Compagnie du Ponant Commissions New Yacht

Compagnie du Ponant commissioned another new yacht from the Italian Fincantieri shipyard. Due to launch in spring 2015, this latest vessel joins a fleet of four boutique cruise yachts all flying the French flag:  Le Ponant (32 staterooms), Le Boreal, L’Austral and Le Soleal (132 staterooms and suites). She will be cruising the shores of Alaska in the summer and Australia and New Zealand in winter.

Like her sister ships Le Boreal (2010), L’Austral (2011) and Le Soleal (inaugurated this year on June 29 in Venice), the vessel will qualify for the “Clean Ship” label and embody the concept of Yacht Cruises as conceived by Compagnie Du Ponant.

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 in the Polar cruise market in the Arctic and Antarctic, Compagnie Du Ponant carries 20,000 passengers a year, with revenue topping $111 million in 2012. 

After the excellent work achieved on the previous three yachts, the Fincantieri shipyard has been entrusted with building this fourth sister ship. 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 Boreal, L’Austral and Le Soleal.

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