Le Champlain

Le Champlain current position

Le Champlain current location is at Aegean Sea (coordinates 36.52495 N / 27.26411 E) cruising en route to PATMOS. The AIS position was reported 13 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Le Champlain

Year built2018  /  Age: 2
Flag state Wallis and Futuna
BuilderVARD shipyards (Tulcea Romania and Soviknes-Alesund Norway)
ClassPonant Explorers (ice-strengthened expedition mega-yacht)
Building costUSD 150 million (EUR 136 million)
OwnerGroupe Artemis (Financiere Pinault)
OperatorCompagnie du Ponant Cruises
Speed18 kn / 33 kph / 21 mph
Length (LOA)131 m / 430 ft
Beam (width)18 m / 59 ft
Gross Tonnage10700 gt
Passengers184 - 264
Decks with cabins4
Sister-shipsLe Bellot, Le Bougainville, Le Laperouse, Le Dumont d'Urville (Kerguelen), Le Jacques Cartier (Surville)
Christened bytba
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Le Champlain Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2020 Oct 28 7 days, one-way from Boston to Cozumel Boston $1669
2020 Nov 04 7 days, round-trip Natural Cultural Wonders of the Western Caribbean from Cozumel Cozumel $3715
2020 Nov 11 7 days, round-trip Maya Treasure of the Yucatn from Cozumel Cozumel $3726
2020 Nov 18 7 days, round-trip Natural Cultural Wonders of the Western Caribbean from Cozumel Cozumel $3562
2020 Nov 26 6 days, round-trip Maya Treasure of the Yucatn from Cozumel Cozumel $3726
2020 Dec 16 7 days, round-trip Treasured Islands Reefs of the Western Caribbean from Cozumel Cozumel $4774
2020 Dec 24 6 days, one-way from Cozumel to Colon Cozumel $3632
2020 Dec 30 7 days, one-way from Colon to Puntarenas Colon $4373
2021 Jan 06 7 days, one-way from Puntarenas to Colon Puntarenas $4503
2021 Jan 13 9 days, one-way from Colon to Fort-de-France Colon $3785
2021 Jan 23 8 days, round-trip Jewels of the Caribbean from Fort de France Fort-de-France $3949
2021 Jan 30 8 days, round-trip Pearls of the Caribbean from Fort de France Fort-de-France $3726
2021 Feb 14 7 days, round-trip Pearls of the Caribbean from Fort de France Fort-de-France $3221
2021 Feb 21 8 days, round-trip Pearls of the Caribbean from Fort de France Fort-de-France $3726
2021 Mar 02 8 days, round-trip Jewels of the Caribbean from Fort de France Fort-de-France $3726
2021 May 12 7 days, one-way from London-Tilbury to Copenhagen London-Tilbury $4067
2021 May 19 7 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Stockholm Copenhagen $5901
2021 Jun 23 7 days, one-way from Stockholm to Copenhagen Stockholm $6689
2021 Jul 09 10 days, one-way from Saint Petersburg to Reykjavik Saint Petersburg $7347
2021 Aug 09 7 days, round-trip Icelandic Mosaic from Reykjavik Reykjavik $4750
2021 Aug 16 7 days, round-trip Icelandic Mosaic from Reykjavik Reykjavik $4455
2021 Aug 23 10 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Miquelon Island Reykjavik $6642
2021 Sep 02 8 days, one-way from Miquelon Island to Toronto Miquelon Island $5737
2021 Oct 15 7 days, one-way from Chicago to Toronto Chicago $6102
2021 Oct 22 10 days, one-way from Toronto to Boston Toronto $8535

Le Champlain Review

Review of Le Champlain

Launched in 2018, MS Le Champlain cruise ship is the 2nd of all six Ponant-owned polar expedition vessels. Advertised as "expedition yachts", of the same "Explorer-class" series are also the ships Le Laperouse (2018), Le Bougainville (2019), Le Dumont d'Urville (fka Le Kerguelen) (2019), Le Bellot (2020) and Le Jacques Cartier (fka Le Surville) (2020) - all named after famous French sea explorers.

