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December 19, 2019

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Ponant and VARD sign the contract for two new cruise ships of luxury of small dimensions

They will be delivered in 2022

The French shipowner Ponant and VARD, controlled Norwegian shipbuilding society from Fincantieri, have signed the relative contract to the construction of two cruise ships of luxury of small dimensions of new announced generation last month(on 21 November 2019). In the past Fincantieri has already constructed for Ponant in the ship yard of Ancona the four ships the Boréal, the Austral, the Soléal and the Lyrial that are delivered respective in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015. Also VARD has realized for Ponant between the 2018 and 2019 four ships of the class "Ponant Explorers" and will deliver last the two of the series in 2020. Moreover in the 2021 VARD it will deliver to Ponant the Commandant Charcot, the first Arctic cruise ship fed hybrid-electrical worker to which liquified natural gas.

The two new tidy units, with deliveries today previewed both in 2022, will be the evolution of those of the class "Ponant Explorers". They will operate in the area of the Pacific South for the Paul Gauguin Cruises brand, to the pairs of the acquired homonymous ship recently from Ponant, carrying so to three the number of the ships in fleet for this brand. They will be realized by the productive Network of group VARD, will have a tonnage of about 11.000 tons and will be able to accommodate about 230 passengers.



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