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  • Ponant-Soleal-cabin.jpg - Your cabin on the Ponant luxury ship Le Soleal is your home away from home.
  • Ponant-LeSoleal-stateroom1.jpg -  Book a stateroom on Le Soleal for quiet luxury on a Ponant expedition cruise.
  • Ponant-LeSoleal-stateroom2.jpg - Your stateroom on Le Soleal is your sanctuary at sea. One popular itinerary is a cruise to Rangiroa, Bora Bora and Huahine in French Polynesia.
  • Ponant-Le-Soleal-exterior.jpg - Ponant's luxury expedition ship Le Soleal docked in port.
  • Ponant-Bellot-Strait.jpg - Explore Canada's Bellot Strait and other unique locations on Le Soleal, a Ponant ship.
  • le-soleal-in-venice.jpg - Ponant's Le Soleal cruises into Venice.
  • Ponant-Le-Soleal20.jpg - Ponant's Le Soleal has 132 cabins and suites for 264 passengers and 140 crew members.
  • Ponant-LeSoleal-library.jpg - Spend time in the Library on Ponant's Le Soleal for some quiet reading.
  • Ponant-LeSoleal-lounge.jpg - The lounge on Le Soleal is a meeting place for passengers traveling to French Polynesia and Easter Island.
  • le-soleal-venice.jpg - Ponant's Le Soleal in Venice.
  • Ponant-al-fresco-dining.jpg - Enjoy refreshing sea and land views during al fresco dining on your Ponant cruise.
  • Ponant-dining.jpg -  Dine on French fusion cuisine, such as carpaccio of yellow fin tuna or pan-fried filet steak and finish your meal with panna cotta with red berry fruits on your Ponant sailing.
  • French-cuisine.jpg -  Dining is a gastronomical experience on Ponant voyages.
  • Ponant-dining-alfresco.jpg - Enjoy exquisite foods and well paired wines when dining al fresco on a Ponant cruise.
  • Ponant-Soleal-cove.jpg - Relax in the lounge of Le Soleal. The Ponant ship sails the world from Easter Island to Copenhagen to Tahiti.
  • Ponant-Yacht-Cruise-poolside.jpg - Relax poolside as your Ponant ship slips into small bays and secluded coves.
  • Le-Soleal-reception.jpg - The classy reception area of the Ponant luxury ship Le Soleal.
  • Ponant-crew-service.png - Experience attentive service on your cruise aboard Ponant's Le Soleal.
  • Ponant-LeBoreal-deck-champagne.jpg - Sip fine Champagne on deck with fellow shipmates as you leave port on deck on your Ponant cruise.
  • Ponant-LeSoleal-bar.jpg - Order a drink and meet interesting new people in the bar on the Ponant luxury ship Le Soleal.
  • Ponant-LeSoleal-reception.jpg - The Reception area of Le Soleal provides a meeting place as well as an informational hub for your voyage.
  • Ponant-cruise-life.jpg - Enjoy a good book + cool drink + sunshine on deck on your Ponant cruise.
  • Ponant-butler-on-deck.jpg - Have a butler pamper yourself on a Ponant cruise with canapes on deck.
  • Ponant-champagne.jpg - Sunset and a perfectly chilled glass of champagne make for a perfect vacation escape on a Ponant cruise.
  • Ponant-fitness.jpg - Stay fit while exploring new vistas on a Ponant cruise.
  • le-soleal-in-venice.jpg - Ponant's Le Soleal cruises into Venice.
  • Ponant-tropical-fish.png - Snorkel and scuba dive to see tropical fish up close as part of your Ponant cruise experience.
  • Ponant-whale-fin.png - See nature in a whole new way on a Ponant luxury expedition cruise when you set sail on Le Boreal from Ushuaia, Argentina, to Antarctica.
  • Ponant-whale.jpg - A humpback whale breaches the surface, seen on a Ponant cruise.
  • winter-Vancouver-British-Columbia - A winter view across to West End in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Above-Juneau - A view from high above Juneau. See? It's not all snow.
  • four-courts-dublin-ireland - The Four Courts on the River Liffey in Dublin. The Four Courts houses the Irish Supreme Court, High Court and the Central Criminal Court.
  • Sweden-Stockholm-Gamia-Stan2 - After strolling the through picturesque Gamia Stan (the old town of Stockholm), take a moment to relax in Stortorget.
  • martinique-beach-scene.jpg - A serene stretch of beach on Martinique.
  • Ponant-Antarctica-Bongrain-Pt.jpg - See the wonders of Antarctica on Ponant's Le Lyrial. Here's Bongrain Point on Pourquoi Pas Island.
  • Ponant-Antarctica-penguins.jpg - Cruise Ponant to Antarctica and get up close and personal with some king penguins.
  • Ponant-Antarctica-whale.jpg - See whales close up on your Ponant cruise to Antarctica.
  • Ponant-Antarctica.jpg - Sail on a Ponant luxury expedition ship from Ushuaia, Argentina, to  Antarctica.
  • Ponant-Argentina-cliffs-snow.jpg - Sail from Argentina to Antarctice on Ponant's luxury expedition ship Le Lyrial.
  • Ponant-Argentina-King-Penguin.jpg - View king penguins on your Ponant cruise from Argentina to Antarctica.
  • Ponant-Argentina-King-Penguins2.jpg - Get up close and personal with king penguins on your Ponant cruise to Antarctica.
  • Ponant-Argentina-orca.jpg - Watch orcas from the deck of a Ponant luxury expedition cruise from Argentina to Antarctica.
  • Ponant-Argentina-penguin-beach.jpg - Come see majestic Magellanic penguins on a Ponant cruise from Argentina to Antarctica.
  • Ponant-Argentina-penguin-sea.jpg - Frolic along with the penguins on a Ponant cruise from Argentina to Antarctica.
  • Ponant-Argentina-penguin-young.jpg - A penguin checking on her chicks, seen on a Ponant cruise.
  • Ponant-Argentina-seal-chill.jpg - Chill out, like this seal, during a Ponant cruise to Antarctica.
  • Ponant-Argentina-snows-pano.jpg - A panoramic shot of Ponant's Le Lyrial during a sailing from Argentina to Antarctica.
  • Ponant-Argentina-whale-tail.jpg - Watch whales from the deck of a Ponant luxury expedition cruise from Argentina to Antarctica.
  • Ponant-Croatia-Dubrovnik.jpg - Step back in time in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on your Ponant cruise.
  • Ponant-Croatia-Rovinj.jpg - Visit lovely smaller ports on your Ponant cruise such as Rovinj, Croatia, known as Little Venice.
  • Ponant-Greenland2.jpg - Sail Ponant's Le Soleal to the dramatic seas of Greenland.
  • Ponant-LeSoleal-orca.jpg - Watch orca whales from the comfort of Ponant's intimate luxury yacht Le Soleal.
  • shore-excursion-kimberley.jpg - A guide steers guests to a shore excursion in the Kimberley region of Australia on a Ponant cruise.
  • Kimberley-cliffs.jpg - The cliff face in Australia’s Kimberley region dwarfs a Ponant Zodiac boat.

