CABINS ON LE COMMANDANT-CHARCOT
On board there are just 135 staterooms including 31 suites with balconies and outside views to savour a sun-downer whilst keeping an eager eye out for Polar birds flying overhead. Le Commandant-Charcot will welcome guests in an intimate and refined atmosphere and in polar waters the ship will take a maximum of 200 passengers.
The luxury vessel will house outstanding gastronomy in the two restaurants, much like her sister ships, the cuisine will be served on both a buffet and an à la carte basis.
Relax in the indoor pool surrounded by its winter garden. Enjoy the well-being area with sauna and Snow Room watching icebergs float by. There is also a heated outdoor pool.The first of its kind to visit polar waters, Le Commandant-Charcot will also offer guests the opportunity to see Antarctica from a different perspective from a Hovercraft, hot air balloon, and snowmobiles.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This luxury icebreaker will be the first of its kind, visiting far flung and remote destinations on earth. The on-board facilities match that of a world class hotel, with incredible opportunities for guests such as a tethered hot air balloon and polar diving - unprecedented in all current ships on the market.
From activity-focused elements of the trip, including ski-doo’s to kayaking and hovercraft rides, to hands-on scientific research where guests will have the opportunity to help scientists in their research on specific polar patterns.
Le Commandant-Charcot has been designed with the environment in mind, with hybrid propulsion powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and electric generators, helping to minimise the environmental impact of travel to the furthest latitudes.
Designed to sail to the edge of the poles the specially designed hovercraft, which operate as well on land as they do on sea, will take you to the most hard-to-reach places on earth. Their unique propulsion system will ensure that you can explore the ice floe in complete safety. The specialist team will drop you in the heart of the austral vastness. **please note that the hovercrafts are proposed and currently in the design stages.
Hot air balloon: limited places available
Take a once in a lifetime flight in a tethered hot air balloon above the skies of Antarctica to admire the infinite crystal-clear panoramas. This will also be an opportunity to observe the ship at work in the vastness of its environment.
Le Commandant-Charcot is fitted with the most modern oceanographic equipment and all the facilities necessary to accompany a scientific team in its research. Guided by the on-board naturalists and a team of scientists, you will have the opportunity to make a direct contribution to the global scientific effort by helping scientists to set up a station on the ice floe, deploying an Argos marker buoy or taking water samples. Thanks to simple protocols, you’ll be able to discover part of the scientific adventure in the polar regions and contribute to improving the knowledge of biodiversity, marine mammals or glaciology and better understand climate/ecosystem/man interactions.
Polar diving*: Optional *This activity is reserved for experienced divers.
Diving in polar waters allows for an exceptional chance to admire an unusual landscape and to see marine animals in their natural environment. Whether alongside an iceberg or a drop-off in search of anemone, soft coral or giant isopods, diving will provide you with the unique opportunity to penetrate this unique and little-known world.
Kayaking: limited places available
Glide on the clear waters and between the ice floes where you will have the chance to get as close as possible to the immaculate nature of Antarctica.
Using comfortable, ultra-modern electric snowmobiles, you can explore the polar expanses and become enriched by these grandiose landscapes, in the company of professional guides.
Each time you land on shore and depending on the ecological resilience of the biome encountered, you have the opportunity to go on walks of varying difficulty with experienced naturalist guides. From a gentle stroll along the coastline to more challenging expeditions to specific spectacular viewpoints or historical sites.