Compagnie du Ponant names its new yacht Le Soléal
Luxury French cruise line Compagnie du Ponant will welcome a sleek new ship, Le Soléal, into its fleet in July 2013.
Its 132 sophisticated staterooms and suites will offer the same level of comfort as a private yacht, with its size allowing access to outstanding sites that are out of bounds to larger ships.
Le Soléal is a combination of two of the company’s most powerful symbols – ‘le soleil’ (French for sun) and ‘the one who leads the way’.
For her inaugural season in July 2013, she will be taking passengers to a new, rarely visited and exclusive, destination: the Arctic.
From the legendary North West Passage (which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans) to the Bering Strait, from ice floe to tundra, these unusual itineraries will offer passengers the chance to discover hidden gems way beyond the Arctic Circle.
Le Soléal’s 264 passengers will be able to follow in the footsteps of the great explorers, discover Inuit villages and watch extraordinary wildlife, including polar bears, brown bears, wolves, puffins, walrus and even belugas.
Excursions in zodiacs, hiking excursions and helicopter tours will also be on offer for the most adventurous guests.
Designed by architect Jean-Philippe Nuel, the contemporary interiors are inspired by the world of yachting. Nautical codes have been subtly revisited and applied to re-create the atmosphere of chic seaside resorts, with clean lines and combining the soothing colours of driftwood, and shades of grey and white.
Restaurants, lounges, a library, theatre and spa also offer passengers a whole range of five-star facilities and commodities.
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