Le Bougainville

Le Bougainville is the third ship of the Ponant Explorers-class of cruise ships operated by Ponant. Each member of the class has been allocated the name of a famous French explorer, and Le Bougainville is named after Louis Antoine de Bougainville, a French admiral and explorer.[1]

Name: Le Bougainville
Operator: Ponant
Port of registry: Wallis and Futuna
Builder: VARD
Yard number: 850
Acquired: April 2019
Maiden voyage: 15 April 2019
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Ponant Explorers-class cruise ship
Capacity: 184 passengers

Built by VARD, Le Bougainville had her hull constructed in VARD's Tulcea yard in Romania. By October 2018, she was ready to be transferred to the builder's Søviknes facility in Ålesund, Norway, for final outfitting.[2] She was delivered to Ponant in Norway in early April 2019.[3]

On 8 April 2019, Le Bougainville departed from Søvik, Norway, for Malaga, Spain, where she began her maiden voyage on 15 April 2019.[4] She was christened on 4 June 2019 in Marseille.[5]


  1. Gibson, Rebecca (15 September 2017). "Ponant names four newbuilds after French explorers". Cruise&Ferry.net. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  2. Staff writer (15 October 2018). "Le Bougainville Ready for Transit to Norway". Cruise Industry News. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  3. Gibson, Rebecca (11 April 2019). "Ponant's newest Explorer ship prepares for maiden cruise". Cruise&Ferry.net. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  4. Staff writer (8 April 2019). "Ponant Takes Delivery of Le Bougainville". Cruise Industry News. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  5. Vincent Groizeleau (4 June 2019). "Ponant : Le Bougainville baptisé à Marseille". Mer et marine. Retrieved 12 June 2019.

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