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Ponant has launched a new brochure that presents the company's expedition cruise offering ranging from polar cruises to expeditions in tropical regions, according to a prepared statement.

The itineraries range from the Arctic to Latina America over the course of the 2018-2019 cruise season.

Ponant said it was a unique offering, as the company is able to offer luxury expedition sailings on a fleet of new five-star intimate ships.

In the poles, the company is a market leader, able to take its passengers to discover the Arctic Circle in the summer and Antarctica in the winter.

There are also new tropical expedition sailings in the Oceania region, according to the company.

In Oceania, Aboriginal, Maori or Papuan tribes will warmly welcome the company’s passengers to share moments together, made possible by the relationship of trust built up over cruises by Ponant's crew," the company said.

The French cruise line has also added new onboard talent, including Nicolas Dubreuil and Mick Fogg, who are internationally renowned for their precise and accurate knowledge of extreme environments.

"By conducting preliminary exploratory trips and preparing carefully for each itinerary, providing expert supervision and leading discussions and informal chats with passengers during the cruises, the Expedition Leaders and their teams of naturalists are committed to sharing and transmitting their knowledge," the company, said in a statement.

Dubreuil's first expedition was at the age of 18. Since then, he has been spending at least eight months of each year near the poles. From Alaska to South Georgia, via Nunavut, Spitsbergen, Siberia, Iceland, the Antarctic Peninsula and Greenland, he guides expeditions for athletes, scientists, film crews, and the mobility-impaired.

In 2012, Fogg was appointed first Ambassador of Orangutan Foundation International as a reward for his conservation work in Indonesia. He has led over 300 expeditions through the Asia-Pacific region. As an award-winning wildlife photographer and adventurer, Fogg has spent the past 17 years leading expeditions to some of the world’s most remote and spectacular destinations, from the Sub-Antarctic Islands to South-East Asia.