Underwater Lounges a Feature of New Ponant Ships
Ponant Cruises recently announced that their new Explorer-class vessels will boast multi-sensory underwater lounges so that guests can enjoy a unique perspective of life below the waves.
The 800 square foot “Blue Eye Lounges” will be situated below the water-line and will offer seating and standing room for 50 guests. The immediate surroundings, which will be viewable via whale eye-shaped windows, will be lit by floodlights running the entire length of each ship. Guests will also be able to enjoy real-time, high-definition footage shot from a variety of underwater cameras.
The Blue Eye Lounges will also include other high-tech instruments, such as hydrophones which will capture underwater sounds from up to 3 miles away. The seating will also add to the experience; gently vibrating in sync with the aquatic acoustics.
Ponant Cruises currently have six new Explorer-class ships on order, two of which - Le Lapérouse and Le Champlain - will be delivered later this year, with a further four (Le Bougainville and Le Dumont d’Urville, Le Bellot and Le Surville) following in 2019 and 2020.
The fleet of sister-ships, which are named in tribute to several of France’s most famous explorers, will combine luxurious onboard accommodations with cutting-edge technology. They will accommodate no more than 184 guests and will enable Ponant to offer voyages in a range of destinations, including the polar regions and those in more tropical climates.
The new ships will be followed by Ponant Icebreaker in 2021. For more information regarding Ponant Cruises, please call our Voyage Consultants on 0800 008 6677.