Ponant North Pole Cruises

Join a once-in-a-lifetime adventure and reach the geographic North Pole on the luxury icebreaker Le Commandant Charcot on a Ponant North Pole Cruise.

Introduction

Ponant North Pole cruises offer a way to experience the most northerly point on Earth in the utmost comfort onboard Le Commandant Charcot, the world’s first luxury icebreaker. Not only does this groundbreaking (or should we say ice-breaking!) ship redefine luxury travel with ample suites, fine dining restaurants, luxury amenities such as an on-deck heated lagoon and modern, stylish interiors, but it is also a huge advancement in sustainability with its hybrid engines powered by LNG.

Expeditions to the North Pole are led by expert naturalists, scientists, and polar guides who accompany guests throughout the journey exploring by ship and Zodiac. Please use their knowledge during lectures, workshops, and shore excursions. Each departure features a renowned guest speaker who shares their knowledge and experience for an added enrichment level.

In 2024 and 2025, the only way to visit the North Pole by ship is on Le Commandant Charcot. Ponant North Pole cruises offer three new exciting voyages to reach the North Pole with other Arctic destinations such as Svalbard, Greenland and Alaska.

Ponant North Pole Cruises 2024

During 2024, we are excited to introduce two new voyages to the North Pole. In July and September 2024, Le Commandant Charcot sails from Longyearbyen in Svalbard to the North Pole and to Scoresby Sund, a remote fjord known for its majestic landscapes and icebergs located on the coast of East Greenland, before sailing to Reykjavik in Iceland. A second itinerary allows explorers to sail across the top of the world via the North Pole on a Trans-Arctic expedition from Nome in Alaska to Svalbard, a world first for a luxury icebreaker.  

Geographic North Pole PONANT
Last Staterooms
Nome, Alaska - Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
Sep 6 - Sep 26 2024
20 Nights

Price from per person

£36,390
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Last Places
Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen - Reykjavík
July 26 - Aug 11 2024
16 Nights

Price from per person

£40,010
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No Single Supplement
Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen - Reykjavík
Sep 26 - Oct 12 2024
16 Nights

Price from per person

£35,860

Ponant North Pole Cruises 2025

In 2025, Le Commandant Charcot will offer two North Pole itineraries. Choose from the classic Geographic North Pole Voyage, which commences and ends in Svalbard, or the Trans Arctic expedition, which sails from Svalbard across the top of the Arctic to Nome, Alaska.

Geographic North Pole PONANT
Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen - Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
Aug 21 - Sep 5 2025
15 Nights

Price from per person

£31,170
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Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen - Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
Jul 22 - Aug 6 2025
15 Nights

Price from per person

£33,160
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Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen - Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
Aug 6 - Aug 21 2025
15 Nights

Price from per person

£33,160
Geographic North Pole PONANT
Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen - Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
Jul 7 - Jul 22 2025
15 Nights

Price from per person

£31,170
Trans Arctic Icebreaker cruise to the North Pole
Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen - Nome, Alaska
Sep 5 - Sep 25 2025
20 Nights

Price from per person

£38,570

Why choose Ponant North Pole Cruises?

Ponant is a renowned expedition operator with four decades of experience exploring the polar regions and is currently the only operator offering voyages to the North Pole, thanks to its state-of-the-art icebreaker, Le Commandant Charcot. 

Ponant expeditions are synonymous with blending outstanding luxury with an authentic expedition experience led by explorers. With the introduction of the world’s first luxury icebreaker, Le Commandant Charcot, in 2021, Ponant created new itineraries that only this unique ship, capable of breaking through thick sea ice, could undertake. In September 2021, it became the first purpose-built cruise ship to reach the North Pole. A string of other world firsts followed, including the furthest sailing south in Antarctica and navigation of the most northern route of the Northwest Passage.

Onboard, guests can enjoy high levels of service, indulge in Ponant’s exquisite culinary offerings, featuring a blend of French elegance and local flavours, and relax in the well-thought-out amenities, including an outdoor heated lagoon (perfect for sailing through the sea ice), indoor pool and relaxation area with floor-to-ceiling windows, or enjoy a drink in one of the ship’s stylish lounges. 

We highly recommend Ponant due to the impeccable safety record and the vast experience of the expedition teams, which all add to the overall experience. It is one of the few operators to create a unique blend of luxury, exploration, and the natural world.

Commandant / Captain : Etienne Garcia

Introducing Le Commandant Charcot - Ponant's North Pole Cruise Ship

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Named after the famed French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Le Commandant Charcot combines cutting-edge technology with a commitment to sustainability and comfort, providing an unparalleled way of exploring the Arctic. 

Le Commandant Charcot is an icebreaker equipped with a reinforced hull to navigate through thick sea ice. It can reach remote polar destinations inaccessible to traditional expedition ships. It is currently the only cruise ship capable of reaching the North Pole. 

Despite its focus on the expedition experience, the ship boasts luxurious amenities, including a spa, fitness centre, outdoor heated lagoon, panoramic lounge, and multiple dining options, including the Sila and Nuna restaurants. 

The interiors are elegantly designed, combining modern aesthetics with a touch of French flair. Expect a cosy and inviting atmosphere as you explore the polar regions. 

One of Le Commandant Charcot’s features is its stylish suites with private balconies. Opt for the Owners Suite or the Duplex Suites for the highest level of luxury, palatial accommodation, and large private verandas. 

 

The ship is built around the expedition experience and is equipped with a fleet of Zodiacs for off-ship excursions, allowing guests to explore remote shores. 

A scientific laboratory is located within the ship, allowing for onboard research and educational programs to enhance the expedition experience.

Ponant is deeply committed to sustainable tourism. Le Commandant Charcot employs cutting-edge environmental technologies to minimize its ecological footprint, including liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion.

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Why Reserve Through North Pole Cruises

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