Cruise Ship Plans Underwater Lounge

Cruise Ship Plans Underwater Lounge

Ponant, a leader in luxury expeditions and the only French-owned cruise line, has announced an industry first: the Blue Eye, an underwater lounge onboard the four new Ponant Explorer ships launching in summer 2018 and 2019.

Designed by Jacques Rougerie, a world-famous French architect who specializes in underwater habitats, the space beneath the water line, will feature two glass portholes shaped like the eye of a whale. Digital screens on the walls will project images filmed live by three underwater cameras. The lounge will also include a sound system—the natural symphony of the sea across a three-mile radius will be transmitted into the lounge through hydrophones, a microphone designed to capture underwater sounds. Capping off the immersive experience, “Body Listening Sofas” will discreetly vibrate in unison with the streaming aquatic acoustics.

Ponant will double its portfolio of yacht-like vessels with the launch of two new Explorer ships in summer 2018, Le Laperouse and Le Champlain, and two more to follow in summer 2019, Le Bougainville and Le Dumont-d’Urville, each with just 92 cabins. The inaugural journey aboard Le Laperouse will follow in the footsteps of the Vikings around Iceland in June 2018, while Le Champlain’s first voyage will take guests from the Amalfi Coast to Malta in September 2018. In sum, about 60 itineraries will be offered next summer.

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Randy Mink is the Managing Editor of Leisure Group Travel Magazine. He is based in Chicago, IL.

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