Discover a New Kind of Cruise with Ponant & United Cruises

Take a journey with Ponant Yacht Cruises to experience that elusive blend of sophistication and easy intimacy that is the trademark of life "à la française."  Ponant's exquisite attention to detail shows itself in unique, carefully crafted itineraries, attentive service, and of course, impeccable French-inspired cuisine. Small vessels keep the guest list between 64 and 226 passengers, making your trip feel more like a private sailing or jaunt on a friend's yacht than a typical cruise experience. Small ships also allow you to get up-close-and-personal with beautiful sites and landscapes, and  Ponant's French registry permits stops in unique destinations often inaccessible to other fleets.

On board one of Ponant's luxurious vessels, you'll find refined design, elegant décor, and plush oceanview cabins perfect for sea- and star-gazing. You'll feel right at home with complimentary mineral, water, tea, and coffee whenever your heart desires - not to mention complimentary wine with lunch and dinner. Unwind with a face or body treatment in the onboard spa, soak in the sunshine on the pool deck, or stay in shape in the onboard fitness center. Seminars and lectures featuring international experts will provide you with the historical and cultural backdrop of your destinations, helping you to create truly immersive experiences on shore. For a unique, personalized cruise experience, try a theme cruise - customized speakers and activities cover topics ranging from golf to classical music, bridge, or diving.

Sophistication without stuffiness, refinement mixed with casual elegance - it's an ambience that's difficult to achieve, but so easy to get used to. For those looking for an alternative to big-ship cruising, Ponant offers authentic, intimate travel experiences in breathtaking destinations around the world. Discover an entirely new kind of cruising - the French way - with Ponant and United Cruises.

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Central & South America Ponant Cruises

Central & South America Ponant Cruises

If you’re looking for a jaw-dropping adventure, hop on board a Ponant Yacht Cruise to South America, where you’ll find lush tropical forests, snow-capped volcanoes, vast ancient cities, and even pink dolphins. The incredible diversity of the South American landscape guarantees surprises around every turn. Lounge on the world-famous beaches of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, or take a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Machu Picchu from Lima, Peru. In Tortel, Chile, visit a hillside village on stilts linked by a network of wooden walkways. Or set your sails on Argentina, Ecuador, or even Cape Horn – the possibilities are exhilarating.

Le Boreal

Departing from: Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina
Ports of Call: Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina • Cruise Cape Horn • Puerto Natales, Chile • Tortel, Chile • Puerto Montt, Chile • Castro, Isla Chiloe, Chile • Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile
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Bonus Offers Available:
  • Cardmember: +2 award miles per $1
  • Cardmember: +2 award miles per $1
    MileagePlus Visa cardmembers, you will earn 2 extra award miles per $1 of your cruise purchase price excluding port charges and government taxes.
  • Earn 2 award miles per $1
  • Earn 2 award miles per $1
    Earn 2 award miles per $1 of your cruise purchase price excluding port charges and government taxes.
  • Balcony & Suite: +2 award miles per $1
  • Balcony & Suite: +2 award miles per $1
    Book a balcony or suite and earn 2 exctra award miles per $1 of your cruise purchase price excluding port charges and government taxes.
  • Cardmember Balcony & Suite:+1 award miles per $1
  • Cardmember Balcony & Suite:+1 award miles per $1
    MileagePlus Visa cardmembers, book a balcony or suite stateroom and you will earn 1 extra award mile per $1 of your cruise purchase price excluding port charges and government taxes.
  • Earn Unlimited Future Cruise Credits for Referrals!
  • Earn Unlimited Future Cruise Credits for Referrals!
    Each time you refer a new customer to us, we will give you a $50 Future Cruise Credit after their sailing departs. There is no limit to the number of Future Cruise Credits earned, and you can apply them toward your next booking with us. Simply have your referral call us to book, indicate that you recommended us, and provide us with your name and city/state or email address. Offer is not valid if the referred customer is traveling aboard the same sailing as you.
South America Ponant Cruises
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About Ponant Cruises
Featured Ship: L Austral
Step aboard L'Astral and experience the sublime feeling of being on your own private yacht. An exceptional ship with her own unique style, this state-... learn more
Ship Completed Date: May 1, 2011
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Price is in miles per person based on two people staying in the same stateroom. Prices do not include government taxes and fees, airfare, or a non-refundable $24.99 processing fee per booking. All offers are for selected dates only, are subject to availability, are limited and apply to new bookings only. Your exact price depends on the time of the actual booking. Additional restrictions may apply. All prices and dates may not be available at the time of booking. Passengers receiving special rates based on residency or age will be required to show a government-issued form of identification (passport, or birth certificate and driver's license) at the pier to validate state of residency or age prior to boarding the cruise ship.. Fees or charges incurred after booking must be paid in money. Full Terms & Conditions. Best Price Guarantee restrictions and instructions apply; see our Best Price Guarantee Policy. For promotional offer terms and conditions, see offer description.

Award miles are per stateroom and are awarded to only one passenger per cruise booking. To qualify for extra award miles, simply book a balcony or suite, or pay for your cruise using your MileagePlus credit card through this Cruise Program. If you qualify, you could earn up to 7 award miles for every $1 paid toward the price of the cruise, excluding port charges, government taxes, onboard spending and fees. Offer is valid on new bookings only. Award miles are posted to member's account 6-8 weeks after the cruise has been completed. Cruises must be paid in U.S. currency.

Miles accrued, awards, and benefits issued are subject to change and are subject to the rules of the United MileagePlus program. Please allow 6-8 weeks for miles to post to your account. United may change the MileagePlus program including, but not limited to, rules, regulations, travel awards and special offers or terminate the MileagePlus program at any time and without notice. Bonus award miles, award miles and any other miles earned through non-flight activity do not count or qualify for Premier® status unless expressly stated otherwise. United and its subsidiaries, affiliates and agents are not responsible for any products and services of other participating companies and partners.

Taxes and fees related to award travel are the responsibility of the member. The accumulation of mileage or Premier status does not entitle members to any vested rights with respect to the program. United and MileagePlus are registered service marks. For complete details about the MileagePlus program, go to www.united.com.

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