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Work Begins On 3rd And 4th Ponant Explorers Ships

Construction of the four sister ship expedition yachts, the PONANT EXPLORERS, continues with the cutting of the first steel for the 3rd and 4th ships in the series, Le Bougainville and Le Dumont-d’Urville, due to be delivered in 2019.

After Le Lapérouse and Le Champlain, PONANT, the only French cruise ship owners and the world leader in luxury expeditions, has begun construction on the last two ships in the PONANT EXPLORERS series.

The steel-cutting ceremony for Le Bougainville and for Le Dumont-d’Urville took place on 8th May in the presence of Hugues Decamus, Chief Engineer, Newbuilding at PONANT, in one of the shipyards belonging to Vard, the Norwegian subsidiary of Fincantieri.

The first 2 PONANT EXPLORERS will be operational as of summer 2018. The first block of Le Lapérouse was laid on 1st March and that of Le Champlain on 20th April

A new generation of ships flying under the French flag, fitted with the latest technologies, certified as a 1C class (the ice class), these flagships comply with the most recent environmental regulations and have been awarded the “Cleanship” label (Bureau Veritas). Combining moderate size (131 metres in length and 92 cabins) with design and technology, the PONANT EXPLORERS are designed to drop anchor in the most inaccessible sites, where others do not go.

These 4 latest-generation yachts will be equipped with a multi-sensory underwater lounge, an exclusive concept designed in collaboration with Jacques Rougerie, architect and Member of the Institut de France. The details of this world first will all be revealed next week.

For more information on Ponant’s brand new ships, please call one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677.