PONANT, the polar expedition leader and pioneer, is expanding its unique luxury expedition cruise concept with the arrival of six new sisterships, the PONANT EXPLORERS.
PONANT guests will be able to enjoy new travel experiences, such as tropical expeditions. Offering a unique blend of discovery and exceptional comfort, even in the most remote corners of the world, is our hallmark.
Featuring innovative equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with windows, and lounge areas opening on to the outside, these six new limited-capacity yachts (boasting only 92 staterooms and suites) will give you a unique cruising experience thanks to their design and smaller size.
A fully-equipped sundeck and 3-position marina platform allows access to the sea for swimming and water sports (kayaking, paddle boarding, scuba diving, snorkelling, water-skiing, fishing, etc.)
Grill restaurant and infinity pool fitted with counter-current system.
A submersible mini-port, an original and unique concept, enables direct access to the flotilla of 10 Zodiac boats on board.
Reinforced hull for polar navigation.
PONANT, in keeping with its pioneering spirit, is launching a world-first:
Le Lapérouse will be the first cruise ship on Earth to be equipped with a multi-sensory underwater space, called Blue Eye.
Le Champlain, Le Bougainville, Le Dumont-d’Urville, Le Bellot and Le Surville will be the next.
The design of this technical prowess was entrusted to architect Jacques Rougerie, who is deeply passionate about the sea. Rougerie’s mission is to enable PONANT guests to perceive and feel the underwater universe that has never ceased to amaze and inspire him during his career through three innovative concepts.
Innovative underwater vision
Bionic & biomimetic
The space’s graphical references evoke cetaceans and jellyfish. This inspiration is evident in the lines of the lounge, the positioning of the body, the furniture and the fittings. All focus is drawn towards the two portholes, shaped like the eye of a cetacean and looking out upon the subaquatic world. The lighting in the lounge is developed through touches, disseminated in the space, allowing the spirit and the gaze to dive into the spectacle unfolding outside.
The mural décor disappears to make way for the integrated digital screens projecting the images filmed live by three underwater cameras. Placed at the ship’s strategic points, these cameras enable guests to witness, for example, the spectacle of dolphins playing in the bow waves.
The sound staging has been entrusted to Michel Redolfi, a contemporary music composer and sound design expert. A result of his research into subaquatic music and his own inventions, the sound design of the underwater lounge develops state-of-the-art technology and offers guests an experience in acoustic immersion that is unique in the world.
An immersive sound experience can be felt in the Body Listening sofas, which discreetly vibrate in unison while offering unique sensory listening through corporal resonance. This global listening through the entire body, in harmony with the ocean’s natural cycles, will bring guests closer to the marine mammals they might see and hear behind the giant portholes.
Innovative underwater vision
The non-intrusive underwater projectors developed expressly for the PONANT EXPLORERS enable the observation of the seabed and photo-luminescent organisms from the Blue Eye lounge as well as from the outside decks, balconies and the marina-without any risk to the marine biosphere.
Discover all the facilities on-board our latest ships in our PONANT EXPLORERS booklet
These new smaller-capacity yachts boast elegantly-designed staterooms, spacious suites with bay windows, and lounge areas opening onto the outside. Their design and size are the guarantee of a unique cruising experience in the comfort and elegance that are PONANT’s hallmark.
The warm and contemporary interior design by Jean-Philippe Nuel takes direct inspiration from the destinations and cultures explored during PONANT’s stopovers and is punctuated with ethnic touches.
Reception - Batten wood plays with light for an exotic, resort-like environment.
Panoramic restaurant - French cuisine and gastronomy take pride of place.
Theatre - 188 seats within fluid lines that are inspired by the marine world.
Grand salon - An “ethnic chic” ambiance, opening onto the exterior. Small details draw on tribal inspiration to evoke the cultures and destinations visited.
Relaxation area, spa, fitness room and sauna with a unique panoramic view.
A haven in which luxury and nature are reinvented in a refined resort atmosphere.
Stateroom with balcony Suite with balcony or private terrace, including the Owner’s Suite with an outdoor hot tub.
Learn more about the PONANT spirit in our brochures.
Costa Rica, the Amazon, the Maldives, Papua New Guinea, the Orinoco, the Bissagos Islands… In addition to our polar expeditions, now guests can experience a tropical or subtropical expedition accompanied by PONANT’s guides and experts.
In addition to our company’s most popular destinations — such as the Mediterranean or the Baltic Sea-these new yachts will allow for the exploration of unexpected destinations via itineraries created by true sailors.
On the program: spectacular scenery, authentic encounters, close-up observation of wild animals, and much more.