The Ross Sea (Le Commandant-Charcot)


from$ 52880 AUD



Note: Current p/p indicative rate. Final price may change due to currency fluctuations.

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Le Commandant-Charcot
City
Ushuaia to Ushuaia

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2019-10-11

2023-01-01


Overview

Sailing the Ross Sea means discovering one of the most extreme and conserved universes in the Antarctic. Partially occupied by the Ross Ice Shelf, the largest ice platform in Antarctica, this immense bay located several hundred kilometres from the South Pole, is considered as “the last ocean”, the last intact marine ecosystem and the largest marine sanctuary since 2016. Here, the cold is more intense, the wind more powerful, the ice more impressive, and the scenery more spectacular… In the heart of this polar Garden of Eden, where the ice shelf turns into icebergs, you will encounter prodigious fauna, as well as surrealist landscapes, with infinite shades of blue and stunning reliefs. Antarctic petrels, Minke whales, orcas and seals are at home here, as are very large colonies of Adelie and emperor penguins. Please note: your voyage rates include Overnight in Santiago + flight Santiago/Ushuaia + transfers + flight Ushuaia/Santiago.

Overview

  • RSSPN
  • 26 Days
  • Le Commandant-Charcot

Cruise Itinerary

  • Ushuaia (Argentina)
  • Ushuaia (Argentina)

Departures


$ 52880 AUD

Area : 20 m² Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin 5 m² private balcony Shower Individually-controlled airconditioning Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available Minibar - 24hr room service Flat screen satellite TV Video on demand IPod™ docks Safe French bath products Dressing table with hairdryer Direct line telephone 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins) Internet access Wifi.


$ 53950 AUD

Area : 20 m² Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin 5 m² private balcony Shower Individually-controlled airconditioning Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available Minibar - 24hr room service Flat screen satellite TV Video on demand IPod™ docks Safe French bath products Dressing table with hairdryer Direct line telephone 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins) Internet access Wifi.


$ 55020 AUD

Area : 20 m² Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin 5 m² private balcony Shower Individually-controlled airconditioning Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available Minibar - 24hr room service Flat screen satellite TV Video on demand IPod™ docks Safe French bath products Dressing table with hairdryer Direct line telephone 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins) Internet access Wifi.


$ 66320 AUD

Area : 28 m² Capacity :up to 3 passengers per cabin 5 m² private balcony Shower Individually-controlled airconditioning Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available Minibar - 24hr room service Flat screen satellite TV Video on demand IPod™ docks Safe French bath products Dressing table with hairdryer Direct line telephone 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins) Internet access Wifi.


$ 69010 AUD

Area : 28 m² Capacity :up to 3 passengers per cabin 5 m² private balcony Shower Individually-controlled airconditioning Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available Minibar - 24hr room service Flat screen satellite TV Video on demand


$ 71700 AUD

Area : 28 m² Capacity :up to 3 passengers per cabin 5 m² private balcony Shower Individually-controlled airconditioning Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available Minibar - 24hr room service Flat screen satellite TV Video on demand IPod™ docks Safe French bath products Dressing table with hairdryer Direct line telephone 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins) Internet access Wifi.


$ 93200 AUD

Area : 40 m² Capacity :up to 4 passengers per cabin 10 m² private balcony 2 Showers Individually-controlled airconditioning Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available Minibar - 24hr room service Flat screen satellite TV Video on demand IPod™ docks Safe French bath products Dressing table with hairdryer Direct line telephone 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins) Internet access Wifi.


$ 95890 AUD

Area : 40 m² Capacity :up to 4 passengers per cabin 10 m² private balcony 2 Showers Individually-controlled airconditioning Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available Minibar - 24hr room service Flat screen satellite TV Video on demand IPod™ docks Safe French bath products Dressing table with hairdryer Direct line telephone 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins) Internet access Wifi.


$ 101260 AUD

Area : 48 m² Capacity :up to 4 passengers per cabin 12.5 m² private balcony Shower & Balneo bathtub Butler service Individually-controlled airconditioning Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available Minibar - 24hr room service Flat screen satellite TV Video on demand IPod™ docks Safe French bath products Dressing table with hairdryer Direct line telephone 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins) Internet access Wifi.


