Passengers aged 16 and above who board a Ponant vessel must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, the line has confirmed .

The French line revealed the new embarkation requirement for passengers in a message to travel agents.

In addition, passengers will also be required to show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of boarding a ship.

The line also revealed it has invested in “state of the art” medical equipment – including ultrasound and radiography machines, on-site testing facilities and resuscitation equipment.

A doctor and nurse will also be available 24/7, it said.

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Ponant’s is offering 25% deposits on bookings made before June 30, 2021, on any sailing due to depart before March 31, 2023. Final balances can be settled 30 days before departure.

If a passenger returns a positive Covid test within 30 days before sailing, they can postpone or cancel the booking for no charge and receive a full refund.