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The Geographic North Pole aboard Brand New Hybrid-Electric Polar Ship

The Geographic North Pole aboard Brand New Hybrid-Electric Polar Ship

From AUD $61,470

Description

Push the limits of sailing with this exceptional 16-day expedition cruise to the Geographic North Pole.

To reach this mythical point covered by ice floe all year round, 700 km away from any emerged land, you will board Le Commandant Charcot, the first hybrid electric polar exploration vessel.

Setting sail from Spitzbergen, you will enjoy an unforgettable maritime experience at the heart of sumptuous landscapes that are constantly evolving according to changes in the ice and the light. This itinerary, which lends itself perfectly to the observation of the wildlife, particularly rich at this time of the year, will take you as far as the pack ice. Then you will slowly progress to the heart of this silent world, frozen by the extreme cold, in the direction of the Grail of all polar explorers: the North Pole!

Beware though, as the ice floe is constantly drifting, driven together by currents and winds, you too must keep moving if you want to remain on our planet’s most northernmost point…

Trip Name
The Geographic North Pole aboard Brand New Hybrid-Electric Polar Ship
Days
16
Overview
Vessel Type: Polar Luxury Expedition Passenger Capacity: 135 cabins Built: 2018/2019 Be the first aboard Le Commandant-Charcot, the world's luxury polar exploration vessel, and enjoy a unique sailing experience in the Arctic or Antarctic! With its hybrid propulsion combining liquefied natural gas (LNG) and electric generators, Le Commandant-Charcot has been designed to minimise the environmental impact of travel to the furthest latitudes.  The decoration of the ship, imagined by two internationally renowned design and architecture firms - the studio of Jean-Philippe Nuel and Wilmotte & Associés - is designed to be in harmony with the environment. The approach is contemporary with the desire to create a warm and elegant setting; stone, wood and leather recall the natural environment in which the ship is sailing. Equipped with just 135 staterooms including 31 suites with balconies and outside views, Le Commandant-Charcot welcomes you in an intimate and refined atmosphere. Outstanding gastronomy in the two restaurants, relaxation in the indoor pool surrounded by its winter garden, relaxation in the well-being area with sauna and Snow Room... Like on a private yacht, each of our guests is unique. PUBLIC AREAS Le Commandant-Charcot has many common areas that are designed and equipped to meet all of your needs while preserving the intimacy of each passenger. A 177 m² reception area includes: A reception/concierge desk, An expeditions desk, The ship’s administrative services, The sales office, manned by our Hospitality & Travel Manager officer, Our boutique which sells clothing, jewellery, beauty products, postcards and various accessories, The image & photo desk. The different lounges: A 302 m² main lounge including a 28 m² cigar lounge, a tea corner and a bar, with live music on selected evenings, A 400 m² panoramic bar and lounge, An open-air Bar. The recreation spaces  Fitness & Beauty Corner: Fitness room: Elliptic, running machines, bicycles...  Beauty Corner: Hairdresser, Massage rooms, Sauna, Snow Room, Nail Shop. Pool area: Indoor Pool and winter garden - Outdoor Pool Theatre: Capacity: 270-276 - Main show room for conferences and live entertainment on selected evenings - State-of-the-art audio and video technology. Leisure area: Public areas - Library - Medical centre. 16 Zodiac®.

