PONANT invites you to board Le Commandant-Charcot, for a 15-day exploration cruise that is as original as it is spectacular, in order to observe a total eclipse of the sun from the Weddell Sea ice pack. This cruise in the heart of the great White Continent will also be an opportunity to discover the eastern part of the Weddell Sea, unexplored and totally unknown to this day, as well as the imposing Larsen ice shelves.

From Ushuaia, your ship will first set course for the Weddell Sea ice pack, located in the only area in the world where the solar eclipse will be 100% visible. You will land on the immaculate and sparkling ice pack and enjoy, from the thick ice layer, a unique and privileged setting for a magnificent observation of a total solar eclipse. In this region beyond the polar circle where the sun never quite sets, the full night will surround you to fully experience a few magical and suspended moments.

The Weddell Sea could be described as extreme and captivating, mostly frozen by a thick and compressed ice floe. It is a challenge and a privilege to sail on it, with its promise of exceptional landscapes and original encounters. As you advance across this immense polar expanse, you will enter an infinite ice desert, a world of silence where there is nothing but calm and serenity.

You will reach the northern part of the Antarctic Peninsula, a landmark in the history of polar exploration. To the north-west of the Weddell Sea, stretching along the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, stands the imposing ice barrier formed by the Larsen platforms. An extension of the ice sheet onto the sea, this white giant is equally disturbing and fascinating, if only due to its colossal dimensions and the impressive table top icebergs - amongst the largest ever seen - that it generates.

