PONANT’s Le Commandant Charcot Reaches Geographic North Pole First Time

Courtesy PONANT: Le Commandant Charcot, PONANT’s first hybrid electric polar exploration ship, reached the geographic North Pole on September 6 at 10:38am – a first for a French ship. Captain Etienne Garcia was at the helm, with Captain Marchesseau at his side. This is the first French ship to reach the North Pole (90,00,000°) – and is also the very first LNG-propelled ship to reach that destination.

“I am hugely proud to have been at the helm of the very first French ship to reach the geographic north pole, it is the ultimate achievement of a collective adventure started by PONANT many years ago. I am very grateful to the crew and all the staff on board that have contributed to making this possible,” said Captain Etienne Garcia.


Created in 1988 by officers of the French Merchant Navy, PONANT has created a new style of cruising, under the French flag, through a unique conception of sea travel and a commitment to promoting sustainable and responsible tourism. Accessing exceptional territories aboard yachts featuring refined?design, on which the art of living and excellent cuisine takes pride of place: such is the promise of a unique and authentic PONANT voyage.

PONANT’s worldwide itineraries journey to the Arctic and Antarctica, as well as in the Atlantic and North Europe, Asia, Mediterranean, Indian Ocean, Eastern Asia, Oceania, and Central and South America.

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PONANT Cruises
Le Bellot (Expedition)
Le Boreal
Le Bougainville
Le Champlain
Le Commandant Charcot
Le Dumont-D’Urville
Le Jacques Cartier (Expedition)
Le Laperouse
Le Lyrial
Le Soleal

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