The first ship in the PONANT EXPLORERS series, Le Lapérouse, recently arrived at the Norwegian shipyard of Vard for the final stage of its construction.

The vessel will be the first of four expedition ships - collectively known as the PONANT EXPLORERS - specially designed to reach some of the globe’s most inaccessible sites alongside an even wider selection of destinations, including new itineraries in tropical and sub-tropical regions.

Le Lapérouse is planned to be operational from June, followed by Le Champlain, set for delivery in autumn 2018. Le Bougainville and Le Dumont-d’Urville will be operational in 2019.

The moderate size vessels will be 131m in length and offer a total of 92 staterooms. These sisterships will all also boast the exclusive concept of a multi-sensorial underwater lounge, known as Blue Eye, designed in collaboration with the architect Jacques Rougerie. This world first will allow passengers to see, hear and feel the underwater world.

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