Sales open for PONANT’s 2025/26 Antarctic season

Five ships, 40 departures including the return of Le Commandant Charcot

PONANT has released its Antarctic 2025/26 program, spanning October 2025 to March 2026 with 34 departures sailing eight itineraries aboard PONANT Sisterships – Le Boréal, Le Soléal, L’Austral and Le Lyrial, as well as six departures aboard Le Commandant Charcot, the world’s only luxury icebreaker.

During the season, PONANT will be present in the Antarctic throughout the southern summer period. From the Antarctic Peninsula to the Falklands, South Georgia, the Ross Sea, Chilian fjords and Valdés Peninsula, PONANT offers an opportunity to discover the White Continent at different moments in the lifecycle of local ecosystems, as diverse as they are different.

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“We are thrilled to announce the opening of the 2025/26 Antarctic season, especially to see the return of Le Commandant Charcot after she completes her Arctic 2024/25 austral summer season,” said Deb Corbett, General Manager Sales & Marketing, Asia Pacific.

“As globally recognised industry leaders in this region, this season promises unparalleled opportunities for guests to witness the diverse ecosystems of Antarctica, guided by our expedition and naturalist guides who hold pioneering expertise of this remarkable continent”.

Reaching the ends of the Earth aboard Le Commandant Charcot

Follow in the wake of explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot, roaming the Weddell and Bellingshausen seas, and observing Adélie penguins. Thanks to her cutting-edge technologies, Le Commandant Charcot is the world’s only luxury icebreaker and commercial ship able to sail in the heart of the ice. Ashore, PONANT’s team of expedition experts lead daily shore excursions that can include snowshoe hikes, polar diving, zodiac landings, kayaking through the ice floe and much more.

After time spent ashore, guests can retreat to the comforts of Le Commandant Charcot’s heated pools, onboard spa, or the observatory lounge to soak in the expansive polar surroundings. Guests can enjoy informed and enlightened programmes in the theatre including lectures led by naturalists and scientists who share their world-class expertise of the region and offer a debrief of the day spent ashore.

Discover more about these voyages here.

In the wake of the great Southern Ocean explorers aboard PONANT sisterships, Le Boréal, Le Soléal, L’Austral and Le Lyrial

From the Falkland Islands to South Georgia via the pristine lands of Antarctica, PONANT’s Sisterships will be roaming the highest latitudes. New Zealand’s Subantarctic islands and the Chilian fjords are among dream destinations guests can explore.

Hikes on the peninsulas and continent, zodiac landings, kayaking and observing marine fauna are just some of the activities that help people to grasp the immensity and fragility of these places. Onboard the Sisterships, travellers will enjoy lectures and information sessions hosted by naturalist guides, covering wildlife, history, geopolitics, the great explorers, climate, environmental protection, and educational discovery in the respect of this legendary region.

Discover more about these voyages here.

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