Cruise Ships

Le Soléal

Luxury, authenticity and passion combine to deliver unique cruise experiences

On board Le Soléal, which set sail in July 2013, guests will find all the familiar and state-of the art facilities that have made sister ships L’Austral and Le Boréal such a success, and which are at the heart of "Yacht cruising".

Luxury, authenticity and passion are key ingredients in delivering unique experiences.

Le Soléal’s small size, sleek design and advanced technology allow her to get as close as possible to the shore, granting unrivalled access to protected sites while offering first rate comfort, elegance and five-star service.

cruise ship Le Soleal
Le Soléal often sailings in the polar regions

The ship often sails in the polar regions, so Du Ponant wanted to create a warm atmosphere with her interior design. The materials used combine noblesse and harmony, enhanced by velvets, wools, silks, and a contrast between shiny and matt finishes and associations of metal, wood and glass.

Fluid lines, a gentle colour palette, drawing on natural wood, grey and shades of whites create a unique atmosphere that is both clean and welcoming, thanks to a judicious choice of materials and discreet and subtly updated references to the nautical theme.

The central, transversal sculpture created by marie-Andrée Côté, is made from enamelled pieces
and was directly inspired by the sea. in the lounge bar, the carpet picks up the tennis stripes theme with a chic seaside spirit.

Le Soléal entrance hall
A warm welcome awaits you in the elegant entrance hall of Le Soléal

In the cabins and suites, the chests of drawers and wardrobes are quilted in overstitched leather while the handles evoke steamer trunks. Lastly, a variety of objects, vases, shells and other items placed here and there complete this harmonious decor and bring a personal touch.

Jean-Philippe Nuel usually works on hotel projects and here has had to work around the specificities of a ship. “A major constraint was the safety requirements but also the way we manage the space. We have rounded all the angles, let in as much light as possible, opened up views to the sea. For example, in the cabins, a sliding door separates the bedroom from the bathroom.”

Equipped with the latest technology, Le Soléal is very quiet and stable - an essential requirement for a ship designed to sail in extreme conditions. She is also environmentally friendly and has been awarded the Cleanship certificate as well as the “comfort 1” rating by bureau Veritas.

Vital statistics

Operator: Compagnie du Ponant
Entered service: 2013
Gross tonnage: 10,700
Passengers: 264
Passenger decks: 6 (including one sun deck)
Crew members: 139
Cabins and suites: 132 (123 with balcony)
Elevators to all the decks
Length: 466ft
Width: 59ft
ICE class: 1C
16 knot speed when cruising

Facilities

2 restaurants 3 lounge bars, 1 cinema / theatre hall, beauty and fitness centre with gym, hairdressing salon, massage studio, and hammam, swimming pool, boutique, library, Wi-Fi access throughout

Ponant

Ponant is well known for the originality of its itineraries and destinations, its tailor-made/themed cruises, the quality of its services and elegant à la Française way of life on board, reasonably sized ships and its commitment to respecting the environment. More...

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