$ 144270 AUD

Area : 48 m² Capacity :up to 4 passengers per cabin 26 m² private balcony with jacuzzi Shower & Balneo bathtub Butler service Individually-controlled airconditioning Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available Minibar - 24hr room service Flat screen satellite TV Video on demand IPod™ docks Safe French bath products Dressing table with hairdryer Direct line telephone 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins) Internet access Wifi.


$ 165780 AUD

Area : 114 m² Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin 186 m² private balcony with jacuzzi Shower & Balneo bathtub Butler service Individually-controlled airconditioning Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available Minibar - 24hr room service Flat screen satellite TV Video on demand IPod™ docks Safe French bath products Dressing table with hairdryer Direct line telephone 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins) Internet access Wifi.

Note: Current p/p indicative rate. Final price may change due to currency fluctuations.

Cruise Itinerary

Transfer from airport to PONANT selected hotel.


Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the White Continent and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible…


Use your days spent in the Drake Passage to familiarise yourself with your ship and deepen your knowledge of the Antarctic. The Expedition Leader will first present the IAATO rules of conduct that must be observed during landings in the region and will explain everything you need to know about the Zodiac® outings. Lectures about the history and wildlife of the Antarctic will be an opportunity for you to learn more about this magical region, where every cruise is a unique experience. From the ship’s bridge, you will experience exceptional sailing moments before joining the naturalist-guides on your ship’s exterior decks to look out for albatrosses, cape petrels, and other seabirds flying over the Drake Passage.


Weather permitting, we'll cross the mythic line of the Antarctic Polar Circle, located along 66°33’ south of the Equator. This iconic area demarcates the point from which it is possible to view the midnight sun during the December solstice. Within this circle, the sun remains above the horizon for 24 consecutive hours at least once a year. Crossing this line, an experience known to few people, is sure to be an unforgettable highlight of your cruise through the polar regions.


When he discovered this island surrounded by sea ice in 1910 from aboard the Pourquoi Pas ? as he mapped Alexander Island, Jean-Baptiste Charcot had not be able to get less than 40 miles away from it. Situated in a zone that experiences frequent low-pressure systems and regular cloud cover, the island remains in many ways an enigma. It is entirely covered in ice and sheer cliffs, with the exception of the rocky outcrops extending over a dozen kilometres in the far north-west. The ice in the narrowest part of Wilkins Sound has been cracking in recent times, thus officially detaching this island from its neighbour, Alexander Island, lying 50 km away. Very few people have landed on this largely untouched island, whose waters attract numerous seabirds, such as petrels, Antarctic terns and skuas.


You will then head for the legendary Peter I Island. Located 450 km away from the Atlantic coast, it was discovered in 1821 by the Russian explorer Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, who named it in honour of the Russian tsar Peter the Great. In 1909, Captain Charcot sighted it for the first time from aboard the Pourquoi Pas ?, but was unable to land there: “In the parting mists, one or two miles away, an enormous black mass shrouded in clouds appears suddenly before us: it is Peter I Island.” Surrounded by pack ice and with about 95% of its surface covered by ice, this volcanic island, whose highest peak reaches 1,640 metres, is protected by ice cliffs some 40 metres tall, making any approach difficult.


Stretching from the west side of the Antarctic Peninsula to the Amundsen Sea, the Bellingshausen Sea was named after the Russian admiral and explorer who has been attributed the first confirmed sighting of mainland Antarctica, in 1820. Its waters surround, among others, two of the largest islands in the Antarctic: Alexander Island and Thurston Island. You will sail amid ice floe, blocks of sea ice and majestic icebergs. The coastal areas along the Bellingshausen Sea are home to large colonies of emperor penguins. Depending on the season, you may get the chance to observe some of these creatures in the open sea.


Spend exceptional moments sailing aboard Le Commandant-Charcot, the world’s first luxury polar exploration vessel and the first PC2-class polar cruise ship capable of sailing into the very heart of the ice, on seas and oceans which the frozen conditions render inaccessible to ordinary ships. Le Commandant-Charcot is fitted with oceanographic and scientific equipment selected by a committee of experts. Take advantage of the on-board lectures and opportunities for discussion with these specialists to learn more about the poles. Participate in furthering scientific research with PONANT and let us discover together what these fascinating destinations have yet to reveal to us.


This island is dominated by Mount Siple, a dormant, potentially active shield volcano rising to an altitude of 3,000 metres. Entirely covered in a thick layer of ice, the gentle slopes of this cone are said to have been climbed, but no proof has yet been found of this feat. For now, it is thus considered Antarctica’s highest unclimbed peak. At the foot of this icy giant, you could have the good fortune of being welcomed by a colony of Adelie penguins and of admiring the magnificent Thurston Glacier.


Spend exceptional moments sailing aboard Le Commandant-Charcot, the world’s first luxury polar exploration vessel and the first PC2-class polar cruise ship capable of sailing into the very heart of the ice, on seas and oceans which the frozen conditions render inaccessible to ordinary ships. Le Commandant-Charcot is fitted with oceanographic and scientific equipment selected by a committee of experts. Take advantage of the on-board lectures and opportunities for discussion with these specialists to learn more about the poles. Participate in furthering scientific research with PONANT and let us discover together what these fascinating destinations have yet to reveal to us.


This quasi-unexplored coast along Marie Byrd Land is one of the only territories in the world to have never been claimed by any country, making it a terra nullius. It was the American colonel Jacob Ruppert who made the first aerial reconnaissance flight along this coast, during the second Byrd Antarctic Expedition (1933-1935). A Soviet research station was established there in 1980, before being officially abandoned in 1990.


This ice-covered cape, which forms the northwestern extremity of Marie Byrd Land, was discovered in January 1902 by the British National Antarctic Expedition. It was named in honour of Captain William Colbeck, one of the first explorers to have overwintered in Antarctica, during the Southern Cross expedition of 1899. This majestic cape delimits the western portion of the vast bay that contains the Ross Sea, the world’s largest marine protected area.


“The last ocean” is what scientists from all around the world call this deep bay that runs along the edge of Antarctica between Marie Byrd Land and Victoria Land. Since 2016, the world’s largest marine protected area has been keeping this last marine ecosystem intact. The theatre of the most impressive expeditions, it was discovered by James Clark Ross between 1839 and 1843. It was then that he discovered the enormous ice barrier formed by a gigantic ice shelf extending out to the open sea and from which titanic icebergs are calved. One third of the world’s Adelie penguin population lives in the area where this barrier breaks into icebergs. The currents maintain polynyas there, vast areas of persistent open water surrounded by sea ice. These give the penguins access to food. You may also get the chance to spot Ross seals, one of the rarest protected species in the Antarctic.


The southern half of the Ross Sea is dominated by the largest ice shelf in the world, with a surface area equivalent to that of France. You will be awestruck by the majesty of this ice barrier which, far from being smooth and uniform, is ridged with caves, deep caverns, ledges, bays and promontories in infinite shades of blue carved out of it by the elements. Its vertiginous walls can reach up to 100 metres above sea level and some of them are several hundred metres deep. According to Sir Ernest Shackleton, some of the cavities could have contained Le Nimrod, his ship during the expedition he led to the South Pole between 1907 and 1909.


Spend exceptional moments sailing aboard Le Commandant-Charcot, the world’s first luxury polar exploration vessel and the first PC2-class polar cruise ship capable of sailing into the very heart of the ice, on seas and oceans which the frozen conditions render inaccessible to ordinary ships. Le Commandant-Charcot is fitted with oceanographic and scientific equipment selected by a committee of experts. Take advantage of the on-board lectures and opportunities for discussion with these specialists to learn more about the poles. Participate in furthering scientific research with PONANT and let us discover together what these fascinating destinations have yet to reveal to us.


This quasi-unexplored coast along Marie Byrd Land is one of the only territories in the world to have never been claimed by any country, making it a terra nullius. It was the American colonel Jacob Ruppert who made the first aerial reconnaissance flight along this coast, during the second Byrd Antarctic Expedition (1933-1935). A Soviet research station was established there in 1980, before being officially abandoned in 1990.


Spend exceptional moments sailing aboard Le Commandant-Charcot, the world’s first luxury polar exploration vessel and the first PC2-class polar cruise ship capable of sailing into the very heart of the ice, on seas and oceans which the frozen conditions render inaccessible to ordinary ships. Le Commandant-Charcot is fitted with oceanographic and scientific equipment selected by a committee of experts. Take advantage of the on-board lectures and opportunities for discussion with these specialists to learn more about the poles. Participate in furthering scientific research with PONANT and let us discover together what these fascinating destinations have yet to reveal to us.



