Le Soleal

Le Soleal current position

Le Soleal current location is at South Pacific Ocean (coordinates -22.25970 S / 166.41269 E) cruising en route to NOUMEA. The AIS position was reported 31 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Le Soleal

Year built2013  /  Age: 8
Flag state Wallis and Futuna
BuilderFincantieri (Ancona, Italy)
Classice-strengthened cruise ship
Building costUSD 134 million
OwnerGroupe Artemis (Financiere Pinault)
OperatorCompagnie du Ponant Cruises
Speed14 kn / 26 kph / 16 mph
Length (LOA)142 m / 466 ft
Beam (width)18 m / 59 ft
Gross Tonnage10992 gt
Passengers224 - 264
Crew140
Passengers-to-space ratio54
Decks7
Cabins132
Decks with cabins4
Last Refurbishment2019
Sister-shipsL’Austral, Le Boreal, Le Lyrial
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Le Soleal Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2022 Jan 06 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Zealand South Island Expedition Cruise Dunedin $4172
2022 Jan 13 9 days, round-trip 21 Night Scott and Shackletons Antarctic Ross Sea Expedition Cruise Ushuaia $11301
2022 Feb 03 21 days, round-trip 21 Night Scott and Shackletons Antarctic Ross Sea Expedition Cruise Dunedin $26446
2022 Feb 24 7 days, one-way from Dunedin to Auckland Dunedin $3739
2022 Apr 04 10 days, one-way from Otaru to Takamatsu Otaru $9763
2022 Apr 15 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Treasures of Japan by Sea with Smithsonian Journeys Cruise Kobe-Osaka $6502
2022 Apr 30 8 days, one-way from Maizuru to Kobe-Osaka Maizuru $8937
2022 May 08 8 days, one-way from Kobe-Osaka to Maizuru Kobe-Osaka $7109
2022 May 16 8 days, one-way from Maizuru to Kobe-Osaka Maizuru $6417
2022 May 24 7 days, one-way from Kobe-Osaka to Keelung Kobe-Osaka $4933
2022 May 31 7 days, one-way from Keelung to Naha Keelung $4938
2022 Jun 07 10 days, one-way from Naha to Darwin Naha $2540
2022 Jun 17 10 days, one-way from Darwin to Broome WA Darwin $9942
2022 Jun 27 10 days, one-way from Broome WA to Darwin Broome WA $9946
2022 Jul 07 10 days, one-way from Darwin to Broome WA Darwin $9473
2022 Jul 17 10 days, one-way from Broome WA to Darwin Broome WA $13178
2022 Jul 27 10 days, one-way from Darwin to Broome WA Darwin $10266
2022 Aug 06 10 days, one-way from Broome WA to Darwin Broome WA $9945
2022 Aug 16 10 days, one-way from Darwin to Broome WA Darwin $11908
2022 Aug 26 10 days, one-way from Broome WA to Darwin Broome WA $9945
2022 Sep 05 10 days, one-way from Darwin to Broome WA Darwin $9712
2022 Sep 15 10 days, one-way from Broome WA to Darwin Broome WA $9726
2022 Sep 25 16 days, one-way from Darwin to Cairns Darwin $14708
2022 Oct 11 10 days, one-way from Cairns to Honiara Cairns $8146
2022 Oct 21 11 days, one-way from Honiara to Cairns Honiara $6738
2022 Nov 01 10 days, one-way from Cairns to Honiara Cairns $6545
2022 Nov 11 11 days, one-way from Honiara to Noumea Honiara $7962
2022 Nov 22 10 days, one-way from Noumea to Auckland Noumea $5747
2022 Dec 02 12 days, one-way from Auckland to Dunedin Auckland $6803
2022 Dec 14 14 days, round-trip 14 Night Expedition to New Zealands Subantarctic Islands Cruise Dunedin $10728
2022 Dec 28 14 days, round-trip 14 Night Expedition to New Zealands Subantarctic Islands Cruise Dunedin $9982

Le Soleal Review

Review of Le Soleal

The 2013-built MS Le Soleal cruise ship is the 3rd in a series of four identical / same-designed Ponant-owned megayachts, with sisterships L'Austral, Le Boreal and Le Lyrial. All these vessels feature ice-strengthened hulls, sleek-design superstructures, Zodiacs for ship-to-shore landings and coastal cruising, exotic itinerary routes featuring overnight stays, long port days and late evening departures.

The vessel (IMO number 9641675) is currently France-flagged (MMSI 578000200) and registered in Mata-Utu/Wallis and Futuna.

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.

MS Le Soleal cruise ship (Ponant Cruises)

The 264-passenger ship Le Soleal was introduced on December 6, 2012. She was built in Ancona at the shipyard Fincantieri as L'Austral and Le Boreal. The first voyage of the sailing vessel started on July 1, 2013. The mega yacht was christened by Kiki Tauck Mahar. Le Soléal became famous as the first French vessel to pass through the Northwest Passage. The voyage started in Kangerlussuaq (Greenland), on August 26, 2013, and ended in Anadyr (Russia), on September 16, 2013.

