Le Commandant Charcot

Le Commandant Charcot is the first electric hybrid icebreaker cruise ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Currently under design and construction and scheduled to begin voyages in 2021, Le Commandant Charcot will offer guests the chance to follow in the wake of the great polar explorers in sophisticated surroundings enhanced with luxury amenities never before seen at the very top or bottom of the globe.

Overview
Le Commandant Charcot has been designed to offer passengers a welcoming, sophisticated ambience. Even at the extreme temperatures of the poles, a cruise on this polar exploration ship promises intimate comfort, discrete service, outstanding gastronomy and luxury amenities including a spa and a wellness area.

With just 135 cabins, including 68 suites with private terraces, this ship remains true to the philosophy of providing every guest with a relaxed ambience where they feel like they are traveling on a private yacht.

Reserve your spot on the inaugural Antarctica 2021-22 season.
Call for advance booking with refundable $300 USD per person deposit.

Itinerary overviews can be found below.

Design Characteristics
Research, materials and cutting-edge technologies have been combined in the ship’s design to minimize environmental impact.
• Powered by liquefied natural gas (LGN)
• Energy optimization system
• Latest generation batteries reduce energy consumption
• Advanced wastewater treatment system
• Waste heat recovery system

The Icebreaker features optimized “Clean Ship” fittings that go beyond the current industry standard environmental regulations:
• Reduction of SOₓ, NOX, CO² and particle emissions thanks to the use of LNG
• Zero emissions when in electric hybrid mode

Energy management
• Energy management optimization system that precisely measures consumptions and efficiency of ship sailing methods
• Waste Heat Recovery System electric output optimized and consumption reduced through the use of latest generation electric batteries

Water treatment
• Advanced Waste Water Treatment system

Technical Characteristics
Cabins and suites with balcony — 135 (Including 68 suites with patio doors and a private balcony)
Panoramic restaurant
Grill restaurant
Spa & Wellness
Onboard expedition Zodiacs — 16
Length — 150 m
Width — 28 m
Draft — 10 m
Ice Class — PC 2
Propulsion — LNG & Hybrid Electric
Classification — Bureau Veritas
Flag — French
Crew members — 187
Shipyard — VARD
Delivery — 2021

Expeditions
Our flexible itineraries allow us to linger at iconic sites, take an unscheduled detour to admire a whale, or disembark to meet a colony of penguins.

During cruises we offer safe impromptu shore visits and small- group Zodiac trips so guests may come as close as possible to the enigmatic lands of the Far North and the mysterious White Continent. Accompanied by our naturalist guides specializing in extreme regions, each trip offers guests a unique cultural and historical perspective.

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Itinerary Overviews — Dates, Prices and detailed itineraries will be posted as soon as released.

 

The Pristine Antarctic Peninsula

October to November
10 to 12 nights

At the start of the Antarctic season, you will find many places have not been explored by conventional vessels. But this does not apply to us! By sailing on an icebreaker, we can explore all the treasures of the Antarctic at the end of the long polar winter and discover the most pristine of sites.

Fare from $12,320

 

 

The Distant Peninsula

November to March
12 to 15 nights

This is an opportunity to travel to the far south of the peninsula, well beyond the Antarctic Circle, and to follow in the footsteps of Jean-Baptiste Charcot by exploring the beautiful Marguerite Bay. We will disembark at Pourquoi Pas Island, where we pay homage to this great French explorer. There will be time to explore the vast bay that was mapped out in 1908-1910 by this Le Commandant Charcot from aboard his ship, the Pourquoi Pas.

Fare from $17,280

 

The Snow Hill Emperor Penguin Colony

October to November
14 nights

We will take you to meet the Emperor penguin: the most extraordinary species of penguin in Antarctica. These penguins breed on the sea ice in mid-winter, keep their eggs safe atop their webbed feet and waddle dozens of miles across the ice to reach the sea to feed. Of the approximately 30 Emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica, the Snow Hill colony is the easiest to reach. Our icebreaker will cruise through the frozen Weddell Sea to come as close as possible to this colony of 4,000 Emperor penguins.

Fare from $17,020

 

Discovering Charcot and Peter I Islands

December to February
12 nights

Traveling to Charcot and Peter I Islands is a little like trying to reach the moon. Indeed, fewer people have landed on these small islands than have ever been to the moon. They are, without doubt, one of the last of the truly isolated places on the planet. Peter I Island was discovered in February 1821, but the first landing did not occur until February 1929. What’s more, no one has ever reached its summit.

Fare from $14,580

 

In the Thick of the Weddell Sea

February to March
15 nights

The Weddell Sea cannot be navigated by most expedition ships — only icebreakers can create a pathway through its thick, compressed sea ice.

This voyage offers an opportunity to discover mysterious sites around this vast sea, potentially the largest marine sanctuary in the world. The Weddell Sea is a true haven for wildlife, harboring dozens of iconic Antarctic species including whales, seals and of course, the famous Emperor penguin.

Fare from $25,560

 

 

The Emperor Penguins of the Amundsen Sea

February to March
20 nights

The Amundsen Sea is named after famous Norwegian captain and explorer Roald Amundsen, who crossed it successfully in February 1929. With a near constant covering of ice, it remains almost entirely unexplored. The sea runs alongside Marie Byrd Land on the west coast of the Antarctic peninsula and is home to gigantic Emperor penguin colonies which thus far, scientists have only been able to observe via satellite. Accompanied by a team of scientists, we will explore this pristine Antarctic coast and try to locate these colonies.

Fare from $25,560

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   Owner's Suite
Deck 8 • Area: 1230ft² / 114m² • Capacity: up to 2 guests per stateroom
2000ft²/186m² private balcony with jacuzzi • Shower & Balneo bathtub • Butler service • Individually-controlled air-conditioning • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds • 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/220V European • Internet access Wifi.
   Duplex Suite
Decks: 6 & 7 • Area: 515ft² / 48m² • Capacity: up to 4 guests per stateroom
280ft²/12.5 m² private balcony with jacuzzi • Shower & Balneo bathtub • Butler service • Individually-controlled air-conditioning • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds • 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/220V European • Internet access Wifi.
   Privilege Suite
Decks: 6 & 8 • Area: 515ft² / 48m² • Capacity: up to 4 guests per stateroom
135ft²/12.5m² private balcony • Shower & Balneo bathtub • Butler service • Individually-controlled air-conditioning • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds • 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/220V European • Internet access Wifi.
   Prestige Suite
Decks: 7 & 8 • Area: 430ft² / 40m² • Capacity: up to 4 guests per stateroom
Composed of two interconnected Prestige Staterooms as indicated by double arrow on Deck Plan ⟷
110ft²/10m² private balcony • 2 Showers • Individually-controlled air-conditioning • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds • 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/220V European • Internet access Wifi.
   Privilege Stateroom
Decks 6, 7 & 8 • Area: 300ft² / 28m² • Capacity: up to 3 guests per stateroom
55ft²/5m² private balcony • Shower • Individually-controlled air-conditioning • 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/220V European • Internet access Wifi.
   Prestige Stateroom
Decks: 6, 7 & 8 • Area: 215ft² / 20m² • Capacity: up to 2 guests per stateroom
55ft²/5m² private balcony • Shower • Individually-controlled air-conditioning • 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/220V European • Internet access Wifi.