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Discover the Mediterranean with APT’s Luxury Expedition Cruising

The azure waters of the Mediterranean are unforgettable on an APT small ship journey, where expedition meets luxury. Read on to get a taste of what awaits aboard Le Jacques Cartier.

Exterior shot of Les Jacques Cartier, Ponant Ship

Life On Board

Experience all the delights Mediterranean has to offer aboard your luxury expedition vessel Le Jacques Cartier, rich with French panache. Picture yourself on the sun deck, drink in hand, as your luxury vessel charts a course along the Mediterranean coast. With opulent staterooms and suites, first-class dining, and a small number of guests, there’s no better way to travel through this stunning region.
Torquise waters and white buildings on the coast, Mykonos

Shore Excursions to Excite

After landing ashore the sights before you are straight from a post-card. Stroll through the tangle of tiny lanes amongst the iconic white buildings of the Greek islands or wander beside the charming canals of Venice. Feel the smoothed limestone beneath your soles as you explore the stunning coastal cities of Croatia or take in the ancient ruins of Turkiye.

With APT’s focus on bringing you a memorable and intimate journey, small ship expedition cruising offers a unique voyage with just 175 fellow guests, allowing you to soak in the atmosphere and enjoy luxury service with a personal touch. 

Row of gondola boats lined up in the water, Venice, Italy

Dive Right In

Who doesn’t dream of diving into the azure blue water of the Med? Le Jacques Cartier’s convenient hydraulic platform is also the perfect launching pad for your expeditions, swimming, and nautical sports on the crystal blue waters of the Aegean or Mediterranean Sea. The platform is completely height adjustable so it can be lowered to the perfect height for leisurely swimming in a controlled environment.

Les Jacques Cartier ship docked in Mykonos

Local Treasures

Expedition cruising allows you access to hard-to-reach places further off the mass tourist radar. Uncover hidden treasures in the rustic villages and towns tucked into the coast and prepare to discover the region’s still-unspoiled charms. 

From sitting down to an authentic home-cooked meal and folk dancing performance to a friendly welcome with local brandy and doughnuts followed by some traditional entertainment, this is your chance to truly experience local life.

Words: Ashleigh Bailey
Images courtesy of Poike, Ponant Le Jacques Cartier. Julie Gourio Best of Photo PONANT