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New PONANT ship christened in Iceland

Earlier this week, PONANT’s newest vessel, Le Lapérouse, was christened in a celtic-style ceremony in Iceland, and boy are the photos stunning.

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Le Lapérouse was christened by the godmother, François Pinault, in the presence of prominent political and cultural figures, international media and key partners.

During a vibrant Breton-inspired ceremony – a nod to the origins of PONANT which, BTW, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year – the Lann Bihoué Bagad’s bagpipes, Breton oboes and drums were played alongside singer Bleuwenn Mevel, who gave an emotional acapella rendition of the Breton anthem.

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As Le Lapérouse was sailing away, the ship was greeted from Hafnarfjörður by Le Soléal, another PONANT ship also positioned in Icelandic waters.

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Guests on board Le Lapérouse also got to discover the Blue Eye, a multi-sensorial underwater lounge located below sea level, designed in collaboration with Jacques Rougerie, an architect and member of the prestigious Académie Française.

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In this exceptional space, through the two portholes made in the shape of a cetacean eye, the passengers watched French freediving champion Aurore Asso’s aquatic ballet.

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With integrated digital screens projecting the live images captured by three underwater cameras, entirely non-intrusive underwater projectors allowing the observation of the sea world without any risk for the ocean life, the Blue Eye also offers a unique sound experience.

Captured by hydrophones, the natural symphony of the oceanic world is piped into the lounge and can be felt through the “Body Listening” sofas that vibrates discreetly by corporal resonance.

Basically, we can’t wait to go on this new ship!

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