Rate : Prestige Stateroom Deck 6 from $19,520

Exceptional 13-Day Expedition Cruise

Limited Cabins on Offer

The Weddell Sea & Larsen Ice Shelf on Le Commandant-Charcot


Cruise ID 38468
Book By 02Dec21
Embarkation Ushuaia, Argentina
Disembarkation Ushuaia, Argentina
Multiple Departures 02Dec21, 13Mar22, 24Mar22
Duration 12 nights
Arrival Dates Multiple arrivals from 14Dec21 to 05Apr22
Region Antarctica
Cruise Line Ponant
Cruise Ship Le Commandant-Charcot
Cruise Type Ocean
Cruise Package Type Fly-Cruise
Ports of Call Ushuaia, South Shetland Islands, North Antarctic Peninsula, The Weddell Sea, Ushuaia

Insurmountable, extreme and captivating: this is the best way to describe the Weddell Sea, mostly frozen by a thick and compressed ice floe. It is a challenge and a privilege to sail on it, with its promise of exceptional landscapes and original encounters.

As you advance across this immense polar expanse, you will enter an infinite ice desert, a world of silence where there is nothing but calm and serenity.

To the northwest of the Weddell Sea, stretching along the eastern coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, stands an imposing ice shelf known as the Larsen Ice Shelf. An extension of the ice sheet onto the sea, this white giant is equally disturbing and fascinating, if only due to its colossal dimensions and the impressive table top icebergs – amongst the largest ever seen – that it generates.

This voyage will be an opportunity to come as close as possible to the Weddell Sea, a real refuge for wildlife.

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.


Highlights
  • Sail into the heart of the ice of the Weddell Sea, discovering the impressive Larsen Ice Shelf and its immense table top icebergs.
  • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables.
  • Lectures and information sessions hosted by our naturalist-guides.
  • Landscapes: alpine landscapes, table top icebergs, glaciers, ice floes.
  • Wildlife: Weddell seals, crabeater seals and leopard seals, Adelie penguins, humpback whales, sea birds.
  • Many included activities: Hovercraft, hot air balloon, snowmobiles.
  • Drinks are complimentary and unlimited.
  • Choose from a selection of fine wines, champagnes, spirits, mineral waters and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • You maybe eligible to earn Qantas frequent flyer points with this purchase.
Important Terms
  • Prices are based on best available cruise fare per person, inclusive of all discounts.
  • All prices based on cash or cheque payment - credit card fees may apply.
  • Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply.

Cabin Name
Price per person twin share from
Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
$19,520
Book
Prestige Stateroom Deck 7
$19,860
Book
Prestige Stateroom Deck 8
$20,180
Book
Privilege Stateroom Deck 6
$23,680
Book
Privilege Stateroom Deck 7
$24,520
Book
Privilege Stateroom Deck 8
$25,350
Book
Prestige Suite Deck 7
$32,000
Book
Prestige Suite Deck 8
$32,830
Book
Privilege Suite Deck 8
$34,490
Book
Privilege Suite Deck 6
$34,490
Book
Suite Duplex
$47,800
Book
Owner's Suite
$76,290
Book

* All prices quoted are PER PERSON in Australian Dollars and include taxes, fees and port expenses (if applicable). All prices quoted are for the cruise departing on 24Mar22. Prices for alternative departure dates may vary.

 

Included In Your Cruise

Overnight in Santiago + flight Santiago/Ushuaia + transfers + flight Ushuaia/Santiago

 

For your serenity, PONANT has organized the following included programme for you, which starts the day prior to embarkation.

 

The day before embarkation – Santiago

Transfer from airport to PONANT selected hotel.

In order to organize your transfer, please inform our travel specialists 60 days before departure:

– your flight number as well as your arrival time and day

OR

– your chosen pick-up location if not at the airport, within a 50-kilometer range of Santiago city centre

Meet and greet at the hotel by our local representative. Check-in from late morning.

Lunch on your own and time at leisure in the afternoon.

Dinner.

Overnight at the hotel.

 

Embarkation Day – Santiago/Ushuaia

A light morning breakfast will be served before leaving for the airport for your Santiago/Ushuaia flight.

Transfer to the airport.

Flight Santiago/Ushuaia selected by PONANT in economy class.

Seats in business class may be available, please speak to our travel specialists.

Approximate flight duration: 3 hours

Meet and greet at Ushuaia airport (English-speaking assistance).

Transfer to Le Commandant-Charcot.

Embarkation.

– Cruise on board your ship

 

Disembarkation Day – Ushuaia/Santiago

Disembarkation.

Meet and greet at the port (English-speaking assistance).

Transfer to the airport in time for check-in of the flight Ushuaia/Santiago selected by PONANT in economy class.

Approximate flight duration: 3 hours

Seats in business class may be available, please speak to our travel specialists.

It is highly recommended to have an international inbound flight the day after PONANT selected flight.

 

Your programme includes:

  • Transfer from airport upon flight arrival or from your chosen pick-up location within a 50-kilometer range from Santiago city centre.
  • 1-night accommodation in a 5* hotel the night before embarkation.

Your hotel will be confirmed few weeks before your cruise.

  • Early check-in available from late morning.
  • Hospitality desk at the hotel in Santiago.
  • Return flight Santiago/Ushuaia/Santiago selected by PONANT, in economy class.

Seats in business class may be available, please speak to our travel specialists.

  • Meals as mentioned in the programme and beverage package.
  • Transfers as mentioned in the programme.

