PONANT: The World’s First Luxury Icebreaker

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The world's first luxury icebreaker cruise ship
Reach the Geographic North Pole, complete a crossing of the Arctic Ocean and discover Greenland's extreme North East or probe the icy wilderness of Antarctica… From 2021, and in a refined onboard environment offering luxury services of a kind never before provided in the far extremes of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, the newest addition to the PONANT fleet will be taking passengers in the footsteps of the great polar explorers. More than just conventional cruises, these are true expedition polar odysseys we are providing with this new vessel.


 Sustainable development at the heart of the design
The first ever PC2 Polar Class luxury cruise ship, this hybrid electric icebreaker powered by Liquified Natural Gas, at the cutting edge of technology, will be a real pioneer in terms of environmental protection.

Perfected “Cleanship” fittings, going beyond the current environmental regulations:
  • Reduction of SO2, NOX, CO2 and particle emissions thanks to the use of LNG
  • Zero emissions when in electric hybrid mode
  • Use of advanced diesel engine technology
  • Compliance with new IMO (International Maritime Organization) 2020 regulation on Sulphur emission levels
  • Compliance with ECA requirements (Emission Control Area)
Energy management
  • Energy optimisation system that precisely measures consumptions and optimisation of ship sailing methods
  • Waste Heat Recovery System
  • Electric output optimised and consumption reduced through the use of latest generation electric batteries
Water treatment
  • Advanced Waste Water Treatment system
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BEYOND THE POLAR CIRCLE | Fare From AU$17,024
Flight Buenos Aires / Ushuaia + visit or time at leisure + transfers + flight Ushuaia / Buenos Aires
from 23 January 2018 to 8 February 2018

Ushuaia - Ushuaia
LE SOLEAL
17 days / 16 nights

For the very first time, PONANT is inviting you to go beyond the Antarctic Circle, at the latitude of 66° 33’ 39’’. From Ushuaia, you will set sail aboard Le Soléal, for a 17-day expedition cruise to the heart of a universe that is out of this world. After having discovered the Falkland Islands, and their unique panoramas of hills and moors, you will sail in the waters of South Georgia. This sub-Antarctic region offers a wide variety of landscapes, between long mountain chains and black sandy beaches, where huge colonies of King Penguinshave taken refuge. Le Soléal will then sail south to reach the Antarctic Peninsula. Floating ice floes, tabular icebergs, and high snow-capped peaks: you will discover an enchanting polar desert.Finally, you will cross intothe mythical Antarctic Circle and will enter regions that are very infrequently visited, at the very end of the world – a rare and very moving sailing experience.

THE GREAT ADVENTURE | Fare From AU$13,641
Flight Buenos Aires / Ushuaia + visit or time at leisure + transfer
from 28 February 2018 to 15 March 2018

Ushuaia - Montevideo
LE SOLEAL
16 days / 15 nights

PONANT invites you to set sail in the footsteps of the Great Explorers during a 16-day cruise between the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia. Sailing from Ushuaia, you will board Le Soléal for an exceptional journey to a land at the end of the world. You will start this expedition cruise with the discovery of the extraordinary landscapes of the Peninsula. Between long stretches of ice floes and sparkling tabular icebergs, you will be able to admire a captivating polar desert made of ice and water. Le Soléal will then continue her course towardsDeception Island. Nestled within the South Shetland Islands, this volcanic island with its extremely rich wildlife is notably home to elephant seals, fur seals and more than 100 000 pairs of chinstrap penguins. Further to the north you will reach the coastline of South Georgia. This sub-Antarctic region offers a wide variety of landscapes, between long mountain chains and black sandy beaches, where huge colonies of King Penguins have taken refuge. 

EXPEDITION EMBLEMATIC ANTARCTICA | Fare From AU$11,590
Flight Buenos Aires / Ushuaia + visit or time at leisure + transfers + flight Ushuaia / Buenos Aires
from 25 January 2019 to 4 February 2019

Ushuaia - Ushuaia
LE SOLEAL
11 days / 10 nights

PONANT proposes an exceptional expedition cruise into the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula’s ice floes. Set sail on an unforgettable 11-day journey aboard Le Soléal and fall for the charms of the dreamlike landscapes, inhabited by rich and uncommon wildlife. In Neko Harbour, a magnificent bay surrounded by mountains and ice, you will perhaps be lucky enough to see seals, whales, leopard seals and gentoo penguins. On Pleneau Island, you’ll be amused by the original gait of the gentoo penguins going about their daily lives with a backdrop of magnificent icebergs. Don’t miss out on the visit to nearby Port Charcot. Jean-Baptiste Charcot, the famous French explorer who led many polar expeditions at the beginning of the 20th century, gave this name to the island as a tribute to his father. Your ship will then head north before arriving on the volcanic Deception Island, which was long an emblematic whaling site. Its sheltered bay also served as a refuge for sailors during heavy storms. Before you return to Ushuaia, Le Soléal will clear a path through the impressive tabletop icebergs of the Weddell Sea, leaving you with an unforgettable memory of your Antarctic crossing. Subject to ice and weather conditions. The expedition highlights and itineraries described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

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