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The Northwest Passage - Commandant Charcot

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Embark on a remarkable polar adventure from Iceland to Alaska via the legendary Northwest Passage on this once in a lifetime expedition designed for the modern explorer.

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245

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25

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3/5

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The Arctic: Drink It In

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Le Commandant Charcot

Explore the expanse of the Arctic world during an extraordinary polar odyssey from Iceland to Alaska, via the mythical Northwest Passage. The greatest explorers long coveted traveling from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean via the Far North route before Roald Amundsen accomplished the feat during his expedition from 1903 to 1906. Like a perfect prelude to your discovery of the polar world, Le Commandant Charcot will first take you on a magnificent ascent up the west coast of Greenland to the majestic Disko Bay. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it will reveal itself to you between its mythical glacier and the graceful dance of monumental icebergs. Beyond the Arctic Circle, your senses will further be ignited as the sight of the glistening ice floes, blue-tinged glaciers, rugged mountain chains and rolling tundra captivates you.
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    •Cross the little-mapped and seldom-explored Northwest Passage aboard an icebreaker ship designed to take you where few have ventured.
    •Admire icebergs drifting across the dark waters of Disko Bay (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and maybe even spot a humpback whale!
    •Take a polar plunge in the icy, invigorating Arctic waters, then warm up in the onboard Scandinavian sauna.

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From $50,150 per person
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Aug. 12 - Sep. 5, 2024

August & September: Hover here for specific dates.

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Trip Sustainability Awards 

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Water

Ships equipped with freshwater purification systems that convert seawater into drinking water.

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Waste

Has eliminated use of single-use plastic bottles and straws

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Carbon

Optimizes the daily speed in order to reduce fuel consumption by 30%

Itinerary 

Day 1: Reykjavík

Iceland’s capital stretches along the edge of a vast bay in the west of the country. Perlan, the “Pearl of Reykjavík”, a museum located on ’Oskjuhlið hill, offers a panoramic view of the lush, green landscapes. A little further, one can easily spot the signpost showing the way to the evangelical Hallgrímskirkja church, and to the historical center where one can stroll along the Skólavördustígur and the Laugavegur, two lively streets with charming small shops. For some relaxation just outside of the city, visitors have the opportunity to visit the Reykjanes peninsula and its famous thermal lagoons of the Blue Lagoon.


Day 2: At Sea Aboard Le Commandant Charcot

Spend exceptional moments sailing aboard Le Commandant Charcot, the world’s first luxury polar exploration vessel and the first PC2-class polar cruise ship capable of sailing into the very heart of the ice, on seas and oceans which the frozen conditions render inaccessible to ordinary ships. Le Commandant Charcot is fitted with oceanographic and scientific equipment selected by a committee of experts. Take advantage of the on-board lectures and opportunities for discussion with these specialists to learn more about the poles. Participate in furthering scientific research with the expedition staff and let us discover together what these fascinating destinations have yet to reveal to us.


Day 3: Prins Christian Sund & Kujalleq Glacier

Your ship glides silently towards the Greenland coast, in a setting punctuated by pointed peaks and majestic glaciers… You are on the verge of crossing the Prins Christian Sund, a narrow channel that stretches out and zigzags over some one hundred kilometres between Greenland’s south-east and south-west. Fall under the spell of the primitive beauty of these unique landscapes, including rocky cliffs and waterfalls that are fed by the ice sheet and plunge into the icy waters. Here, bearded seals love to lie on the floating ice to soak up the sunshine.


In the immense and mythical Greenland, in the Prince Christian Sound region, your ship will make its way to the Kujalleq Glacier. You will be captivated by this frozen tongue, in front of which dance small icebergs and a few growlers. Growler is the surprising name given to chunks of ice that are smaller fragments of an iceberg. They are either white or, more remarkably, blue-green. Birds fly in your wake and bearded seals observe you from afar, stretched out on granite rocks. Combined with the surrounding ice, these rocks form a magical landscape that immerses you in the polar realm.


