A French luxury cruise company has presented its new ship with which it will circumnavigate the Antarctic – see inside

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French luxury cruise company Ponant recently turned 13.

Le Commandant Charcot.

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Meet Le Commandant Charcot, Ponant’s first “Polar Class 2” hybrid ship, partially powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The Le Commandant Charcot in the icy water
The Le Commandant Charcot.

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According to its manufacturer, the new ship is a “sign of Ponant’s commitment to sustainable and responsible tourism”.

a bedroom and a couch
At Le Commandant Charcot.

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The 492-foot ship is powered by five engines and 50 tons of lithium-ion batteries, but most of its power comes from the LNG, Rachel King reported for Fortune.

the ship Le Commandant Charcot on the water
Le Commandant Charcot

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Other than those cleaner sources of energy, the Le Commandant Charcot is nothing like your typical Royal Caribbean or Carnival mega cruise ship.

Rows of chairs in front of shelves with decor
At Le Commandant Charcot.

For one, Ponant banned single-use plastic while sorting waste was introduced on board the ship.

a lounge area under skylights
At Le Commandant Charcot.

It’s also full of suites with Dyptique products and restaurants from multi-Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse.

Le Commandant Charcot sails through icy water
Le Commandant Charcot.

With that in mind, let’s take a tour of the conveniences of Le Commandant Charcot.

Dining table at Le Commandant Charcot
At Le Commandant Charcot.

The ship offers space for 245 people in its 123 cabins.

Le Commandant Charcot sails through icy water
Le Commandant Charcot.

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These rooms range from 215 square feet to 1,238 square feet.

a bedroom through large windows
At Le Commandant Charcot.

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And each unit has its own balcony, which is perfect for passengers wanting to enjoy their quiet morning coffee in the frigid Antarctic temperatures.

an outdoor lounge area
At Le Commandant Charcot.

The largest suite, the owner’s suite, has its own 1,937 square meter terrace.

Top view of two chairs through a large window and balcony
At Le Commandant Charcot.

There are also four 1,011-square-foot duplex suites, each with their own hot tubs and terraces.

a bed and bedside table
At Le Commandant Charcot.

These maisonette suites, the owner suite and the Privilege and Grand Prestige suites all have butler service.

a lounge area next to a tall mirror
At Le Commandant Charcot.

All rooms also have charging ports that are compatible with both European and American devices.

a couch and chairs in a modern, well-lit room
At Le Commandant Charcot.

In true luxury fashion, Le Commandant Charcot will have amenities not often found on a cruise ship, such as: B. a cigar lounge …

a bar behind a wall of shelves with decor
At Le Commandant Charcot.

… a circumferential promenade deck with heated seats …

Part of Le Commandant Charcot overlooking the water
The Le Commandant Charcot.

… and a spa with services such as a fitness studio, a “snow room” with real snow, a detox bar and massages with luxury products.

Window with a view of the snow room
At Le Commandant Charcot.

Despite these eye-catching amenities, Le Commandant Charcot also offers some amenities found on a typical cruise ship, such as a theater, indoor swimming pool …

Indoor swimming pool under a window ceiling
At Le Commandant Charcot.

… meeting rooms and a heated outdoor pool by a fireplace.

Outdoor seating area on Le Commandant Charcot
At Le Commandant Charcot.

Hungry sailors can dine in the two restaurants on the ship or in the outside bar.

Waiters at empty tables in a restaurant
At Le Commandant Charcot.

There is also an on-board laboratory to help study the environments the cruise ship will pass through.

two chairs in front of a glass coffee table with two rocking chairs with a view of the window behind
At Le Commandant Charcot.

And passengers interested in these studies can attend the ship’s on-board lectures.

a lounge area next to tall windows
At Le Commandant Charcot.

However, if you prefer the thrill of nature, Le Commandant Charcot offers opportunities for kayaking, ice fishing, polar diving, hovercrafting, and more.

Kayakers on icy water with the Le Commandant Charcot in the back
Kayakers and Le Commandant Charcot.

Ponant officially put the ship into service on September 28th, and routes are now available for the winter of 2022-2023.

Le Commandant Charcot on the water on a cloudy day
Le Commandant Charcot.

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And unlike a typical ship, the Le Commandant Charcot can travel to remote destinations like the North Pole region.

a lounge area under skylights
At Le Commandant Charcot.

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That includes upcoming Weddell Sea and Larsen Ice Shelf crossings starting at nearly $ 14,000, making it one of the most affordable options on the ship.

Le Commandant Charcot sails through icy water
Le Commandant Charcot.

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This 11-night lineup sails to and from either Punta Arenas, Chile or Ushuaia, Argentina, with stops along the Antarctic Peninsula.

Indoor lounge area with shelves with decor
At Le Commandant Charcot.

There is also the more expensive route through the Northwest Passage that goes from Iceland to Alaska.

Lounge area at Le Commandant Charcot
At Le Commandant Charcot.

This 25-day cruise, which sails September through October 2022, starts at $ 42,100.

Kayakers on icy water with the Le Commandant Charcot in the back
Kayakers and Le Commandant Charcot.

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That price may seem high to the average cruise goer, but the sailing is already fully booked.

two seats by a fireplace at Le Commandant Charcot
At Le Commandant Charcot.

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If you want to spend a lot of money, you can book the “Unexplored Antarctica between Two Continents”, which runs from January 15 to February 13, 2023.

Lounge area with bookcases at Le Commandant Charcot
At Le Commandant Charcot.

This 30-day cruise will sail from Argentina to New Zealand and “half-circle” Antarctica, according to the cruise line.

empty dining tables through floor-to-ceiling windows
At Le Commandant Charcot.

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The trip starts at $ 45,420 for a cabin, making it the ship’s most expensive itinerary to date.

two chairs in front of a window overlooking an outside balcony
At Le Commandant Charcot.

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That price then shoots to a whopping $ 172,050 for the owner’s suite, which has already been booked for sailing.

private lounge at Le Commandant Charcot
At Le Commandant Charcot.


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