French luxury cruise ship operator, Ponant, is designing tomorrow’s voyages with Le Commandant Charcot, the world’s first electric hybrid polar exploration ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). Beginning in 2021, this newest member of the Ponant fleet will offer guests the chance to follow in the wake of the great polar explorers in sophisticated surroundings enhanced with luxury amenities never before seen at the very top or bottom of the globe.

Ponant has partnered with Aker Arctic, a global specialist in ice navigation technologies, to develop leading-edge innovation.

The PC2 polar-class hull of the PONANT hybrid polar exploration vessel was designed with Aker Arctic, a specialist in icebreaker development and design. Thanks to the Double Action Principle (Aker Arctic DAS ™), Commander Charcot will be able to combine forward navigation modes in compact ice and in reverse under extreme ice conditions.

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· Passengers: 270
· Staff and crew: 180 
· Length: 150 m / 492 ft 
· Year build : 2021
· Class : Polar Class 2 
· Owner : Groupe Artemis (Financiere Pinault)
· Operator : Compagnie du Ponant cruise 
· Speed : 15 knots
· Builder : Vard Tulcea, Romania 
· Cabins : 135