by Kevin Griffin writing for cybercruises.com
Ponant of Marseilles last week confirmed it had signed a letter of intent to order four new luxury expedition ships, with the first to be delivered in 2018.
The additions will join the existing sailing yacht Le Ponant and the expedition ships Le Boréal, L’Austral, Le Soléal and Le Lyrial, with the new vessels designed to operate with 92 staterooms and a crew of 110.
The Ponant new ships (Artist impression by Stirling Design International)
Ponant’s new ships will be Ice Class ranked and equipped with the latest technologies, and the company will also introduce the concept of White, Blue and Green Expeditions.
White Expeditions will continue Ponant’s longstanding polar region cruising, while Blue Expeditions will focus on explorations of Oceania and Green Expeditions will take passengers to South America, Papua New Guinea or the Indian Ocean.
Here is a comparison of the new ships, to be delivered between 2018 and 2019, to the existing vessels, delivered between 2010 and 2015: