Introduction

Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms∘ and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

As the third ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Bougainville will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise∘ line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

Experience a luxurious setting where the accent∘ is on authenticity and passion for travel.

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Main Info
  • Children Not allowed
  • Nursery -
  • Smoking Some
  • Style Ultra Luxury
  • Decks6
  • Cabins92
  • Size Boutique
  • Ship Type Ocean
  • Wheelchair Cabins-
  • Crew Members110
  • Launch Year2019
  • CurrencyEUR
Disabled Facilities

All passengers must either be fully mobile or must be accompanied by a travelling companion fit and able to provide all necessary assistance during the voyage. Please note that animals (including service and/or comfort animals) are not permitted aboard. Persons who are not fully mobile, with physical disabilities or other handicaps requiring special treatment or assistance, including persons who use a wheelchair, must advise PONANT in writing of the nature of such conditions when making a reservation∘ request and by all means before the signature of booking form. PONANT reserves the right to refuse passage to anyone who has failed to notify them of such limited mobility, disabilities∘ or need of assistance, whose medical conditions is not compatible with security rules and requirements specific to the navigation area, or who, in the PONANT’s opinion is unfit for travel. Please note that landings are done using zodiacs∘ making them very difficult or even impossible for passengers with limited mobility. Each landing will be subject to Captain and Expedition Leader approval.

Dietary Requirements

Please contact the Maitre d' onboard regarding any special dietary needs.

Age Restrictions

Children under 3 years of age and women who are over 6 months pregnant are not authorised to sail. Children between 3 and 8 years old are accepted subject to agreement at the time of booking. If accepted, a liability waiver will have to be completed and returned to PONANT to validate∘ your booking. On expedition cruises, children must be able to disembark/embark by zodiac without assistance and be able to understand and follow safety instructions. Therefore disembarkation is submitted to Captain’s and Expedition∘ Leader’s decision depending on weather conditions and landing sites. In all cases, children and young adults, once on board, are the entire and total responsibility of their parents or guardians.

Children from 8 to 11 years old sharing with 2 adults and Teenagers from 12 to 17 years old, sharing with 1 or 2 adults benefit from special discounts on cruise-only fares; please contact PONANT for more details.

Smoking Policy

All PONANT vessels are non-smoking with the exception of designated areas on outside decks.

Drinks Packages

Drinks are included in the price of the cruise. From the moment you board and throughout your cruise, enjoy unlimited drinks at any time of the day.

The Open Bar includes a large selection of beverages (mineral waters, cold drinks, wines, beer, champagne, spirits, coffee, tea).

Does not include à la carte premium alcoholic drinks.

Dress Code

During the day, casual attire is recommended. For the excursions, bring practical clothes and comfortable shoes. Evening attire is at your discretion. 

An increasingly cleaner fleet

State-of-the-art technologies aboard the ships, improved waste and waste water treatment, raising the awareness of travellers, future plans that are increasingly innovative in terms of sustainable development...
Every day, PONANT is committed to protecting the environment.

We go above and beyond environmental regulations in force (for example, the MARPOL convention for the prevention∘ of pollution from ships and the Polar Code) by studying ways to help us minimise our impact on the places∘ we visit and of our obligations both towards them and towards the people who live there. Thanks to our efforts, all PONANT ships have been awarded the international “Clean Ship” label, which certifies that we have reduced our environmental impact.

A vigorous policy of drastic reduction in the use of fuel oil for ship operations - Our Objective by 2021 is to use 100% MDO & GNL

  • MDO (marine diesel oil) is lighter and less polluting than HFO (heavy fuel oil)
  • LNG (liquified natural gas) is currently the greenest fuel on the market (25% less carbon emissions, 85% less nitrogen oxide emissions and 95% less fine particle emissions)

The technology at the heart of PONANT ship designs

  • Sonar system for the detection of shoals to avoid contact with icebergs and reefs
  • Refrigerant gas (R407C) used for air conditioning and refrigeration units. It has no impact on the ozone layer and a very low impact on the greenhouse gas effect
  • Low energy and low heat emitting lighting system (LED and fibre optic based)
  • Dynamic positioning system that helps (when needed) maintain a vessel’s position without having to drop anchor in sensitive marine∘ environments such as coral reefs, thereby protecting the seabed
  • The latest generators equipped with an integrated electronic control system to optimise their functioning
  • Tin-free antifouling paint to protect marine ecosystems as much as possible
  • Real-time energy-consumption calculation tools to reduce energy consumption

The first electric hybrid polar ship powered by LNG in the world

PONANT is designing a luxury cruise polar exploration ship. Completed in 2021, it will be fitted with the latest sustainable development technologies and will surpass the requirements of the IMO (International Maritime Organization) 2020 regulation.

