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Ponant Le Commandant Charcot

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The Story

Bespoke luxury carpets and rugs from Ulster are featured on Le Commandant Charcot – the world’s first hybrid-electric polar exploration ship powered by Liquified Natural Gas (LNG).

This latest addition to the prestigious Ponant fleet is also the first luxury ship in the world capable of taking passengers to the heart of the polar regions, ensuring that it breaks new ground in terms of passenger exploration experiences.

As the first-ever deep polar navigation cruise ship exploring the Arctic and the Antarctic, eco-responsibility is at the very heart of Le Commandant Charcot. The vast majority of the materials were selected for their low environmental impact from suppliers who have been awarded sustainable development labels.

Ulster Carpets have a long-standing relationship with Studio Jean-Philippe Nuel and Wilmotte et Associes and, having worked on Ponant ships in the past, this project continued to build on these successful partnerships.

Other Ponant luxury cruise ships that feature Ulster carpets includes Le Lapérouse, Le Champlain, Le Bougainville, Le Dumont-d’Urville, Le Jacques Cartier, Le Bellot, Le Boreal, L’Austral and Le Paul Gauguin. To view our bespoke carpet and rugs across these ships, click here.

Our bespoke carpets and rugs feature right across Le Commandant Charcot, including in the 123 suites and staterooms, Nuna and Sila restaurants, Expedition and Conference Rooms, the Kita theatre, and the Cigar Lounge.

With guests able to enjoy breath-taking polar views from almost every area, the design objective from architects Jean-Philippe Nuel and Jean-Michel Wilmotte was to “direct the eye outside, and to bring the outside in”.  As such, our carpet and rug designs are all about providing a holistic balance that evokes peace and tranquillity.

The designs complement the warm, understated settings of Le Commandant Charcot and are fully in keeping with the Ponant philosophy of providing a rare and exceptional ambiance for every passenger.

They also showcase the versatility of our talented designers, who have created show-stopping designs of colour and intricacy for a range of prestigious projects across the world. For Le Commandant Charcot, however, the focus was on producing a subtle interplay of tones and textures that allows guests to concentrate on the wonderful views of the Polar landscape outside their window.

If you’d like to see more of our bespoke carpet and rug projects for marine venues, go to our marine page.