Your programme does not include:

  • Tips for the local guide.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Other meals and services not mentioned in the programme.

 

Please note:

  • The local currency is the Chilean Peso. You will be able to make most of your purchases in USD (in small denominations) or by credit card, accepted in most hotels, shopping centres and boutiques. You will also be able to retrieve Pesos from the ATM’s.
  • Summer season in Santiago: temperatures may be very hot, but often between 68 °F (20 °C) and 95 °F (35 °C).
  • Summer season in Ushuaia: temperatures vary between 41 °F (5 °C) and 65 °F (15 °C)
  • We recommend you wear warm clothing and comfortable walking shoes.

If case PONANT has not received your full flight details, services start at the hotel in time for check-in.

Programme is subject to change.

To know your PONANT flight schedule, please speak to our travel specialists; it is also indicated on your electronic ticket included in your travel documents.

*Rates are subject to availability and changes without notice. Rate are based on the lowest available and may differ at time of booking. Other travel dates may be available at an additional cost.
For more information and other conditions please confirm with our Travel Specialists at time of booking.



25 MARCH 2022 USHUAIA

Embarkation 25/3/2022 from 16h00 to 17h00
Departure 25/3/2022 at 18h00

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…

26 MARCH 2022 – 27 MARCH 2022 CROSSING THE DRAKE PASSAGE

Arrival 26/3/2022
Departure 27/3/2022

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.

28 MARCH 2022 SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS

Arrival 28/3/2022
Departure 28/3/2022

On the edge of the Antarctic Peninsula, 120 km (70 miles) from the White Continent, the South Shetland Islands offer surreal and mysterious scenery. On these volcanic islands of dark rock, the landscapes alternate between long, jagged and snow-covered coast and large, gently sloping bays. These lunar and wild lands are home to important scientific research stations and a large number of animal species: chinstrap penguins, crabeater seals or Weddell seals, Antarctic terns, giant petrels and elephant seals have taken up residence here.

29 MARCH 2022 NORTH ANTARCTIC PENINSULA

Arrival 29/3/2022
Departure 29/3/2022

Throughout your time in the north of the Antarctic Peninsula, you will find yourself in the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. You will sail through the Antarctic Sound, named after Swedish explorer Otto Nordenskjöld’s ship, which was trapped by the ice during an important scientific expedition in 1902. The gateway to the Weddell Sea, this sound is filled with gigantic tabular icebergs and plates of sea ice drifting northward from the coastal areas of this vast sea. It is home to Adelie penguins and a great many leopard seals.

30 MARCH 2022 THE WEDDELL SEA

Arrival 30/3/2022
Departure 30/3/2022

Amidst the eerie stillness of the Weddell Sea, you’ll wend your way through a veritable labyrinth of dense ice floe and majestic table icebergs. Sweeping ice platforms sculpt a landscape unlike any other, populated by fur seals, penguins, wandering albatross and other imposing seabirds. The Weddell seal, king of this realm, will welcome you to his territory with a haunting cry that pierces the surrounding silence. You’ll recognise him by his dark grey coat and spotted belly. Weddell seals have the impressive distinction of being able to stay underwater for more than an hour.

31 MARCH 2022 – 1 APRIL 2022 SAILING TOWARD LARSEN ICE SHELF

Arrival 31/3/2022
Departure 1/4/2022

On the Weddell Sea, you will sail close to the gigantic Larsen ice shelves. These floating ice shelves help to prevent the erosion of the Antarctic ice sheet. Over the last fifty years, scientists have however observed regular collapses of these shelves, along giant cracks that can be several hundred kilometres long and deep. In 2017, a portion measuring more than 6,000 km2, so barely smaller than Corsica, had broken off the Larsen C ice shelf, forming one of the largest tabular icebergs in the world. This disintegration is believed to be due in part to global warming and melting sea ice.

2 APRIL 2022 THE WEDDELL SEA

Arrival 2/4/2022
Departure 2/4/2022

Amidst the eerie stillness of the Weddell Sea, you’ll wend your way through a veritable labyrinth of dense ice floe and majestic table icebergs. Sweeping ice platforms sculpt a landscape unlike any other, populated by fur seals, penguins, wandering albatross and other imposing seabirds. The Weddell seal, king of this realm, will welcome you to his territory with a haunting cry that pierces the surrounding silence. You’ll recognise him by his dark grey coat and spotted belly. Weddell seals have the impressive distinction of being able to stay underwater for more than an hour.

3 APRIL 2022 – 4 APRIL 2022 CROSSING THE DRAKE PASSAGE

Arrival 3/4/2022
Departure 4/4/2022

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.

5 APRIL 2022 USHUAIA

Arrival 5/4/2022 early morning
Disembarkation 5/4/2022 at 07h00

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…





Prestige Stateroom Deck 6, 7 & 8

 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 Wi-Fi



Privilege Stateroom Deck 6, 7 & 8

 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 Wi-Fi



Prestige Suite Deck 7 & 8

 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 Wi-Fi



Privilege Suite 6

 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 Wi-Fi



Privilege Suite 8

 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 Wi-Fi



Suite Duplex

 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 Wi-Fi



Owner’s Suite

 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 Wi-Fi


Le Commandant-Charcot

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 guest is unique.

 

Public Ares

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,
  • A 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®.

Le Commandant-Charcot


Ponant

Ponant is a French cruise ship operator. It was founded in April 1988 by Philippe Videau, Jean-Emmanuel Sauvé, and other officers of the French Merchant Navy and launched the first French cruise ship.