Cruise on Le Commandant-Charcot, the world’s first luxury polar exploration vessel powered by liquefied natural gas. Discover new and unique experiences in the Arctic and Antarctica whilst enjoying unprecedented luxury and comfort by leading international polar expedition designers.
Head out for a great whale encounter by Zodiac inflatable boat; disembark onto the sea ice for a snowshoe hike; kayak amongst the icebergs; seek out emperor penguins.
Embark for an unforgettable immersive experience. Beyond Exploration.
It’s a privilege to explore the polar regions, allow yourself to be transported to a world where man is simply a spectator and nature reigns supreme.
On board, the polar experience is further enhanced through exceptional facilities such as the Blue Lagoon, an outdoor pool heated by recuperated energy; the Snowroom, an invigorating snow bath to use immediately after the sauna; and the circular promenade deck equipped with heated benches and spotting scopes.
With 123 suites and staterooms, all with a private balcony or terrace, Le Commandant Charcot is fully in keeping with the Ponant philosophy of providing a rare and exceptional ambiance for every guest welcomed onboard and to reinforce the feeling and sense of sailing on a private yacht. At the rear of decks 6 and 7 are four stunning 94 m² (1,011 ft²) split-level suites equipped with private terraces and jacuzzis.
The breathtaking 115 m² (1,237 ft²) Suite de l’Armateur (Owner’s Suite) on deck 8 features wide sliding glass doors offering stunning panoramic views and opening out onto a 186 m² (2,002 ft²) private terrace.
Chef Alain Ducasse and his team offer contemporary French cuisine of the highest standard. These artists align culinary know-how and cutting-edge kitchen technology to bring dishes worthy of the world’s top restaurants to the sea. Attached, please find an article about this: Elevated Gastronomy and Polar Exploration.
Le Commandant Charcot is paving the way as the first deep polar exploration cruise ship that’s equipped with a hybrid liquefied natural gas propulsion system (currently the cleanest energy available). With the use of the latest green technologies this minimises the impact of your polar odyssey on the planet and makes a positive contribution to the people and lands that you visit.
The ship has many facilities on board for scientific research as it’s equipped with its own laboratories and a host of scientific researchers in disciplines such as glaciology, oceanography, marine biology, climatology, and the social sciences.
During the cruise, academic scientists will provide invaluable insight into understanding and protecting the polar regions; expertise that is shared onboard by featuring observations from the decks, fascinating presentations and sessions that involve rewarding in-depth discussions about research and protecting the poles.
Watch in wonder as a glacier gives birth to huge icebergs, land on a sheet of sea ice, observe bears, seals, penguins and leopard seals: you’ll experience so many unforgettable things in these lands, so inhospitable to humans, where the unique wildlife thrives.
Explore the last remaining unspoiled continent on the planet, a land of extremes extending far beyond its peninsula and far inside the Antarctic Circle; a land where nature reveals itself in all its power and unbounded immensity. Encounter an exceptional range of wildlife in the magical surroundings of monumental ice shelves, cathedral-like icebergs and unexplored volcanic islands covered with voluptuous blankets of snow and witness the majestic and elegant emperor penguins.
Embark on a voyage to the most extreme latitudes of the Far North: sail through an immense ocean covered in sea ice, dotted with majestic icebergs, and along icy fjords overlooked by snow-covered mountains around the islands and along the coast.
The gateway to the Arctic – Kingdom of the Polar Bear – is proudly guarded by wise people who have managed to keep their thousand-year-old culture and way of life alive. The voyage culminates at the legendary North Pole.
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