The world's first luxury icebreaker cruise ship

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Reach the Geographic North Pole, complete an Arctic Ocean crossing, discover Greenland’s extreme North East, or probe the icy wilderness of Antarctica…beginning in 2021, PONANT will be taking passengers in the footsteps of the great polar explorers aboard the newest addition to the fleet.

With a refined onboard ambiance and luxury services—never before available in the far extremes of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres—with this new vessel PONANT provides more than just conventional cruises, but true polar odyssey expeditions.

Sustainable development at the heart of its design

The first ever PC2 Polar Class luxury cruise ship, this hybrid electric icebreaker is powered by Liquified Natural Gas—cutting edge technology that makes PONANT a pioneer in environmental protection.

The Icebreaker features Perfected “Clean Ship” fittings that go beyond

the current industry-standard environmental regulations:

Reduction of SO2, NOX, CO2 and particle emissions thanks to the use of LNG

Zero emissions when in electric hybrid mode

Use of advanced diesel engine technology

Compliance with new IMO (International Maritime Organization) 2020 regulation on Sulphur emission levels

Compliance with ECA requirements (Emission Control Area)

Energy management

Energy optimisation system that precisely measures consumptions and optimisation of ship sailing methods

Waste Heat Recovery System

Electric output optimised and consumption reduced through the use of latest generation electric batteries

Water treatment

Advanced Waste Water Treatment system

Absolutely brand-new itineraries designed by ponant’s research and development department

Drawing on more than two decades of experience in sensitive regions, PONANT is the only cruise company in the world to design its future itineraries in-house, with its own expedition teams. Thanks to exploratory visits, Environmental Impact Assessments and the protocols developed by the company, the itineraries of the PONANT Icebreaker will be established with the greatest respect for the environment.

Technological prowess to service the ultimate polar adventure


The PC2 Polar Class hull of the PONANT Icebreaker was designed with Aker Arctic to combine forward sailing modes through compact ice and reverse sailing in extreme ice conditions, thank to the Double Action principle (Aker Arctic DAS™). With its innovative design, the PONANT Icebreaker offers unrivalled ice performances compared with classic icebreakers.

The world's first luxury icebreaker cruise ship

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