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At the crossroads of the Atlantic and the Celtic Sea, a brand new PONANT itinerary to the discovery of Celtic legends;
Amazing ports of call in Ireland and Scotland, from mysterious heathlands to romantic castles;
A rich cultural and musical programme:
- Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, the well-known novelist and playwright will be on board
- ‘Barbara’ show, performed by Roland Romanelli, Rebecca Mai and Jean-Philippe Audin
- Bizet concert, performed by tenor Philippe Do (tenor) and Karine Deshayes (mezzo-soprano), accompanied by Nicolas Stavy (pianist)
- Concert by Philippe Do (tenor)
- Staterooms & Suites
- LE BOREAL
- Port of call & excursions
- Guest(s) Lecturer(s)
- Pre/Post & Overlands
Staterooms & Suites
There are no staterooms available for booking. Please contact our cruise advisors.
Like her sisterships, Le Boréal 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.
Superior materials, discreet elegance and a tasteful décor reflect a nautical mood subtly revisited. Aboard, soothing neutral grey tones are enlivened by splashes of red, our signature theme linking tradition and innovation to create personal touches in the spirit of a “private yacht”.
Port of call & excursions
HonfleurEmbarkation 25/05/2017 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 25/05/2017 at 18H00 .
A treasure of the Côte Fleurie, Honfleur is located on the edge of la Crique de Rouen in Normandy. You will no doubt admire the historical ships moored in its old port. With its tall, slate-covered houses, the quays provide a great setting for a very nice walk. In the streets behind the harbour, you will see many timber houses. These picturesque places were the cradle of several pre-impressionist painters. You can see their works in the Eugène Boudin museum. Exhibited works represent scenes of medieval streets and the coastline as it used to be, as illustrated by the Butin beach and its lush green hillsides.
26 May 2017 – Isles Of ScillyArrival 26/05/2017 midday. Departure 26/05/2017 early evening.
Nestling in the clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean, at the south west tip of Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly form a small British island chain whose climate, landscapes and lifestyle are unlike any other and seem to have come straight from an Enid Blyton story. Here, everything resembles a tropical paradise. The long sandy beaches run alongside lush green meadows teeming with semi-exotic flowers, whilst the ruins of ancient castles loom from the tops of the hills. Veritable havens of peace that inspired the legendary Avalon of King Arthur, they are today listed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the rugged coastline plays host to wildlife that is as varied as it is exceptional, including the very rare Atlantic grey seal.
27 May 2017 – CorkArrival 27/05/2017 early morning. Departure 27/05/2017 late afternoon.
Located on the south-west coast of Ireland, the dynamic yet peaceful university city of Cork will delight you with its countless historical and cultural treasures. In the city centre, do not miss a visit to the Saint Finbarr cathedral, renowned for its impressive neo-gothic architecture, as well as the emblematic English Market, a magnificent covered food market in the Victorian style that will reveal all the richness of Irish produce. This pleasant visit to the second largest city in Ireland will also be the opportunity to visit the old Jameson distillery, where the famous whisky was made for nearly 200 years.
28 May 2017 – Moher cliffs (sailing)Arrival 28/05/2017. Departure 28/05/2017.
On the west coast of Ireland, in County Clare, admire the majestic Cliffs of Moher from your ship. Among the country’s most beautiful cliffs, they are as fascinating as they are impressive. Made up of limestone rocks and shale, shaped by the wind and the ocean over hundreds of millions of years, these vertiginous rock walls stand at over 210 metres tall in places. They are home to many sea birds, which offer visitors a memorable show as they spin and whirl in the wind before finding refuge in a rocky nook.
28 May 2017 – Aran IslandsArrival 28/05/2017 early afternoon. Departure 28/05/2017 early evening.
29 May 2017 – GalwayArrival 29/05/2017 early morning. Departure 29/05/2017 late afternoon.
Built at the mouth of the Corrib on in the West, Galway is one of the liveliest towns in the country. The cobbled streets in its historical centre offer plenty of designer boutiques, artists’ studios and bohemian cafés.
30 May 2017 – KillybegsArrival 30/05/2017 early morning. Departure 30/05/2017 late afternoon.
Tucked away and sheltered by a large inlet, this charming fishing port is located on Ireland's most northern extremity, in the heart of the southern coast of County Donegal. As your boat glides into the port, soak up the dazzling colours of the trawlers docked in the harbour. You may well have the opportunity to tour the Donegal Carpets Factory, one of the world's oldest handmade carpet manufacturers. You can also take a tour of the Glenveagh National Park and its castle, after having crossed through the wild, untamed beauty of northern Ireland. Donegal is a rambler's paradise, and the Blue Stack Mountains are sure to have you hooked with their peace, quiet and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes.
31 May 2017 – Iona (Hebrides), ScotlandArrival 31/05/2017 early morning. Departure 31/05/2017 midday.
Of all the islands in the Inner Hebrides, Iona is by far the most conducive to contemplation and meditation. And for good reason... it is here that St Columba landed from Ireland in 563 and undertook to establish Christianity in Scotland. Now an abbey, the islandﾒs true spiritual centre stands where the ancient monastery founded by the Irish missionary was built. Many kings of Scotland, including the legendary Macbeth, are buried in the nearby cemetery. In sunny weather, arriving on the Isle of Iona is a stunningly beautiful experience.
31 May 2017 – Tobermory (Scotland)Arrival 31/05/2017 mid afternoon. Departure 31/05/2017 evening.
Located at the northernmost tip of the lovely Isle of Mull, Tobermory has to be one of the most beautiful natural seaports on Scotland’s West Coast. Founded in 1788, this ancient fishing village has been converted to a leisure port highly appreciated today for its surroundings and the quiet charm it exudes. You will definitely be won over by the row of many-storied houses on the hillside, illuminating the harbour with their vibrant colours. Although the real spectacle is outdoors, a visit to the interesting Mull Museum dedicated the local history and the exhibitions at the An Tobar art gallery is well worth the time.