Decks and Cabins

Ponant Le Soleal staterooms (132 total, in 9 categories) are predominantly Prestige cabins (92) sized 205 ft2 / 19 m2, with step-out balconies 45 ft2 / 4 m2. The largest is the Owners Suite (485 ft2 / 45 m2 plus 95 ft2 / 9 m2 terrace). All staterooms have been decorated by French designers and offer 5-star hotel amenities, including smart HDTVs, DVD-CD player, minibar, King-size beds, contemporary furniture.

The boat has 7 decks, of which 6 passenger-accessible and 4 with cabins (33 suites plus 99 cabins).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Le Soleal cruise ship is small enough and provides a truly intimate experience. This special yacht is ideally suited to visit ports of call that bigger ships cannot reach. Onboard restaurants are two - the casual Le Grill and the Gastronomic (main dining room restaurant serving international and French cuisine).

Follows the complete list of Le Soleal restaurants and food bars.

  • Gastronomic Restaurant (“Le Coromandel”, 268-seat, ship’s MDR; serves International upscale cuisine; offers open-seating dining, with buffet-style breakfast and lunch, the waiter served dinner)
  • Grill Restaurant (“Le Rodrigues”, offers open-seating buffet breakfast and lunch, served dinner; has an outdoor seating area).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Although the company owner was bought by CMA CGM and later sold, the style of the yacht remained unchanged as it was designed. Le Soléal is a combination of French style, green technologies, computer-controlled sails, luxury, and intimacy. The yacht offers state-of-the-art theatre, dance space, panoramic lounge, library and much more. Le Soleal could not be compared to any small cruising ship. The mega-yacht has 6 decks and despite its size, spacious staterooms with private balconies. There are also two lounges – the main, which serves afternoon tea and features live music, dance floor, and cocktail bar, and the panoramic, which has an internet desk, library, cocktail bar, live entertainment. Le Soleal has a pool deck bar as well as a leisure area and a Photograph shop.

MS Le Soleal cruise ship (Ponant Cruises)

Follows the complete list of Le Soleal lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.

  • The Marina (water sports platform; offers mostly swimming; it is used only when Le Soleal is anchored and the sea is calm)
  • Le Soleal Atrium (2-deck high open-floor area; features a chandelier with Swarovski crystals)
  • Main Lounge (“Karikal Lounge”, 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 Le Soleal cruise; the outdoor aft terrace is the only one smoking area on board)
  • Boutique Shop (designer clothing, luxury jewelry, Ponant logo merchandise, special occasion gifts)
  • Theatre (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, Image & photo desk via a partnership with Philippe Plisson, 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 the Panoramic Bar, it is the ship’s late-night “disco”)
  • Sun Deck (open-air sunbathing area, served by the“Le Comptoir” bar, with luxury loungers, padded chairs, showers, deck games - Shuffleboard, Golf Driving Net, 9-hole Mini-Golf)
  • Zodiacs (inflatable boats).

Itineraries

Le Soleal itinerary program is based on cruises in Europe. The itineraries include the Mediterranean with departures from Italy, Greece, Turkey and Iceland cruises from Reykjavik, as well as the Arctic region (Northwest Passage), from Greenland to Russia.

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Le Soleal cruise ship is the third in a three megayachts series commissioned by Compagnie du Ponant, with sisterships Le Boreal (2010), L’Austral (2011) and Le Lyrial (2015). The vessel started operations with a maiden voyage in July 2013.

The Le Soleal ship has an ice-strengthened hull, allowing it to cruise in the Antarctica and Arctic regions. Each of the Ponant's "big yachts" carries a fleet of Zodiacs for sightseeing. Compagnie du Ponant emphasizes on coastal cruising, long days in port, and late departures.

The vessel is a certified "Cleanship" (like the sisterships), featuring a modern marine propulsion system. It provides smooth and quiet navigation by creating reduced engine noise and little vibration. The modern vessel positioning system eliminates the need for the ship to anchor in order to remain stable, thus preventing contacts with seabeds in environmentally sensitive areas, such as coral reefs.

Le Soleal was the first-ever France-flagged marine vessel (together with the fleet mate Le Boreal) with a Northwest Passage Cruise itinerary. The unique itinerary started on August 26, 2013, when the ship left Kangerlussuaq Greenland to arrive in Anadyr Russia on September 16. Among the ports of call along the route were Beechey Island and King William Island (Gjoa Haven). During these voyages, Ponant cruise passengers enjoyed seeing hundreds of beluga whales and narwhales, and around 60 polar bears. Charles Hedrich (French sportsman and adventurer) was also there as a special guest - being the world's first man to solo cross the Northwest Passage (in September 2009) in a rowing boat.

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