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Ponant’s Le Lapérouse successfully completes first sea trials

Le Lapérouse, the first ship in the PONANT EXPLORERS series, has successfully completed her sea trials at the Vard Shipyard in Ålesund.

The tests, part of the last stage of construction, were also the first opportunity to reveal the new ship and the elegant lines.
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Le Lapérouse runs through her sea trials in Norway in May, above and below Pictures courtesy of Ponant
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“These sea trials are a real success for the company” says Jean Emmanuel Sauvée, CEO of PONANT. “Remarkable nautical performances, technical excellence, a high standard of comfort, everything is in place for the PONANT EXPLORERS series to be a real triumph.”
The first cruises on board Le Lapérouse start from Iceland later this month (June), after which she will head for the Mediterranean next, then to the Indian Ocean, Asia and Oceania.
The construction of the five other ships in the PONANT EXPLORERS series is well under way. The steel-cutting ceremony for the fifth and sixth vessels, Le Bellot and Le Surville, scheduled for delivery in 2020, took place in Romania in April.

More recently, Le Champlain reached Norway on 27 April to complete the final phases of her construction. The inaugural cruise takes place in October in Honfleur, France.

Construction of Le Bougainville and Le Dumont d’ Urville, scheduled for delivery in 2019, is progressing at the Vard shipyard in Tulcea, Romania.

Posted on 4th June 2018 at 01:53 pm in Cruise News | New Ships | Cruise Lines | Ponant |

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