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Le Commandant Charcot, Expedition to Charcot & Peter I Islands ex Ushuaia Return

14 Night Cruise Only


Cruise Itinerary
Date Port Arrive Depart
2 Feb 2022 Ushuaia, Argentina 6:00 PM
3 Feb 2022 Drake Passage
4 Feb 2022 Drake Passage
5 Feb 2022 The Antarctic Circle
5 Feb 2022 Detaille Island, Antarctica
6 Feb 2022 The Gullett, Antarctica
6 Feb 2022 Pourquoi Pas Island, Antarctica
7 Feb 2022 Marguerite Bay, Antarctica
8 Feb 2022 Charcot Island, Antarctica
9 Feb 2022 Charcot Island, Antarctica
10 Feb 2022 Peter I Island, Antarctica
11 Feb 2022 Peter I Island, Antarctica
12 Feb 2022 Onboard
13 Feb 2022 The Gullett, Antarctica
14 Feb 2022 Drake Passage
15 Feb 2022 Drake Passage
16 Feb 2022 Ushuaia, Argentina 8:00 AM
14 Night cruise sailing return from Ushuaia onboard Le Commandant Charcot.

Landing on Peter I Island is like landing on the moon!

In fact, fewer people have visited this small volcanic island located in the Bellingshausen Sea, 450 km from the Antarctic coastlines, than have set foot on lunar soil.

Discovered in February 1821, Peter I Island could only be approached for the first time in 1929, as the ice front made approach and disembarkation difficult. Its summit still remains untouched to this day.

This unusual itinerary will also provide an opportunity to approach Charcot Island, thus named by Captain Charcot in memory of his father during its discovery in 1910.

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 of this cruise:

Ushuaia, Argentina
Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel at the country's southernmost tip. Its colourful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike. Downtown, the End of the World Museum showcases Tierra del Fuego's natural and indigenous history. A ride on the heritage railway is an exciting excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park, while a cruise on Ushuaia Bay is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins.

Antarctic Peninsula
The Antarctic Peninsula is the northernmost part of the mainland of Antarctica, and almost the only part of that continent that extends outside the Antarctic Circle. It lies in the Western Hemisphere, facing South America. The peninsula is highly mountainous, its highest peaks rising to approximately 2,800 metres (9,186 feet). The Antarctic Peninsula is regarded by many visitors as being one of the most beautiful places on earth. Jagged mountain peaks clad in glaciers flowing sometimes down to the sea and sometimes spilling into mid air from an altitude of hundreds of feet or more. Attractions include giant icebergs, penguins, seals, whales, pack ice, sea birds and more.

Drake Passage
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 Antarctica. 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.

Marguerite Bay
The icebergs are each more majestic than the next and scattered around the deep and intense blue waters of Marguerite Bay, one of the most beautiful regions in the Antarctic. It is delimited in the north by the mountainous Adelaide Island, in the south by George VI Sound and Alexander Island, and in the east by the Fallières Coast. Charcot named it after his wife during his second expedition to the Antarctic between 1908 and 1910. In 1909, in the southern summer when the skies are at their clearest, he led an important scientific mission to map and study this region. The bay is home to a number of cetaceans and you may get the chance to observe leopard seals or Adelie penguins.

Pourquoi Pas Island
Le Commandant Charcot will land on the coast of Pourquoi Pas Island, so named in the 1930s by John Riddoch Rymill in honour of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, who discovered it from aboard his ship Le Pourquoi Pas ? during his second expedition to Antarctica between 1908 and 1910. This mountainous island, situated in the north of Marguerite Bay between Graham Land and Adelaide Island, is 28 km long and 14 km large. It is scattered with narrow fjords and snow-covered mountains. You will go to shore in a Zodiac® dinghy with your expedition team and you could get the chance to observe Adelie penguins going about their business on the island’s rocky shores.

Charcot Island
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.

Peter I Island
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.

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.


Ship Profile & Stats
  • Maiden voyage: 2021
  • Tonnage: 30,000 Gross Tonnes
  • Length: 150 metres
  • Passenger capacity (dbl): 270
  • Officer nationality: French
Ship Amenities
  • Individual Climate Control
  • Minibar
  • 24-hour room service
  • Flat screen satellite television
  • Video on demand
  • IPod™ docks
  • In Room Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins)
  • Direct Line Telephone
  • Internet access Wifi
Ship Facilities
  • Boutique
  • Image and Photo Desk
  • Reception / Concierge Desk
  • Main Lounge
  • Cigar Lounge
  • Bar
  • Panoramic Bar
  • Panorama Lounge
  • Fitness Room
  • Hair Salon
  • Massage Rooms
  • Sauna
  • Snow Room
  • Nail Shop
  • Indoor Pool and Winter Garden
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Theatre and Conference Room
  • Library
  • Medical Centre
  • Gastronomic Restaurant
  • Grill Restaurant
  • Spa
EXPERIENCE CRUISING ANOTHER WAY, DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF YACHT CRUISES.

Our mission is to transport you to mythical destinations and secret ports only accessible to small capacity ships.

To offer the delights of a French-inspired cuisine in an intimate environment - a discreet service where no attention to detail is spared - and unforgettable moments of relaxation on board elegant yachts of character.

To combine sophistication and conviviality, with priority given to authentic experiences, emotions and the ongoing quest for excellence.

Yacht cruises: more than a cruise, a privilege...

Attentive, professional, discreet and elegant, the fully bilingual service on board will meet your every desire. Our unique atmosphere is filled with a signature sentiment: a warm welcome from an experienced crew who are passionate about what they do, in the tradition of private yachting.

In the dining areas, our gourmet cuisine is worthy of top fine dining restaurants: exquisite wines are available, and menus are created with expertise by our skilled chefs with a French-inspired menu enhanced by specialties from our various ports of call.

Pleasure, enrichment, discovery: relax - we take care of everything...

Deck 5

Deck 6

Deck 7

Deck 8

Deck 9

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 Wifi.

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 Wifi.

Privilege Suite Deck 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 Wifi.

Privilege Suite Deck 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 Wifi.

Prestige Suite Deck 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 Wifi.

Prestige Suite Deck 7
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.

Privilege Stateroom Deck 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 Wifi.

Privilege Stateroom Deck 7
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.

Privilege Stateroom Deck 6
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.

Prestige Stateroom Deck 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 Wifi.

Prestige Stateroom Deck 7
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.

Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
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.
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