While many cruise lines (especially those in the U.S.) are laying low and looking for ways to safely get back in business, other companies are going full steam ahead and starting up again this summer. The French cruise line Ponant is planning to sail in early July, and have announced a number of itineraries for the month. Here are a few of the coolest sailings available for booking now.
Magnificent Volcanoes of the Aleutian Islands
Who doesn’t want to take a cruise to a series of beautiful islands to check out some volcanoes? On this 13-day expedition, travelers will visit what is known as the Pacific Ring of Fire, a section of the Pacific Ocean that is in between Alaska and Russia. The islands in the Ring of Fire are, as you might guess, populated with active volcanoes, allowing for an environment that is completely foreign and exciting. Additionally, the itinerary takes guests along a path that is full of wildlife, ranging from whales to grizzly bears. You’ll get to visit Alaska and see some glaciers, too. Can’t go wrong with that. The itinerary is on their website over here.
The Best of Spitsbergen
Departing on July 11, this 8-day cruise takes you about as far north as you can possibly go in the world. You’ll get to see the incredibly faraway region of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago, and the trip culminates in a visit to some of the last land masses that exist before you get to the North Pole. Promises of walruses and polar bears are touted on Ponant’s website, which is more than enough of a draw in and of itself! You can check out more details over here.
For those looking to explore Iceland, here’s one that’s a roundtrip from Reykjavik that lasts 8 days. The coolest aspects of this itinerary are two islands that are visited near the end, Grimsey and Heimaey. They both have incredibly unique landscapes to offer: Grimsey is tiny and filled with volcanic rock while Heimaey is extremely remote and is nearly a desert floating in the middle of the ocean. You can book this itinerary here.
As always, we’d like to remind our readers that we are not doctors and cannot recommend anyone takes any kind of trip right now that may put them in danger of getting the coronavirus. If you’re curious about how Ponant is specifically dealing with this risk on their ships, please read about it in their words here.