In the small-ship specialized cruise niche, French cruise line Compagnie du Ponant is setting quite the creative bar this year. Its “Gastronomy: Coté Ouest” sailings will feature four Michelin-starred culinary talents, while its “Et Vogue L’Opera” 12-day cruise will showcase a host of notable European talent including returning Artistic & Stage Director Jean-Francois Vinciguerra.
While the luxury cruise company is strong in its island itineraries, offering two South Pacific cruises this year and 17 Caribbean itineraries including the improbably named “Fort-de-France,” it is the European cultural cruises that truly showcase the curators’ expertise. They are perfect experiential pairings of classic European locations with classic European artistry.
Want a complete Travel Quote including airfare, special hotel rates and FREE upgrades? Contact our Travel Specialist today! In the “Et Vogue L’Opera” sailing which departs May 10, the 12-day route takes passengers from Suez to Venice, with lectures, workshops and events entertaining and educating them all the way across the sea. Stops include Beirut, Rhodes, Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Islands. Traveling aboard the company’s newest megayacht, they’ll enjoy days of historic sightseeing and nights of classical music and dance. People can also opt to book just the first half of the cruise (Suez to Itea), or just the second (Itea to Venice).