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Le Dumont d’Urville: Stylish expedition sailings from Ponant

Dining on board

Modern French cuisine will be a centerpiece of the new ship. Dining venues include:

  • A restaurant on deck 3, that seats 70 in a relaxed atmosphere. The venue will serve grilled meats, along with various salads and desserts.
  • At the rear of deck 4, passengers will find a sprawling 2,800-square-foot panoramic restaurant, capable of accommodating all passengers in single sitting. This venue, with an opening to the outside, will feature a buffet of salads, cheeses and desserts. The attentive crew provides table service for hot meals.


Le Dumont-d’Urville comes equipped with a multi-sensory underwater space called Blue Eye.


Le Dumont-d’Urville will boast an assortment of lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for adults, teens and children, including:

  • A retractable marina water sports platform, used only when the ship is anchored and the sea is calm
  • The Atrium, a two-deck-high open-floor area featuring a chandelier with Swarovski crystals
  • A 2,150-square-foot Main Lounge with a large LED screen and floor to ceiling windows. Evening entertainment there will feature live performances by a resident singer and pianist and an art auction once per Le Dumont-d’Urville cruise.
  • A 188-seat Theatre for music and dance shows
  • Wellness Centre offering a Spa, Balneo Room, Hammam, Massage Room, Beauty Corner, Hair Salon, Shower Room, Relaxation Room and spacious terrace
  • Fitness center with panoramic windows
  • Leisure Area offering a playroom for small kids playroom as well as Internet stations
  • A swimming pool with luxury loungers
  • Panoramic Lounge & Bar with an Internet corner, grand piano, library, Panoramic Terrace and Panoramic Bar, the ship’s late-night disco
  • Sun Deck with bar, luxury loungers, padded chairs and deck games, including shuffleboard, golf driving net and 9-hole mini-golf


Le Dumont-d’Urville features two standard cabin categories: Prestige and Deluxe, both at 205 square feet. Suites range from 291 to 484 square feet and feature large windows and lounge areas that open onto the outside. Privilege Suites have a bathtub and can hold up to four people. Grand Deluxe Suites also have bathtubs and can accommodate two passengers.

All cabins have balconies, air conditioning, two twins or king-size bed, shower, mini-bar, flat-screen TV with satellite TV and video on demand, a desk with stationery, safe, hair dryer, bathrobes and French bath products. Each cabin is outfitted with 110/220-volt outlets and Internet access. Room service is available 24 hours per day.

Fun fact

Each ship in the new expedition class pays homage to a famous French explorer — in this case, Jules Sébastien César Dumont d'Urville, who explored the Pacific, Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica.

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