Ponant Explorer Fleet

Gohagan & Company is proud to provide the most deluxe, exclusively chartered ships in educational travel—the ideal way to experience the unforgettable destinations in our specially designed itineraries. Chartered cruising provides the optimum setting for affinity groups; with no offering to the general public, there is control over the entire ship. Enjoy the luxury of intimate, designated spaces for your association’s private engagements in addition to enlightening lecturers. The next exclusively chartered, Five‑Star voyage awaits your choosing.

Ponant Explorer Fleet

Luxury Small Ships, Innovative Design

Ushering in the next generation of Five-Star small ships, the Ponant Explorer Fleet combines revolutionary design and a new standard of luxury for an unparalleled expedition cruising experience. In the spirit of history’s great explorers, these six  ships—Le Lapérouse, Le Champlain, Le Bougainville, Le Dumont‑d’Urville, Le Jacques Cartier and Le Bellot—venture into remote destinations where captivating cultures, spectacular wildlife and majestic scenery await you.

The World’s First Luxury Underwater Observation Lounge

Introducing the extraordinary Blue Eye, the world’s first multisensory, underwater Observation Lounge. View the beauty of marine life* through the large, subaquatic windows and integrated digital screens providing live images from underwater cameras and enjoy the sensory experience of listening to the ocean’s unique underwater universe in the comfort of the exclusive Blue Eye lounge.
*Marine life viewing varies by location.

Respect for the Environment

The newest additions to Ponant’s “Clean Ship” fleet, an important distinction among ocean‑cruising vessels, the ships are energy efficient and eco‑friendly, protecting fragile marine ecosystems while providing a comfortable voyage.

Elegant Suites and Staterooms, 100% with Private Balconies

Each Five‑Star Stateroom and Suite (up to 484 square feet) features a private balcony. Grand Deluxe Suites have a bay window and spacious private terrace. Accommodations offer two twin beds or one queen bed, individual climate control, private bathrooms with a shower and luxury hotel-style amenities.

Chic and Casual Dining

Dine indoors or alfresco on international and regional cuisine served in the stylish, spacious indoor‑outdoor restaurant, at the casual pool deck grill or from 24‑hour room service. Daily meals include continental and buffet breakfasts, buffet lunch, afternoon tea and four‑course dinner. Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are available throughout the cruise, and wine is served at your table during lunch and dinner.

Life On Board

The warm and inviting public areas are marked by a refined elegance. Enjoy sweeping views from the lounges, which open to the outdoors, and lectures, cultural performances or film screenings in the state‑of‑the‑art theater. Relax in the spa and sauna or infinity pool overlooking the marina. The three‑level marina platform offers complimentary kayaking and snorkeling equipment and has 10 Zodiacs. Each ship has a salon, fitness center and three elevators. Complimentary Wi‑Fi is available (conditions permitting).

World-Class Service

The highly trained, English‑speaking crew are personable and attentive. Each ship has a medical center staffed with a doctor and nurse.

Ship Specifications
  • Number of Ships in Fleet: Six
  • Officers and Crew: International (110)
  • Language: English/French
  • Suites and Staterooms: 92
  • Accommodations size: 204 to 485 square feet
  • Length: 430 feet
  • Width: 59 feet
  • Built: 2018 to 2020

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