As it was previously announced on March 15, the Norwegian subsidiary of Fincantieri, Vard Holdings Ltd., will build four new cruise ships (184-guest exploration yachts) outfitted with environmental preservation technology for Ponant. 


Each of the 10,000 GT ships will be 128 m (420 ft) long and 18 m (59 ft) at the beam. They will carry 110 crew members and have 92 cabins. The exterior will be created by Sterling Design International, with interiors designed by Jean-Philippe Nuel, who plans to give natural "ethnic chic" looks to the newbuilds inspired by earthy materials. The delivery dates are scheduled from 2018 summer to 2019 summer.

A number of exciting features are on the way to Australian waters onboard the four brand new small ships. One of these four yachts will head directly for Australia upon her launch, debuting in Kimberley region in mid-2018.