This voyage will be an opportunity to come as close as possible to the Weddell Sea and the Antarctic Peninsula, a real refuge for wildlife. So, you may have the privilege of observing some of the Weddell seals, crabeater seals and leopard seals, Adelie penguins, papuan and chinstrap penguins, humpback whales, sea birds.
Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the White Continent and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible…
Use your days spent in the Drake Passage to familiarise yourself with your ship and deepen your knowledge of the Antarctic. The Expedition Leader will first present the IAATO rules of conduct that must be observed during landings in the region and will explain everything you need to know about the Zodiac® outings. Lectures about the history and wildlife of the Antarctic will be an opportunity for you to learn more about this magical region, where every cruise is a unique experience. From the ship’s bridge, you will experience exceptional sailing moments before joining the naturalist-guides on your ship’s exterior decks to look out for albatrosses, cape petrels, and other seabirds flying over the Drake Passage.
Enjoy the absolutely unique experience of sailing to the heart of the ice floe, this vast expanse of virgin, immaculate ice. The landscapes are constantly changing, shifting from a smooth, flat wilderness to a chaos of ice, then to channels of open water. Your ship will sail along these naturally open channels and through the areas where the frozen layer is thinnest, offering you the chance to experience magic maritime moments in the midst of drifting sea ice. It will also often be an opportunity to see a particular kind of fauna, totally dependent on the ice floe.
Beyond the Antarctic Circle, in the bewitching silence of the Weddell Sea ice pack, PONANT offers you the unique privilege of entering the heart of the only area in the world where the total solar eclipse will be 100% visible. You will disembark on the ice pack to enjoy a magnificent observation of this natural phenomenon, as rare as it is exceptional. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon is positioned and aligned perfectly in front of the Sun, covering it completely with a black disc. In the polar perimeter where the Moon's shadow is cast on the Earth, it is usually never quite dark. Thanks to this prodigious event, the full night will envelop you for a few moments of eternity.
Throughout your time in the north of the Antarctic Peninsula, you will find yourself in the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. You will sail through the Antarctic Sound, named after Swedish explorer Otto Nordenskjöld’s ship, which was trapped by the ice during an important scientific expedition in 1902. The gateway to the Weddell Sea, this sound is filled with gigantic tabular icebergs and plates of sea ice drifting northward from the coastal areas of this vast sea. It is home to Adelie penguins and a great many leopard seals.
Amid the eerie stillness of the Weddell Sea, wend your way through a labyrinth of dense ice floe and majestic table-top icebergs. Sweeping ice platforms sculpt a landscape unlike any other, populated by fur seals, penguins, wandering albatross and other remarkable seabirds. The Weddell seal – king of this realm – will welcome you to his territory with a haunting cry that pierces the surrounding silence. You can recognise him by his dark grey coat and spotted belly. Weddell seals have the impressive skill of being able to stay underwater for more than an hour.
On the Weddell Sea, you will sail close to the gigantic Larsen ice shelves. These floating ice shelves help to prevent the erosion of the Antarctic ice sheet. Over the last fifty years, scientists have however observed regular collapses of these shelves, along giant cracks that can be several hundred kilometres long and deep. In 2017, a portion measuring more than 6,000 km2, so barely smaller than Corsica, had broken off the Larsen C ice shelf, forming one of the largest tabular icebergs in the world. This disintegration is believed to be due in part to global warming and melting sea ice.
Amid the eerie stillness of the Weddell Sea, wend your way through a labyrinth of dense ice floe and majestic table-top icebergs. Sweeping ice platforms sculpt a landscape unlike any other, populated by fur seals, penguins, wandering albatross and other remarkable seabirds. The Weddell seal – king of this realm – will welcome you to his territory with a haunting cry that pierces the surrounding silence. You can recognise him by his dark grey coat and spotted belly. Weddell seals have the impressive skill of being able to stay underwater for more than an hour.
Throughout your time in the north of the Antarctic Peninsula, you will find yourself in the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. You will sail through the Antarctic Sound, named after Swedish explorer Otto Nordenskjöld’s ship, which was trapped by the ice during an important scientific expedition in 1902. The gateway to the Weddell Sea, this sound is filled with gigantic tabular icebergs and plates of sea ice drifting northward from the coastal areas of this vast sea. It is home to Adelie penguins and a great many leopard seals.
On the edge of the Antarctic Peninsula, 120 km (70 miles) from the White Continent, the South Shetland Islands offer surreal and mysterious scenery. On these volcanic islands of dark rock, the landscapes alternate between long, jagged and snow-covered coast and large, gently sloping bays. These lunar and wild lands are home to important scientific research stations and a large number of animal species: chinstrap penguins, crabeater seals or Weddell seals, Antarctic terns, giant petrels and elephant seals have taken up residence here.
If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to connect Antarctica to South America. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As the Antarctic convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbours a very diverse marine fauna. Don't forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.
Disembarkation.
We are privileged guests in these remote lands where we are at the mercy of weather, ice, tidal and current conditions. Landings on certain sites and the observation of certain wildlife cannot be guaranteed. They vary from day to day, making each PONANT cruise a unique experience. The Captain and the Expedition Leader will make every effort to ensure that your experience is as rich as possible, while complying with the safety rules and instructions imposed by the IAATO.

PRESTIGE STATEROOM DECK 6

$32,940 AUD pp
PRESTIGE STATEROOM DECK 6
Area : 20 m² Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin 5 m² private balcony Shower Individually-controlled airconditioning Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available Minibar - 24hr room service Flat screen satellite TV Video on demand IPod™ docks Safe French bath products Dressing table with hairdryer Direct line telephone 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins) Internet access Wifi.

PRESTIGE STATEROOM DECK 7

$33,560 AUD pp
PRESTIGE STATEROOM DECK 7
Area : 20 m² Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin 5 m² private balcony Shower Individually-controlled airconditioning Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available Minibar - 24hr room service Flat screen satellite TV Video on demand IPod™ docks Safe French bath products Dressing table with hairdryer Direct line telephone 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins) Internet access Wifi.

PRESTIGE STATEROOM DECK 8

$34,190 AUD pp
PRESTIGE STATEROOM DECK 8
Area : 20 m² Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin 5 m² private balcony Shower Individually-controlled airconditioning Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available Minibar - 24hr room service Flat screen satellite TV Video on demand IPod™ docks Safe French bath products Dressing table with hairdryer Direct line telephone 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins) Internet access Wifi.

