Only French cruise line and Five-Star Expedition specialist, COMPAGNIE DU PONANT has commissioned another new yacht from the Italian Fincantieri shipyard.

Photo © Compagnie du Ponant / New cruise ship

Photo © Compagnie du Ponant / New cruise ship

Due to launch in spring 2015, this latest vessel joins a fleet of four human-size cruise yachts all flying the French flag: LE PONANT (32 staterooms), LE BORÉAL, L’AUSTRAL and LE SOLÉAL (132 staterooms and suites). She will be cruising up and down the shores of Alaska in summer and those of Australia and New Zealand in winter.

Like her sisterships LE BORÉAL (2010), L’AUSTRAL (2011) and LE SOLÉAL (inaugurated on 29 June this year in Venice), the vessel will qualify for the “Cleanship” label and embody the concept of Yacht Cruises as conceived by COMPAGNIE DU PONANT – namely a carefully thought-out design, attentive service and gourmet cuisine enhanced by the comfort of state-of-the-art facilities.

This latest commission sends out a strong positive signal, further confirmation of the relevance of COMPAGNIE DU PONANT’s investment and international development strategy, positioning the cruise line which celebrates 25 years this year at the exclusive end of the market. Leader in the French-speaking luxury cruise markets (France, Switzerland and Belgium) and worldwide number one of Polar cruise market in the Arctic and Antarctic, COMPAGNIE DU PONANT carries 20,000 passengers a year, with revenue topping €85 million in 2012.

“For COMPAGNIE DU PONANT this order is another step towards the future that validates an effective business model,” stresses CEO Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée.

After the excellent work achieved on the previous three yachts, the Fincantieri shipyard has been entrusted with building this fourth sistership. French interior architect Jean-Philippe Nuel will be responsible for the sleek, modern and sophisticated design that has contributed so much to the success of LE BORÉAL, L’AUSTRAL and LE SOLÉAL.

“Specifically tailored to what our passengers seek, these human-size ships with their innovative design allow us to explore exceptional destinations in the most extreme regions, while enjoying a level of comfort that is second-to-none: a five star expedition and tailor-made service as conceived by COMPAGNIE DU PONANT,” concludes Véronique Saadé, Deputy Executive Vice President.

Information source: Compagnie du Ponant

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