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Le Commandant Charcot Is Setting New Records

Le Commandant Charcot Is Setting New Records

PONANT’s latest addition to the fleet, Le Commandant Charcot, recently set a new world record by being the first ship in the world to reach the extreme latitude of 78˚44.3’ South in the Bay Of Whales in the Ross Sea.

As part of a ground-breaking voyage, guests were treated to several “firsts”.  While sailing to the Ross Sea, Le Commandant Charcot also approached the unexplored shores of the mysterious Pierre I Island for the first time and in the Ross Sea, passengers were able to see the summit of Mount Terror, an ice-covered shield volcano rising to 3,230 metres above sea level, discovered in 1841 by Sir James Clark Ross who named it after his ship, HMS Terror. It is the second highest of the four major volcanoes that make up Ross Island.

PONANT | M Louagie

The extreme latitudes are conducive to the observation of exceptional optical phenomena such as parhelion, or "false sun", resulting from the interaction of sunlight on ice crystals. They are visible for only a few seconds. PONANT photographers managed to capture a magnificent image of this fleeting moment.

PONANT | Ian Dawson

Le Commandant Charcot is the first high polar exploration ship, a hybrid-electric powered by liquified natural gas (LNG). It is a major innovation that signals the company’s deep commitment to sustainable tourism and to minimising the environmental impact. A ship of scientific opportunity, she is also the only cruise ship in the world to host researchers on board and provide them with dedicated work areas, helping the scientific world collect data and gain new insights into the world because “we protect better what we know”.

PONANT | Olivier Blaud

What an incredible experience for those on board!

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