History - construction and ownership

Compagnie du Ponant (CDP) is a French cruise shipping company founded in April 1988 by former French Merchant Navy officers. All Ponant ships are France-flagged. The company specializes in premium adventure cruise travel targeting the French-speaking source market with all-inclusive deals. Most of CDP's fleet is based in Antarctica (December through March). All these mega-yachts offer modern amenities, premium service by highly-trained staff and crew, 5-star hotel amenities onboard. Exotic, offbeat itineraries visit popular travel destinations worldwide, including Caribbean, Baltic, Mediterranean, Southeast Asia, South America, Australia.

Le Champlain cruise ship (Ponant)

On March 15, 2016, a shipbuilding agreement was signed with Vard Holdings Ltd (Norwegian subsidiary of the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri) to build four 184-passenger Explorer-class ships (scheduled deliveries in 2018-2019). With this deal, VARD Norway entered the cruise shipbuilding market.

On March 6, 2018, CDP signed with VARD two additional shipbuilding orders (scheduled deliveries in 2020), which resulted in a 12-ship fleet (by the end of 2021).

Ponant Cruises new ship design

Each of the 10,000 GT new yachts has LOA length 128 m (420 ft), width 18 m (59 ft), capacity 184 pax plus 110 crew, 6 decks, 92 passenger cabins (on 4 decks), aft-located sun deck (with swimming pool) and retractable marina (for deploying water sports equipment), its own fleet of Zodiacs (large boats used for passenger tendering and landings in remote locations). The exterior design was created by the French company Stirling Design International (abbrev SDI). The yacht's interior was designed by Jean-Philippe Nuel.

Cruise itinerary program

MS Le Champlain cruise itinerary program (like for the other Explorer-class yachts) offers unique itineraries to offbeat port and island destinations around the world, including Caribbean, Europe (Baltic and Mediterranean), East Asia, Australia, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean islands (Oceania), Canadian Arctic, Brazil Amazon (Orinoco River), South America and Antarctica. On each voyage, passengers enjoy professional lectures and media presentations, led by the ship's naturalists and themed on the regional wildlife and local cultures.

December through March each year, most of the CDP fleet is deployed in polar regions (Arctic and Antarctica).


Le Champlain ship has a total of 92 elegantly designed cabins and suites. Each of the staterooms features a private balcony (with luxury lounge furniture 1 table, 2 rattan chairs). All suite categories have bathrooms with a sliding panel in the shower room, revealing a glass wall for unobstructed sea views.

The largest staterooms are Owners and Grand Deluxe Suites (aft on decks 5 and 6). These are two-room accommodations with bedroom (King bed), master bathroom (Balneo bathtub, dual-sink vanity), guest bathroom, separate lounge area (double sofabed), dining area (4-seat table), private balcony (dual access).

Prestige Suites are also two-room cabins, each with 2 bathrooms (separate WC/sink, one with shower, master bathroom with bathtub), 2 dressing rooms, lounge room (double sofabed), double-width veranda.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

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  • The outdoor dining area (Lido Grill, located aft on deck 3) has capacity 70 seats. This alfresco restaurant serves grilled meats, along with various salads and desserts.
  • Aft of deck 4 is the 260 m2 (2800 ft2) sized Restaurant with floor-ceiling windows and single-seating capacity. The Restaurant opens onto an outside terrace and offers several buffet stations for breakfast and lunch. The staff provides table service for hot meals.
  • Most diets can be catered. Special dietary requests must be made in advance.
  • At the Restaurant (aft on deck 4), breakfasts and lunches are buffet-style, while the 4-course (a la carte) dinners are waiter-served. Weather permitting, meals can be also served outdoor (on the aft-located deck terrace).
  • Afternoon Tea service is available in the Panoramic Lounge (forward on deck 6). Coffee and tea are complimentary and available 24-hours a day.

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Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Follows the complete list of Le Champlain ship's lounges, bars, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.

