Le Bellot

Le Bellot current position

Le Bellot current location is at East Africa (coordinates -4.24545 S / 55.70095 E) cruising at speed of 10.6 kn (20 kph/ 12 mph) en route to CURIEUSE ISLAND. The AIS position was reported 34 minutes ago.

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Current itinerary of Le Bellot

Le Bellot current cruise is 12 days, round-trip 12 Night Secret Seychelles islands Cruise. Prices start from USD 8116 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 26 Nov, 2021 and ends on 08 Dec, 2021.

Date / TimePort
26 Nov 23:00    Departing from Mahe Island, Victoria, Seychelles hotels
27 Nov    Curieuse Island, Seychelles
28 Nov    Praslin Island, Seychelles
28 Nov    Aride Island, Seychelles
29 Nov    Poivre Islands Seychelles
30 Nov    Alphonse Island, Seychelles
02 Dec    Assumption Island, Seychelles
03 Dec    Cosmoledo Atoll, Seychelles
04 Dec    Astove Island Seychelles
06 Dec    Desroches Island, Seychelles
07 Dec    La Digue Island, Seychelles
08 Dec    Arriving in Mahe Island, Victoria, Seychelles hotels

Specifications of Le Bellot

Year built2020  /  Age: 1
Flag state Wallis and Futuna
BuilderVARD shipyards (Tulcea Romania and Soviknes-Alesund Norway)
ClassPonant Explorers (ice-strengthened expedition mega-yacht)
Building costUSD 150 million (EUR 136 million)
OwnerGroupe Artemis (Financiere Pinault)
OperatorCompagnie du Ponant Cruises
Speed15 kn / 28 kph / 17 mph
Length (LOA)131 m / 430 ft
Beam (width)18 m / 59 ft
Gross Tonnage10700 gt
Passengers184 - 264
Crew112
Decks7
Cabins92
Decks with cabins4
Sister-shipsLe Bougainville, Le Champlain, Le Laperouse, Le Dumont d'Urville (Kerguelen), Le Jacques Cartier (Surville)
Christened bytba

Le Bellot Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2021 Nov 18 8 days, round-trip 8 Night The Essential Seychelles Cruise Mahe Island $5351
2021 Nov 26 12 days, round-trip 12 Night Secret Seychelles islands Cruise Mahe Island $8116
2021 Dec 08 8 days, round-trip 8 Night The Essential Seychelles Cruise Mahe Island $4570
2021 Dec 16 10 days, one-way from Mahe Island to Mesali Mahe Island $8051
2021 Dec 28 12 days, one-way from Zanzibar to Mahe Island Zanzibar $8515
2022 Jan 09 12 days, one-way from Mahe Island to Colombo Mahe Island $5753
2022 Jan 21 8 days, one-way from Colombo to Mumbai Colombo $4077
2022 Jan 31 11 days, one-way from Mumbai to Chennai Mumbai $5398
2022 Feb 11 11 days, one-way from Chennai to Mumbai Chennai $5406
2022 Feb 24 8 days, one-way from Mumbai to Colombo Mumbai $4078
2022 Mar 14 11 days, one-way from Port Louis to Nosy Komba Island Port Louis $10593
2022 May 01 11 days, one-way from Valletta to Lisbon Valletta $5272
2022 Jun 06 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Iceland Voyage Land of Fire and Ice with Smithsonian Journeys Cruise Reykjavik $6341
2022 Jun 13 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Icelandic Mosaic Cruise Reykjavik $18207
2022 Jun 20 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Icelandic Mosaic Cruise Reykjavik $16575
2022 Aug 01 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Icelandic Mosaic Cruise Reykjavik $7585
2022 Aug 08 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Iceland Voyage Land of Fire and Ice with Smithsonian Journeys Cruise Reykjavik $7302
2022 Aug 15 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Icelandic Mosaic Cruise Reykjavik $6525
2022 Aug 22 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Icelandic Mosaic Cruise Reykjavik $5612
2022 Aug 29 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Icelandic Mosaic Cruise Reykjavik $6178
2022 Sep 05 9 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Saguenay Fjord Reykjavik $9350
2022 Sep 18 5 days, one-way from Toronto to Sault Ste Marie Toronto $6767
2022 Oct 16 11 days, one-way from Toronto to Lunenburg NS Toronto $9710
2022 Nov 22 13 days, one-way from Fort-de-France to Cozumel Fort-de-France $6180
2022 Dec 06 8 days, one-way from Cozumel to Belize City Cozumel $5133
2022 Dec 16 9 days, one-way from Cozumel to Belize City Cozumel $4885
2023 Jan 05 9 days, one-way from Cozumel to Colon Cozumel $4265
2023 Feb 25 10 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas Colon $5680
2023 Mar 07 10 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon Puntarenas $5290
2023 Mar 17 9 days, one-way from Colon to Mayreau Island Colon $5514
2023 Jun 04 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Icelandic Mosaic Cruise Reykjavik $4931
2023 Jun 11 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Icelandic Mosaic Cruise Reykjavik $4935
2023 Aug 06 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Icelandic Mosaic Cruise Reykjavik $4947
2023 Aug 13 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Icelandic Mosaic Cruise Reykjavik
2023 Aug 20 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Icelandic Mosaic Cruise Reykjavik $4931
2023 Aug 27 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Icelandic Mosaic Cruise Reykjavik $4941
2023 Sep 03 14 days, one-way from Reykjavik to St Lawrence Seaway Reykjavik $7475
2023 Oct 16 11 days, one-way from Toronto to Lunenburg NS Toronto $9298

