PONANT opens sales 2023 Arctic program

10 new departures between May and October aboard Le Commandant Charcot

© Studio PONANT/Nath Michel

PONANT has opened sales of luxury expeditions aboard Le Commandant Charcot for the Arctic 2023 season. The program features ten departures ranging from 10- to 24-nights duration, including five exceptional, new, or revisited itineraries.

Equipped with state-of-the-art green technology, Le Commandant Charcot is the only cruise ship in the world able to reach these remote regions in May, early spring in the Arctic, for both environmentally responsible and inspiring voyages in the heart of the ice. Le Commandant Charcot is the world’s first hybrid-electric LNG powered luxury polar exploration vessel.

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Many unique and environmentally aware experiences await guests, such as meeting with local Inuit communities, dog sled excursions, sea kayaking, hiking on foot or snowshoes, ice fishing, polar diving, polar swimming, and citizen science projects.

©Studio PONANT Julien Fabro

New and highlight itineraries include:

NEWThe icy archipelagos of the Russian High Arctic
18-nights | Murmansk to Tromso, 22 June to 10 July 2023

A first – for this exceptional itinerary Le Commandant Charcot sets sail to explore three Russian archipelagos, extraordinary jewels in the Barents and Kara Seas: Novaya Zemlya, Franz Josef archipelago and Severnaya Zemlya. An expedition that is even more exclusive as Le Commandant Charcot is the only cruise ship able to sail in June to these groups of islands that are trapped by ice for nine months of the year. Biodiversity sanctuaries, these little-known territories are symbols of polar history. This is an invitation to set sail on an adventure of a lifetime to see wildlife in Russia’s largest nature reserve, including polar bears, walruses, seals, whales, fin whales, beluga whales, seabirds and more, as nature awakens in the Arctic early summer.

  • Return flights from/to Paris included*
  • 30% savings with the PONANT Bonus*

Priced from AU$43,340 per person*

Detox bar aboard Le Commandant Charcot ©Studio PONANT Olivier Blaud

The Geographic North Pole

17 nights: Tromso to Longyearbyen | 10 to 27 July 2023
15 nights: Longyearbyen roundtrip | Two sailings from 27 July to 11 August 2023
15 nights: Longyearbyen to Reykjavik | 26 August to 10 September 2023

During this expedition, Le Commandant Charcot will attempt to arrive at this northernmost point on the planet that few have managed to reach. In the footsteps of the explorers of yesteryear, this odyssey offers all the beauty of the ice with its nuances of colour and exhilarating northern lights show across 700km of submerged lands. Although frozen by the cold, there is an abundance of wildlife in this silent world where nature reigns supreme. From the Svalbard archipelago, this expedition also offers an exceptional opportunity to see polar bears, seals, ivory gulls, northern fulmars and numerous species of whales.

  • Return flights from/to Paris included*
  • 30% savings with the PONANT Bonus*

Priced from AU$44,500 per person*

Zodiac activity, from Le Commandant Charcot | ©Studio PONANT/Olivier Blaud

All PONANT voyages including cruises, expeditions, pricing, and shore excursion highlights available at au.ponant.com/

*Advertised price and PONANT bonus are yield managed and subject to change at any time without notice. Included transfers and returned flights are subject to terms and conditions.
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