First Underwater Lounge Will Debut on Ponant Shipsby Kayla Becker | March 17, 2017
As they grow in popularity, expedition cruise ships are adding more and more flashy features. First, Crystal introduced a submarine on Crystal Esprit that takes passengers on underwater excursions; then, Scenic announced plans for two helicopters (in addition to a submarine) on Scenic Eclipse, launching in August 2018. Now, there's a new first from French expedition cruise line Ponant — an underwater lounge.
Passengers can kick back with a cocktail and watch marine life swim by in the space, which features a bar and wall of reflecting windows below the surface of the ship.
The cool new space, designed in conjunction with member of the Institut de France, Jacques Rougerie, will debut on each of the line's four new yachts, which will launch over the next two years.
The first two ships (Le Lapérouse and Le Champlain) will debut in summer 2018 with the second set (Le Bougainville and Le Dumont d’Urville) following in summer 2019. The ships will also have an infinity pool, water sports platform, 92 staterooms each (all with their own veranda), and a sun deck.
The line is known for sailing to far-reaching destinations such as Antarctica and the Arctic, but will also be sailing to subtropical regions and worldwide with these new ships, from the Amazon to the Seychelles.
Kayla Becker is a New York City-based contributor to ShermansCruise and the assistant editor for the site.