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Now you can experience a polar expedition like no other

A very first in the cruising world. PONANT announced the order for the first electric hybrid cruise icebreaker, with LNG propulsion, the Ponant Icebreaker, therefore reaffirming its place as the world leader in luxury polar expeditions.

PONANT, leader in luxury polar expeditions and the only French cruise line, confirmed the order for the first electric hybrid icebreaker, propelled by Liquefied Natural Gas.

Following a public tender led by Barry Rogliano Salles and in which top European shipyards took part, PONANT decided to appoint VARD (VARD Holding Limited), FINCANTIERI’s Norwegian subsidiary, to build the exceptional unit. Delivery is scheduled for 2021.

PONANT is working with the best international experts to execute this world first.

  • Aker Arctic, an internationally renowned company specialising in the development and design of the most demanding icebreaking vessels
  • Wärtsilä for the best Dual Fuel diesel engines on the market
  • GTT, the supplier of an innovative storage technology for LNG Fuel

–       ABB, a supplier of the most powerful Azipod® Units on the market and electric hybrid structures

Polar expedition

And the ship design was created in joint co-operation by Stirling Design International and Aker Arctic.

With just 135 staterooms and luxury service, the innovative vessel is « Clean Ship » certified and environmentally friendly. The ship will take passengers to never explored polar destinations, such as the true geographic North Pole (90 degrees North Latitude), the Weddell Sea, the Ross Sea and Peter I Island.

Polar expedition info

For more information or to view the upcoming cruise schedule visit Ponant

PONANT invites you to discover – or rediscover – incredible destinations on board its five French-flagged ships

For a full list of Ponant Cruise awards visit here.

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If there is one thing that I have learnt, it is the more I see, the more there is to see! My name is Tracy Burrows and I am the managing editor of Out There Global, a community driven travel platform for both cost effective and luxury travel ideas around the world. From Jan 2014 - Dec 2016 I managed the LatestSightings.com blog (a United Nations World Summit Award Winner: Culture & Tourism 2016 & National Geographic partner). I was also consulting editor at MOZambique Magazine, and contributor at Sawubona. Prior to my career I obtained a tourism marketing degree, and graduated from a 2 year 'Hospitality Management in Development Program' in California. Following this I acquired a journalism diploma and since it's been all about travel and writing! And my nourishment from all those who have impacted me: family; friends; and strangers alike. Thank you for joining our journey!

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