If you think Michelin star dining and fresh seasonal ingredients are reserved for land only, you’ll be delighted to learn of the recent collaboration between PONANT and Relais & Châteaux. The partnership between the luxury cruise line and Relais & Châteaux, a beacon of hospitality and gastronomy, will take epicures on three all-new culinary cruises in 2020. 

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You don’t need to be a foodie to fall in love with great food and excellent service; you simply need a passion for adventure and taste for remarkable cuisine.

Hosted by the Relais & Châteaux chefs onboard PONANT EXPLORER ships, the journeys will include two gala dinners featuring two new signature dishes that the respective Chef has created for the occasion. The acclaimed chefs will also host culinary demonstrations, cooking classes, and lectures for you throughout the journey. Depending on the ports of call, you can also join the Chef for market tours to meet local producers.

Treasures of Brittany

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On September 20, 2020, the two Michelin-star Relais & Châteaux’s Chef Mathieu Guibert will be onboard Le Jacques Cartier for an eight-day, seven-night cruise along the Breton coastline. This French-focused itinerary will reveal historic port cities and wild Atlantic coasts. Among the most beautiful sites of the Breton region are the Ponant Islands, the Gulf of Morbihan and Port-Navalo as well as Houat, Hoëdic, Ouessant, and Belle-Île-en-Mer.

The Canary Islands & Cape Verde

Restaurante Filigrana Relais&Châteaux A Quinta da Auga

Set sail from Portugal to Senegal for a nine-day, 10-night itinerary aboard Le Dumont-d’Urville with Relais & Châteaux’s Chef Federico López Arcay. Ports of call include the historic city of Funchal, Madeira, the island of eternal spring; the Canary Islands with stops in Tenerife and Gran Canaria; and Cape Verde’s Mindelo, the cultural cradle, and Santiago, the archipelago’s most inhabited island.

China & Vietnam

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Embark on Le Lapérouse in the Chinese megalopolis of Shanghai for an eleven-day, 10-night cruise that will journey to Halong Bay. An exceptional cruise during which passengers will discover the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Yandang Mountains, Gulangyu, and Bay of Ha Long as well as the wander the shopping malls and street markets of Hong Kong.

Philippe Gombert, President of Relais & Châteaux, states, “Through this partnership, we are delighted to offer a unique stay and the best cuisine to our guests at sea. PONANT’s ships boast exceptional accommodation making every cruise an unforgettable experience.” Bon Appetit!