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Monday, February 10, 2020

French Ponant Cruise Announces Antarctic Cruises On the Luxury Exploration Ship - Commandant Charcot

New Expedition Luxury Cruise Ship Ponant's Ponant Cruises Le Commandant Charcot To Sail the Antarctica in 2021 - 2022
Ponant Cruises Le Commandant Charcot To Sail the Antarctica in 2021 - 2022

Luxury cruise ship operator Ponant's NEW luxury exploration ship Le Commandant Charcot  will sail the four corners of the globe. 

Ponant has revealed the inaugural Antarctic sailings for its first-ever hybrid electric polar vessel, Le Commandant Charcot. Among the highlights of the ships 2021/22 winter season will be a visit to Peter Island, one of the least visited islands in the region, as well as tethered hot air balloon rides above Antarctica.

"Nearly a century after the heroic age of exploration, Antarctica remains largely undiscovered today," the line said in a press release. "For the first time, Ponant's guests will be able to discover its remote parts like The Ross Sea -- which has one of the continent's most extreme weather patterns -- and the Bellingshausen Sea, home to colonies of emperor penguins."

The five options include: "The Emperor Penguins of the Bellingshausen Sea," an 18-night sailing departing November 1, 2021; "Expedition to Charcot and Peter Islands," a two-week cruise departing on November 19 and December 14, 2021, as well as February 2, 2022; "The Weddell Sea & Larsen Ice Shelf,"  an 11-night voyage departing December 3 and 28, 2021, as well as March 14 and 25, 2022; "The Ross Sea," a 24-night sailing departing February 16, 2022; and "The Weddell Sea & The South Sandwich Islands," a 17-night cruise departing April 5, 2022.

Expeditions aboard Le Commandant Charcot will feature a range of activities including hikes, Zodiac excursions, hovercraft rides, kayaking and even diving in polar waters. Additionally, cruisers will be able to participate in research and experiments led by a team of onboard scientists.

Commandant Charcot will be powered exclusively by battery and LNG (liquefied natural gas), the cleanest fuel currently available on the market. It will also feature a scientific research laboratory onboard with equipment designed to study the ecosystems and biodiversity of polar environments.


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