French luxury expedition line Ponant said its ice-hardened polar vessel due in 2021 will be named for a renowned French polar explorer.

Captain Jean-Baptiste Charcot made several Arctic and Antarctic voyages of discovery between 1902 and 1909. 

Le Commandant Charcot will have the strongest hull of any of Ponant's ships and is designed mainly to sail in polar waters.

The 270-passenger ship will be fueled by liquefied natural gas. An energy-optimization system with electric batteries will allow the ship to stop its engines for two to three hours. The ship will have an advanced wastewater treatment system, Ponant said.

Pre-bookings on Le Commandant Charcot at early bird prices are available now. Full-fare bookings will begin on April 11, 2019.

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