PRIVILEGE STATEROOM DECK 6

$40,780 AUD pp
PRIVILEGE STATEROOM DECK 6
Area : 28 m² Capacity :up to 3 passengers per cabin 5 m² private balcony Shower Individually-controlled airconditioning Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available Minibar - 24hr room service Flat screen satellite TV Video on demand IPod™ docks Safe French bath products Dressing table with hairdryer Direct line telephone 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins) Internet access Wifi.

PRIVILEGE STATEROOM DECK 7

$42,350 AUD pp
PRIVILEGE STATEROOM DECK 7
Area : 28 m² Capacity :up to 3 passengers per cabin 5 m² private balcony Shower Individually-controlled airconditioning Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available Minibar - 24hr room service Flat screen satellite TV Video on demand

PRIVILEGE STATEROOM DECK 8

$43,920 AUD pp
PRIVILEGE STATEROOM DECK 8
Area : 28 m² Capacity :up to 3 passengers per cabin 5 m² private balcony Shower Individually-controlled airconditioning Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available Minibar - 24hr room service Flat screen satellite TV Video on demand IPod™ docks Safe French bath products Dressing table with hairdryer Direct line telephone 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins) Internet access Wifi.

PRESTIGE SUITE DECK 7

$56,460 AUD pp
PRESTIGE SUITE DECK 7
Area : 40 m² Capacity :up to 4 passengers per cabin 10 m² private balcony 2 Showers Individually-controlled airconditioning Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available Minibar - 24hr room service Flat screen satellite TV Video on demand IPod™ docks Safe French bath products Dressing table with hairdryer Direct line telephone 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins) Internet access Wifi.

PRESTIGE SUITE DECK 8

$58,030 AUD pp
PRESTIGE SUITE DECK 8
Area : 40 m² Capacity :up to 4 passengers per cabin 10 m² private balcony 2 Showers Individually-controlled airconditioning Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available Minibar - 24hr room service Flat screen satellite TV Video on demand IPod™ docks Safe French bath products Dressing table with hairdryer Direct line telephone 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins) Internet access Wifi.

PRIVILEGE SUITE

$61,160 AUD pp
PRIVILEGE SUITE
Area : 48 m² Capacity :up to 4 passengers per cabin 12.5 m² private balcony Shower & Balneo bathtub Butler service Individually-controlled airconditioning Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available Minibar - 24hr room service Flat screen satellite TV Video on demand IPod™ docks Safe French bath products Dressing table with hairdryer Direct line telephone 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins) Internet access Wifi.

SUITE DUPLEX

$86,250 AUD pp
SUITE DUPLEX
Area : 48 m² Capacity :up to 4 passengers per cabin 26 m² private balcony with jacuzzi Shower & Balneo bathtub Butler service Individually-controlled airconditioning Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available Minibar - 24hr room service Flat screen satellite TV Video on demand IPod™ docks Safe French bath products Dressing table with hairdryer Direct line telephone 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins) Internet access Wifi.

OWNER'S SUITE

$98,800 AUD pp
OWNER'S SUITE
Area : 114 m² Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin 186 m² private balcony with jacuzzi Shower & Balneo bathtub Butler service Individually-controlled airconditioning Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available Minibar - 24hr room service Flat screen satellite TV Video on demand IPod™ docks Safe French bath products Dressing table with hairdryer Direct line telephone 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins) Internet access Wifi.

Additional charges:

Port fees. From: 1040 AUD pp

Le Commandant-Charcot

Vessel Type: Polar Luxury Expedition

Passenger Capacity: 135 cabins

Built: 2018/2019

Be the first aboard Le Commandant-Charcot, the world's luxury polar exploration vessel, and enjoy a unique sailing experience in the Arctic or Antarctic!

