Vard, the subsidiary of Fincantieri has delivered to the French company PONANT a cruise ship destined for polar voyages.
Le Commandant Charcot is specifically designed to reach polar destinations such as the Weddell Sea, the Ross Sea and the Isle of Peter I.
“The unique and ultra- modern hybrid electric LNG powered exploration vessel was developed by PONANT, Stirling Design International, Aker Arctic and VARD”. said Vard in a press release.
Destinations to visit with Le Commandant Charcot
The ship is specifically designed to reach polar destinations such as the geographic North Pole (90 ° North latitude), the Weddell Sea, the Ross Sea and Peter I Island.
“The unit, classified as Polar Class 2, meets the highest standards of eco-friendliness and safety. This is the first ever cruise ship with icebreaker technology and dual-propulsion electric hybrid, with high-capacity batteries and LNG storage on board, ”announces Vard .
Le Commandant Charcot, with a gross tonnage of around 30,000 tons, has a length of approximately 150 meters and a width of 28. The ship can accommodate 245 passengers in 123 cabins, as well as a crew of 235, you can review the deck plan here.
Ponant’s bookings for Le Commandant Charcot cruises were opened on June 13, 2019. Winter season 2021-2022 Antarctica cruise bookings opened on December 5, 2019. Itineraries included cruising to the North Pole, along Greenland’s eastern coast, Northwest Passage (Canadian Arctic), Antarctic Ocean (Ross Sea, Charcot Island, Peter I Island / Norway Antarctica).
The 15-day Inaugural Cruise (from Le Havre France to Reykjavik Iceland) visits destinations in Greenland and Iceland, Jan Mayen Island (Norway) and scenic cruising through Scoresby Sund (Greenland) – world’s largest fjord system. The Maiden Voyage departs on July 24, 2021, and was priced from USD 18150 pp (with double occupancy).
The 11-day “At the Genesis of the French Polar Expeditions” themed voyage offers scenic cruising along Greenland’s eastern coastline (protected area) north from Ammassalik Fjord (Sermersooq, southeastern Greenland) to Blosseville Coast (King Christian IX Land, eastern Greenland).
In August 2021, Le Commandant Charcot cruises to the North Pole from Spitsbergen Island (Norway). The 16-day itinerary is priced from USD 29,100 pp.
On November 30, 2021, from Ushuaia starts the 15-day “Total Solar Eclipse 2021” itinerary (through the Drake Passage) that offers the unique/once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the total eclipse (December 4) when the ship is in the Weddell Sea (Southern Ocean, between Antarctic Peninsula and Coats Land). The voyage’s prices started at USD 17790 pp (EUR 14970 pp) with double occupancy. Deals are inclusive of roundtrip flights to and from Santiago Chile and Ushuaia Argentina.