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With adventure cruising booming post-COVID-19 market leader PONANT has really upped the ante, with what I describe as this very serious ship, namely PONANT’s PC2 luxury polar explorer Le Commander Charcot with the inclusion of the word “Commander” giving you an idea that this ship is a leader in its field.

Also, by watching the video below you can join PONANT for a vignette of what PONANT describes as “A journey to the sublime onboard Le Commandant Charcot “ onboard the world’s first luxury polar explorer able to take guests to the geographic north pole, which is currently undergoing sea trials.

PONANT describes Le Commandant Charcot as an exceptional ship designed to minimise its environmental impact: the first hybrid electric polar explorer ship powered by LNG (Liquid Natural Gas), a major innovation marking PONANT’s ongoing commitment to sustainable tourism.

This eco-sensitive PC2 Polar Class ship is also designed to safely sail in extreme polar regions while consuming the cleanest energy available.

PONANT also says that by providing an opportunity for scientific research and conservation Le Commandant Charcot will be made available to the scientific community, with laboratories, equipment, dedicated staterooms and personnel, the ship will offer a platform for observation, research and analysis, allowing participating in the global effort to study and conserve the poles and thanks to its cutting-edge technology, Le Commandant Charcot will be able to access remote areas that were previously difficult for scientists to reach.


A report by John Alwyn-Jones, Cruise Editor.