Following the example of the Lindblad Cruise Line and National Graphic in the USA, Ponant, the French cruise line which since a slow beginning in 1988 followed up thereafter by bursting upon the cruise industry.
They achieved a high profile presence with their order in 2010, of the first of a series of four identical luxury sister ships, Le Boreal. A year later, the company began operating the second ship of the class, L’Austral and in 2013, the third ship of the class was added to the fleet, Le Soléal. The fourth ship of the class, Le Lyrial, was delivered in 2015.
It didn’t stop there. In March 2016, Ponant ordered four new ships with about 10.000 GT at VARD, a subcompany of Fincantieri. They will get delivered in 2018 and 2019. The ships are the Le Lapérouse, Le Champlain, Le Bougainville and Le Kerguelen.