Day 4: Qaqortoq

Follow the Davis Strait currents and Qaqortoq, the largest town in southern Greenland, reveals itself in a rocky setting covered in immaculate white in winter and enchanting green in summer. From the moment your ship enters the fjord edging the town, off in the distance you will be able to glimpse the delightful, brightly-coloured houses built upon the hillsides surrounding this charming fishing port, the most southerly in Greenland. You will have the opportunity to wander around the streets of the town center which have distinct Danish influences and are home to numerous historical buildings and landmarks, such as the country’s famous and oldest fountain, topped with whales. Not far from there, you will also have the chance to discover the town’s open-air fish market, where fishermen come to sell the day’s catch.


Day 5: Ikka Fjord

As you sail through the majestic Ikka Fjord in south-west Greenland, you will discover over 10,000 years of underwater geology, for mysterious columns up to 20 metres high, formed several millennia ago, rise up from the seabed. Their material, ikaite, gives the fjord its name. Truly magical! You glide over calm, clear waters amidst breathtaking mountains in the endlessly wild, huge area of Greenland.


Day 6: Nuuk

When Erik Le Rouge, the exiled Norse chief, landed on the coast of Nuuk, he found a fertile and welcoming land dotted with fjords. He settled there with a group of his former countrymen, and the Norse remained the principal inhabitants until, over a period of 500 years, their population declined and gave way to the Inuit. Nuuk is situated at the mouth of one of the largest networks of fjords in the world, where the waters never freeze. The town spreads gently out towards the Davis Strait and enjoys an historic center that is particularly rich in national heritage. The vivid reds, blues, greens and yellows of the houses are a lively contrast to the somber waters of Greenland and serve to lift the spirits of the locals during the Winter months.


Day 7: At Sea

Spend exceptional moments sailing aboard Le Commandant Charcot, the world’s first luxury polar exploration vessel and the first PC2-class polar cruise ship capable of sailing into the very heart of the ice, on seas and oceans which the frozen conditions render inaccessible to ordinary ships. Le Commandant Charcot is fitted with oceanographic and scientific equipment selected by a committee of experts. Take advantage of the on-board lectures and opportunities for discussion with these specialists to learn more about the poles. Participate in furthering scientific research with the expedition staff and let us discover together what these fascinating destinations have yet to reveal to us.

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Day 8: Disko Bay

To the east of Baffin Bay, discover Disko Bay, scattered with countless icebergs produced by the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From your ship, admire the majestic ballet of these ice giants as they slowly drift across the dark waters. This site is a natural marvel of Greenland, and is also renowned as an observation point for the region’s many humpback whales. The encounters with wild fauna and stunning landscapes in the heart of this spectacular and fragile nature will be pure moments of wonder for you.


Day 9: At Sea

Spend exceptional moments sailing aboard Le Commandant Charcot, the world’s first luxury polar exploration vessel and the first PC2-class polar cruise ship capable of sailing into the very heart of the ice, on seas and oceans which the frozen conditions render inaccessible to ordinary ships. Le Commandant Charcot is fitted with oceanographic and scientific equipment selected by a committee of experts. Take advantage of the on-board lectures and opportunities for discussion with these specialists to learn more about the poles. Participate in furthering scientific research with the expedition staff and let us discover together what these fascinating destinations have yet to reveal to us.


Day 10: Pond Inlet, Nunavut

On Baffin Island, located in northern Canada at the mouth of the famous NorthWest Passage, there is a small Inuit settlement at the very bounds of infinity. To get there, cross the Arctic Circle, the imaginary line that separates man from lands of mystery and wonder. It’s not so much the way of life that sets Pond Inlet’s inhabitants apart, so much as the setting. Snow-capped mountains, fjords and glaciers combine in a dazzling natural environment that fills space and expands time. Some discoveries change you forever: this is one of them.


Day 11: At Sea

During your journey at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This journey without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, depending on the activities offered, or to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the ship's photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.


