Just when you consider yourself a seasoned expedition cruiser, Ponant has some fresh discoveries in store for its passengers, and they set off to share their latest adventures in luxury expeditions and small ship exploration. You can meet the experts face-to-face at various locations across Australia over the coming months and enjoy champagne and canapés as they unveil the latest Ponant exclusives.
At the forefront of luxury expeditions, there’s little doubt that these next adventures will take the cake. Combine this with their signature small ships, authentic style and iconic French influence and you have the makings of a truly unforgettable voyage.
Let’s take a moment to meet the incredible Expedition Team Leaders who will inspire you for your next voyage. Mick, Ryo, Jorge and Lou are all equally excited about what they bring to Ponant, the world’s leading luxury expedition company.
Mick Fogg is Director of Expeditions & Destination Development for Asia Pacific. If you attend the events in Sydney or Melbourne, you’ll hear Mick describe his enviable life over the past 20 years as an award-winning photographer and adventurer. He has led over 300 expeditions in the Asia-Pacific region from Antarctica to Southeast Asia. One of his personal passions is serving as the first ambassador for the Orangutan Foundation International, which recognizes his extensive conservation work in Borneo.
Ryo Ijichi is Ponant Expedition Leader and Commercial Director for Japan and Korea and will be attending the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane events. Ryo first fell in love with Antarctica in 2002 and has since visited the polar regions as often as possible. In fact, he has traveled to Antarctica over 100 times and worked in various remote Arctic and North Pole wilderness areas. Based in Japan, Ryo helps develop Ponant’s itineraries along the coasts of Japan and remote Japanese subtropical islands.
Jorge Villamarin is Ponant’s Polar and Tropical Expedition Manager and looks forward to meeting you at the Adelaide, Hobart and Perth events. Jorge says he has always been in love with nature and has been an expedition leader on numerous ships around the world since 2012 after his first Antarctic experience. He has an infectious energy for geology, geomorphology, history and wildlife. Jorge also excels at outdoor activities that will help you discover different regions, from mountain biking to scuba diving, sailing and just about anything he can get his hands on. You can get Jorge chatting about his year-long solo trip across South America on his motorbike and a loop around New Zealand on his mountain bike. In his spare time, Jorge leads tours around his native Colombia and sails the waters of Port Phillip Bay, Australia, where he now resides.
If you attend the events in Adelaide, Hobart or Perth you will also be lucky enough to meet Lou Paynter, Polar and Tropical Expedition leader. Since her first expedition voyage, which changed her life, she is now a self-confessed world wanderer. Her particular passion is travel destinations such as Patagonia, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, India, the Galapagos Islands and Antarctica, just to name a few. Her combined background in science, marine biology and education makes her a popular expedition leader aboard Ponant’s itineraries. Lou’s commitment to the outdoors is remarkable and has also seen her compete in 10 marathons, 1 Ironman triathlon and the incredible hike of the Kokoda Trail. She is also a passionate teacher in remote indigenous communities.
These are just a few of Ponant’s world-class leaders who make up the team that takes you around the globe as you join the Expeditions. And while the yacht-like little ships are reason enough to choose Ponant for your next expedition, many travelers say their most memorable moments are with the people they meet along the way. These roadshow events are a rare opportunity to meet the team before boarding and get a taste of what to expect.
Remember that it’s not just the experience of meeting the incredible team at these roadshows, you’ll also be introduced to some of your fellow travelers, sip on the signature Ponant champagne and receive an exclusive 5% discount on your next booking.