The buyer of Le Laperouse is the French cruise company Ponant, an established player with extensive experience in expedition and luxury cruises. Ponant has ordered another six cruise ships from VARD which will be delivered until 2021.

-Le Lapréouse is a real achievement for the company and the result of an intense teamwork with Vard. Remarkable nautical performances, technical excellence, a high standard of comfort, everything is in place for the Ponant Explorers series to be a success. Last but not least, we have been very happy to benefit from the Norwegian export credit agency support, making up with Vard a comprehensive offer delivered in a very professional way, says Jean Emmanuel Sauvée, CEO of Ponant.

The seven cruise ships that Ponant has contracted represents total Norwegian exports for several billion NOK. The buyer credit guarantee from GIEK is issued to French banks sharing the risk with GIEK and participating in Ponant’s financing of the project.