Day 12: Port Leopold, Nunavut

The Canadian Arctic Circle is home to one of the planet’s best preserved natural sanctuaries: Somerset Island. This immaculate northern desert is renowned for its phenomenal landscapes, its midnight sun and its huge tundra, where musk oxen roam. Covering 24,786 square kilometres (15,400 square miles), it is the Arctic archipelago’s ninth-largest island. Vegetation is rare except in some hollows and lowlands, where Peary caribou are common.


Day 13: Beechey & Devon Islands, Nunavut

Beechey Island, at the eastern end of Resolute Bay, will call to mind some of the most important moments of Franklin’s expedition. Sir John set off in 1845 in search of the mythical Northwest Passage and was forced to take shelter in Erebus Harbour for two long years, while he waited for the ice floes to recede and allow him a way through. It is a spectacular location; seeing the three wooden grave markers, bleached by the sun (indicating the burial places of at least three of Captain Franklin’s men) and visiting the memorial that has been erected in memory of Franklin and his men can only reinforce the hushed sense of reverence. If the surrounding wilderness impresses us, the ochre and yellows of the rocky desert soften the landscape.


Located in Baffin Bay, Devon Island is part of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Anchored on the Arctic Cordillera, its rocky surface, similar to that of Mars, is of great interest to scientists. Robert Bylot and William Baffin were the first Europeans to sight Devon Island in 1616 but it would be mapped two centuries later by the British sailor William E. Parry, who named it after the eponymous English region. Around 1920, the Hudson's Bay Company set up a fur-trading outpost there, until the departure of the Inuits in 1936. A new attempt to populate it was made at the beginning of the 1950s. Only a few buildings in ruins, vestiges of that time, remain today.


Days 14-16: Exploring Sea Ice of Northwest Passage

At the far north of the American continent, in the most northerly part of the Arctic archipelago, the Northwest Passage is the shortest waterway between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. Its crossing has been coveted since the 15th century and Roald Amundsen was the first to do so in 1906. Blocked by thick ice floe for most of the year, to date only a lucky few have managed to sail from one side to the other. The crossing of this little-mapped and little-explored region is a challenge worthy of Le Commandant Charcot, which was designed to sail in extreme environments. Sheltered in its refined and protective setting, you will make the most of this exploration of the ice with the inimitable appeal of the first time: just like the first explorers, you will sail in its channels sculpted by glacial erosion and discover spectacular landscapes, made up of craggy terrain and monumental fjords. You will be able to measure the privilege of undertaking such an exploration in the light of the experience’s rarity.

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Day 17: Mercy Bay, Banks Island


Day 18: Sachs Harbour

On the edge of Beaufort Sea, in Canada’s Northwest Territories, Sachs Harbour is the only settlement on Banks Island. In 1914, the Canadian Arctic Expedition dropped the anchor of the schooner Mary Sachs at the then-uninhabited sand bar. Its Thule archaeological remains are evidence of a human presence dating back 500 years. Its traditional name Ikahuak -where you go across - indicates seasonal visits, probably for setting fox traps. In around 1929, families of Inuvialuit trappers settled on this territory inhabited by musk oxen, caribou and polar bears. Banks Island was officially recognised in 1946, Sachs Harbour flourished, particularly with the creation of the Aulavik National Park.


Days 19-20: Exploring Sea Ice of Northwest Passage

At the far north of the American continent, in the most northerly part of the Arctic archipelago, the Northwest Passage is the shortest waterway between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. Its crossing has been coveted since the 15th century and Roald Amundsen was the first to do so in 1906. Blocked by thick ice floe for most of the year, to date only a lucky few have managed to sail from one side to the other. The crossing of this little-mapped and little-explored region is a challenge worthy of Le Commandant Charcot, which was designed to sail in extreme environments. Sheltered in its refined and protective setting, you will make the most of this exploration of the ice with the inimitable appeal of the first time: just like the first explorers, you will sail in its channels sculpted by glacial erosion and discover spectacular landscapes, made up of craggy terrain and monumental fjords. You will be able to measure the privilege of undertaking such an exploration in the light of the experience’s rarity.


