New ship for Compagnie du Ponant

r expedition specialist, Compagnie du Ponant has commissioned another new yacht from the Italian Fincantieri shipyard.

Due to launch in spring 2015, this vessel will be the fifth in the fleet joining Le Ponant, LE Boreal, L’Austral and Le Soleal.

The ship will cruise the shores of Alaska in summer and Australia and New Zealand in winter.

Chief executive Jean-Emmanuel Sauvee said: “Specifically tailored to what our passengers seek, these intimate ships with their innovative design allow us to explore exceptional destinations in the most extreme regions, while enjoying a level of comfort that is second-to-none.

“This order is another step towards the future that proves the efficacy of our business model.

“It is a business model fully supported by Bridgepoint, which bought Compagnie du Ponant in September 2012 and has confirmed its confidence in the product by investing in this new ship.”

The ship will have 132 staterooms and suites - the same as three of the other four - will be designed by French interior architect Jean-Philippe Nuel.

The line carries approximately 20,000 passengers a year, predominantly from French speaking countries, and is number one in the polar crui