Ponant Takes Delivery Of Third ‘Ponant Explorers’ Class Ship

Ponant launched its third ship in the Ponant Explorers series and the eighth vessel in its fleet.

Le Bougainville. Photo courtesy of Ponant

On April 5, 2019, Ponant took delivery of Le Bougainville, which left Søvik, Norway April 8 and will reach Malaga, Spain on April 15, for the start of her maiden cruise season. The official inauguration will take place on June 4.

As with its sister ships, Le Bougainville features 92 staterooms and suites, all with a balcony or private terrace. It is also fitted with the “Blue Eye” lounge. This underwater salon allows guests to discover and experience the underwater world via two portholes in the form of a cetaceous eye looking out on to the sea bed. The lounge also features non-intrusive underwater lighting, hydrophones integrated into the keel to transmit the natural symphony of the deep water, and body-listening sofas that offer a unique sensorial listening experience by corporal resonance.

Ponant’s timetable of new ships …

  • Le Lapérouse – June 2018
  • Le Champlain – October 2018
  • Le Bougainville – April 2019
  • Le Dumont-d’Urville – August 2019
  • Le Bellot – scheduled for April 2020
  • Le Jacques Cartier – scheduled for July 2020
  • Le Commandant Charcot – scheduled for May 2021

Listen next week for our interview with Edie Rodriquez, Brand Chairman for Ponant America.

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