Northwest Passage 2021
Ponant's new Le Commandant Charcot EXPEDITION
We invite you to discover the most emblematic and the remotest sites of the mythical Northwest Passage, now accessible for the very first time onboard Le Commandant-Charcot.
Ponant’s Le Commandant Charcot is the first hybrid electric polar exploration ship. At the heart of this vast labyrinth of icy channels, you’ll explore the three main routes that allow the Northwest Passage to be crossed as you relive the polar adventures of previous generations of explorers.
Leaving from Reykjavik, sail along the south coast of Greenland, before reaching the Hudson Strait, named after the English sailor Henry Hudson, who mapped it for the first time in the early 17th Century.
You’ll chart a course towards the Fury and Hecla Strait, named after the ships of the explorer William Parry. Constantly covered in ice, this seawater channel, some 1,900 metres wide at its narrowest point, represents an impassable obstacle for most ships. When you enter the passage, you will have the privilege of visiting Igloolik, an Inuit village that was only discovered in 1822.
A little further on, the Bellot Strait will offer a unique sailing experience, in the midst of countless icebergs. Sail along Banks Island, famous for the wreck of HMS Investigator – the ship was tasked to search for Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition. Banks Island is also a national park, home to extremely rich fauna.
- Crossing the Northwest Passage to discover the most remote places and most emblematic waterways of this legendary maritime zone, now accessible onboard Le Commandant-Charcot.
- Outings and shore visits on Zodiacs® with naturalists
- Visit of a traditional Inuit village at the entrance to the Fury and Hecla Strait.
- Discover Aulavik National Park, renowned for the largest concentration of musk oxen in the world.
- Landscapes: vast expanses of ice floe, myriads of ‘jagged’ islands, blue-toned glaciers, mountain chains, expanses of tundra, vertiginous walls.
- Fauna: Arctic foxes, sea birds, narwhals, belugas, walruses and the possibility of seeing polar bears.
Departs 7 September 2021
- 24-night expedition including all meals and select onboard beverages
- Experienced naturalists, lecturers and guides
- Free Ponant parka
- Free polar boot rental
- All shore tours including zodiac outings
- Transfer from ship to airport
- Private Economy Class charter flight from Nome to Seattle
from: $42,280* pp twin
from: $75,320* solo
- 20 sq. m. including private balcony – Deck 6
from: $43,080* pp twin
- 20 sq. m. including private balcony – Deck 7
from: $43,880* pp twin
from: $78,290* solo
- 20 sq. m. including private balcony – Deck 8
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Northwest Passage 2021 - Le Commandant Charcot
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Your deposit amount will vary by grade of accommodation and will be due within 72 hours of booking confirmation. Offer is not combinable with other promotions, is capacity-controlled, subject to availability and may be withdrawn or changed at any time without notice. All fares are subject to the terms and conditions set out by Cruise Express and its suppliers which may be obtained at the time of confirmation. All fares and inclusions may be withdrawn at any time. Cruise Express reserves the right to correct any errors or omissions, and to cancel any product or service offered in the event of such error or omission. We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance at the time of paying your deposit. ITINERARY is subject to ice and weather conditions. The expedition highlights and itineraries described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Ship has a doctor on board and medical facilities. However, these cannot, under any circumstances, be compared to any medical structure on land. Given the remote areas in which you will be sailing for a number of days, safety requirements mean that Ponant are obliged to ask each passenger signing up for this program to provide, no more than 45 days before departure, a medical certificate from their GP, as well as the completed medical questionnaire received during registration.