Le Commandant Charcot

First luxury hybrid electric polar exploration ship

First launched in March 2020, Le Commandant Charcot has been busy proving herself in incredible locations around the polar regions. She is fitted with a Polar Class 2 (PC2) giving her the ability to sail between the sheets of drifting sea ice and reach the most remote and isolated regions, when conditions allow.  She is powered by liquified natural gas, and is the epitome of a more responsible and sustainable sailing. Protecting the polar ecosystems and the coastal sea ice – a vital habitat for marine wildlife – is a big priority. Her ice-breaking capabilities are are extraordinary – 2.5m thick fast ice is well within her remit.

Le Commandant Charcot is one of the most advanced polar vessels at sea today. Being French the standards in the restaurant are second to none. She also has two restaurants, a spa, sauna, snow room, indoor swimming pool, outdoor hot tub spanning the aft deck, outdoor BBQ area with heated seating and a science lab. Throughout you will find understated yet elegant decor.


Equipped with 123 suites and staterooms with private balcony or terrace, Le Commandant Charcot is fully in keeping with the Ponant philosophy: to provide a rare and exceptional ambiance for every passenger welcomed onboard and reinforce the feeling and sense of sailing on a private yacht. At the rear of decks 6 and 7 are four stunning 94 m² (1,011 ft²) split-level suites equipped with private terraces and jacuzzis. The breathtaking 115 m² (1,237 ft²) Suite de l’Armateur (Shipowner’s Suite) on deck 8 features wide sliding glass doors offering stunning panoramic views and opening out onto a 186 m² (2,002 ft²) private terrace. Her ice-breaking capabilities are second to none. She carries up to 200 passengers in the Antarctic.


Passengers:      200 passengers in polar regions

Itineraries:       North Pole, Greenland, Northwest Passage, Antarctica/Weddel and Ross Seas, Snow Hill Island

Operator:          Ponant Expeditions

Deck Plan:         See below


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