Le Laperouse Small Cruise Ship - 2024 | Tauck (2023)

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430 ft. / 131 m.



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Welcome Aboard Le Lapérouse

Sporting sophisticated styling, innovative "green" technology, and welcoming, attentive service, Le Lapérouse is one of Ponant's new Explorer Series yachts, introducing guests to a whole new cruising experience. Outfitted with French-influenced cabins and boasting the world's first underwater lounge, exploration on the ocean has never been so stylish.

Le Lapérouse sports six passenger decks that include the elegant, panoramic main dining room serving French and international cuisine on Deck 4; the casual restaurant serving grilled specialties, salads and desserts on Deck 3; a main lounge offering a bar with evening entertainment, and a 188-seat theatre hosting informative lectures and entertainment and featuring the latest sound and lighting technology, both on Deck 3; a panoramic lounge forward on Deck 6; a spa and fitness center on the top deck (Deck 7); and multiple observation areas. Elevators serve all passenger decks. Staterooms (ranging in size from 204 to 296 sq. ft.) and suites (ranging in size from 296 to 484 sq. ft.) have ocean views; 95% have private balconies. Staterooms are decorated by French designers, offering individually controlled air conditioning, twin beds converting to a queen-size bed (or one queen-size bed), DVD / CD player, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, electronic safe and minibar.

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Blue Eye Lounge

Aquatic wildlife... underwater... on the outside looking in...

Exclusive to our Explorer-Series small ships, Le Lapérouse, Le Dumont d'Urville and Le Champlain, The Blue Eye lounge is the world's first multi-sensory, underwater lounge. The space's graphical references evoke cetaceans and jellyfish – and inspiration is evident in the lines of the lounge, the positioning of the body, the furniture and the fittings. All focus is drawn towards the two portholes, shaped like the eye of a cetacean and looking out upon the subaquatic world. The lighting in the lounge is developed through touches, disseminated in the space, allowing the spirit and the gaze to dive into the spectacle unfolding outside. The mural décor disappears to make way for the integrated digital screens projecting the images filmed live by three underwater cameras. Placed at the ship's strategic points, these cameras enable guests to witness, for example, the spectacle of dolphins playing in the bow waves.

Access is just the beginning...

Gateway to adventure...

A new hydraulic platform with adjustable height provides easy boarding… easier Zodiac embarkation and disembarkation for shore excursions… and easier access to the sea for swimming and various water sports such as kayaking or paddle-boarding.

Le Lapérouse

From Ponant's new Explorer Series...

Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, life aboard ship evokes a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

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Ship Specifications

Built 2018

Air Conditioned Yes

Renovated 2023

Elevator Yes

Length 430 ft. / 131 m.

Guests 184

Draft 15 ft. / 4.5 m.

Crew Members 110

Beam 59 ft. / 18 m.

Ship Registry France

Tonnage 9,900 gross tons

Crew Nationality French / International

Cruising Speed 12.5 knots

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Key Features

Ponant's Explorer Series yachts distinguish themselves by their sophisticated styling, innovative "green" technology and attentive service while offering a refined, small ship cruising experience.

The six passenger decks include a panoramic main dining room, a casual restaurant, main lounge, a pool equipped with a counter-current swimming system, solarium and outdoor bar and lounge.

Le Lapérouse is equipped with the world's first multi-sensory underwater lounge, Blue Eye. Designed for an exceptional acoustic and visual experience as you observe the marine biosphere.

Staterooms (204 to 296 sq. ft.) & Suites (296 to 484 sq. ft.) have ocean views and most have private balconies. Decorated by French designers, staterooms offer individually controlled air conditioning and two twin beds that convert to a queen-size bed and come equipped with video on demand, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, electronic safe, hair dryer, iPod Dock and minibar.


  • Two onboard restaurants, a main panoramic restaurant on Deck 4 and the more casual outdoor grill on Deck 3 offer a variety of options with specialty menus available for those with specific dietary requirements
  • All included bar and restaurant beverages available throughout the day aboard ship, including house wines and spirits
  • A state-of-the-art, 188-person capacity theatre provides an intimate space for lectures and entertainment equipped with the latest sound and lighting technology and a LED wall as the stage backdrop for projection of high-resolution images & videos
  • Hydraulic platform with adjustable heights for easy access to the sea for swimming, a variety of water sports and easy embarkation/disembarkation for on shore excursions
  • Spa and fitness center
  • 24-hour room service
  • Elevators service all passenger decks

Deck Plans

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Onboard Experience

Wake up aboard your Ponant Explorer Series yacht, Le Lapérouse – noted for its innovative "green" technology and exemplary service – in a stateroom custom-made for your cruising comfort with a host of sophisticated amenities …. sink-in-soft luxury bedding, fully stocked minibar, pampering French toiletries, and a private balcony. Breakfast tempts… enjoyed à la carte in your room, on deck in the open air or in our elegant gourmet restaurant with a decidedly French twist… from croissants and café as you like it to a buffet of freshly prepared delights. After breakfast, you may venture off the ship for a morning of guided sightseeing ashore on a choice of included excursions, or indulge in the ship's many onboard pleasures. If the spa calls, you can sign up for a massage, a steam bath, aromatherapy treatment or a facial for that "good life glow." Or exercise your options in the fitness center. Lunch as you choose… in the more formal setting of Le Restaurant Gastronomique, or perhaps staying ashore to sample the local fare in today's port of call. Beverages, from soft drinks to house wine and spirits, complement your mood and are always complimentary aboard ship. Afternoon invites more exploration ashore… or relaxation onboard, whether it's lounging at the pool, cuddling up with a good book, attending an insightful lecture by an onboard expert, or enjoying a cocktail with a friend or two in Ponant's groundbreaking Blue Eye underwater lounge – located beneath the water line – that allows you to see, hear and virtually feel marine life in the deep sea! Tonight, dine with new friends in your choice of restaurant, or sneak away for a romantic dinner, candlelit, out on deck. Nighttime brings out the stars – be they in the sky above, or onstage in Le Théâtre. And when it's time to turn in, your bed will be turned down… often with a sweet treat on your pillow. You'll close your eyes and sleep to the rhythm of the seas, enjoying the reverie that's inherent on every Tauck cruise aboard Ponant's elegant Explorer Series ship, Le Lapérouse. Read Less


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For more than two decades, Tauck guests have sailed on some of the sleekest small ships on the high seas, thanks to Ponant Cruises, our largest cruise partner. When Ponant's founder Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée, based in Marseille, launched the company in 1989, his mission was clear: to bring travelers to "mythical destinations and secret ports" accessible only by small ship and to offer "front-row seats to nature's spectacles." In destinations the world over, Ponant achieves this par excellence for Tauck guests who enjoy flexible cruising, waterside dining, and a relaxed, casual feel along with attentive service from bilingual crews.

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