Le Commandant Charcot

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492 feet
92 feet
33 feet
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Le Commandant Charcot is a sophisticated hybrid electric ship cruising Antarctica and the Arctic’s Poles with up to 270 guests (200 in Antarctica). Le Commandant Charcot’s cutting-edge technology, featuring a hybrid-electric engine powered by liquefied natural gas, make her a leader in sustainable polar expedition vessels. She offers the same luxury onboard service and modern atmosphere as other ships in her fleet, plus unique polar activities like ice fishing, among other options. Her scientific research laboratory is equipped for studying the ecosystems and biodiversity of the polar environments in which she explores. Named after Doctor Jean-Baptiste Charcot, an explorer and exceptional sailor, this expedition-ready lng ship was built at the Vard Group (Fincantieri) shipyard in Sovik, Norway, and first set sail in 2021.

Le Commandant Charcot Review

AdventureSmith Explorations’ Le Commandant Charcot review includes a detailed description of the small ship including deck plans and a photo gallery. Our expedition ship experts have been aboard nearly every small expedition ship in the polar regions. Please read our Le Commandant Charcot review below then contact our experts to compare Le Commandant Charcot with other Antarctica shipssmall cruise ships and polar expedition ships offering Antarctica cruises.

Choose Le Commandant Charcot for her innovative hybrid-electric engine; onboard laboratory with a weather and oceanographic recording station, plus the opportunity to learn from working scientists; and activity options including polar diving, ice fishing, kayaking and citizen science. This unique lng ship blends luxury, gastronomy, wellness, entertainment and active programming with a French-inspired flair while cruising through some of the farthest reaches of the globe. Plus, every stateroom or suite offers a private balcony or terrace, for exclusive moments. For these and many other reasons, Le Commandant Charcot is among our top choices for explorers seeking Antarctica luxury cruises.

Safety, Sustainability & Accessibility Aboard Le Commandant Charcot

Hybrid electric ship Le Commandant Charcot optimizes energy use with her unique mode of propulsion and cutting-edge technologies, including a large helipad. When in hybrid electric mode, Le Commandant Charcot produces zero emissions and significantly reduces noise. This lng ship is certified as a “Clean Ship” by Bureau Veritas, one of the world’s foremost stewards of ecologically sound travel. Her use of liquefied natural gas (lng) reduces particle emissions of sulphur oxide, fine particle emissions (by 95%), nitrogen oxide (by 85%) and carbon dioxide (by 25%). When running on lng, this ship can be autonomous for two months, and when navigating in electric mode, she can travel for two hours without producing any emissions or noise. The energy optimization system aboard improves her power output. Her digital navigation system reduces fuel consumption. And her advanced wastewater treatment system and waste heat recovery systems help recycle and reuse. See a full list of eco-features in this PDF.

Le Commandant Charcot’s design offers access to wheelchairs in all communal areas. Spaces are reserved for wheelchairs in the Theatre. The public toilets situated on deck 9 and deck 5 are wheelchair accessible. Two elevators connect all of the ship’s passenger decks. Portable ramps are provided at the thresholds to the main doors. Fire safety systems emit a sound and light signal for the hard of hearing. A braille translation is provided on each deck, at the entrances to all communal areas and public toilets. Lastly, three cabins are fitted specifically for people with reduced mobility.

Common Areas Aboard Le Commandant Charcot

Le Commandant Charcot features a contemporary, warm and elegant setting. Stone, wood and leather blend with fluid lines and lightly colored decor. The Lobby offers a continually-staffed concierge desk, plus an expeditions desk, photo area and shop with clothing, jewelry, beauty care products and other accessories. The Theater seats all guests at once and features state-of-the-art technology. The Main Lounge invites with comfortable furniture, a separate cigar lounge and a tea room and bar offering periodic live music. The Pool Deck features a novel indoor pool and heated Blue Lagoon Baths. The Panoramic Lounge invites guests to relax with a book from the library, plus a bar and observation lounge. A dedicated pre-expedition briefing room provides lockers and space to store and change into and out of outdoor gear. Finally, the ship’s infirmary is available 24 hours a day and is equipped to treat non-emergency matters. A doctor is available for a nominal fee.

Dining Aboard Le Commandant Charcot

Both of Le Commandant Charcot’s two restaurants invite guests to delight in a refined table and savor exceptional dishes prepared by a brigade of talented chefs who are driven by their passion for French culinary heritage. The menu features French and international cuisine and all meals are plated. A fine wine cellar rounds out the experience. The Panoramic Restaurant welcomes all guests to dine in elegance during one unassigned seating. The Blue Lagoon Restaurant, with its indoor and outdoor seating, offers a more relaxed atmosphere, with breakfasts, buffet lunches and themed dinners on offer.

Activities Aboard Le Commandant Charcot

Le Commandant Charcot creates daily opportunities for exploration, education, entertainment and refined leisure. A plethora of daily onboard activities engage passengers while the ship moves to its next stop for off-ship activity. Live music and dance performances, hosted wellness and movement classes, organized card games, photography workshops and tastings aim to keep guests engaged with the crew and each other.

The Wellness Center spa features massage and beauty care treatments, plus a hair salon and nail salon. All guests can enjoy complimentary access to the sauna and unique snow room that simulates time spent out in the polar environment. An onboard gym offers the latest elliptical trainers, treadmills, exercise bikes, weights and more.

Le Commandant Charcot is equipped with a fleet of 16 Zodiacs which comfortably transport guests to shore and allow for exceptional discoveries of polar wildlife and the surrounding coastal landscapes. This is an absolute must for exploratory excursions along coastlines or for accessing shallow water ports. Zodiac launches are conducted from a secure Zodiac hangar on either side of the ship.

Crew & Guides Aboard Le Commandant Charcot

Le Commandant Charcot’s flawlessly trained staff focus on guest comfort with discreet-yet-attentive service that has become legendary among discriminating travelers. Cruising aboard Le Commandant Charcot is enhanced by her sophisticated crew who help create the feeling of being aboard a private yacht. Multi-lingual guides offer lectures on various specialty topics throughout each departure.

Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard Le Commandant Charcot

All accommodations offer touches of luxury and plenty of room. Each stateroom or suite features the option of one king-size bed or two twin beds, individually-controlled air-conditioning, minibar, flat-screen satellite TV, Ipod™ players, on-demand video, a safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, a 110/220-volt outlet, French bath products, 24-hour room service, complimentary WiFi Internet access and added-fee satellite direct-line telephone. Laundry service is available for a fee.