Le Lapérouse

Le Lapérouse is the lead 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 Lapérouse is named after naval officer Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse.[1]

Le Lapérouse in the Kiel Canal, 31 August 2018
Name: Le Lapérouse
Operator: Ponant
Port of registry: Wallis and Futuna
Builder: VARD
Yard number: 848
Laid down: 1 March 2017
Launched: 18 December 2017
Sponsored by: Maryvonne Pinault
Christened: 10 July 2018
Acquired: 15 June 2018
Maiden voyage: 19 June 2018
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Ponant Explorers-class cruise ship
Capacity: 264 passengers

Built by VARD, Le Lapérouse had her keel laid down at VARD's Tulcea yard in Romania on 1 March 2017.[2] She was floated out on 18 December 2017, and was then finally outfitted at the builder's Søviknes facility in Ålesund, Norway.[3][4] After successful sea trials that began in May 2018,[5] she was delivered to Ponant in Ålesund on 15 June 2018.[6]

The following day, 16 June 2018, Le Lapérouse departed for Reykjavík, Iceland, where she commenced her maiden cruise on 19 June 2018.[7] She was christened by Maryvonne Pinault, the wife of French billionaire businessman François Pinault, at a ceremony in Hafnarfjörður, Iceland, on 10 July 2018.[8]


  1. Gibson, Rebecca (15 September 2017). "Ponant names four newbuilds after French explorers". Cruise&Ferry.net. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  2. Groizeleau, Vincent (4 July 2017). "Ponant : Mise sur cale des Bougainville et Dumont d'Urville" [Ponant: Staging of Bougainville and Dumont d'Urville]. Mer et Maritime (in French). Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  3. "Le Lapérouse Heading to Norway from Tulcea". Cruise Industry News. 28 December 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  4. "Le Laperouse Arrives in Norway for Final Outfitting". Cruise Industry News. 25 January 2018. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  5. Gibson, Rebecca (5 June 2018). "Le Lapérouse successfully completes first sea trials in Norway". Cruise&Ferry.net. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  6. "Le Lapérouse Delivered". Cruise Industry News. 19 June 2018. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  7. James, Lindsay (18 June 2018). "French cruise company Ponant takes delivery of Le Lapérouse". Cruise&Ferry.net. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  8. Gibson, Rebecca (13 July 2018). "Ponant names Le Lapérouse in Hafnarfjörður". Cruise&Ferry.net. Retrieved 9 September 2018.

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