Le Bellot Review

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The 2020-built MS Le Bellot cruise ship is the 5th of all six Ponant-owned polar expedition vessels. Advertised as "expedition yachts", of the same "Explorer-class" series are also the sisterships Le Champlain (2018), Le Laperouse (2018), Le Bougainville (2019), Le Dumont d'Urville (fka Le Kerguelen) (2019) and Le Jacques Cartier (fka Le Surville) (2020) - all named after famous French sea explorers.

The vessel (IMO number 9852418) is currently France-flagged (MMSI 578001500) and registered in Mata-Utu/Wallis and Futuna.

History - construction and ownership

Compagnie du Ponant (CDP) is a French cruise shipping company founded in April 1988 by former French Merchant Navy officers. All Ponant ships are France-flagged. The company specializes in premium adventure cruise travel targeting the French-speaking source market with all-inclusive deals. Most of CDP's fleet is based in Antarctica (December through March). All these mega-yachts offer modern amenities, premium service by highly-trained staff and crew, 5-star hotel amenities onboard. Exotic, offbeat itineraries visit popular travel destinations worldwide, including Caribbean, Baltic, Mediterranean, Southeast Asia, South America, Australia.

(Ponant) Le Bellot cruise ship

On March 15, 2016, a shipbuilding agreement was signed with Vard Holdings Ltd (Norwegian subsidiary of the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri) to build four 184-passenger Explorer-class ships (scheduled deliveries in 2018-2019). With this deal, VARD Norway entered the cruise shipbuilding market.

On March 6, 2018, CDP signed with VARD two additional shipbuilding orders (scheduled deliveries in 2020), which resulted in a 12-ship fleet (by the end of 2021).

Ponant Cruises new ship design

Each of Ponant's 10,000 GT new superyachts has LOA length 131 m (430 ft), width 18 m (59 ft), capacity 184 passengers (plus 110 crew), 7 decks, 92 passenger cabins (on 4 decks), aft-located Sundeck (with swimming pool) and retractable Marina Platform (for deploying water sports equipment), its own fleet of Zodiacs (large speedboats used for passenger tendering and landings in remote locations). The exterior design was created by the French company Stirling Design International (SDI). The yacht's interior was designed by Jean-Philippe Nuel.

Decks and Cabins

Ponant Le Bellot staterooms (92 total, in 9 categories) include 40 Balcony cabins (205 ft2 / 19 m2 plus 45 ft2 / 4 m2 step-out veranda). The largest is the 2-Room Owners Suite (485 ft2 / 45 m2 plus 320 ft2 / 30 m2 terrace)). Each of the staterooms features a private balcony (with luxury lounge furniture - 1 table, 2 rattan chairs) and 5-star hotel amenities, including smart HDTV, DVD-CD player, minibar, King-size bed, contemporary furniture.

All suite categories have bathrooms with a sliding panel (in the shower room) revealing a glass wall for unobstructed seaviews. The largest staterooms (Owners and Grand Deluxe Suites/aft on decks 5 and 6) are two-room accommodations with bedroom (King bed), master bathroom (Balneo bathtub, dual-sink vanity), guest bathroom, separate lounge room (double sofabed), dining area (4-seat table), private balcony (dual access). Prestige are also two-room suites, each with 2 bathrooms (separate WC/sink, one with shower, master bathroom with bathtub), 2 dressing rooms, lounge room (double sofabed), double-width veranda.

The boat has 7 decks, of which 6 passenger-accessible and 4 with cabins.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

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  • The outdoor dining area (Lido Grill, located aft on deck 3) has capacity 70 seats. This alfresco restaurant serves grilled meats, along with various salads and desserts.
  • Aft of deck 4 is the 260 m2 (2800 ft2) sized Restaurant with floor-ceiling windows and single-seating capacity. The Restaurant opens onto an outside terrace and offers several buffet stations for breakfast and lunch. The staff provides table service for hot meals.
  • Most diets can be catered. Special dietary requests must be made in advance.
  • At the Restaurant (aft on deck 4), breakfasts and lunches are buffet-style, while the 4-course (a la carte) dinners are waiter-served. Weather permitting, meals can be also served outdoor (on the aft-located deck terrace).
  • Afternoon Tea service is available in the Panoramic Lounge (forward on deck 6). Coffee and tea are complimentary and available 24-hours a day.