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1 LONGYEARBYEN, SPITSBERGEN
Longyearbyen is the capital of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, located on Svalbard’s main island, and is the northernmost territorial capital on the planet. With winter temperatures dropping to below 40°C, the landscapes of this mining town are simply breathtaking. The glaciers, the mountains stretching as far as the eye can see and the untouched nature, make you feel like you’re in completely unexplored territory.
Day 2 - Day 2 AT SEA ALONG SPITSBERGEN
The largest island in the Svalbard archipelago, its name meaning “pointed mountains” in German, Spitsbergen is the last piece of land before the Arctic ice floe. Aboard your ship, you will sail along the extremely spectacular coastline of this icy land. Between millennial glaciers and rugged mountains, you will discover a jagged coastline, hollowed-out by fjords. A unique setting, the refuge of a particularly rich avifauna, offering you the possibility of taking fabulous photographs from the deck of your ship.
Day 3 - Days 3 - 7 SAILING ICE FLOES
Enjoy the absolutely unique experience of sailing to the heart of the ice floe, this vast expanse of virgin, immaculate ice. The landscapes are constantly changing, shifting from a smooth, flat wilderness to a chaos of ice, then to channels of open water. Your ship will sail along these naturally open channels and through the areas where the frozen layer is thinnest, offering you the chance to experience magic maritime moments in the midst of drifting sea ice. It will also often be an opportunity to see a particular kind of fauna, totally dependent on the ice floe.
Day 4 - Day 8 GEOGRAPHIC NORTH POLE
Defined by a 90° North latitude, the Geographic North Pole lies on the Earth’s rotational axis, at the intersection of all meridians. Plunged into darkness for six months of the year, then lit by the sun for the following six months, this mythical site, permanently covered in ice and remote from any land, has fascinated generations of explorers. So far, only a very few people have ever reached it: an exploit which is now accessible to you aboard the Commandant-Charcot.
Day 5 - Days 9 - 13 SAILING ICE FLOES ALONG GREENLAND
The north-east of Greenland is renowned for being home to one of the oldest and thickest layers of ice on the planet. Aboard your ship, you will have the unique opportunity of sailing to the heart of this icy wilderness, many thousands of years old, and will notably travel along the coast of the North-East Greenland National Park, recognised as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO.
Day 6 - Days 14 - 15 AT SEA ABOARD LE COMMANDANT CHARCOT
Spend exceptional moments sailing aboard Le Commandant Charcot, the world’s first luxury polar exploration vessel and the first PC2-class polar cruise ship capable of sailing into the very heart of the ice, on seas and oceans which the frozen conditions render inaccessible to ordinary ships. Le Commandant Charcot is fitted with oceanographic and scientific equipment selected by a committee of experts. Take advantage of the on-board lectures and opportunities for discussion with these specialists to learn more about the poles. Participate in furthering scientific research with PONANT and let us discover together what these fascinating destinations have yet to reveal to us.
Day 7 - Day 16 REYKJAVÍK
Iceland’s capital stretches along the edge of a vast bay in the west of the country. Perlan, the “Pearl of Reykjavík”, a museum located on ’Oskjuhlið hill, offers a panoramic view of the lush, green landscapes. A little further, one can easily spot the signpost showing the way to the evangelical Hallgrímskirkja church, and to the historical centre where one can stroll along the Skólavördustígur and the Laugavegur, two lively streets with charming small shops. For some relaxation just outside of the city, visitors have the opportunity to visit the Reykjanes peninsula and its famous thermal lagoons of the Blue Lagoon.
Day 8 - Please Note:
We are privileged guests in these extreme lands where we are at the mercy of weather and ice conditions. The sailing schedule and any landings, activities and wildlife encounters are subject to weather and ice conditions. These experiences are unique and vary with each departure. The Captain and the Expedition Leader will make every effort to ensure that your experience is as rich as possible, while respecting safety instructions and regulations.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
08-07-202223-07-2022AUD $61,470Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
08-07-202223-07-2022AUD $62,660Prestige Stateroom Deck 7
08-07-202223-07-2022AUD $141,760Suite Duplex
08-07-202223-07-2022AUD $168,510Owner's Suite
08-07-202223-07-2022AUD $63,860Prestige Stateroom Deck 8
08-07-202223-07-2022AUD $65,630Deluxe Suite Deck 6
08-07-202223-07-2022AUD $68,610Deluxe Suite Deck 7
08-07-202223-07-2022AUD $70,990Deluxe Suite Deck 8
08-07-202223-07-2022AUD $91,200Prestige Suite Deck 7
08-07-202223-07-2022AUD $94,180Prestige Suite Deck 8
08-07-202223-07-2022AUD $97,150Grand Prestige Suite
08-07-202223-07-2022AUD $100,130Privilege Suite Deck 8
23-07-202207-08-2022AUD $61,470Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
23-07-202207-08-2022AUD $62,660Prestige Stateroom Deck 7
23-07-202207-08-2022AUD $63,860Prestige Stateroom Deck 8
23-07-202207-08-2022AUD $65,630Deluxe Suite Deck 6
23-07-202207-08-2022AUD $68,610Deluxe Suite Deck 7
23-07-202207-08-2022AUD $70,990Deluxe Suite Deck 8
23-07-202207-08-2022AUD $91,200Prestige Suite Deck 7
23-07-202207-08-2022AUD $94,180Prestige Suite Deck 8
23-07-202207-08-2022AUD $97,150Grand Prestige Suite
23-07-202207-08-2022AUD $100,130Privilege Suite Deck 8
23-07-202207-08-2022AUD $141,760Suite Duplex
23-07-202207-08-2022AUD $168,510Owner's Suite
07-08-202222-08-2022AUD $61,470Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
07-08-202222-08-2022AUD $62,660Prestige Stateroom Deck 7
07-08-202222-08-2022AUD $63,860Prestige Stateroom Deck 8
07-08-202222-08-2022AUD $65,630Deluxe Suite Deck 6
07-08-202222-08-2022AUD $68,610Deluxe Suite Deck 7
07-08-202222-08-2022AUD $70,990Deluxe Suite Deck 8
07-08-202222-08-2022AUD $91,200Prestige Suite Deck 7
07-08-202222-08-2022AUD $94,180Prestige Suite Deck 8
07-08-202222-08-2022AUD $97,150Grand Prestige Suite
07-08-202222-08-2022AUD $100,130Privilege Suite Deck 8
07-08-202222-08-2022AUD $141,760Suite Duplex
07-08-202222-08-2022AUD $168,510Owner's Suite
22-08-202206-09-2022AUD $61,470Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
22-08-202206-09-2022AUD $62,660Prestige Stateroom Deck 7
22-08-202206-09-2022AUD $63,860Prestige Stateroom Deck 8
22-08-202206-09-2022AUD $65,630Deluxe Suite Deck 6
22-08-202206-09-2022AUD $68,610Deluxe Suite Deck 7
22-08-202206-09-2022AUD $70,990Deluxe Suite Deck 8
22-08-202206-09-2022AUD $91,200Prestige Suite Deck 7
22-08-202206-09-2022AUD $94,180Prestige Suite Deck 8
22-08-202206-09-2022AUD $97,150Grand Prestige Suite
22-08-202206-09-2022AUD $100,130Privilege Suite Deck 8
22-08-202206-09-2022AUD $141,760Suite Duplex
22-08-202206-09-2022AUD $168,510Owner's Suite

Inclusions

    • Be among the few people in the world who have reached the Geographic North Pole!
    • Outings and shore visits in a Zodiac® dinghy or hovercraft with an reinforced team of naturalist-guides.
    • Hiking opportunity.
    • Landscapes: ice floes, icebergs, polar ice cap… In Spitsbergen, jagged mountains, steep-sided valleys, sheer cliffs, huge glaciers.
    • Wildlife: polar bears, Arctic foxes, Svalbard reindeer, Arctic terns, walruses, seals, whales.
    • Our experts are fine-tuning your programme of activities, find out more very soon.

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