* Subject to availability
- Outings and shore visits in Zodiac®inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
- UNSECO-classified sites: Fernando de Noronha*, Bissagos Islands.
- Presence on board of the architect Jacques Rougerie.
- A cruise discovering four archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean: Fernando de Noronha*, the Bissagos Islands, Cape Verde and the Canary Islands.
- Possibility of encountering local people in the Bissagos Islands.
- The biodiversity and wild, preserved landscapes of Fernando de Noronha* and the Bissagos Islands.
- The city of Mindelo in Cape Verde and its elegant buildings with their British and Portuguese colonial influences.
* Port of call subject to obtaining the approvals.
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Staterooms & Suites
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Designed in 2013 and loyal to the PONANT spirit, Le Soléal like her sisterships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites)make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.
With her fluid lines and a modern colour scheme combining natural wood with shades of grey and white, Le Soléal presents references to a nautical theme.
Port of call & excursions
RecifeEmbarkation 22/03/2018 from 17H00 to 18H00 . Departure 22/03/2018 at 00H00 .
Founded in the 16th century, the city of Recife on Brazilﾒs north-east coast is a vibrant mix of old and new. Stroll around the historic centre to discover elegant pastel-coloured mansions, the Baroque cathedral of São Pedro and the azulejos frescoes in the church of São António, not far from the neoclassical theatre of Santa Isabel. On the waterfront, the long beaches of Pina and Boa Viagem beckon with emerald water and fine sand under shady coconut palms, while modern business blocks rear skyward to form a striking backdrop.
23 March 2018 – At seaArrival 23/03/2018 . Departure 23/03/2018 .
24 March 2018▸25 March 2018 – Fernando de NoronhaArrival 24/03/2018 . Departure 25/03/2018 .
The main island in the archipelago of the same name, Fernando de Noronha lies off Brazilﾒs north-east coast. Its pristine natural environment has given it UNESCO World Natural Heritage status. In Dolphins Bay, spinner dolphins cavort in pristine waters against a backdrop of luxuriant green hills. You might also see whale sharks and hawksbill turtles. Just next to the port of Santo Antonio, youﾒll see petrels and albatrosses cruising over deserted beaches. For an insight into the islandﾒs culture, visit Vila dos Remédios, a seaside village featuring many historic buildings.
26 March 2018▸29 March 2018 – At seaArrival 26/03/2018 . Departure 29/03/2018 .
30 March 2018 – Carache Island, BijagosArrival 30/03/2018 . Departure 30/03/2018 .
Off the west African coast of Guinea-Bissau, the Bissagos archipelago rolls out its 88 islands and islets of black rock and white sand in the heart of the Atlantic. Declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1996, this string of islets has exceptionally rich land and sea fauna. In the heart of luxuriant nature, you'll meet the Bijago inhabitants, fascinating men and women who have adapted to and melted in with their natural environment.
31 March 2018 – Caravela Island, BijagosArrival 31/03/2018 . Departure 31/03/2018 .
Off the west African coast of Guinea-Bissau, the Bissagos archipelago rolls out its 88 islands and islets of black rock and white sand in the heart of the Atlantic. Declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1996, this string of islets has exceptionally rich land and sea fauna. In the heart of luxuriant nature, you'll enjoy Caravela Island's wild charm and its Bijago inhabitants, fascinating men and women who have adapted to and melted in with their natural environment.
1 April 2018▸2 April 2018 – At seaArrival 01/04/2018 . Departure 02/04/2018 .
3 April 2018 – Mindelo, Sao Vicente I.Arrival 03/04/2018 at 06H00 . Departure 03/04/2018 at 16H30 .
Set on the shores of the Porto Grande bay on the north-west coast of São Vicente, Mindelo is considered to be Cape Verde's cultural capital. Here in singer Cesaria Evora's homeland, you can listen to real morna in the bars of the old town, where you can also sip the local grog, a Cape Verdian sugarcane spirit. A few streets from the elegant floating resort of Pont d'água you'll see the pastel-coloured houses and colonial buildings of the historical district. Other landmarks are the facades of the old Governor's Palace and the busy municipal market.
4 April 2018▸5 April 2018 – At seaArrival 04/04/2018 . Departure 05/04/2018 .
Santa Cruz de TenerifeDisembarkation 06/04/2018 at 08H30 .
The capital city of Tenerife is located on the north-east coast of the island. Close to the port is the monumental Plaza de España, bedecked with a fountain and plant sculptures. Around the plaza, you can admire the white marble Triunfo de la Candelaria obelisk, the historic casino of Santa Cruz and the majestic Guimerà theatre. Not far from here, the picturesque Iglesia de la Concepción church features the characteristic traits of Canaries architecture.
The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.
Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.
Brazil: Should you need a visa for Brazil, we strongly recommend you start the necessary application process early.