  • Powered by Liquified Natural Gas
  • Precise measurement of consumption and optimisation∘ of ship sailing
  • Latest generation electric batteries to reduce energy consumption
  • Waste Heat Recovery System
  • Energy Optimisation System
  • Waste treatment system using HydroThermal Oxidation.

The Icebreaker features perfected “Clean Ship” fittings that go beyond the current industry-standard environmental regulations:

  • Reduction of SO2, NOX, CO2 and particle emissions thanks to the use of LNG
  • Zero emissions when in electric hybrid mode

Energy management

  • Energy optimisation system that precisely measures∘ consumption and optimisation of ship sailing methods
  • Waste Heat Recovery System
  • Electric output optimised and consumption reduced through the use of latest generation electric batteries

Water Treatment

  • Advanced Waste Water Treatment system

Improved Waste & Sewage Treatment

All types of “water” generated aboard our ships are treated to prevent the potential risk of polluting aquatic environments.

Blackwater
is filtered, treated, and reused. At the end of the process, solid waste is stored and unloaded on land, in accordance with standard regulatory procedures.

Greywater
(bath, shower, kitchen, laundry) is recycled and reused to wash external decks.

Bilge water
is treated using ceramic membrane filtration systems∘ to obtain an extremely low content of hydrocarbons: less than 5ppm instead of 15ppm.

Ballast water
is subject to biodecontamination.

Filtered and/or retreated bilge water and ballast water are stored on board, awaiting unloading on land.

During PONANT cruises, the water consumption by passenger is 5 times less than the average consumption of water per person on land.

100% of waste is separated and sorted on board
(solids – liquids – glass – cardboard – food – medicines)

The most modern methods
pulpers / crushers / compactors

Recycling on board
is 60% more effective than on land

At the end of sorting 700g is the average volume of non-recyclable waste, generated by every guest during a cruise. By comparison, the same person∘ would have produced 2.3 kg of waste on land.

On a cruise: everyone’s responsible!

On expedition cruises, PONANT takes its passengers to some of the most remote and wild places on the planet. We are very conscious of our status as privileged guests at the sites we visit, and of our obligations both towards these places∘ and the people who live there.

Additionally, an environmental impact study is carried out before the conception of each new itinerary to ensure that the impact of every landing is only temporary and transitory. We make a biodiversity inventory∘ (fauna, flora, geology) of the places where we plan to disembark. We also prepare access routes that do not impinge on the areas to be preserved. Consequently, we work together with several organisations, such as the TAAF (Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises, French Southern and Antarctic Lands), the Seychelles Foundation, the Aldabra Foundation and the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation.

MINIMIZING 
At sea, we sail at a reduced speed (between 12 and 13.5 knots) to create the least waves possible so as to avoid disturbing marine mammals. When approaching shores, we reduce our speed.

REDUCING NOISE POLLUTION
We limit all the noise made by the ship (airborne and underwater, whether audible to the human ear or not) that may confuse marine species and disturb local populations. We limit announcements aboard the ship and do not allow them outside in case there is fauna nearby.

REDUCING LIGHT POLLUTION
We reduce light produced on board to prevent sea birds∘ from being grounded on the ship. At night, we keep navigation lights to the minimum and we close the curtains in the staterooms.

RESPECTING LOCAL RESOURCES
When appropriate we buy food directly in places where we dock. At ports of call where provisions are limited, we leave the resources for the local populations.

ZERO IMPACT LANDINGS
Every landing is subject to a protocol. This approach mobilises a dedicated team, which makes sure not to have any impact on the ecosystem∘ visited and thereby protect the fauna, flora, and populations.

CLEANING BEACHES
During every landing, we take ashore large rubble bags to pick up any litter found on site. The litter is then sorted and unloaded in a port that is able to accept it.

RAISING THE AWARENESS OF OUR GUESTS
During expedition cruises and Zodiac® trips, guests are accompanied by a team of nature guides. The guides provide guided interpretations on land and speciality lectures. In the near future, we are planning to introduce an “Ambassador Charter” to raise our guests’ awareness of the necessities relating to protecting the environment∘ and of their own role. All our passengers and crew members make a commitment to respect a Code of Good Conduct which has been prepared∘ following our observations and is specific to each destination.

