Ponant

  • Revenue: 156 million euros (2016)
  • Fleet of 5 ships

Acquired by Artémis in 2015, Ponant is the only French owner of luxury cruise ships and the world leader in polar expeditions.

Ponant offers its guests outstanding itineraries around the world and top-quality hospitality aboard luxury liners that have maintained a friendly atmosphere. Based in Marseille, the company owns one of the newest fleets on the market.

Since then, Artémis has been working with Ponant to boost the company’s international presence, launch the construction of new ships and pursue the strategy of innovation and excellence that has enabled Ponant to position its fleet as the symbol of French refinement and art of living.

Ponant was founded in 1988 by Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée and around a dozen officers from the merchant navy. The company operates in the fast-growing luxury cruise segment. The dynamic activity of this sector is mostly being driven by a growing interest from international customers, particularly in North America and Asia Pacific. Ponant offers its guests outstanding itineraries around the world and top-quality hospitality aboard luxury liners that have maintained a friendly atmosphere. Based in Marseille, the company owns one of the newest fleets on the market. In 2015, Ponant carried around 30,000 passengers and generated a steep rise in turnover, notching up 140 million euros. Since then, Artémis has been working with Ponant to boost the company's international presence, launch the construction of new ships and pursue the strategy of innovation and excellence that has enabled Ponant to position its fleet as the symbol of French refinement and art of living.

30 000
passengers carried in 2016