Ponant launches winter 2023/24 Antarctica sales 

Ponant launches winter 2023/24 Antarctica sales 

Several new itineraries have been added, including the chance to see emperor penguins on the ice

Ponant has launched 32 expedition sailings and 12 different itineraries in Antarctica for winter 2023 and 2024. 

The sailings are aboard Le Commandant Charcot, the first high polar exploration ship powered by liquefied natural gas, and the sister ships Le Lyrial, L’Austral and Le Boréal.

Depending on the itinerary and sailing, weather and ice conditions, a range of activities will bring guests into direct contact with the White Continent. They include outings and landings in Zodiacs accompanied by a team of naturalist guides, kayaking, hiking and snowshoeing, polar diving and swimming in a dry suit. There will also be talks by experts in the fauna, flora and history of the polar regions.

Exclusively on Le Commandant Charcot, a range of citizen science workshops run by naturalists will give guests an opportunity to contribute to scientific research. Data collected on marine species, cloud cover observations and collecting phytoplankton samples all feed into programmes like Happywhale, Globe Clouds, FjordPhyto and Seabird Surveys.

Le Commandant Charcot spent its inaugural season in the Antarctic during winter 2021-2022, and the ship’s expedition leader John Frick explained: “The Antarctic is a very special destination, it’s like going to another planet. Returning to the Antarctic is always a new adventure. What surprises me every time, as it does for our guests, is the sheer wild beauty of this continent and the indescribable feeling you get when you set foot on the sea ice, knowing the ocean is just beneath your feet”.

For Le Commandant Charcot’s third season in the Antarctic, Ponant is offering five exploration sailings and three itineraries, including two newcomers. They include ‘The Emperor Penguins of Weddell Sea’, which will allow guests to see emperor penguins in their natural habitat on the ice during the 16-day voyage. 

Earlier this month Ponant announced that its 12-strong fleet of ships are now all sailing again, following a pause in operations due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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