, you'll explore a land of volcanoes and glaciers… epic sagas, heroic legends and a rich history… elves and spirits… puffins and whales… home to the world's first legislative parliament convened in 930 AD, the northernmost golf course in the world, the most northerly capital city… and a human population of only a little over 300,000 people.


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