Cruise holidays with Ponant have been taken to a new level with a world-first underwater lounge
The French cruise ship operator has revealed the most exciting addition to its new ship.
Ponant’s underwater lounge will feature on Le Laperouse, the newest vessel in the company’s fleet.
Named Blue Eye, the futuristic space will provide a world-first multi-sensory experience.
The lounge will be located within the hull beneath the surface of the water, with two huge windows in the shape of whale’s eyes.
There will be digital screens which project live images from three underwater cameras.
The sounds of marine animals will be played into the lounge through specially designed hydrophones in the ship’s keel.
Noises from up to five kilometres away can be detected and the sounds can be felt through vibrations in the sofas throughout the room.
Stretching over 75 square metres, the lounge can fit up to 40 people at a time.
The impressive new experience is complimentary for guests on board.
Cruise holidays: Ponant is launching an underwater lounge called the Blue Eye on Le Laperouse
The sound system in the Blue Eye lounge will reveal to the guests the amazing listening capabilities of their bodies
Sarina Bratton from Ponant said: “”It allows all guests to indulge in the subaquatic world, not just a few passengers in a submarine or a helicopter.
“We welcome other companies’ new ships as the luxury expedition market cannot be sustained with 20 and 30 year old vessels.”
Architect Jacques Rougerie said the state-of-the-art technology allows guests to become “modern-day explorers”.
He added: “They will be able to observe the fauna and flora of this sub-aquatic universe and discover its sonorities.
Cruise holidays: The underwater lounge appeals to guests’ senses with sound, sight and vibration
“The sound system in the Blue Eye lounge will reveal to the guests the amazing listening capabilities of their bodies.
“For the first time in the world, the public, during a cruise, will be able to ‘feel’ and be at the heart of an underwater world. They will need to use all of their senses.”
Le Laperouse will set sail in 2018, with itineraries available to buy now.
Last week it was revealed the number of cruise passengers globally is higher than ever, with 24.7 million holidays last year alone.