French small-ship operator Ponant ordered the first in cruise industry luxury electric-hybrid icebreaking vessel with combined diesel and LNG (liquefied natural gas) powerplant. To be named Ponant Icebreaker, it is slated for delivery in Spring 2021.
With 135 staterooms, the French-flagged ship will be certified as an environmentally friendly "Clean Ship." It will allow Ponant to explore new polar destinations, including true geographic North Pole (90 degrees North Latitude) and remote spots like Peter Island, Ross Sea and Weddell Sea.
The PC2 Polar Class hull of PONANT Icebreaker will incorporate forward sailing modes through compact ice as well as reverse cruising in extreme ice conditions.
Of the 135 accommodations, 68 are suites with patio doors and private balconies. The icebreaker will also offer 2 panoramic restaurants, grill restaurant, spa and wellness center. Passengers will head out to explore through 2 helicopters and 16 Zodiacs carried onboard.
Following a public tender, Ponant appointed the Norwegian subsidiary of Fincantieri, Vard Holding Ltd., to build the new ship.