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Ponant has announced the launch of two additional vessels, which will expand its fleet to 12 ships with 2,000 crew members and 460 departures by 2021.

Ponant’s expansion includes construction of the fifth and sixth vessels in the EXPLORERS series. The new yacht-like ships, to be called Le Bellot and Le Surville, will launch in 2020. Each ship will have 92 cabins and feature four suites with bay windows and terraces.

They will join sister EXPLORERS ships Le Laperouse, Le Champlain, Le Bougainville and Le Dumont d’Urville, launching in 2018 and 2019. Like the four already ordered, construction of these two additional ships will be entrusted to Norwegian shipyard Vard, part of Fincantieri Group. Ponant also recently announced that it will launch the first electric hybrid cruise icebreaker with luxury appointments in 2021.

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