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Artemis luxury brand ties fuel Ponant's 'Exclusive Collection'

Artemis luxury brand ties fuel Ponant's 'Exclusive Collection'
Ponant will offer a pair of 'Exclusive Collection' cruises with privileged access, private visits and distinguished guests, tapping into partnerships with parent company Artemis Group's prestigious brands.

Le Soléal's 'Between Vineyards and the Ocean' sailing, from Lisbon to Portsmouth, will call at Porto, Bordeaux, Belle-Ile–en-Mer, Ouessant and Saint-Malo. In partnership with Artemis Domaines, the program will include several visits to famous wineries in the Bordeaux region and an exclusive tour of Chateau Latour in Pauillac, rated premier grand cru classé since 1855 and owned by Artemis Domaines. In Porto, passengers will visit Taylor's port wine cellars.

Aboard ship, a gala dinner will host three-time, triple Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse, whose consultancy Alain Ducasse Entreprise is developing a close partnership with Ponant. The menu will be paired with Chateau Latour wines.

Passengers will hear from Jean-Robert Pitte, president of the French Wine Academy, and participate in tastings with Eric Beaumard, renowned sommelier and manager of Cinq in the Four Seasons George V in Paris.

The cruise sails April 15-24, 2017.

In partnership with Christie’s, the noted auction house owned by Artemis, Le Lyrial will host Ponant's first arts cruise, 'Masterpieces of the Adriatic,' from Venice to Piraeus.

Christie's experts will be aboard and calls will highight UNESCO World Heritage Sites and events such as Palazzo Grassi, the Venice Biennale, the Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik, the cities of Split and Kotor and the Parthenon in Athens.

The cruise is set for June 20-27, 2017.