PONANT Le Commandant Charcot - Blue Lagoon auf Deck 9 © Studio Ponant - Olivier Blaud
Olivier Blaud

PONANT: Journey to the True North

The PONANT cruise line shines with French-style luxury and also has an ace up its sleeve: Le Commandant Charcot is the only luxury icebreaker able to reach the world’s northernmost point.

15 May 2024


Gilles Trillard

Heaven on earth is a French ship –PONANT represents joie de vivre on all seven seas. On board, this is realized through exceptional services, a multilingual crew and a certain je ne sais quoi. From secluded ports and forgotten beaches "PONANT's" experts select itineraries well off the beaten track. This allows guests to enjoy exceptional cruises and coastlines that few have seen before.

To the edge of the world

Gilles Trillard

As the world’s only luxury icebreaker, Le Commandant Charcot is the shipping company's unique selling point. With her, you can reach the actual North Pole, cross the Arctic Ocean or discover the far north-east of Greenland. The ship was designed to follow in the footsteps of great polar explorers – all in an elegant setting, with luxurious amenities never before offered in these remote areas. With this new hybrid ship, which is powered by electricity and liquefied natural gas, guests are offered more than just conventional cruises - these expeditions are true voyages of polar discovery.

Olivier Blaud

In addition, PONANT is fully aware of its responsibility towards the ecosystems at these extraordinary destinations and the communities living there. Therefore, they aim to make conservation a top priority on all voyages in order to protect animals, nature and locals.

Perfect for adrenaline junkies and all those who want to follow in the footsteps of great polar explorers.
Highlight Thanks to their small capacity, PONANT ships can dock in private ports and offer stopovers at protected locations.
The best routes Spring with the lnuit of Ammassalik from Reykjavík and back; into the Arctic ice of Greenland from Reykjavík to Spitsbergen; a trans-Arctic adventure crossing the North Pole from Alaska to Spitsbergen; the Northwest Passage from Reykjavík to Alaska.

This article appeared in the Falstaff TRAVEL issue Spring 2024.

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