Take a Trip on the World’s Only Luxury Passenger Ship That Explores the North Pole

Scianna GarciaDecember 7, 2022
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You’ve done the North Pole Experience in Flagstaff, but have you been to the actual North Pole? Le Commandant Charcot is the world’s only luxury passenger ship to take travelers to the North Pole on a 16-day, one-of-a-kind exploration. And it’s not just for Santa stalkers. “An expedition with Le Commandant Charcot will interest a purposeful traveler – ones that are looking for transformative experiences on a small ship and want a deeper understanding of the places they visit,” says Navin Sawhney, CEO of PONANT Yacht Cruises & Expeditions. With four departures slated for the summer 2023 Arctic season, PONANT offers experiences like seeing floating ice, polar bear sightings, naturalist-led excursions and scientific collaborations. The luxurious exploration begins in Longyearbyen, Norway, where temperatures drop below 40 degrees below 0, and sails along the icy coast of Spitsbergen before arriving at the Geographic North Pole. Off-ship activities include outings in Zodiac inflatable water vessels and kayaks, ice fishing and even citizen science experiments. Starting at $35,960, it also comes with luxe perks: chef-crafted meals, a wellness area and extras like Veuve Clicquot Champagne. us.ponant.com/destinations/north-pole