On June 15, Ponant successfully took delivery of Le Lapérouse, their brand-new vessel and the first of six in the exceptional Ponant Explorers series.
Construction of the other five yachts is currently under way.
The maiden voyage begins
Le Lapérouse left the shipyard in Ålesund, Norway, on June 16 and reached Reykjavik, Iceland on June 19 for the start of her maiden voyage around Iceland. The ship’s inauguration will take place on July 10 in Reykjavik.
“Le Lapérouse is a wonderful achievement for the company and the result of intensive teamwork with Vard and Fincantieri. From remarkable nautical performances to technical excellence and offering an extraordinary level of comfort, everything is in place for the PONANT EXPLORERS series to be a huge success,” says Jean Emmanuel Sauvée, CEO and Co-Founder of Ponant.
With a smaller capacity of just 92 staterooms and suites all with a balcony or private terrace, the ship boasts an elegant design, a long sleek line, state-of-the-art technology, and major innovations, and environmentally-friendly design.
The Blue Eye Underwater Lounge
All six Ponant Explorer ships will feature a world first: the “Blue Eye”. This innovative multi-sensorial underwater lounge allows guests to discover and experience the underwater world via two portholes.
Non-intrusive underwater lighting and hydrophones integrated into the keel retransmit the natural symphony of the deep water. The lounge also features Body Listening sofas, offering a unique sensorial listening experience by corporal resonance.
The Blue Eye Lounge
Le Lapérouse is the first cruise ship on Earth to be equipped with this technology designed by architect Jacques Rougerie. Le Champlain (2018), Le Bougainville and Le Dumont-d’Urville (2019) will be the next yachts to launch.
Where is Le Lapérouse going?
Le Lapérouse and Le Champlain, embarking on their maiden voyages in June and October 2018, will navigate Northern Europe, Iceland, the Mediterranean, South America, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, and the Caribbean.
Le Bougainville and Le Dumont d’Urville will join the fleet in April and August 2019, with expedition cruises to Asia, Australia’s Kimberley & Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand, Cuba, Panama, Cape Verde, Bissago Island, the Great Lakes, the Seychelles, and beyond.