Ponant Cruises new ship design

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

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  • The Marina (water sports platform; offers mostly swimming; it is used only when the ship is anchored and the sea is calm)
  • Le Bellot Atrium (2-deck high open-floor area; features a chandelier with Swarovski crystals)
  • Main Lounge (200 m2 /2153 ft2, with large-size, LED screen and floor-ceiling windows; offers early breakfast, specialty teas and coffees, Afternoon Tea complemented with gourmet cookies and fine chocolates; evening entertainment features live performances by resident singer and pianist and an art auction, once per CDP cruise; the outdoor aft terrace is the only smoking area on board)
  • Boutique Shop (40 m2 /430 ft2, designer clothing, luxury jewelry, Ponant logo merchandise, special occasion gifts)
  • Theatre (188-seat main show lounge for music and dance shows)
  • Wellness Centre (Spa, Balneo Room, Hammam, Massage Room, Beauty Corner, Hair Salon, Shower Room, Relaxation Room, a spacious terrace)
  • The Fitness (gym room with panoramic windows)
  • Leisure Area (has a small kids playroom, Photo Gallery and Internet stations)
  • Image and Photo Desk
  • Swimming pool's sunbathing area (with luxury loungers)
  • Panoramic Lounge and Bar (with an Internet corner, grand piano, Library, Panoramic Terrace (served by an outdoor Bar) is the ship's nightclub/disco)
  • Blue Eye Lounge is located below the waterline (within the hull) and features 2 giant curved porthole windows shaped as cetacean eyes. Live footage of the surrounding marine life is projected onto digital screens which 'wallpaper' the room.
  • Sun Deck (open-air sunbathing area, with bar, luxury loungers, padded chairs, showers, deck games - Shuffleboard, Golf Driving Net, 9-hole Mini-Golf)
  • Zodiacs (inflatable boats).

Stairs and elevators connect all decks. The Navigation Bridge has an open-bridge policy. It is available to visit throughout the day, but contingent upon weather conditions and security.

Doctor's Office (Infirmary) with 24-hour duty service is also available, as well as laundry services (no dry-cleaning) and Wi-Fi access (throughout). Smoking on the ship is allowed only on outdoor decks.

(Ponant) Le Bellot cruise ship

"Blue Eye" underwater lounge on the new Ponant yachts

World's first ever underwater cruise ship lounge was designed for Ponant's new series of 6 Explorer-class yachts. The unique venue (named "Blue Eye") features vibrating sofas and an innovative sound system to capture sea acoustics.

 
  • The "Blue Eye Lounge" is located 2-3 m (6,5-10 ft) below water level and is integrated into the ship's hull. Underwater views are via giant curved portholes - cetacean eye-shaped windows (1,6 x 3,4 m / 5 x 11 ft).
  • Live footage of the surrounding marine life is projected onto digital screens which "wallpaper" the room.
  • Sound, transmitted through hydrophones, is captured across a 5 km (3 mi) radius of the ship. The high-tech lounge is fitted with "body listening sofas" vibrating discreetly to allow passengers to experience the ocean rhythms.
  • Non-intrusive underwater projectors allow observing marine life from the ship's outdoor decks and the cruise cabin balconies.

The 7-deck ships also feature a resistance swimming pool (aka "infinity pool"), spacious sundeck and 3-position aft marina platform.

Itineraries

MS Le Bellot cruise itinerary program (like for the other Explorer-class yachts) offers unique itineraries to offbeat port and island destinations around the world, including Caribbean, Europe (Baltic and Mediterranean), East Asia, Australia, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean islands (Oceania), Canadian Arctic, Brazil Amazon (Orinoco River), South America and Antarctica. On each voyage, passengers enjoy professional lectures and media presentations, led by the ship's naturalists and themed on the regional wildlife and local cultures.

December through March each year, most of the CDP fleet is deployed in polar regions (Arctic and Antarctica).

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The shipbuilder VARD (a subsidiary of Fincantieri) constructed the vessel (hull and superstructure) at the shipyard in Tulcea Romania. Then it was towed to VARD Soviknes Shipyard (Alesund Norway) for outfitting.

Ponant Le Bellot's hull number is 889. The vessel is France-flagged (MMSI 578001500).

Ponant's new cruise ship series as design features ice-strengthened hull and top-notch marine expedition vessel technologies. Among those is the long-range 3D sonar "FarSounder 1000". The device is forward-looking (installed in the ship's bow) and integrated into the vessel's bridge navigation system. The sonar allows it to maneuver through icy waters, showing and mapping approaching hazards, such as icebergs or shallow coral reefs.

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