Monday 26 September 2022

New French expedition cruise line launched

#expeditioncruising .

One of Ponant's co-founders has launched his own French-flagged expedition cruise line utilising a former vessel of the Silversea fleet.

Philippe Videau officially launched his new line, Exploris, that will utilise the former Silver Explorer renamed Exploris One. The vessel, which originally launched Silversea's expeditions, was also known as Prince Albert II.

Fifteen months ahead of Exploris One's first cruise, its concept and 2023/24 season were detailed at a Paris news conference in September.

'Exploris is the result of several years of work, as we had started searching for a ship before the pandemic,' said Videau, the president. 'But it is, first of all, a project which gathered passionate people, who share the same values and come from the same maritime environment, essential for embracing such an adventure.'

Videau, co-founder and former president of Ponant until 2016, has gone on to form Exploris with some 15 associates, but he is not a major shareholder.

A full report on the announcement appeared on Seatrade Cruise News

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