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PONANT Launches New Polar Exploration Vessel, Le Commandant Charcot

PONANT, the leader in expedition cruising, will certainly debut Le Commandant Charcot in November 2021 for its inaugural Antarctica season with 6 brand-new travel plans. Travel plans will certainly range from 11- to 24-nights and also begin at $13,970 each.

Almost a century after the brave age of Antarctic exploration, the White Continent stays largely obscure today. For the first time, PONANT’s guests will be able to find these remote parts, such as The Ross Sea, which has among the continent’s most severe weather patterns, and also Peter I Island, where less people have actually gone to than have established foot on the moon. Following its inaugural period in Antarctica, Le Commandant Charcot will head north to the Arctic for the 2022 summertime season as well as include departures to real geographic North Pole.

Le Commandant Charcot is designed to really feel more like a yacht, versus a standard cruise liner. The 123 staterooms and also collections accommodate up to 245 passengers. With 2 restaurants onboard, tailor-made exquisite food will be prepared by French chefs taking its motivation from the destinations and ports of phone call. Menus are crafted by Alain Ducasse. Complimentary French wine is coupled with all dishes and an open bar style is supplied on all plans. Additionally, PONANT offers Veuve Clicquot Champagne in addition to Ladurée macarons via unique collaborations. There will certainly additionally be a wellness location in collaboration with Biologique Recherche with amenities like a snow area– chilled to 14 degrees Fahrenheit with fresh powder snow. The ship will likewise include an indoor swimming pool as well as warmed blue lagoon bathrooms.

Along with the lots of walkings and also Zodiac expeditions already used by PONANT, expeditions aboard Le Commandant Charcot will certainly use a range of brand-new activities, consisting of trips in hovercraft, kayaks, and also connected hot-air balloon rides. Guests will additionally be used the opportunity to go diving in polar waters. The ship will certainly also work as a floating research center with an onboard research laboratory, allowing guests to take part in the study as well as experiments during cruisings. Under the guidance of the group of naturalist guides and the on-board researchers, guests will have the ability to help establish a research terminal on an ice floe; deploying an Argos transmitter, a satellite-based system which accumulates as well as shares ecological information.

PONANT has been committed to liable tourism for more than 30 years, and Le Commandant-Charcot is among one of the most environmentally friendly ships in the sea, powered solely by battery as well as LNG (dissolved gas)– the cleanest gas on the market. When in battery setting, the ship will have the ability to sail for up to eight hours at once without producing any type of discharges and also with a very reduced noise level so it does not interfere with the water life.

Highlighted Antarctica itineraries include:

  • The Emperor Penguins of the Bellingshausen Sea: Le Commandant Charcot’s inaugural sailing named in honor of the Russian admiral and also traveler that found Antarctica in 1820. Bellingshausen Sea in the Southern Ocean is covered in ice for a lot of the year, making it challenging to reach as well as virtually undiscovered. The emphasize is the massive swarms of rarely observed emperor penguins, which are native to the island to the area. Leaving on November 1, 2021.
  • The Weddell Sea & Larsen Ice Shelf: In the northwest of the Weddell Sea, visitors will sail by the Larsen Ice Shelf, the ice obstacle that assists protect against the erosion of the Antarctic ice shelf. Various other highlights consist of going to the South Shetland Islands, residence to numerous crucial scientific research stations. 3 separations offered November 19 and December 28, 2021
  • Complete Eclipse in the Weddell Sea: Witness the total solar eclipse on December 4, 2021 from the Weddell Sea in Antarctica– the only location worldwide where the solar eclipse will certainly be 100 percent visible. After travelling through the Drake Passage, on December 4, guests will certainly get off onto the ice pack to witness the all-natural phenomenon as the moon passes in between the planet as well as the sunlight. In a region where the sun never ever fairly establishes, travelers will certainly be covered in total darkness for a couple of minutes. Leaving on November 30, 2021
  • The Ross Sea: Sailing the Ross Sea is a chance to discover among the most extreme components of the Antarctic. Partially inhabited by the Ross Ice Shelf, the biggest ice shelf in Antarctica, this bay is located approximately 400 miles from the South Pole and is one of the last undamaged aquatic environments on earth. Leaving on February 16, 2022

Created in 1988, by officers of the French Merchant Navy, PONANT has actually developed a new style of cruising, under the French flag, via a special fertilization of sea travel as well as a dedication to promoting sustainable and also responsible tourism. Accessing outstanding areas aboard private yachts featuring refined layout, on which the art of living as well as outstanding cuisine takes pride of place: such is the guarantee of an unique and also authentic PONANT trip. To find out more, visit us.ponant.com. IMAGE CREDIT PONANT-Nicolas Dubreuil

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