Luxury Expedition Ships, Innovative Design The Ponant Explorers series ushers in a new generation of Five-Star small ships, combining revolutionary design and a new standard of luxury for an unparalleled expedition cruising experience. In the spirit of history’s great explorers, Le Lapérouse, Le Champlain, Le Bougainville and Le Dumont-d’Urville, to be launched in 2018 and 2019, venture where no ships have gone before, remote destinations where authentic encounters with captivating cultures, spectacular wildlife and majestic scenery await you.

Blue Eye The World’s First Luxury Underwater Observatory
Exclusive to the Ponant Explorer fleet is the extraordinary Blue Eye, a multisensory underwater observation lounge that incorporates bionic and biomimetic decor and technology to immerse you in the beauty of the ocean’s ecosystem. Observe marine life, from melodic whales and graceful dolphins to majestic sea turtles and translucent jellyfish through the large subaquatic windows, enhanced by lights that run length of the ship. Digital screens and the specially designed global listening system relay the sights and sounds of marine life beneath the surface of the ocean.

Respect for the Environment
The newest addition to a fleet that has been awarded the prestigious “Clean Ship” designation, a rarity among ocean-cruising vessels. Designed with energy efficient, advanced eco-friendly features, and ships protect fragile marine ecosystems, while providing a safe and comfortable voyage.

92 Elegant Suites and Staterooms, 100% with Private Balconies
Each deluxe Stateroom and Suite (up to 484 square feet) features a private balcony. Grand Deluxe Suites have a bay window and larger private balcony. Accommodations offer two twin beds or one queen bed, individual climate control and luxurious Five-Star hotel amenities.

Chic and Casual Dining
International and regional cuisine is served indoors or alfresco in the stylish, spacious indoor-outdoor restaurant, on the casual pool deck grill or from 24-hour room service. Continental and buffet breakfasts, buffet lunch, afternoon tea and a four-course dinner are served daily.

Spacious Environment, Intimate Atmosphere
Inspired by the natural and nautical worlds, 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 rooms or the Sun Deck’s infinity-style swimming pool. Each ship has a beauty salon and full range of fitness equipment and, for your convenience, two elevators.

World-Class Service
The highly trained, English-speaking crew are personable and attentive, and the ship has an infirmary staffed with a doctor and nurse.

Ship Specifications
Language: English/French
Suites and Staterooms: 92
Accommodations Size: 204 to 484 square feet
Launching: 2018 and 2019

The Le Lapérouse is featured in:

European Coastal Civilizations

Celtic Lands


Stateroom with Balcony


Luxury Underwater Observatory, (C) Ponant-Jacques Rougerie


Panoramic Restaurant


Sun Deck


Pool Area


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