Days 21-23: Exploring Sea Ice in Beaufort Sea

Bordering the north coasts of Alaska and Canada, the Beaufort Sea was feared for centuries because of its extreme climatic conditions. Covered for most of the year with a thick layer of ice, and unexplored until 1914, this part of the Arctic Ocean, named in honour of the British Admiral Francis Beaufort, will reveal its magnificent icy landscapes to you. With a bit of luck, maybe you will cross the path of some polar bears, since the region is renowned for sheltering the Lord of the Arctic.


Day 24: At Sea

Spend exceptional moments sailing aboard Le Commandant Charcot, the world’s first luxury polar exploration vessel and the first PC2-class polar cruise ship capable of sailing into the very heart of the ice, on seas and oceans which the frozen conditions render inaccessible to ordinary ships. Le Commandant Charcot is fitted with oceanographic and scientific equipment selected by a committee of experts. Take advantage of the on-board lectures and opportunities for discussion with these specialists to learn more about the poles. Participate in furthering scientific research with the expedition staff and let us discover together what these fascinating destinations have yet to reveal to us.


Day 25: Nome, Alaska

Located along the Bering Strait at the westernmost point of Alaska, Nome offers the rustic charm of a former gold-mining town, set in the middle of magnificent wilderness. As you weave in and out of the brightly coloured houses, you will discover the pioneering legacy that still marks local traditions. Fishing, reindeer rearing, sledge-racing... People here live from their manual labour. The surrounding plains provide stunning vantage points for observing Arctic fauna. (Disembarkation 9/5/2024 at 8:00 AM)

Le Commandant Charcot

With Le Commandant Charcot, this operator has imagined and envisaged the cruise voyage of tomorrow. The latest addition to the fleet will take you following in the footsteps of the great polar explorers in refined surroundings complete with the kind of luxury services never before offered in the farthest reaches of the southern and northern hemispheres.

The indoor swimming pool, the conservatory, the panoramic restaurant, the Blue Lagoon outdoor restaurant, the Main Lounge, the Observation Lounge, the lobby… Each of the common areas has been designed to both convey French-style discreet luxury and arouse wonder and amazement. The common thread running through all their designs is the desire to allow the light to penetrate and open everything up the extraordinary polar landscapes and scenery.

This very first hybrid-electric polar exploration ship powered by LNG has been designed with the greatest attention to detail in terms of safety and respect for the environment.

Capacity: 245 Guests
Cabins: 120
Specialists: Seasoned Expedition Leader, Highly Experienced Naturalists, Expert Crew


ACHIEVEMENTS 

Cruise Critics Editors’ Picks 2022
Cruise Critics Editors’ Picks 2023
Condé Nast #1 Best Expedition Ship Line 2022

"Le Commandant Charcot is a magnificent luxury icebreaker, currently the only passenger icebreaker in the world. She can crash through thick sea ice in locations where ice-strengthened ships are forced to find alternate routes. In addition to her ice breaking capabilities, she offers exquisite dining and top-notch amenities. For those who seek a 5-star hotel experience on the water in addition to the highest level of adventure, Le Commandant Charcot is an ideal choice. Each suite includes a private glazed balcony so you can easily have a private moment with the vast polar regions around you. Add an expert expedition staff to these levels of luxury and adventure, and you’ll find Charcot is hard to beat."

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PRESTIGE STATEROOM DECK 6

A king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm), bathroom with shower, panoramic sliding bay window, and a 5 m² glazed private balcony.

From in USD:

$50,140pp

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DELUXE SUITE DECK 6

A lounge area with chaise lounge and two armchairs, king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm),a bathroom with shower, panoramic sliding bay window, and a 5 m² glazed private balcony.

From in USD:

$53,400pp

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PRESTIGE SUITE DECK 7

A lounge with sofa, armchair, TV and sliding courtesy door, a king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm), two bathrooms with shower, two panoramic sliding bay windows, and a 10 m² glazed private balcony.

