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"Free Ocean Voyage"

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The Ponant website has an offer section called "Free Ocean Voyage" which lists 5 cruises with no ports:

•  Boston-Puerto Morelos - Oct. 26–Nov. 2, 2019 (7 nts) @ $2,150

•  Callao-Valparaiso - Nov. 1–Nov. 5, 2019 (5 nts) @ $1,190

•  Hanga Roa-Ushuaia - Nov. 16-Nov. 24, 2019 (8 nts) @ $1,970

•  Ushuaia-Hanga Roa - Feb. 29–Mar. 8, 2020 (8 nts) @ $1,970

•  Montevideo-Recife - Mar. 14-Mar. 21, 2020 (7 nts) @ $1,850


My question is: how are they "free" if they have these costs?


This is definitely cheap for a Ponant cruise, but it's way more than just port charges for the embarkation and debarkation days.

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My understanding is that these segments can be combined with an adjacent 'regular' sailing as a 'Free Ocean Voyage', thus extending the full-priced cruise at no extra charge.


They're also available for sale as standalone repositioning cruises, at the prices you listed 🙂

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On 5/10/2019 at 9:03 PM, Host Jazzbeau said:

Thanks!  Makes sense, but it isn't explained on the website. 


Definitely a lack of clear info on the website. I just took a look at one of the sailings with the 'Free Ocean Voyage' offer, and this paragraph is tucked away between the route map and cabin descriptions:


Free ocean Voyage before or after your cruise

For any cruise bought in combination with an Ocean Voyage, your package (Cruise + Ocean Voyage) becomes non-refundable and non-changeable. The combined offer (Cruise + free Ocean Voyage) is non-retroactive for bookings made before the offer. Safety port taxes and fees are not included. This offer is subject to availability, and applies exclusively to a cabin category equivalent to the cabin already booked.


So it seems pretty much in line with my previous post, with the added 'bonus' of ultra-restrictive T&Cs re: cancellation, etc. Still, for those of us who love sea days it would be a no-brainer to take advantage of this extra time on board 🙂



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