Le Soleal: Luxury cruises on a mega-yacht

Health advisory: Ponant requires all passengers and crew members 16 years of age and older to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before boarding. Guests and crew will also need to show proof of a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours of boarding.


Le Soleal is the third ship from French luxury cruise line Ponant, specializing in smaller ships, also known as mega-yachts. With smaller ships, guests  enjoy a higher staff to crew ratio, have simpler embark and debark procedures, and can visit smaller ports that do not have facilities for larger ships. Think of this more as a boutique experience.

Sailing under the French flag, this magnificent yacht of only 132 staterooms and Suites, with balconies, joined the fleet in July 2013. You will be enchanted by the contemporary decor inspired by the luxury yachting world, with fluid lines and a modern color scheme combining natural wood with shades of grey and white.

You can enjoy the wonderful French cuisine on your cruise, be pampered in the spa, and retain your workout schedule while sailing in style. The crew is English- and French-speaking with many service staff from Asia. 

Where Le Soleal sails

Le Soleal skips about to different regions of the Asia-Pacific region, from the South Pacifc, Australia and New Zealand to Japan and even Antarctica now and then. 

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The staff on Le Soleal will cater to your every whim.
François Lefebvre / Courtesy of Ponant The staff on Le Soleal will cater to your every whim.

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Enticing destinations
  • Where: New Zealand

  • What: Main Lounge
  • Where: Deck 3

  • What: Comfy staterooms
  • Where: Shipwide

Fast facts

264 Passengers [?]
140 Crew
6 Decks
2013 Maiden voyage
10,944 Tonnage [?]
466 Length in feet
59 Width in feet (max beam)
16 Draft (feet)


“Le Soleal is contemporary – chic and uncluttered. With a dark gray hull and sleek white superstructure, the ship looks more like a large private yacht rather than a traditional cruise ship.”

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