A range of co-branded luxury cruises will be offered through a new collaboration between Ponant and National Geographic Expeditions.

Expedition itineraries will target customers in the UK, Europe, Australia, Asia Pacific and Africa.

A total of 130 itineraries have been created for the next four years, with prices starting at £2,700 per person.

Core destinations will be the Antarctic and Arctic, which will be complemented by a range of global expeditions covering all continents.

National Geographic Expeditions is to provide a range of expedition resources on-board, including leading experts and photographers to travel with passengers.

The partnership comes as the French cruise company almost doubles its fleet from seven to 12 ships by 2021

National Geographic Partners (Europe & Africa) travel director, Nathan Philpot, said “Today marks a milestone in growing our Expeditions business across Europe. In Ponant, we have a luxury partner with European flair that have experience in traveling to ambitious locations, along with an expansive travel agent network together with call centres and websites in English, French and German.

“We will be offering premium experiences with an ethically minded partner, to create itineraries that speak to the explorer in all of us.”

Ponant chief sales and marketing officer, Herve Bellaiche, added: “The partnership brings together two highly respected global companies with common values to inspire a new generation to live curiously, explore our planet and become ambassadors for sustainability.

“National Geographic brings a network of experts, photographers and Society-sponsored researchers, while Ponant, brings the best luxury expedition experience in the world, associated with the largest fleet of new, technically advanced small expedition ships able to sail all regions of the world.”