Yellow fever inoculation is compulsory. You will need to bring with you your original proof of international yellow fever vaccination. Should you fail to bring your valid certificate, you will be denied boarding.
Anti-malarial treatment is highly recommended (check with your doctor)
Exploring the world’s extreme regions while enjoying luxury comfort and service: that is the unique Expedition Cruise concept brought to you by Ponant, the world’s leading polar cruise specialist.
Ponant Expedition cruises take you off the beaten path, for true adventures that are both authentic and refined. We have designed a large number of itineraries just for you, to give you access to exceptional lands all around the globe. From the Arctic to the Antarctic via Alaska, South America or Oceania, each luxury Expedition is the promise of a different and unique cruise experience.
A luxury expedition voyage
No matter which destination you choose, you will always find the same exceptional standards of comfort, service and elegance that have forged Ponant’s reputation. Our sisterships have earned Class Comfort 1 certification and can sail in the world’s most extreme regions, whilst offering an intimate and refined luxury atmosphere and environment. A certain idea of luxury, a way of experiencing cruising... differently.
Discovering the wonders of the world
The hikes, excursions and Zodiac outings organised during your Expedition cruise provide ample opportunity for you to discover the hidden treasures of these regions. With guidance from our experienced naturalists, lecturers and guides, you will be able to approach a rich and unfamiliar wildlife and flora and meet little-known tribes and ethnic groups. On board and on land, our specialists will provide a cultural, historical or geological dimension, and will take great pleasure in answering all of your questions.
A visionary architect born in 1945 and passionate about the sea, Jacques Rougerie has, for more than 30 years, based his research and his realizations on bionic and biomimetic architecture that takes in account the principles of sustainable development. His prospective vision and his taste for new technologies allow him to propose a better integration of the habitat in its natural environment, in particular the marine one, in order for humans to better find a fit in it. Thus he draws his inspiration from Léonardo da Vinci and his faith in the human ingenuity.
Jacques Rougerie builds underwater habitats and laboratories, marine research centers, vessels with see-through hulls, sub-aquatic museums and imagines major projects always linked to the ocean.
Hence he combines his two passions - the sea and architecture. He was elected in 2008 to the Institut de France – Academy of Fine Arts and like a true undersea explorer, he tests his own creations and has even lived several times in underwater habitats, famously participating in the world record achievement of living 71 days under the sea in the United States.
His flagship projects, SeaOrbiter and the City of Meriens, are a synthesis of more than 30 years of innovative research in marine and subsea architecture. Inspired by the imaginary work of Jules Verne, he has adopted his motto: "Anything one man can imagine, other men can make real".
“It is from the ocean that will be born the destiny of civilizations to come.”
Language spoken: French
Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.
Expeditions programmes include activities such as Zodiac® outings (sometimes with "wet landing"), moderate walks to more active hikes. All this accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Certain zodiac® outings will not allow for landings just cruising. Landings will depend on weather conditions, winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time.
Travelling to polar/isolated regions is an exhilarating experience. The raw beauty and untouched wilderness offer an unusual chance to experience a place where there is little evidence of human presence. Inevitably, there are some consequences that come with such remoteness: please remember that you are far from modern hospitals with full medical facilities, thus evacuation is highly expensive. Without the necessary medical coverage, all expenses will have to be immediately paid from with your personal funds. We urge you to subscribe a full coverage insurance, choose your insurance company very carefully and be extremely vigilant and ensure your insurance is fully comprehensive.
Taking into consideration the unusual and exceptional character of expedition itineraries, the calls shown are an indication only. The final route will be confirmed by the Captain and Expedition Leader, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. Their decision will be subject to that of local authorities.
Dressing tips :
- Cotton comfrortable and light weight shorts/bermudas
- Light weight long trousers
- Long-sleeved breathable UPF50+ shirts
- Cotton short sleeves T-shirt
- Aquatic UV long-sleeve T-shirt for sun protection during snorkeling or swimming (except for the Amazon cruises where bathing is not allowed)
- Aquatic non-slip sandals (except for the Amazon cruises where bathing is not allowed)
- Windproof, waterproof and breathable outer layer
- Broad brimmed anti-UV hat with strap
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Waterproof backpack for camera
- Sunscreen and after-sun high index & insect repellent
- Note: During your visits to some local communities, all guests will be required to dress respectfully. Ladies must have their shoulders and thighs covered. Gentlemen should have their shoulders covered also.
Feel free to visit the PONANT online shop which offers a selection of equipment and accessories adapted to our destinations at the following address: http://boutique.ponant.com.
Benefits of the PONANT shop:
- expert advice to gear up
- a selection of technical equipment and accessories approved by our naturalists
- Duty Free prices
- delivery directly on board
Pre/Post & Overlands
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