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Le Commandant Charcot

Inaugural Cruise - In the Wake of Jean Baptiste Charcot

Le Commandant-Charcot's inaugural cruise departs in May 2021. She is the world's first luxury polar exploration vessel, and enjoys a unique sailing experience in the Arctic or Antarctic! With its hybrid propulsion combining liquefied natural gas (LNG) and electric generators, Le Commandant-Charcot has been designed to minimise the environmental impact of travel to the furthest latitudes. The vessel has been elegantly designed using subtle tones and its decor of stone, wood and leather recall the natural environment in which the ship is sailing. She accommodates guests in 135 luxurious staterooms and suites. Expect outstanding gastronomy in the two restaurants and wonderful relaxation areas including two lounges and bars. Guests may also indulge in the amenities on the sundeck including an indoor swimming pool surrounded by a winter garden, sauna and snow room. A Spa, beauty and fitness room and outdoor pool.

 

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Embark

Embark the ship in Le Havre.

Day 1: Le Havre

Board Le Commandant Charcot in Le Havre. You will have time to explore your cabin and new surroundings. Later you will join fellow guests for the captains first dinner, drinks and evening entertainment.

Day 2: Saint-Malo

Arrive at the port city of Saint-Malo and immerse yourself in the diversity of its heritage. In times gone-by privateers sailed the oceans in search of trade and victories, today it is known for its legendary yacht races and the final and it also the final resting place of the French writer François-René de Chateaubriand, who was born here and chose to be buried here anonymously.

Days 3-4: At Sea

Spend the next two days at sea as the ship sails towards the Islet of Rockall.

Day 5: Sailing in front of Islet Rockall

Today the ship will sailing around the Islet of Rockall, located between Ireland and Iceland, one of the remotest places on Earth. The eroded summit of an extinct volcano, the site was formed some 55 million years ago. Frequently swept by immense waves, this granite rock standing some twenty metres above the water will offer you spectacular panoramas.

Day 6: At Sea

Spend the day at sea, perhaps enjoying the many amenities on the ship as she sails towards Alftanes.

Day 7: Alftanes, Iceland

Sail to the south-west of Iceland and discover the Alftanes Peninsula, made sadly famous by the sinking of the Pourquoi Pas? In 1936, the French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot was returning to France aboard the Pourquoi Pas? after having provided support to the expedition led by Paul-Émile Victor in Greenland, when the ship was caught in a violent storm and was wrecked off the coast. Today you will find a calmness to the area made of huge grassy plains and big skies.

Days 8-9: Blosseville

Today you will discover this isolated and unexplored part of eastern Greenland. Surrounded by ice, icebergs and pieces of pack ice, Blosseville Coast is one of these wild and hard-to-reach places that very few people are lucky enough to explore.

Days 10-11: Ittoqqortoormiit Region

Spend two days exploring this incredibly remote region located between the largest national park and the longest system of fjords in the world. The region is covered in snow and ice for pretty much nine months of the year and you will be able to discover the ancestral way of life of the last hunters of the polar region.

Day 12: Jan Mayen Island

Lying off the coast of Greenland, lost between the Arctic Ocean and the North Atlantic Ocean is Jan Mayen Island. This small piece of land is inhabited by only a handful of Norwegian meteorologists. The Norwegian owned island is partly volcanic and glacial and is dominated by the active volcano, Beerenberg, measuring 2300m high.

Days 13-14: At Sea

Spend two days at sea as the ship sails towards Reykjavik.

Day 15: Reykjavik

Your voyage ends in Reykjavik where you will disembark the ship.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Reykjavík.

Includes

  • 14 Nights' accommodation on board Le Commandant Charcot
  • Full Board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day
  • Mineral water, coffee and wine served with lunch and dinner
  • Afternoon tea daily
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Evening gatherings and organised entertainment
  • Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
  • English-speaking guest-speaker (when applicable)
  • Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Port Taxes
  • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with the naturalists
  • PONANT polar water-resistant parka is offered on board for all departures with the logo “Free Parka” (no children sizes, in case of consecutive cruises, only one complimentary parka)

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Transfers to and from the ship
  • Port Taxes
  • Optional excursions
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure
  • Visas (where required)
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
 

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