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Unexplored Antarctica between Two Continents on Le Commandant Charcot

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Overnight in Santiago + flight Santiago/Ushuaia + transfers + flight Dunedin/Auckland

Charcot, Bellingshausen, Dean, Fisher, Ross, Amundsen… Aboard Le Commandant Charcot, the names of these legendary explorers resonate at every moment. Thanks to its unique capacity to sail into the very heart of the ice, Le Commandant Charcot invites you, with respect and humility, to set off in the footsteps of these great Antarctic figures during an all-new and unrivalled half-circumnavigation that will sail from the far south of the American continent to New Zealand.

Antarctic exploration cannot be separated from the pioneers who travelled in these territories at the edges of the Earth. They left their names everywhere. Inaccessible and elusive are certainly the adjectives that best describe these lands that are among our planet’s most little-known and remote. Like a real explorer, you will cross the legendary southern seas of Bellingshausen and Amundsen, approach Marie Byrd Land, one of the last Terra nullius of our planet, and attempt to reach the Charcot and Peter I Islands, enveloped in their blankets of ice. Very significant in the history of South Pole explorationRoss Sea is also the world’s largest marine protected area, the kingdom of prodigious wildlife. As a privileged witness, keep a watchful eye and observe the Antarctic petrels, whales, orcas, seals and penguins that are to be found here.

The power of the polar world will conquer you, leaving you with unforgettable memories of the impressive Drygalski glacier scattered with blue, the endless and constant Ross Ice Shelf, the majestic Witkins and Getz ice shelves, and the ice floe taking over the Amundsen Sea. Here and there, you will notice clues to the past presence of Shackleton and Scott who have forever marked this continent of extremes with their historic exploits. At the foot of Mount Erebus, the highest volcano in Antarctica, their memory becomes tangible: the former base camp has remained intact.

We are privileged guests in these extreme lands where we are at the mercy of weather and ice conditions. Our navigation will be determined by the type of ice we come across; as the coastal ice must be preserved, we will take this factor into account from day to day in our itineraries. The sailing schedule and any landings, activities and wildlife encounters are subject to weather and ice conditions. These experiences are unique and vary with each departure. The Captain and the Expedition Leader will make every effort to ensure that your experience is as rich as possible, while respecting safety instructions and regulations imposed by the IAATO.

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About Le Commandant Charcot
About Ponant
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PONANT is the World Leader in Luxury Expeditions with ultra-modern, intimate ships, offering attentive service and well-designed itineraries that touch all corners of the globe. Every cruise is a blend of adventure, exploration, and discovery—all experienced in luxurious comfort, even in the heart of extreme landscapes.

Why cruise with PONANT?

• 12 luxury small ships, able to easily navigate small waterways and visit remote destinations not accessible by large cruise ships.

Le Commandant Charcot, the world’s first luxury hybrid-electric polar exploration yacht, sails further into the polar regions (including the Geographic North Pole).

• The youngest expedition fleet afloat.

• The leader in luxury polar expeditions for over 20 years and cultural cruising for over 30 years.

• Over 400 awe-inspiring cruises, calling at over 450 ports on all seven continents.

• Experts on board our voyages of discovery and learning to enrich guests’ understanding of the destinations.

• An exclusive partnership with Smithsonian Journeys, the the travel program of the Smithsonian Institution.

• Understated elegance on board with French-inspired cuisine, fine wines, and chic design.

• Proud to partner with Sothys, Veuve Clicquot, and Ducasse Conseil. Ships feature fabrics by Pierre Frey, beauty products from Hermès, macarons by Ladurée, and tea from Palais des Thés.

• 100% of our staterooms have a sea view and 95% have a balcony (100% on the PONANT EXPLORERS).

• Attentive yet discreet service from an experienced, multilingual onboard staff and crew.

• Open bridge access (requires approval from Captain).

• “Clean Ship” certification for the fleet in recognition of their eco-friendly features.

• All-inclusive pricing with open bar, gratuities, port fees, and taxes (including Zodiac explorations/landings on expeditions).

• The world’s first underwater passenger lounge, the Blue Eye, featured exclusively on the PONANT EXPLORER ships.

Jan 08, 2024 through
Feb 05, 2024
Jan 4, 2024 7:00 PM
28 Nights from
$48,960.00 (USD)
Per Person
+ $1,590.00 taxes/fees
Prestige Stateroom Deck 6 Cat.PR6
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Day Port Arrive Depart
1 Ushuaia
2 Crossing The Drake Passage
3 Crossing The Drake Passage
4 Crossing The Antarctic Circle
5 Exploration Of Charcot Island
6 Bellingshausen Sea
7 Exploration Of Peter I Island
8 Amundsen Sea
9 Marie Byrd Land Exploration
10 Marie Byrd Land Exploration
11 Marie Byrd Land Exploration
12 Marie Byrd Land Exploration
13 Marie Byrd Land Exploration
14 Marie Byrd Land Exploration
15 Marie Byrd Land Exploration
16 The Ross Sea Exploration
17 Crossing The International Date Line
18 The Ross Sea Exploration
19 The Ross Sea Exploration
20 The Ross Sea Exploration
21 The Ross Sea Exploration
22 The Ross Sea Exploration
23 At Sea Aboard Le Commandant Charcot
24 Balleny Islands
25 At Sea Aboard Le Commandant Charcot
26 At Sea Aboard Le Commandant Charcot
27 At Sea Aboard Le Commandant Charcot
28 At Sea Aboard Le Commandant Charcot
29 Lyttelton 7:00 AM
Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.