PONANT EXPLORERS: Construction of Le Lapérouse enters the home straight
The first ship in the PONANT EXPLORERS series, Le Lapérouse, has just arrived in Norway, where her construction will continue in the VARD shipyard.
Transferred by rail, then lowered into the water by synchrolift on 18 December 2017 in Rumania, Le Lapérouse, the new expedition ship from PONANT, has just reached the Norwegian shipyard of Vard, a subsidiary of the Fincantieri group, where her construction will be completed. The ship was towed by BB Troll, and sailed through the Mediterranean, passing Gibraltar, the Bay of Biscay and crossing the English Channel to reach Norway and the Vard shipyard.
Le Lapérouse will be the first of the four expedition ships, the PONANT EXPLORERS, to be operational, in June, followed by Le Champlain, set for delivery in autumn 2018. Le Bougainville and Le Dumont-d’Urville will be operational in 2019.
Combining a moderate size (131 metres in length and 92 staterooms), design, technology and respect for the environment (Cleanship label, Bureau Veritas), the PONANT EXPLORERS have been designed to reach the most inaccessible sites, where others do not go. The ships will offer an even wider selection of destinations, notably including brand-new itineraries in tropical and sub-tropical regions.
These sisterships will all boast the exclusive concept of a multi-sensorial underwater lounge, known as Blue Eye, designed in collaboration with the architect Jacques Rougerie. This world first will allow passengers to see, hear and feel the underwater world.
Established in 1988 by Jean Emmanuel Sauvée and a dozen officers from the French Merchant Navy, PONANT is the world leader in luxury expeditions and the only French-owned cruise line. Today, PONANT is leading the way with a new style of luxury cruising through a unique conception of sea travel which combines exceptional itineraries and luxury hotel services, aboard luxurious smaller-scale ships. www.ponant.com