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Have you always wondered what lies behind the thick blankets of ice and snow in the southernmost continent on Planet Earth? Now you can actually see for yourself, thanks to the luxurious PONANT Cruises’ and the world’s first hybrid-electric polar exploration ship Le Commandant Charcot. Even better is the fact that the ship is designed to minimize its environmental impact. By Amitha Ameen
Award-winning small-ship cruise line PONANT’s latest addition to their luxury fleet is the world’s first hybrid luxury polar exploration vessel – Le Commandant Charcot. “In 2021-2022, her inaugural season, Le Commandant Charcot will take her 270 guests to far-flung polar destinations in absolute luxury, many accessible for the first time,” says Monique Ponfoort PONANT Vice President Asia Pacific.
The new generation of luxury cruise liners by PONANT sails everywhere from The Mediterranean and French Polynesia to even the remotest corners in Antarctica and Alaska.
“Our guests will be able to experience the Arctic, including the very furthest north one can travel, the Geographic North Pole, and down south, the far reaches of the Antarctic, much of which still remains practically unexplored, while travelling in luxury on the most environmentally sensitive of ships offering unprecedented experiences,” added Monique.
While embarking on an adventure to no man’s land, Antarctica, is in itself a unique and admirable opportunity, PONANT does not stop there. The luxury cruise liner offers unforgettable and exclusive experiences like hot air balloon rides over the icy landscapes, exploring the glaciers on a hovercraft, playing assistant to the scientists, and even deep-diving underneath the ice. Coupled with the delightful gastronomical journey and the attentive staff, there is no end to the luxury onboard a PONANT cruise.
Monique added that although they had suspended cruising, because of the Coronavirus outbreak, “at PONANT we have been busy behind the scenes as we continue with the next and final stages in the construction of Le Commandant Charcot, our future high-polar exploration ship.”
We cannot wait for this one-of-a-kind ship to hit the waters, so we can book ourselves a truly memorable and once-in-a-lifetime kind of trip, thanks to PONANT.