Ponant Icebreaker

    Ponant Icebreaker

    Discover the absolute pinnacle of luxury exploration...under the French Flag

    The world's first luxury icebreaker cruise ship

    Reach the Geographic North Pole, complete a crossing of the Arctic Ocean and discover Greenland's extreme North East or probe the icy wilderness of Antarctica… From 2021, and in a refined onboard environment offering luxury services of a kind never before provided in the far extremes of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, the newest addition to the PONANT fleet will be taking passengers in the footsteps of the great polar explorers. More than just conventional cruises, these are true expedition polar odysseys we are providing with this new vessel.

    Sustainable development at the heart of the design

    The first ever PC2 Polar Class luxury cruise ship, this hybrid electric icebreaker powered by Liquified Natural Gas, at the cutting edge of technology, will be a real pioneer in terms of environmental protection.

    Perfected “Cleanship” fittings, going beyond
    the current environmental regulations:

    • Reduction of SO2, NOX, CO2 and particle emissions thanks to the use of LNG
    • Zero emissions when in electric hybrid mode
    • Use of advanced diesel engine technology
    • Compliance with new IMO (International Maritime Organization) 2020 regulation on Sulphur emission levels
    • Compliance with ECA requirements (Emission Control Area)

    Energy management

    • Energy optimisation system that precisely measures consumptions and optimisation of ship sailing methods
    • Waste Heat Recovery System
    • Electric output optimised and consumption reduced through the use of latest generation electric batteries

    Water treatment

    • Advanced Waste Water Treatment system

    BRAND-NEW ITINERARIES DESIGNED BY PONANT’S RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

    Drawing on more than two decades of experience in sensitive regions, PONANT is the only cruise company in the world to design its future itineraries in-house, with its own expedition teams. Thanks to exploratory visits, Environmental Impact Assessments and the protocols developed by the company, the itineraries of the PONANT Icebreaker will be established with the greatest respect for the environment.

    While itineraries for the PONANT Icebreaker are still in development, there are many luxury polar expedition itineraries to choose from currently operating on our existing PONANT fleet

    Discover our polar cruise itineraries ►

    Nicolas Dubreuil,

    Head of Expeditions at PONANT


    "With this extraordinary tool for exploration we are going to have available, we are working with a brand new concept in travel. The PONANT Icebreaker is going to enable us to visit places previously unexplored until now due to their extreme remoteness. I've already imagined winter expedition cruises across the Nunavut ice field, and to Greenland, to get within close proximity of the Inuit camps.


    Our passengers will be able to leave the ship and go out onto the ice for an immersive experience of this hunting people's way of life. Similarly, we will also be able to get up close to the emperor penguins that inhabit the ice shelves in the Antarctic. As for the Geographic North Pole, it will no longer be an inaccessible dream. PONANT will soon have at its disposal the very first passenger ship capable of reaching this mythical destination."

    TECHNOLOGICAL PROWESS AT THE SERVICE OF THE ULTIMATE POLAR ADVENTURE

    AN INNOVATION DEVELOPED IN COLLABORATION WITH AKER ARCTIC, GLOBAL SPECIALIST IN ICE-SAILING TECHNOLOGIES

    The PC2 Polar Class hull of the PONANT Icebreaker was designed with Aker Arctic to combine forward sailing modes through compact ice and reverse sailing in extreme ice conditions, thanks to the Double Action principle (Aker Arctic DAS™). With its innovative design, the PONANT Icebreaker offers an unrivalled ice performance compared with classic icebreakers.

    TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS:

    Staterooms and suites with balcony ............. 67

    Suites with patio doors
    and a private balcony
    ...................................... 68

    Length ..................................................... 150 metres

    Width ......................................................... 28 metres

    Draught .................................................... 10 metres

    Ice Class .............................................................. PC 2

    Propulsion .................................. Dual Fuel MDO/
    LNG & Hybrid Electric

    Classification ............................... Bureau Veritas

    Flag .................................................................. French

    Crew members ................................................. 187

    Panoramic restaurants ....................................... 2

    Grill restaurant ...................................................... 1

    Spa & Wellness Centres ..................................... 1

    Onboard expedition Zodiac® boats ........... 16

    Onboard helicopters ........................................... 2

    Shipyard ......................................................... VARD

    Delivery ........................................................... 2021

    Learn more about the PONANT spirit in our brochures.

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