PHOTO: Le Ponant yacht. (photo courtesy of Ponant/Francois Lefebvre)
Tauck will take its small-ship cruising operation to a new level with a four-year plan to double capacity by expanding its fleet, deepening its partnerships and launching new itineraries.
“We’re destination explorers at Tauck and some destinations are best explored by both land and sea,” said Jennifer Tombaugh, president of Tauck. “Tauck Small Ship Cruising is our first product line to sell out each year. By adding new destinations and expanding our capacity with Ponant, we’re able to provide more choice and more availability in order to better serve the current and growing demand.”
Tauck is expanding its partnership with Ponant, which is launching four new luxury expedition yachts. Tauck will have itineraries on all of the new ships, beginning in the summer of 2018 with its Iceland: Land of Fire & Ice itinerary. The seven-night journey sails roundtrip from Reykjavik.
Tauck will also launch a Cuba cruise onboard Le Ponant, the company’s three-masted schooner. The people-to-people cultural sailing will call on Cuba’s coastal villages between Havana and Santiago de Cuba and feature a two-night hotel stay in Havana.
“Today, Tauck utilizes five Ponant ships for 10 itineraries. By 2020, we’ll be sailing on nine Ponant ships further supporting our investment in growing the category,” added Tombaugh.
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Tauck is also expanding its partnership with BBC Earth. BBC Earth experts will now be onboard select cruises and Tauck directors will receive training and certification by BBC Earth filmmakers and historians.
This announcement comes as Tauck prepares to celebrate 25 years of small-ship sailings in 2018.