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March 2018

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World’s first cruise ship underwater lounges on PONANT Explorers

damenCourtesy Ponant

A year ago, PONANT announced the construction of the world's first “Blue Eye” underwater cruise ship lounges. They will offer passengers a unique view of the subaquatic world through two glass windows, each more than 3 meters long.

Bureau Veritas has supported this ambitious program over the last two years, providing thorough analysis and verification of the design for resilience and safety. The project involved a multi-disciplinary team-based risk analysis led by Tecnitas, as well as advanced structural calculations, laboratory tests, and ship safety management provided by PONANT.

The windows are currently under Bureau Veritas inspection and will be installed on four vessels in PONANT's Explorer fleet. Le Lapérouse and Le Champlain will be delivered this year, followed by Le Bougainville and Le Dumont-d'Urville in 2019.

jean-jacques.juenet@bureauveritas.com
antoine.breuillard@bureauveritas.com