Registered Owner: SAS Caroline 86 (a Compagnie du Ponant) - Operator: Ponant Cruises - France
Entered service: 2018 - Gross tonnage: 9.976 - Pass. cap. lower beds: 180 - All berths: 184 - Passenger decks: 6 - Length: 131,46 m.- Beam: 18 m. - Draught: 4,7 m. - : 110 - Drive: diesel/electric: 4 Wärtsilä diesel engines 8 cyl. type 8L20 of 2.000 kW each at 195 rpm. operated on marine gasoil. Propulsion: The set-up involves two shaft lines driven by Indar electric motors, which have Rolls-Royce controllable pitch propellers with variable speed. - Service speed: 12 knots - Max. speed: 15 knots - Built: Vard Soviknes - Norway - Yard no.848 - Flag: France Wallis and Futuna- Classification: Bureau Veritas (
Sister ships: Le Champlain (2018) - Le Bougainville (2019) - Le Dumont d'Urville (2019) - Le Bellot (2020) - Le Surville (2020)
Passenger space ratio all berths: 54.22
Passenger space ratio lower beds: 55.42
The Le Laperouse is the first of the so called Explorer class. Norway-based shipbuilding group Vard Holdings (Vard) has been contracted to build six luxury expedition cruise vessels for French cruise company Ponant.The hulls of the newly ordered vessels will be built at Vard Tulcea in Romania, with delivery scheduled from Vard Søviknes shipyard in Norway between 2018 - 2019 and 2020. The new vessels will be developed by Vard, Ponant, and Vard’s parent company, Fincantieri, based a previous series of four luxury vessels delivered by Fincantieri to Ponant between 2010 and 2015.
The ice-class expedition cruise vessels (explorer class) will be around 10,000 gross tonnes. Suitable for 184 passenger
With a cruise speed of to 15k, the vessels will be equipped with a high class of luxury facilities on-board, fulfilling relevant environmental compliances and safe operations.
Two lounges including an open-air poolside bar, a theater, fitness center, spa, and plenty of private space.
The most exciting new feature for the Explorer class ships are an underwater lounge that allows passengers to see, hear and virtually feel the passing marine life of the deep sea.
The Blue Eye underwater lounge will be located 2.5 meters beneath the water line and allow passengers to experience an underwater experience.
It’s an underwater lounge, below the water line and will allow – in the spirit of taking guests further where others do not go – people to be placed in the environment through a multi-sensory experience.Blue Eye lounge, as it is the first cruise ship to have glass below the water line. “At 6 m it is very large,” he commented, adding “Originally class rules say you have to use steel, but here we did a risk assessment and a lot of tests to confirm that it is as safe as using steel.”
Jacques Rougerie, a French architect and oceanographer, is behind the design, which incorporates huge windows, underwater cameras and acoustics (microphones will pipe in sound).
“Most importantly we worked with sound engineers to bring in the sounds of the ocean to our guests when they sit in this lounge,” added Sawhney.
Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience
As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Lapérouse will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.
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