You will then head for the legendary Peter I Island. Located 450 km away from the Atlantic coast, it was discovered in 1821 by the Russian explorer Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, who named it in honour of the Russian tsar Peter the Great. In 1909, Captain Charcot sighted it for the first time from aboard the Pourquoi Pas ?, but was unable to land there: “In the parting mists, one or two miles away, an enormous black mass shrouded in clouds appears suddenly before us: it is Peter I Island.” Surrounded by pack ice and with about 95% of its surface covered by ice, this volcanic island, whose highest peak reaches 1,640 metres, is protected by ice cliffs some 40 metres tall, making any approach difficult.


Spend exceptional moments sailing aboard Le Commandant-Charcot, the world’s first luxury polar exploration vessel and the first PC2-class polar cruise ship capable of sailing into the very heart of the ice, on seas and oceans which the frozen conditions render inaccessible to ordinary ships. Le Commandant-Charcot is fitted with oceanographic and scientific equipment selected by a committee of experts. Take advantage of the on-board lectures and opportunities for discussion with these specialists to learn more about the poles. Participate in furthering scientific research with PONANT and let us discover together what these fascinating destinations have yet to reveal to us.


If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to connect Antarctica to South America. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As the Antarctic convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbours a very diverse marine fauna. Don't forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.


Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the White Continent and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible…


We are privileged guests in these remote lands where we are at the mercy of weather, ice, tidal and current conditions. Landings on certain sites and the observation of certain wildlife cannot be guaranteed. They vary from day to day, making each PONANT cruise a unique experience. The Captain and the Expedition Leader will make every effort to ensure that your experience is as rich as possible, while complying with the safety rules and instructions imposed by the IAATO.


Le Commandant-Charcot

Vessel Type: Polar Luxury Expedition Passenger Capacity: 135 cabins Built: 2018/2019 Be the first aboard Le Commandant-Charcot, the world's luxury polar exploration vessel, and enjoy a unique sailing experience in the Arctic or Antarctic! With its hybrid propulsion combining liquefied natural gas (LNG) and electric generators, Le Commandant-Charcot has been designed to minimise the environmental impact of travel to the furthest latitudes.  The decoration of the ship, imagined by two internationally renowned design and architecture firms - the studio of Jean-Philippe Nuel and Wilmotte & Associés - is designed to be in harmony with the environment. The approach is contemporary with the desire to create a warm and elegant setting; stone, wood and leather recall the natural environment in which the ship is sailing. Equipped with just 135 staterooms including 31 suites with balconies and outside views, Le Commandant-Charcot welcomes you in an intimate and refined atmosphere. Outstanding gastronomy in the two restaurants, relaxation in the indoor pool surrounded by its winter garden, relaxation in the well-being area with sauna and Snow Room... Like on a private yacht, each of our guests is unique. PUBLIC AREAS Le Commandant-Charcot has many common areas that are designed and equipped to meet all of your needs while preserving the intimacy of each passenger. A 177 m² reception area includes: A reception/concierge desk, An expeditions desk, The ship’s administrative services, The sales office, manned by our Hospitality & Travel Manager officer, Our boutique which sells clothing, jewellery, beauty products, postcards and various accessories, The image & photo desk. The different lounges: A 302 m² main lounge including a 28 m² cigar lounge, a tea corner and a bar, with live music on selected evenings, A 400 m² panoramic bar and lounge, An open-air Bar. The recreation spaces  Fitness & Beauty Corner: Fitness room: Elliptic, running machines, bicycles...  Beauty Corner: Hairdresser, Massage rooms, Sauna, Snow Room, Nail Shop. Pool area: Indoor Pool and winter garden - Outdoor Pool Theatre: Capacity: 270-276 - Main show room for conferences and live entertainment on selected evenings - State-of-the-art audio and video technology. Leisure area: Public areas - Library - Medical centre. 16 Zodiac®.

Highlights

• Sail as close as possible to the South Pole, in the heart of the Ross Sea, one the world’s last marine sanctuaries. • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables. • Lectures and information sessions hosted by our naturalist-guides. • Landscapes: icebergs, glaciers, ice floes, ice shelves. • Wildlife: Adelie penguins, emperor penguins, Ross seals, crabeater seals, leopard seals, Minke whales, sea birds. • Many included activities: Hovercraft, hot air balloon, snowmobiles….

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