Le Commandant Charcot, The World’s First & Only Luxury Icebreaker

Posted June 5, 2022 in Travel by Eileen Lopez

Le Commandant Charcot—the world’s first and only luxury icebreaker—takes you to places few have visited and where even fewer ships can venture. Imagine sailing the frozen waters of the Saint Lawrence Seaway, searching for newborn whitecoats (baby harp seals) in the Magdalen Islands, the only place in the world where you can observe this unique scene. Envision embarking on an expedition of epic proportions on a Polar Skiing trek where you’ll spend two days and one night—accompanied by Inuit guides—camping in the heart of the Greenlandic ice. Dream of dipping below the Antarctica peninsula in early November—a time when few other ships are capable of visiting—to truly walk in the footsteps of the great explorers and observe awe-inspiring wildlife and landscapes.

Equipped with 123 suites and staterooms with private balconies or terraces, Le Commandant Charcot provides a rare and exceptional ambiance for every passenger welcomed onboard and reinforces the feeling and sense of sailing on a private yacht. Unwind in the Blue Lagoon—an outdoor pool heated using recycled energy from the ship—and watch as the sublime landscapes never seem to fade into the background; relax in the Observation Lounge, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows that truly bring the outside in; take a stroll on the Promenade Deck—complete with heated benches—and search for wildlife using Swarovski Optik telescopes; or dine on the impeccable fare at Nuna, the one and only Alain Ducasse gourmet restaurant at sea, which features a menu dreamed up by the Michelin-starred chef himself. Each of the common areas has been designed to convey both French-style discreet luxury and arouse wonder and amazement.

Onboard, on land, on the sea or on the ice, enjoy a range of unique, intense, and authentically immersive experiences amidst the quasi-hypnotic power of the polar worlds. Visit the Ittoqqortoormiit region of Greenland and experience dog sledding firsthand, a tradition still part of the daily lives of the Inuit populations; sample freshly caught rockfish at Lake Bai, Saguenay, where each winter, hundreds of colorful huts set up on the frozen waters to practice traditional ice fishing; or get closer to the ice by joining in kayak paddles, sightseeing excursions in zodiac inflatable boats, or maybe even pluck up the courage to participate in the infamous polar plunge.

No matter where in the world Le Commandant Charcot sails, be prepared for polar adventures filled with adrenaline, wonder, and awe while traveling in absolute comfort onboard a luxurious ship built for the extremes.

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