PONANT Takes Delivery of Le Jacques Cartier / The sixth and final ship in the PONANT EXPLORER series

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Courtesy PONANT:  July 2020 – PONANT, the leader in luxury expedition cruising, welcomes the sixth and final vessel in the PONANT EXPLORER series: Le Jacques Cartier. On July 10, PONANT took delivery of Le Jacques Cartier successfully concluding the company’s series of a new generation of ships flying the French flag over just two years.

“The delivery of Le Jacques Cartier is a success. It marks the completion of the PONANT EXPLORERS series, which has revolutionised the concept of ocean voyages. These six vessels combining cutting-edge technology and respect for the environment are the symbol of a new generation of ships flying the French flag,” declared Jean Emmanuel Sauvée, CEO of Ponant.

With just 92 rooms and suites, all with balconies or private terraces, sleek and elegant exterior lines and a refined design, Le Jacques Cartier joins its sisterships featuring the latest technology and innovations while respecting the environment. Le Jacques Cartier also features PONANT’s pioneering concept the “Blue Eye.” This underwater multi-sensory lounge allows guests to discover and experience the underwater world through two giant windows resembling the eyes of a whale looking out to the seabed. Non-intrusive underwater spotlights reveal the views while hydrophones built into the keel capture the natural symphony of the sea and ‘Body Listening’ sofas offer sensory accompaniment by vibrating in unison with the sounds.

New on Le Jacques Cartier, the ship will feature a hidden work of art by Shuck One, an acclaimed French graffiti artist known for TK. During the construction of the ship, the artist produced an allegorical diptych on the raw steel of the ship showcasing the oceans and nature. Shuck One’s piece was then covered up when then ship completed construction and is now only available for viewing via a porthole. Please find a video of Shuck’s creation here.

With the delivery of Le Jacques Cartier, PONANT completes the PONANT EXPOLER series and expands to a fleet of 12 ships. PONANT will continue its development strategy in 2021 with the launch of Le Commandant Charcot, the world’s first luxury hybrid electric polar exploration vessel.

  • Le Lapérouse – June 2018
  • Le Champlain – September 2018
  • Le Bougainville – April 2019
  • Le Dumont-d’Urville – June 2019
  • Le Bellot – March 2020
  • Le Jacques Cartier – July 2020

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Established in 1988 by Jean Emmanuel Sauvée and a dozen officers from the French Merchant Navy, PONANT has led the way with a new style of luxury cruising through a unique concept of sea travel which combines exceptional itineraries with luxury hotel services aboard smaller-scale ship. In 2018, going further in its commitments for a sustainable tourism, PONANT has created a Foundation whose goal is to preserve the oceans and the polar regions and to encourage exchanges between peoples.

The small size of its vessels, the medical infrastructure and teams on board and its protocols ensured that there were no cases of Covid-19 contamination in the PONANT fleet. To prepare for the resumption of its activity, PONANT is collaborating with the IHU  (Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire) Méditerranée Infection of Marseilles, one of the world’s leading centres in the field of infectious diseases, as well as Bureau Veritas. The “Covid-Safe” protocol developed by PONANT is based on health standards that exceed international regulations.



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