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Ponant lets you taste uncharted Antarctica without you even leaving home!

November 10, 2020 Cruise News No Comments

Deb Corbett, General Manager Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific for PONANT has announced PONANT’s next Live Online Event “Unchartered Antarctica onboard Le Commandant-Charcot, saying, “Following on from our recent super-successful Kimberley’s Big 5 online event back in September this year, I am pleased to invite you to join us for the second in the series, this time focussing on the forthcoming inaugural 2021/22 Antarctic season for our brand new, eco-responsible, hybrid powered, luxury polar explorer Le Commandant-Charcot”.

“And who better to fill us in on this innovative new polar explorer ship and her exciting Antarctic expedition voyages than the Head of Expeditions and Sustainability for PONANT, Nicolas Dubreuil, who will be joined by our very own home-grown Head of Expeditions Asia Pacific, Mick Fogg.

To join them live on Thursday 19 November, make sure to register beforehand in order to receive your access link to Ponant’s live room.

With Craig Farrell, National Business Development Manager, hosting the event key discussion points and conversation topics are aimed to bringing the trade and travellers up to date with not only the construction progress, of their brand, new eco-responsible, hybrid powered luxury polar explorer Le Commandant-Charcot explaining the unique points of difference and capabilities of their luxury PC2 (Polar Class 2) rated ice-explorer ship, but also providing background to the range of unique expedition experiences Le Commandant-Charcot has on offer during this inaugural season in Antarctica.

This live event will reveal new itineraries in ice-packed Antarctic regions other ships simply cannot access, for example, an expedition to one of the least visited places on the planet, Peter 1 island, surrounded by a protective ice front that made exploration ashore impossible for over 100 years after discovery, joining the handful of people who have ever visited this far-flung island and in the practically unexplored Bellingshausen Sea rewarded by exploring gigantic colonies of ever elegant Emperor penguins.

Conceived as a new class of luxury polar expedition cruise ship, Le Commandant Charcot incorporates the latest innovations in environmental protection, with its hybrid propulsion system utilising liquefied natural gas (LNG) and electric engines, designed to minimise its environmental impact.

So when can you enjoy this amazing Antarctic experience without leaving home and get a taste of things to come when you do, with Ponant?

WHEN: Thursday 19 November 2020 at 2.00pm[AWST]; 5.00pm [AEST];  & 7.00pm [NZST]

Note: Prior registration is required to join the event, available by linking to

There will be live Q&A time at the end of the presentation, as well as prizes to win and an exclusive offer on the day.

Meet the guest speakers:

 Nicolas Dubreuil – Head of Expeditions and Sustainability

Originally a lecturer in computer science at the University of Strasbourg, for almost 30 years ‘Nico’ has been on expeditions to the most isolated parts of the planet. He spends much of the year between the Arctic and Antarctica. On foot, sled, ski or kayak he has ‘toured’ Alaska, Spitsbergen, South Georgia, Greenland, Iceland, Siberia and Antarctica. Keen to introduce mere mortals to these remote and stunningly beautiful regions Nicolas has accompanied sporting expeditions, scientists, film crews, tourists and people with disabilities, including the blind or sight restricted, amputees and seriously ill children.

Mick Fogg – Head of Expeditions Asia Pacific

As an award-winning wildlife photographer and adventurer, Mick has spent the past 17 years leading expeditions and photographing some of the world’s most remote destinations from Antarctica to South East Asia. Mick has designed itineraries and led over 300 expeditions through Antarctica, the Sub-Antarctic Islands, New Zealand, Australia, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, The South Pacific, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Malaysia.

A report by John Alwyn-Jones

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