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Max Passengers: 245
Ship Type: Ice Breaker Ship
Operated by: Ponant

Le Commandant Charcot, Ponant's first luxury hybrid electric polar exploration ship, is the ultimate of responsible and ecological sailing. Her expertise is in safe and low-impact polar navigation, utilizing cutting-edge technologies and solutions to make it one of the most modern polar vessels at sea today. 

Launched in Sept 2021, Le Commandant Charcot is a 245 capacity icebreaker operated by the Compagnie du Ponant. This Polar Class 2 icebreaker capable of reaching the Geographic North Pole has an LNG-powered hybrid power plant and 5 MWh electric batteries that may short drive the ship without engines. 
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Le Commandant Charcot cabin
Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
20m² and a 5m² private balcony, king-sized bed or two twin beds, private bathroom with shower, dressing table with hairdryer, flat-screen tv, wifi, minibar and safe
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Prestige Stateroom Deck 7
20m² and a 5m² private balcony, king-sized bed or two twin beds, private bathroom with shower, dressing table with hairdryer, flat screen tv, wifi, minibar and safe
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Prestige Stateroom Deck 8
20m² and a 5m² private balcony, king-sized bed or two twin beds, private bathroom with shower, dressing table with hairdryer, flat screen tv, wifi, minibar and safe
Deluxe suite
Deluxe Suite Deck 6
28m² and a 5m² private balcony, king-sized bed or two twin beds, private bathroom with shower, dressing table with hairdryer, flat-screen tv, wifi, minibar, and safe
Deluxe suite
Deluxe Suite Deck 7
28m² and a 5m² private balcony, king-sized bed or two twin beds, private bathroom with shower, dressing table with hairdryer, flat-screen tv, wifi, minibar and safe.
Deluxe suite
Deluxe Suite Deck 8
28m² and a 5m² private balcony, king-sized bed or two twin beds, private bathroom with shower, dressing table with hairdryer, flat-screen tv, wifi, minibar and safe.
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Prestige Suite Deck 7
40m² and a 10m² private balcony, king-sized bed or two twin beds, private bathroom with two showers, dressing table with hairdryer, flat screen tv, wifi, minibar and safe
Le Commandant Charcot cabin
Prestige Suite Deck 8
40m² and a 10m² private balcony, king-sized bed or two twin beds, private bathroom with two showers, dressing table with hairdryer, flat screen tv, wifi, minibar and safe
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Grand Prestige Suite
42m² and a 12.5m² private balcony, king-sized bed or two twin beds, private bathroom with shower and Balneo bathtub, dressing table with hairdryer, butler service, flat screen tv, wifi, minibar and safe
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Privilege Suite
48m² and a 12.5m² private balcony, king-sized bed or two twin beds, private bathroom with shower and Balneo bathtub, dressing table with hairdryer, butler service, flat screen tv, wifi, minibar and safe
suite duplex
Suite Duplex
48m² and a 26m² private balcony with jacuzzi, king-sized bed or two twin beds, private bathroom with shower and Balneo bathtub, dressing table with hairdryer, butler service, flat screen tv, wifi, minibar and safe
owners suite
Owner's Suite
114m² and a 186m² private balcony with jacuzzi, king-sized bed or two twin beds, private bathroom with shower and Balneo bathtub, dressing table with hairdryer, butler service, flat screen tv, wifi, minibar and safe

Deckplan

Deck plan of Le Commandant Charcot

Le Commandant Charcot Cabins, Staterooms, and Suites

In keeping with the Ponant philosophy, Le Commandant Charcot has 123 private suites and staterooms, all of which have their own step-out balconies or terraces, making it feel like you're sailing on a private yacht at all times. 

Nine decks are available, 5 of which are accessible to passengers and 3 of which include rooms.

There are six different types of staterooms onboard: 
  • Owner's Suite (on Deck 8 aft) is 1240 ft2 (115 m2) features large sliding glass doors that open out onto a 186 m2 (2,002 ft2) private terrace with Jacuzzi (outdoor whirlpool hot tub).
  • Duplex Suites (two-level residences on Decks 6-7 aft) are 1010 ft2 (94 m2), including a 280 ft2 (26 m2) terrace with Jacuzzi (outdoor whirlpool hot tub).
  • Privilege Suites (on Decks 6 and 8) are two-room suites with an additional 135-square-foot (15-square-meter) Balcony.
  • Prestige Suites (on Decks 7-8) is a two-room suite with 430 square feet (40 square meters) of living space and a 105 square foot (10 square meters) balcony.
  • Privilege Staterooms (on Decks 6-7-8) are 300 square feet (28 square meters), including balconies.
  • Prestige Staterooms (decks 6-7-8) are 215 ft2 (20 m2) with 55-square-foot (5-square-meter) balconies. 
Priority boarding and butler service are offered for those in the Owner's Suite, Duplex Suites, Privilege Suites, and Grand Prestige Suites. 
 

Dining

Fine dining onboard Le Commandant Charcot is reimagined in partnership with Ducasse Conseil, bringing menus designed by the Michelin-starred chef himself, as well as famous dishes served in his restaurant. 

All guests are invited to dine in style at the Panoramic Restaurant at a single sitting. For a more laid-back dining experience, head to the Blue Lagoon Restaurant, which has both indoor and outdoor seating and serves breakfast, buffet lunches, and themed dinners.
 

Onboard Amenities 

Ponant's Le Commandant Charcot has never-before-seen areas in its fleet, created and fitted out to meet all your demands while maintaining privacy for each guest. Two prominent French architectural firms, Studio Jean-Philippe Nuel and Wilmotte & Associés, were hired to design them. Some of them have Inuit names as a reminder of their strong connection to this interesting culture. 

At the back of the ship on Deck 9 lies the Blue Lagoon, an infinity-style heated pool with a giant fire pit. In some of the world's coldest areas, heated seats keep passengers toasty warm and comfortable. The front observation lounge overlooks the helipad, where the expedition and scientific teams use a single four-passenger helicopter to assess landing places and facilitate research.

The spa, Nuan, has treatment rooms, a hair and nail salon, a sauna with sea views, and even a snow room. There is an indoor pool, leisure room, and detox bar in the adjoining winter garden, Imaq (Inuit for water).

Kita, the enormous theatre on deck 5, can accommodate all 245 passengers, though Antarctica expeditions are limited to 200. The main lounge includes a sophisticated steam fire and an extensive drink list for an evening aperitif.

A range of leisure activities is available to passengers, such as kayaking, hot air ballooning, dog sledding, ice fishing, hovercrafts, and even polar diving. Guests can also go hiking and snowmobiling. 

Antarctic Itineraries

Le Commandant Charcot sails to Antarctica through the Weddell Sea and the South Sandwich Islands before embarking on isolated missions to the Ross Sea and the Bellingshausen Sea. Arctic adventures to the Geographic North Pole from Longyearbyen to Reykjavik are also available. 

About Ponant

The polar explorer Le Commandant Charcot joins other Ponant explorer ships’ Le Bellot, Le Dumont-d'Urville, Le Champlain, Le Boreal, and Le Jjacques Cartier among others.

This luxury cruise line has been visiting the world's most famous ports and lesser-known destinations for the past 30 years. A leading provider of luxury polar cruises and provides a variety of trips to the awe-inspiring Arctic and Antarctic regions.

Read our Le Commandant Charcot reviews above and contact our Adventure Life Antarctica experts to help you compare this polar ship to other purpose-built, activity-oriented, ice-class Antarctica ships.

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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