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Le Soleal: Luxury cruises on a mega-yacht
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.
So where will your travels take you? Consider a cruise on Le Soleal starting in Nome, Alaska with stops in some of the smaller ports in Alaska such as St. Georges and Katmai National Park and Preserve. A tropical cruise to French Polynesia would start in Papeete (Tahiti), visit the Gambier Islands, and end at Easter Island (Hanga Roa). Each cruise is planned with your comfort in mind.
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“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.”