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Le Commandant Charcot

The world's first electric hybrid polar expedition ship, Le Commandant Charcot may be the most exciting addition yet to the Ponant fleet.

What we love

Jean-Baptiste Charcot was a true polar pioneer, and Ponant's icebreaker explores the parts of the Arctic and Antarctica that other expedition vessels can't reach. On board you can expect Ponant's customary French flair, and the ship is also designed to have a minimal effect on the environment, with technological innovations such as hybrid propulsion and an advanced waste water treatment system.

Capacity 245 Guests
Crew 187 Staff
Style This may be the world's most luxurious icebreaker, blending contemporary decor with a refined French flair.
  • All meals in all venues
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • All soft drinks
  • Tea, coffee and pastries
  • Unlimited use of the Fitness Centre
  • Excursions by zodiac
  • Complimentary WiFi
Year Built 2021
Length 492 feet
Breadth 92 feet


Ponant - Le Commandant Charcot - Gastronomic Restaurant

As you would expect, Ponant's culinary offering has a distinctively French flavour, with casual dining by day and a more refined ambience in the evening.

Gastronomic Restaurant

The elegant main restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a focus on French and European cuisine.

Grill Restaurant

This al fresco restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating, and is open for buffet breakfast, lunch and themed dinners.

Bars & Lounges

Ponant - Le Commandant Charcot - Winter Garden and Indoor Pool

There are plenty of stylish spaces on board where you can relax, socialise and swap stories about the day's adventures.

You can enjoy the outdoor pool deck when the weather allows, or retreat to the warmth of the winter garden with its inviting indoor pool. The Panoramic Lounge is a great place to enjoy the views as you cruise through spectacular polar scenery, whlie the Main Lounge features a bar, tea corner and cigar lounge, with live music on selected evenings.

Rooms & Suites

Ponant - Le Commandant Charcot - Owner's Suite
Owner's Suite
Ponant - Le Commandant Charcot - Duplex Suite
Duplex Suite
Ponant - Le Commandant Charcot - Prestige Stateroom
Prestige Stateroom

The interiors are stylish and contemporary, with a warm and soothing colour palette, and all staterooms and suites open onto a private balcony.

Owner's Suite

This stunning suite sprawls over 1,227 square feet, with a separate living and dining area, luxurious bathroom with shower and Balneo bathtub, butler service and a huge private terrace with your own outdoor Jacuzzi.

Duplex Suite

These split-level suites offer a generous 517 square feet and accommodate up to four people, with the main bedroom on the lower level and a convertible sofa bed in the living area on the upper level. These suites also include butler service, bathroom with shower and Balneo bathtub, and a spacious balcony with an outdoor Jacuzzi.

Privilege Suite

Perfect for families, these suites can accommodate up to four people, with a convertible sofa bed in the second room, and offer 517 square feet of space, with a generous private balcony, butler service, bathroom with shower and Balneo bathtub, and a private balcony.

Prestige Suite

Similar to the Privilege Suites, with 431 square feet accommodating up to four people, plus a bathroom with two showers and a private balcony.

Privilege Stateroom

These spacious rooms offer 301 square feet and accommodate up to three people, with a seating area, bathroom with shower and a private balcony.

Prestige Stateroom

Offering 215 square feet of space, these smartly appointed staterooms have a small seating area, private balcony and bathroom with shower.

All rooms and suites include

  • Private balcony
  • Beds which can be configured as king or twin
  • Bathroom with shower (some also have bathtub)
  • Wardrobe
  • Fully stocked bar, replenished daily
  • WiFi access, free of charge
  • Flatscreen satellite TV
  • 24-hour room service
  • Fine bed linens
  • French bath amenities
  • Writing desk(s) with stationery
  • iPod speaker
  • Safe

Onboard Experiences

Ponant - Zodiac in Antarctica

There is a relaxed ambience on board, complemented by a bilingual programme of enrichment and entertainment.

A fleet of zodiacs will take you ashore in some of the most remote and untouched areas of the Arctic and Antarctica, and a specialist expedition team will be on board to provide lectures and talks. Entertainment is low key and includes live music in the main lounge and the 276-capacity theatre.

Tours, talks and more

  • Onboard lecturers and local experts
  • Zodiac excursions, hikes and exploration on land
  • Live music in the main lounge
  • Entertainment, film screenings and talks in the theatre

Onboard Facilities

Ponant - Le Commandant Charcot - Infinity pool

This is an icebreaker like no other, combining the latest in environmentally sensitive technology with the sort of facilities and stylish interiors that you would expect on board a luxury yacht.

  • Fitness centre
  • Wellness area with massage rooms, hair and nail salon, sauna and snow room
  • Indoor and outdoor pools
  • Winter garden
  • 16 zodiacs
  • Boutique


Ponant are committed to minimising their environmental and social impact on the areas they visit.

As well as several measures taken across the fleet, such as eliminating the use of heavy fuel, CO2 offsetting and working towards a zero plastic waste policy, Le Commandant Charcot is the world's icebreaker to use hybrid propulsion combining LNG and electric generators, allowing Ponant to explore the polar regions in the cleanest possible way. Ponant have also made the ship available to the scientific community, fitted with labs, equipment and rooms for personnel, allowing scientists to research and observe the poles in order to better protect these delicate environments.

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