RAISING THE AWARENESS OF THE STAFF
In the same way as for guests, PONANT raises the awareness of its staff and ensures that information is shared with the crew in an inclusive and instructive manner∘ through information meetings before the cruise, signing the area’s charter of good visitor conduct, organising and participating in expedition activities, and coaching on land.

Deck Plans
7

  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre
  • Hair Salon

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6

  • Panoramic Lounge
  • Art Gallery/Photo Video
  • Cabins 601-621

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5

  • Bridge
  • Cabins 501-535

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4

  • Restaurant
  • Cabins 401-431

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3

  • Theatre
  • Medical Centre
  • Excursions Desk
  • Reception Desk
  • Main Lounge
  • Grill
  • Pool

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Accomodation
Owner's Suite
  • 30m2 private balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed
  • or twin beds
  • Shower & Bathtub + Jacuzzi on terrace
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery
  • Ipod(TM) players
  • Video on demand
  • safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet access wifi.
Privilege Suite

  • 8m² private balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • 1 sofa
  • Shower
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery
  • Ipod(TM) players
  • Video on demand
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet access wifi.

Prestige Suite

  • 8m² private balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • Shower
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery
  • Ipod(TM) players
  • Video on demand
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet access wifi.

Grand Deluxe Suite
  • private balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • Bathtub
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery
  • Ipod(TM) players
  • Video on demand
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet access wifi.
Deluxe Suite
  • private balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • 1 sofa
  • Shower
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery
  • Ipod(TM) players
  • Video on demand
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet access wifi.
Deluxe Stateroom
  • Private balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • Shower
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery
  • Ipod(TM) players
  • Video on demand
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet access wifi.
Prestige Stateroom

  • Private balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • Shower
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery
  • Ipod(TM) players
  • Video on demand
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet acces wifi
  • 1 stateroom for people with reduced mobility.

Entertainment

Like Le Boréal and its sisterships, Le Bougainville has many common areas that are designed and equipped to meet all of your needs while preserving∘ the intimacy of each passenger.

A 140 m² reception area includes:

  • A reception/concierge desk,
  • An excursions desk,
  • The ship’s administrative services,
  • The sales office, manned by our Guest Relations Officer,
  • Our 50 m² boutique which sells clothing, jewellery, beauty products, postcards and various accessories,
  • Toilets accessible to passengers with reduced∘ mobility.

A new hydraulic platform with adjustable height provides:

  • Easier boarding than on any other cruise ship,
  • Easier Zodiac embarkation and disembarkation for expeditions,
  • Easier access to the sea for swimming∘ and practising various water sports such as kayaking or paddle-boarding.
  • A pool deck offering:
  • A pool with a panoramic view, equipped with a counter-current swimming system,
  • A pleasant solarium,
  • An outdoor bar and lounge with armchairs and sofas.

A 200 m² main lounge which can accommodate all of our passengers to share convivial moments and to host activities organised∘ during the day or evening.

Lastly, a theatre that seats 188, equipped with:

  • The latest sound and lighting technology,
  • A LED wall as the stage backdrop, for the projection of high-resolution images and videos.

Panoramic Lounge
Make yourself comfortable in the outdoor lounge with its exceptional panorama of the horizon and recharge your batteries in peace and quiet, before or after your treatment.
Pool & Sun Deck
The spacious, comfortable outdoor areas of our ships offer superb ocean panoramas.
Lounges & Bars

Different lounges enable guests to socialise and share convivial moments during their cruise. Discover the following on our four sisterships: the main lounge, an ideal place to meet over a drink and watch daytime or evening events; the panoramic lounge, an intimate piano-bar with a unique view of the horizon; and the outdoor bar, an atmospheric spot that has access to the pool and solarium.

Theatre
The theatre is an entertainment venue where guests gather for events and lectures. During the day, there are talks by naturalists, lecturers, experienced guides and specialists. In the evening, shows, musical performances or film screenings are held in the theatre.
Shop
On board all our ships, a shop is open during sailing. It offers a selection of presents and souvenirs: clothing, jewellery, beauty products, postcards and accessories.
Leisure Areas
A choice of books and board games is available for you on board all our ships.
PONANT Studio
A photography and videography team escort you throughout your trip. These professionals capture the most beautiful moments of your cruise, which you can share with family and friends upon your return. Meet them on DECK 5 (DECK 6 on the PONANT Explorers ships) at the photo/video area, where you can also order souvenir pictures and videos.