From in USD:

$73,490pp

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PRIVILEGE SUITE DECK 8

Priority boarding with champagne and fruit basket upon arrival + butler service & an assortment of sweet or savoury canapés and fruit basket every day; lounge area with chaise lounge and second TV; Samsung tablet connected to Wifi; a king-size bed or two single beds; bathroom with shower and Balneo bathtub, 2 panoramic sliding doors and rectangular porthole, 12.5 m² glazed private balcony.

From in USD:

$82,830pp

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PRESTIGE STATEROOM DECK 7

A king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm), bathroom with shower, panoramic sliding bay window, and a 5 m² glazed private balcony.

From in USD:

$51,080pp

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DELUXE SUITE DECK 7

A lounge area with chaise lounge and two armchairs, king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm),a bathroom with shower, panoramic sliding bay window, and a 5 m² glazed private balcony.

From in USD:

$55,740pp

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PRESTIGE SUITE DECK 8

A lounge with sofa, armchair, TV and sliding courtesy door, a king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm), two bathrooms with shower, two panoramic sliding bay windows, and a 10 m² glazed private balcony.

From in USD:

$75,830pp

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DUPLEX SUITE DECK 6

Priority boarding with champagne and fruit basket upon arrival + butler service & an assortment of sweet or savoury canapés and fruit basket every day; lounge area with armchairs, sofa bed, steam fireplace and TV; Samsung tablet connected to Wifi; a king-size bed or two single beds ; bathroom with shower and Balneo bathtub, five panoramic windows, private 26 m² terrace: outdoor lounge with sofa and armchairs, jacuzzi.

From in USD:

$113,190pp

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PRESTIGE STATEROOM DECK 8

A king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm), bathroom with shower, panoramic sliding bay window, and a 5 m² glazed private balcony.

From in USD:

$52,010pp

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DELUXE SUITE DECK 8

A lounge area with chaise lounge and two armchairs, king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm),a bathroom with shower, panoramic sliding bay window, and a 5 m² glazed private balcony.

From in USD:

$57,620pp

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GRAND PRESTIGE SUITE DECK 6

Priority boarding + butler service; lounge area with chaise lounge and second TV; a king-size bed or two single beds; bathroom with shower and Balneo bathtub, a panoramic sliding bay window, 5 m² glazed private balcony.

From in USD:

$78,170pp

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OWNER'S SUITE

Priority boarding with champagne and fruit basket upon arrival + butler service & an assortment of sweet or savoury canapés and fruit basket every day; king-size bed or two single beds; living room with armchairs, two sofa beds, steam fireplace, and second TV; a desk & bookcase, dining room, two panoramic sliding bay windows; private 186 m² terrace: outdoor lounge with deckchairs, hot tub, two sofas, and dining table.

From in USD:

$177,440pp

It makes absolute sense to take the only passenger-carrying icebreaker, the spectacularly stylish Commandant Charcot through the Northwest Passage. Ice-strengthened ships occasionally can’t get through the Passage due to very high sea ice in certain sections, while the Charcot is 100% prepared to crash through the ice, see the most remote sections of this famed journey, and bring you to your Nome, Alaska destination.

Joy Martinello, Founder

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WHAT'S INCLUDED:
Includes accommodation in stateroom; the full meal plan; the Open Bar: beginning with boarding, and during the duration of the cruise, a wide selection of drinks (mineral water, soft drinks, wine, beer, Charles Heidsieck champagne, spirits, coffee, tea) is served on request and at any time of the day; free Wi-Fi internet access 24 hours a day; activities offered during expedition cruises; outings and disembarkations by Zodiac inflatable boat; all port taxes; access to all the common areas: fitness room, steam room, hair salon, swimming pool (sea water, heated), solarium, lounges, theater, boutique & leisure area

NOT INCLUDED:
•telephone service
•certain premium alcoholic beverages on the menu are not included in the Open Bar
•spa fees
•visa applications and fees
•private fitness classes
•laundry service
•tips for staff, drivers, and local guides
•personal expenses
•any other service not mentioned in the program

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