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Le Commandant Charcot is on track for delivery next year. The ship is pictured having its Azpiods fitted in July

Ponant ploughs ahead

Ponant, which has successfully resumed cruising with more than 50 sailings in the northern and southern hemispheres, has also taken delivery of two new ships during the pandemic.

Le Commandant Charcot on track

The line is also on track to deliver PC2 polar-class ship Le Commandant Charcot next year, Navin Sawhney, CEO, Americas, told a Seatrade Cruise Virtual news conference.

Ponant intends to allow passengers to engage with the scientists and participate in their research in Le Commandant Charcot's two shipboard laboratories.

Talking about the future of cruising, Hervé Bellaiche, chief sales and marketing officer, said smaller ships offering more intimate tours will be even more popular.

‘Customers of tomorrow will prioritise co-responsible travel, which is good for the cruise line and good for tourism,' Sawhney said.

Sarina Bratton's picks

Ponant's Sarina Bratton, Asia Pacific chairman, said sustainability is 'first and foremost our top priority and we want to take people to places they have only ever read about.' She picked Australia's Kimberley — which she has visited nine times — the Ross Sea and its amazing sea ice and Antarctica with its scenery and blanket of 400m stars as some of her favourite places.

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