The Le Ponant

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at São Nicolau, Kap Verde © Christof46/cc-by-sa-4.0

at São Nicolau, Kap Verde © Christof46/cc-by-sa-4.0

Le Ponant is a three-masted, commercially operated French luxury yacht operated by Compagnie du Ponant. The ship has capacity for up to 32 passengers in 16 cabins. It was built 1991 by the Societe Francaise de Construction Navales (SFCN) shipyard in Villeneuve-la-Garenne, France. In 2008, the ship was attacked by Somali pirates and was only released after a military intervention. In 2022, the yacht was refitted for increased environmental protection to a design by Jean-Philippe Nuel Studio.

On board, Le Ponant has one restaurant. Le Diamant panoramic restaurant offers buffet breakfast and dinner as well as fine gastronomic cuisine.

Mein Schiff 3 and Le Ponant at Grenada Cruise Ship Pier © Ein Dahmer/cc-by-sa-4.0 approaching the Grenada Port Authority Cruise ShipTerminal © Arnoldius/cc-by-sa-4.0 at Amalfi, Campania, Italy © Arnoldius/cc-by-sa-3.0 at São Nicolau, Kap Verde © Christof46/cc-by-sa-4.0 at the harbor of Bonifacio, Corsica © Telperion/cc-by-sa-3.0
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approaching the Grenada Port Authority Cruise ShipTerminal © Arnoldius/cc-by-sa-4.0
Le Ponant was entirely refitted and refurbished in 2022. Having been totally renovated with a design by the Jean-Philippe Nuel Studio, the end result was 16 staterooms for a maximum of 32 guests. Le Ponant, which will navigate under sail as often as possible, includes other improvements such as a dockside connection, an innovative system of SCR filters to eliminate fine particles and reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 90%, waste sorting and a state-of-the-art water treatment system – all to help protect the environment.

On 4 April 2008, Le Ponant was seized by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden while en route from the Seychelles to the Mediterranean. The ship carried no passengers at the time of its capture, but all 30 crewmembers were taken hostage; 22 French, 6 Filipino, 1 Cameroonian and 1 Ukrainian. French forces, including the aviso Commandant Bouan, and a Canadian CH-124 helicopter from HMCS Charlottetown were monitoring the yacht after its seizure.

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