Le Soleal

Le Soleal Review and Specifications

Specifications of Le Soleal

Year built2013  /  Age : 5
Flag state Wallis and Futuna
BuilderFincantieri (Ancona, Italy)
Classice-strengthened cruise ship
Building costUSD 134 million
OwnerGroupe Artemis (Financiere Pinault)
OperatorCompagnie du Ponant Cruises
Speed16 kn / 30 kph / 18 mph
Length (LOA)142 m / 466 ft
Beam (width)18 m / 59 ft
Gross Tonnage10992 gt
Passengers224 - 264
Passengers-to-space ratio54
Decks with cabins6
Last Refurbishment2019

Current itinerary of Le Soleal

Le Soleal current cruise is 14 days, one-way from Nome to Vancouver. Prices start from USD 11844 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 18 Sep, 2018 and ends on 02 Oct, 2018.

Date / TimePort
18 Sep      Departing from Nome, Alaska   
19 Sep     St Lawrence Island, Alaska   
20 Sep     Saint Paul Island, Alaska   
21 Sep     Saint Paul Island, Alaska   
22 Sep     Dutch Harbor, Unalaska   
23 Sep     Unga Island, Alaska   
24 Sep     Geographic Harbor, Alaska   
25 Sep - 26 Sep     At Sea   
27 Sep     Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
28 Sep     Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
29 Sep     Prince Rupert, Kaien Island, BC Canada   
30 Sep     At Sea   
01 Oct     Alert Bay, Cormorant Island, BC Canada   
02 Oct      Arriving in Vancouver, BC Canada   

Review of Le Soleal

Launched in 2013, Le Soleal is the 3rd in a series of four identical Compagnie du Ponant cruise ships, together with L'Austral, Le Boreal and Le Lyrial. All these vessels feature ice-strengthened hulls, sleek-design superstructures, Zodiacs for ship-to-shore landing and coastal cruising itinerary routes (featuring overnight stays, long port days and late evening departures).

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-traned 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 10,992-ton, 264-passenger cruise 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.

Cruise itinerary program

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.


Le Soleal has a total of 132 cabins (all of which Outside, 124 Balcony, 4 Suites) in 6 grades. Most Le Soleal staterooms are 200-sq.foot Prestige cabins (92). The largest aboard Le Soleal is the Owner’s Suite (485 ft2). All staterooms have been decorated by French designers, offer individually controlled air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, DVD/CD player, twin beds, minibar and electronic safe.

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. On board, Le Soleal offers two restaurants – the casual Le Grill and the Gastronomic restaurant (the main dining room 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, 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 (esigner 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 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).

Le Soleal wiki

  • Le Soleal cruise ship is the third in a three yachts' series commissioned by the Compagnie du Ponant line. Her identical sisters are 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, just like her sisters, 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 fleetmate 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 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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Le Soleal Itineraries

The below listed Le Soleal cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Compagnie du Ponant fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Jun 01 7 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Stockholm Copenhagen$5961
2018 Jun 08 7 days, one-way from Stockholm to Copenhagen Stockholm$7944
2018 Jul 17 12 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Paris Reykjavik$11805
2018 Jul 29 16 days, round-trip Ultimate Thule, the Horizontal Everest Paris$22422
2018 Aug 14 13 days, round-trip Baffin Bay Secrets Paris$17256
2018 Aug 27 22 days, one-way from Kangerlussuaq to Nome Kangerlussuaq$21586
2018 Sep 18 14 days, one-way from Nome to Vancouver Nome$11844
2018 Oct 02 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to San Diego Vancouver$3156
2018 Oct 09 13 days, one-way from San Diego to Puerto Quetzal San Diego$6117
2018 Oct 22 12 days, one-way from Puerto Quetzal to Callao Puerto Quetzal$5308
2018 Nov 03 4 days, one-way from Callao to Valparaiso Callao$1083
2018 Nov 07 13 days, one-way from Valparaiso to Ushuaia Valparaiso$9222
2018 Nov 20 10 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia Buenos Aires$10044
2018 Dec 20 16 days, round-trip Christmas and New Year in Southern lands Buenos Aires$21144
2019 Jan 05 10 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia Buenos Aires$10605
2019 Jan 15 10 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia Buenos Aires$10605
2019 Jan 23 16 days, round-trip Beyond the Polar Circle Buenos Aires$16786
2019 Jan 25 10 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia Buenos Aires$10605
2019 Feb 14 10 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia Buenos Aires$10605
2019 Feb 24 8 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Easter Island Ushuaia$1930
2019 Mar 04 14 days, one-way from Easter Island to Papeete Easter Island$5636
2019 Mar 18 16 days, one-way from Papeete to Honolulu Papeete$6026
2019 Apr 02 14 days, one-way from Honolulu to Maizuru Honolulu$2986
2019 Jun 24 12 days, one-way from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Juneau Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky$9130
2019 Aug 22 14 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward$8595
2019 Dec 09 10 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia Buenos Aires$11008
2019 Dec 19 17 days, round-trip Christmas and New Year in Southern lands Ushuaia$16214
2020 Jan 04 10 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia Buenos Aires$10852
2020 Jan 14 10 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia Buenos Aires$12222
2020 Feb 03 16 days, round-trip Beyond the Polar Circle Buenos Aires$17022
2020 Feb 19 10 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia Buenos Aires$12222