PONANT and Relais & Châteaux, a beacon of excellence in hospitality and gastronomy, have come together to create all-new cruise experiences for 2020, with more to follow in 2021. Three new itineraries are already on sale and available to book.
Philippe Gombert, President of Relais & Châteaux says: « Through this partnership, we are delighted to offer a unique stay and the best cuisine to our guests at sea. PONANT’s ships boast exceptional accommodation making every cruise an unforgettable experience.” He adds “More than just a sense of excellence, we share fundamental values including ethics, commitment and authenticity, which are reflected in the respect of local cultures and heritage, and the protection of the environment. We believe in ethical cuisine. The ocean must now be considered as one of our planet’s most precious ecosystems ».
« Showcasing French excellence on the seven seas… This philosophy, which has driven PONANT for 30 years, finds its full meaning in the exclusive partnership that we have developed with Relais & Châteaux. Our shared values in the protection of the environment, a thrive for excellence in service and gastronomy, the concept of ‘boutique hotel’ that echoes the intimate size of our ships… we have a lot in common enabling us to provide our guests with a unique and refined experience. » says Jean Emmanuel Sauvée, President and co-founder of PONANT.
The Relais & Châteaux chefs, on board the PONANT ships throughout the cruises, will orchestrate two gala dinners, and create two new dishes specially for the occasion.
Guests will also be able to attend a culinary demonstration, cooking classes and lectures. Depending on the itineraries, the Chef may also be able to invite a few guests to accompany him to the markets and meet local producers.