PONANT celebrates world first


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PONANT has just completed a first in the history of navigation, as two of its sister-ships, Le Boréal and Le Soléal, crossed the legendary Northwest Passage from Greenland in the east to Siberia in the west.

A world first

Having achieved a first for France in 2013, PONANT has pulled off a world first with two of its ships crossing the passage three days apart on the historic explorers’ route via the Bellot Strait. This latest achievement is the culmination of more than 15 years’ experience sailing in the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

“It is with great pride that we announce this crossing under the French flag, unique in international maritime history,” says Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée, Chief Executive Officer of PONANT.

Designed to sail in extreme regions, each ship has 132 staterooms and suites and have obtained the international “CLEANSHIP” label (Bureau Veritas) for their innovative green equipments.

Along the voyage guests explored historic landmarks like Beechey Island, Gjoa Haven where Amundsen and Cape Bathurst. They also witnessed hundreds of belugas, around 60 bears and nearly 500 narwhals. Another highlight for passengers was meeting French adventurer Charles Hedrich, the first man to cross the Northwest Passage solo in a rowing boat.

Five-star expedition 

Aboard luxury yachts designed for extreme regions and small enough to venture into areas not accessible to other ships, PONANT’s five-star expeditions offer an opportunity to explore the remotest regions in comfort.

From sharing in the day-to-day activities of the crew and expedition teams, comprising experts who are passionate about their subject, to having access to the Bridge and regular outings in Zodiacs in small groups, everything has been thought of to provide an experience that is as close to nature and the thrills of exploration as it is possible to be.

2016 Northwest Passage

Kangerlussuaq – Nome (23 days / 22 nights on L’Austral) 16 August to 7 September 2016. (Wait list only available. 2017 voyage pricing yet to be released).

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