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Ponant names icebreaker Le Commandant Charcot

Ponant, the French expedition cruise specialist, has decided to name its 30,000 gross ton icebreaker cruise ship Le commandant Charcot after the French explorer who lived from 1867 to 1936.

“An explorer by vocation with a true passion for sailing, Jean-Baptiste Charcot is an emblematic figure of French polar expeditions. By naming its forthcoming polar exploration vessel after him, Ponant is paying tribute to this ‘gentleman of the poles,’ who was respected by everyone,” the company said in a statement.

“This choice is even more significant since this new ship will be fitted with the latest technology for minimising environmental impact, as well as a scientific laboratory for conducting operational oceanography missions and research,” Ponant said.

Bookings for cruises aboard Le Commandant Charcot will open on 4 April 2019, but pre-bookings may be made from 6 September 2018 to secure a stateroom and the early bird price. A chance to discover the Geographic North Pole (latitude 90 degrees North) or parts of Antarctica, such as the Ross Sea, Charcot Island and Peter Island, that were inaccessible until now, Ponant said.

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