The first luxury polar exploration boat with hybrid propulsion
On Friday, June 14, the reservations for the cruises of the exceptional new ship of the French company Ponant, Le Commandant Charcot, were opened. This new polar exploration vessel is a hybrid electric boat powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), it will be the first to take passengers to the Geographic North Pole at 90 ° north latitude, in unparalleled comfort conditions.
The Geographical North Pole, the east coast of Greenland, the Northwest Passage, the Ross Sea, the Charcot Islands and Pedro I, among others. The guests of this revolutionary ship will discover completely new itineraries, generally inaccessible for boats of classic design at this time of year due to the ice mass. Its innovative design allows gliding through the natural channels created in the ice, while the powerful engines of the ship can be freed from the densest sea ice, when necessary.
This formidable exploration boat will take passengers to the latitudes further south and north of the planet to experience the adventure of a lifetime with incomparable comfort.
Designed to be a new type of cruise, it incorporates the latest innovations in environmental protection, making Ponant a model of excellence in responsible tourism. With its hybrid propulsion that combines liquefied natural gas (LNG) and electric generators, Le Commandant-Charcot has been designed to minimize its environmental impact. It also houses a scientific research laboratory equipped to study the ecosystems and biodiversity of this polar environment in perpetual change.
In fact, Le Commandant-Charcot is the first exploration vessel that exceeds the ecological standards established in international regulations.
“Since StarClass we are very excited about the launch of this new vessel, we are sure that it will trace the path of the industry towards a more sustainable exploration,” said Juan Rodero CEO of StarClass, representative in Spain and Portugal of the French company.
Some itineraries that will follow the steps of the great explorers.
Cruise to the Geographic North Pole
From Reykjavik (Iceland) to Longyearbyen (Norway), from August 8 to 23, 2021; 16 days, 15 nights from € 21,200 per person.
Located at a latitude of 90 ° North, the geographical pole, is a mythical point covered with ice throughout the year, 700 km from any point with visible land. Departing from Spitsbergen, this cruise will navigate through landscapes that change constantly according to the movements of the ice. Its design, with large windows, allows a perfect observation of the fauna, which is particularly rich at this time of year. Le Commandant-Charcot will begin to move through the ice in the direction of the Holy Grail of all polar explorers: the North Pole.
Cruise through the Northeast Greenland National Park in partnership with National Geographic
From / to Reykjavik (Iceland), from June 24 to July 6, 2021; 13 days, 12 nights from € 14,600 per person.
Le Commandant-Charcot will sail through one of the least accessible regions of the far north: the northeast coast of Greenland. In these extreme latitudes, nature is extremely complicated. The itinerary of this cruise offers guests a unique experience in the heart of the Northeast Greenland National Park, the largest national park in the world and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve: here there are no traces of human life, only landscapes Nordic as far as the eye can see and the glaciers of magical colors. At the beginning of summer, the ice breaks, allowing the animals to get closer to the coasts: these are optimal conditions to observe the exceptional fauna of the Arctic.
Cruise “Northwest Passage”
From Reykjavik (Iceland) to Nome (Alaska), from September 7 to October 1, 2021, 25 days, 24 nights. From € 24,890 per person.
A true labyrinth of ice covered channels for much of the year, this maritime zone located beyond the Arctic Circle will offer passengers a unique sailing experience. From Iceland to Alaska, the ship will sail to the most emblematic but most inaccessible sites, where John Franklin, Robert McClure or Roald Amundsen led the great polar expeditions of the past. Guests will cross the Bellot Strait, a key point of the Northwest Passage, and sail along Banks Island, but also through its national park with its abundant wildlife.