Smithsonian Journeys and Ponant: Embarking on a New Alliance

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Itineraries will Feature Smithsonian-crafted Cultural Experiences Onboard and on Land

Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT, a leader in small ship cruising, are embarking on a new frontier together: a collection of unique travel cruises focused on culture, history, and the natural world to launch in 2022. These curated itineraries celebrate our instinct to explore. Retrace the history of lost cities and ruined empires in ancient Greece; watch beluga whales breech at a special Icelandic sanctuary; marvel at the rich inheritance left to us in the form of glaciers and ice floes in Antarctica and the Arctic; or craft your own udon noodles for a savory bowl of ramen at a specialized school in Japan. Unexpected discoveries are to be found closer to home, as well, such as in the serene Great Lakes, lush Costa Rica and Panama, and the pristine Caribbean Sea.

On each departure, Smithsonian Journeys Experts will host a series of enlightened conversations onboard. These passionate professionals – chosen for their expertise and ability to inspire – will explore the core themes of the Smithsonian and destinations with fellow travelers. Picture visiting Santiago de Compostela on Easter Sunday with a European historian. Or traveling even further back in time as you stand on the ancient basalt rock of an Icelandic fjord with a geologist. Or touring the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute with an ecologist studying the very same Panamanian rainforest that you will hike the next day.

Let the journey begin with Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT!

Please see a list of our 2022 cruises and departure dates.

Departure Nights Cruise Ship
Jan 22 10 Antarctica: The White Continent L'Austral
Jan 24 7 Panama and Costa Rica by Sea: The Natural Wonders of Central America Le Champlain
Feb 13 7 Cruising the Caribbean's Windward Islands Le Dumont-D'Urville
Apr 15 7 Treasures of Japan by Sea Le Soléal
Apr 15 8 Lisbon to London: Cruising Europe's Western Shores Le Champlain
May 3 7 Cruising Southern Spain and Portugal Le Bougainville
May 18 7 Cruising the Historic Cities of the Baltic Sea Le Champlain
June 6 7 Iceland Voyage: Land of Fire and Ice Le Bellot
June 10 7 Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords Voyage Le Dumont-D'Urville
June 14 9 Cruising Arctic Norway: Glaciers, Ice Floes, and Polar Bears Le Boréal
June 17 6 Celtic Voyage: The Hebrides and the Irish Sea Le Dumont-D'Urville
June 28 7 Cruising the Dalmatian Coast and the Ionian Sea: Venice to Athens Le Jacques Cartier
July 5 7 Cruising the Greek Islands of the Southern Aegean Le Jacques Cartier
July 30 7 Cruising the Norwegian Fjords Le Dumont-D'Urville
Aug 8 7 Iceland Voyage: Land of Fire and Ice Le Bellot
Sep 1 7 Cruising the Greek Islands of the Southern Aegean Le Bougainville
Sep 7 10 Cruising French Polynesia: Tahiti, Bora Bora, and the Tuamotus Paul Gauguin
Sep 18 7 A Voyage along the Great Lakes Le Bellot
Oct 30 7 Cruising Southern Spain and Portugal Le Champlain

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Antarctica: The White Continent

11 days | Starting at: $9,830
Jan 22 - Feb 1, 2022

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Panama and Costa Rica by Sea: The Natural Wonders of Central America

8 days | Starting at: $4,410
Jan 24 - 31, 2022

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Cruising the Caribbean’s Windward Islands

8 days | Starting at: $3,900
Feb 13 - 20, 2022

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Treasures of Japan by Sea

8 days | Starting at: $6,180
Apr 15 - 22, 2022

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Lisbon to London: Cruising Europe's Western Shores

9 days | Starting at: $4,840
Apr 15 - 23, 2022

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Cruising Southern Spain and Portugal

8 days | Starting at: $4,280
May 3 - 10, 2022
Oct 30 - Nov 6, 2022

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Cruising the Historic Cities of the Baltic Sea

8 days | Starting at: $5,880
May 18 - 25, 2022

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Iceland Voyage: Land of Fire and Ice

8 days | Starting at: $6,010
Jun 6 - 13, 2022
Aug 8 - 15, 2022

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Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords Voyage

8 days | Starting at: $4,990
Jun 10 - 17, 2022

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Celtic Voyage: The Hebrides and the Irish Sea

7 days | Starting at: $4,300
Jun 17 - 23, 2022

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Cruising the Dalmatian Coast and the Ionian Sea

8 days | Starting at: $4,470
Jun 28 - Jul 5, 2022