Le Lapérouse christened in Iceland

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Le Lapérouse christened in Iceland

 Le Lapérouse, the latest luxury expedition cruise ship from PONANT, was christened by the godmother, Mrs. François Pinault, in the port of Hafnarfjörður, Iceland.

Le Lapérouse christened in Iceland

During a vibrant Breton-inspired ceremony - a nod to the origins of PONANT which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year - the Lann Bihoué Bagad’s bagpipes, Breton oboes and drums powerfully reverberated. Breton singer Bleuwenn Mevel gave an emotional acapella rendition of the Breton anthem while the poignant sound of Konan Mevel’s (from famous Breton band Tri Yann) bagpipe resonated at the prow of the ship as she was sailing off.

Lann Bihoué Bagad’s bagpipes celebrate the naming of Le Lapérouse

Another highlight of the day involved Le Lapérouse being greeted as she was sailing from Hafnarfjörður by Le Soléal, another Ponant ship, also positioned in Icelandic waters.

Blue Eye underwater lounge

Blue Eye on Le Lapérouse

Guests on board Le Lapérouse discovered the Blue Eye, a multi-sensorial underwater lounge located in the hull below sea level. In this  space, through the two portholes made in the shape of a cetacean eye, guests watched French free diving champion, Aurore Asso’s aquatic ballet.

With integrated digital screens projecting the live images captured by three underwater cameras, entirely non-intrusive underwater projectors allow the observation of the sea world without any risk for the ocean life. The Blue Eye also offers a unique sound experience. Captured by hydrophones, the natural symphony of the oceanic world is piped into the lounge and can be felt through the “Body Listening” sofas that vibrates discreetly by corporal resonance.

The PONANT Explorer ships

PONANT Explorer Series

The new ships are small ships, at 131 metres-long, with 92 cabins and suites all with balconies.  They combine exceptional comfort, a sleek line and start-of-the-art technology, and are designed to explore the most remote areas of the world with the upmost respect for the environment. With the new PONANT EXPLORERS series, PONANT, can not only offer an even wider range of destinations in the polar circles, but also in tropical and sub-tropical areas through new expedition programmes.

The fleet will be completed by 5 others sisterships from the PONANT EXPLORERS series, on which construction is under way: Le Champlain is set to depart on its maiden cruise in October 2018, Le Bougainville and Le Dumont-d’Urville will be delivered in 2019, and Le Bellot and Le Surville in 2020.

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