Friday 21 June 2019

PONANT takes delivery of Le Dumont-d’Urville

#expeditioncruising .

PONANT welcomes its ninth ship as it continues to expand it’s fleet of modern small luxury expedition ships.

On schedule on 14 June, PONANT took delivery of Le Dumont-d’Urville, the ninth ship in the fleet, with the ship leaving the port of Søvik in Norway for Bergen, ready to commence her maiden cruise.

“Such a delivery rate is a first in the history of the French merchant navy: this is the fourth ship in the PONANT EXPLORERS series delivered in the last 12 months. The substantial expansion of our fleet allows us to offer our guests an increasing number of destinations, exceptional voyages and high-quality services. Market feedback is indeed excellent with very high levels of bookings.” said Jean Emmanuel Sauvée, CEO of PONANT.

PONANT is delighted with its ongoing collaboration with VARD, the Norwegian subsidiary of the Italian FINCANTIERI shipyard, both in terms of the design and construction of the new vessels and their prompt delivery.

With just 92 staterooms and suites, all with balconies or private terraces, sleek and elegant exterior lines and a refined design, Le Dumont-d’Urville, is the perfect example of the new generation of ships flying the French flag. All ships in the PONANT EXPLORERS fleet feature the latest technology and innovations while respecting the environment.

 Le Dumont-d’Urville’s maiden season will start on 7 August with an 8 night “Historic Cities of the Baltic Sea” cruise that will reveal the splendours of St Petersburg and the Baltic capitals. The ship will then head for the French coasts and the Mediterranean. With a rich programme of themed cruises, refined dining, wine tasting, music and more, guests on board will be able to combine cultural passions and a love of travel.

New technology on board all the ships in the PONANT EXPLORERS series helps bring unique travel experiences.

Le Dumont-d’Urville features PONANT’s pioneering concept, “Blue Eye”. This underwater multi-sensory lounge allows guests to discover and experience the underwater world. Two giant windows resembling the eyes of a whale look out to the marine environment. Non-intrusive underwater spotlights reveal the views, while hydrophones built into the keel capture the natural symphony of the sea and ‘Body Listening’ sofas offer sensory accompaniment by vibrating in unison with the sounds.

Le Dumont-d’Urville, the fourth ship delivered in the last 12 months

With the delivery Le Dumont-d’Urville, PONANT continues its development and readies itself to welcome the next ship in the PONANT EXPLORERS series, Le Bellot, scheduled for April 2020.

Le Lapérouse – delivered in June 2018
Le Champlain – delivered in October 2018
Le Bougainville – delivered in April 2019
Le Dumont-d’Urville – delivered in June 2019
Le Bellot – delivery scheduled for April 2020
Le Jacques-Cartier – delivery scheduled for July 2020
Le Commandant-Charcot – delivery scheduled for May 2021

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