With its hybrid propulsion combining liquefied natural gas (LNG) and electric generators, Le Commandant-Charcot has been designed to minimise the environmental impact of travel to the furthest latitudes. 

The decoration of the ship, imagined by two internationally renowned design and architecture firms - the studio of Jean-Philippe Nuel and Wilmotte & Associés - is designed to be in harmony with the environment. The approach is contemporary with the desire to create a warm and elegant setting; stone, wood and leather recall the natural environment in which the ship is sailing.

Equipped with just 135 staterooms including 31 suites with balconies and outside views, Le Commandant-Charcot welcomes you in an intimate and refined atmosphere. Outstanding gastronomy in the two restaurants, relaxation in the indoor pool surrounded by its winter garden, relaxation in the well-being area with sauna and Snow Room... Like on a private yacht, each of our guests is unique.

PUBLIC AREAS

Le Commandant-Charcot has many common areas that are designed and equipped to meet all of your needs while preserving the intimacy of each passenger.

A 177 m² reception area includes: A reception/concierge desk, An expeditions desk, The ship’s administrative services, The sales office, manned by our Hospitality & Travel Manager officer, Our boutique which sells clothing, jewellery, beauty products, postcards and various accessories, The image & photo desk.

The different lounges: A 302 m² main lounge including a 28 m² cigar lounge, a tea corner and a bar, with live music on selected evenings, A 400 m² panoramic bar and lounge, An open-air Bar.

The recreation spaces 

Fitness & Beauty Corner: Fitness room: Elliptic, running machines, bicycles... 

Beauty Corner: Hairdresser, Massage rooms, Sauna, Snow Room, Nail Shop.

Pool area: Indoor Pool and winter garden - Outdoor Pool

Theatre: Capacity: 270-276 - Main show room for conferences and live entertainment on selected evenings - State-of-the-art audio and video technology.

Leisure area: Public areas - Library - Medical centre.

16 Zodiac®.

Cabin layout for Le Commandant-Charcot

Up to 30% Off - Ponant Bonus

Prices online do not show the discounted rates. Terms and Conditions apply, special offer is subject to availability, please contact us for more details.

Inclusions


• Voyage on board in selected cabin category
• All meals while on board
• Non-alcoholic and Alcoholic beverages included (Excluding Premium Brands)
• Free wifi (Subject to coverage)
• Overnight in Santiago
• Flight Santiago/Ushuaia
• Transfers
• Flight Ushuaia/Santiago

Exclusions


• Flights other than those mentioned in the itinerary
• Travel insurance
• Passport and visa costs if applicable
• Premium beverages package (Can be purchased on board)
• Optional Excursions where applicable
• Spa treatments on board
• Pre and post cruise accommodation unless otherwise stated
• Transfers unless specified
• Gratuities
Le Commandant-Charcot
Antarctic Peninsula Luxury ExpeditionLuxury Expedition
15 Days from
$32,940 AUD pp

Highlights

• Enjoy a unique setting for the spectacular observation of a total solar eclipse from the Weddell Sea ice pack, in the heart of the only area in the world where it will be 100% visible.

• Follow in the footsteps of the history of the discovery of the Antarctic Peninsula and explore the eastern Weddell Sea, a completely unknown and unexplored maritime territory.

• Sail into the heart of the ice of the Weddell Sea, discovering the impressive Larsen Ice Shelf and its immense table top icebergs.

• Wildlife: Weddell seals, crabeater seals and leopard seals, Adelie penguins, Papuan, chinstraps penguins, humpback whales, sea birds.

• Landscapes: alpine landscapes, table top icebergs, glaciers, ice floes.

• Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables.

• Plenty of activities included: Hovercraft, hot air balloon, snowmobiles…. Discover the full list of activities in the “PONANT Activities” tab.

• Lectures and information sessions hosted by our naturalist-guides.

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