  • The Marina (water sports platform; offers mostly swimming; it is used only when the ship is anchored and the sea is calm)
  • Le Champlain Atrium (2-deck high open-floor area; features a chandelier with Swarovski crystals)
  • Main Lounge (200 m2 /2153 ft2, with large-size, LED screen and floor-ceiling windows; offers early breakfast, specialty teas and coffees, Afternoon Tea complemented with gourmet cookies and fine chocolates; evening entertainment features live performances by resident singer and pianist and an art auction, once per CDP cruise; the outdoor aft terrace is the only smoking area on board)
  • Boutique Shop (40 m2 /430 ft2, designer clothing, luxury jewelry, Ponant logo merchandise, special occasion gifts)
  • Theatre (188-seat main show lounge for music and dance shows)
  • Wellness Centre (Spa, Balneo Room, Hammam, Massage Room, Beauty Corner, Hair Salon, Shower Room, Relaxation Room, a spacious terrace)
  • The Fitness (gym room with panoramic windows)
  • Leisure Area (has a small kids playroom, Photo Gallery and Internet stations)
  • Image and Photo Desk
  • Swimming pool’s sunbathing area (with luxury loungers)
  • Panoramic Lounge and Bar (with an Internet corner, grand piano, Library, Panoramic Terrace (served by an outdoor Bar) is the ship's nightclub/disco)
  • Blue Eye Lounge is located below the waterline (within the hull) and features 2 giant curved porthole windows shaped as cetacean eyes. Live footage of the surrounding marine life is projected onto digital screens which 'wallpaper' the room.
  • Sun Deck (open-air sunbathing area, with bar, luxury loungers, padded chairs, showers, deck games - Shuffleboard, Golf Driving Net, 9-hole Mini-Golf)
  • Zodiacs (inflatable boats).

Stairs and elevators connect all decks. The Navigation Bridge has an open-bridge policy. It is available to visit throughout the day, but contingent upon weather conditions and security.

Doctor’s Office with 24-hour duty service is also available, as well as laundry services (no dry-cleaning) and Wi-Fi access (throughout). Smoking on the ship is allowed only on outdoor decks.

"Blue Eye" underwater lounge on the new Ponant yachts

World's first ever underwater cruise ship lounge was designed for Ponant's new series of 6 Explorer-class yachts. The unique venue (named "Blue Eye") features vibrating sofas and an innovative sound system to capture sea acoustics.

  • The "Blue Eye Lounge" is located 2-3 m (6,5-10 ft) below water level and is integrated into the ship's hull. Underwater views are via giant curved portholes - cetacean eye-shaped windows (1,6 x 3,4 m / 5 x 11 ft).
  • Live footage of the surrounding marine life is projected onto digital screens which "wallpaper" the room.
  • Sound, transmitted through hydrophones, is captured across a 5 km (3 mi) radius of the ship. The high-tech lounge is fitted with "body listening sofas" vibrating discreetly to allow passengers to experience the ocean rhythms.
  • Non-intrusive underwater projectors allow observing marine life from the ship's outdoor decks and the cruise cabin balconies.

These 9-deck ships also feature a resistance swimming pool (aka "infinity pool"), spacious sundeck and 3-position aft marina platform.

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The shipbuilder VARD (a subsidiary of the Italian company Fincantieri) constructed the vessel (hull and superstructure) at the shipyard in Tulcea Romania. Then it was towed to VARD Soviknes shipyard (Alesund Norway) for outfitting.

Ponant Le Champlain vessel's hull number is 849.

Ponant's new cruise ship series as design features ice-strengthened hull and top-notch marine expedition vessel technologies. Among those is the long-range 3D sonar "FarSounder 1000". The device is forward-looking (installed in the ship's bow) and integrated into the vessel's bridge navigation system. The sonar allows it to maneuver through icy waters, showing and mapping approaching hazards, such as icebergs or shallow coral reefs.

The ship is named after Samuel de Champlain (1574-1635), aka "The Father of New France". He was a French soldier, navigator, explorer, cartographer and ethnologist, who in July 1608 founded in North America "New France" and Quebec City. He also made the first accurate map of the Canadian east coast.

Le Champlain cruise sales opened in April 2016 for Brazil Amazon and Orinoco river itineraries. On September 29, 2018, the cruise ship was officially delivered to Ponant.

Inaugural cruise itineraries 2018

The following tables show the ship's inaugural/maiden voyages as departure dates, itinerary ports and prices per person (in USD, double-occupancy Deluxe Cabin rates).

7 nights / 8 days "Inaugural Cruise" (Mediterranean Sea) - prices started from $3590 pp

21 SepDeparting from Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy
22 Sep     Gaeta, Italy   
23 Sep     Capri Island, Italy   
24 Sep     Amalfi, Italy   
25 Sep     Palermo, Sicily, Italy   
26 Sep     Catania, Sicily, Italy   
27 Sep     Gozo Island, Malta   
27 Sep 14:00 - 27 Sep     Valletta, Malta (Overnight)   
28 SepArriving in Valletta, Malta

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