PONANT Takes Delivery of Le Bougainville

The Third Ship in the PONANT EXPLORER Series


April 8, 2019 – PONANT, the world leader in luxury expeditions, is pleased to announce the arrival of Le Bougainville, its third ship in the PONANT EXPLORERS series and the eighth vessel in its fleet.

On April 5, PONANT successfully took delivery Le Bougainville, the third vessel in its exceptional PONANT EXPLORERS series, as per the agreed schedule. Le Bougainville left Søvik, Norway this morning, April 8 and will reach Malaga, Spain on April 15 for the start of her maiden cruise. The official inauguration will take place on June 4.

“A dream, firm beliefs, energy and boldness were what created PONANT. It is by drawing on those roots and our expertise that PONANT is preparing today to meet the challenges of tomorrow, to surprise and delight our guests. I wanted the ships in the PONANT EXPLORERS series to embody the very best in expedition cruise. Le Bougainville is the incarnation of that,” said Jean Emmanuel Sauvée, CEO and co-founder of PONANT.

Bougainville_Essais en mer ©PONANT Philip Plisson

As with its sisterships, Le Bougainville will feature just 92 staterooms and suites, all with a balcony or private terrace, and a refined design with taut, sleek lines and cutting-edge technologies with respect to the environment.

It is also fitted with the world’s first “Blue Eye” lounge. This multi-sensorial underwater salon allows guests to discover and experience the underwater world via two portholes in the form of a cetaceous eye looking out on to the sea bed. The lounge also features non-intrusive underwater lighting, hydrophones integrated into the keel to transmit the natural symphony of the deep water, and body-listening sofas that offer a unique sensorial listening experience by corporal resonance.

Adding to the existing fleet (Le PonantLe Boréal, L’AustralLe Soléal, and Le Lyrial), the development of the new PONANT ships is on schedule per the construction timetable.


  • Le Lapérouse– June 2018
  • Le Champlain– October 2018
  • Le Bougainville– April 2019
  • Le Dumont-d’Urville– August 2019
  • Le Bellot– scheduled for April 2020
  • Le Jacques Cartier– scheduled for July 2020
  • Le Commandant Charcot– scheduled for May 2021