1 June 2017 – Belfast-Northern IrelandArrival 01/06/2017 early morning. Departure 01/06/2017 late afternoon.
The capital city of Northern Ireland is located on the very tip of Belfast Lough, in the north-east of the Emerald Isle. Along the waterfront, the building shaped like a fragmented liner is non other than the Titanic Belfast, a homage to the famous transatlantic liner, with full-scale reconstructions making for an insightful experience of the Belle Epoque. In the historical centre, you’ll also travel back in time when you see the majestic Edwardian columns of the City Hall, and the imposing neo-gothic towers of Queen’s University for example. The carved wooden façades of the Victorian pubs will certainly entice you in for a pint of beer or chilled cider.
Glasgow, ScotlandDisembarkation 02/06/2017 at 07H00 .
In the heart of the Clyde Valley, the bustling city of Glasgow contrasts starkly with the wild beauty of the surrounding countryside. Scotlandﾒs biggest city overflows with landmarks from its extensive artistic heritage and outstanding architectural tradition. The cityﾒs chequerboard layout makes walking through the major pedestrian thoroughfares easy: go with the flow and let the lively street atmosphere take you past the many Victorian monuments. Donﾒt miss the collections on display in the numerous museums and art galleries. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is an outstanding example.
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.
Discover the delights of our cultural cruises where music takes centre stage, combining sumptuous scenery and exceptional artistic heritages.
A waterborne musical journey
Whether you are a fan of instrumental classical music or opera, or you prefer jazz or Celtic melodies, why not enjoy a different and very special experience aboard a PONANT ship? Set sail for a luxury cruise combining the charms of music and the sea.
These cultural cruises, where the tempo is set by concerts on land or at sea as well as a series of conferences, bring together music lovers and artists around a shared passion: music.
An exceptional selection of artists*
Aboard the ships, our guests of honour, all well-known artists, talented performers and brilliant virtuosos will share their knowledge and their passion in an accessible and intimate way.
According to the theme of each cruise, PONANT welcomes prestigious artists, be they pianists, violinists, singers and more.
Come and share alongside them the refined adventure of a PONANT musical cruise.
*See the list of guests of honour present during your cruise in the “Guests” tab.
The British Isles and Ireland in springtime are among the most lovely, verdant places on earth, and this voyage is carefully designed to showcase the very best they have to offer. As we sail from the port of Honfleur on the English Channel around the tip of Cornwall and along the western coast of Ireland, we enjoy the warm embrace of Celtic people, eager to share with us their history and traditions – prehistoric forts in the Aran Islands, built by mysterious tribes during the Iron Age; medieval castles in the Hebrides, including the burial places of Duncan and Macbeth; the charming and picturesque town of Donegal. But it is the remarkable gardens we visit in nearly every port that make this voyage a true horticulturalist’s dream. Tresco Abbey on the Isles of Scilly; award-winning Garnish Islands Garden in Bantry Bay; the highly personal garden of Elizabeth Temple at Salt Hill; the home of the National Trust at Rowallane in Belfast – these are the gardens and parks we will explore. Our guide to this lush richness – among the most accomplished and respected botanists in the world – will be Holly Shimizu, recently retired chief of the U. S. Botanical Gardens in Washington, D.C.
Born in France of Vietnamese origin, Philippe Do made his debut with the Lyon National Opera. He sings on the most prestigious opera stages of the world: Scala of Milan, Bolchoï of Moscow, Marinsky of St-Petersburg, Lincoln Center in New York, Opéra-Comique and Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Zurich Opera, Grand-Théâtre of Geneva, Capitole of Toulouse, Venice La Fenice, Vienna Volksoper, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Festspielhaus of Baden-Baden, Festival dei Due Mondi of Spoleto, Macerata Sferisterio, Chorégies d’Orange…
Philippe Do is a very much sought-after singer for « the beauty of his lyric tenor voice with its refined mezza-voce, and the purity of the style » (Alan Blyth in Opera) especially in the French and the belcanto repertoire.
Recent performances include Thérèse and La Navarraise by Massenet in Wexford, Pelléas et Mélisande by Debussy in Prague, Anna Bolena (with Edita Gruberova), Maria Stuarda and Roberto Devereux by Donizetti in Ostrava, Il Mondo della luna by Haydn in Monte-Carlo, Faust in Mainz, Roméo et Juliette in Venice, Les Pêcheurs de Perles by in Verona, St-Petersburg and Moscow, Carmen in Zurich and Riga…
His rich discography includes a.o. Carmen (DVD Dynamics), Clovis et Clotilde by Bizet (Naxos, Editor’s choice de Gramophon, Guru by Laurent Petitgirard (Naxos, Choc de Classica).
Philippe Do holds an MBA from ESSEC Business School in Paris, and is a graduate from the Mannes College of Music in New York. He won several international competitions, including the prestigious “Toti dal Monte” competition in 2001. He is studying with legendary Mirella Freni.
Spoken language: French
Photo credit: Sylvain Marchand
Eric Emmanuel Schmitt
Born 1960, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt is a Franco-Belgian playwright, short-story writer, novelist and film director.
A philosophy graduate, with a PhD, he made his first mark on the theatre with Don Juan on Trial in 1991, then The Visitor which has become a classic on the international repertoire. Other successes in theatre and film quickly followed including Enigma Variations with Alain Delon and Francis Huster; The Libertine with Bernard Giraudeau; Frederick or Crime Boulevard with Jean-Paul Belmondo; Between Worlds with Rufus; Partners in Crime with Charlotte Rampling and Bernard Giraudeau; and Oscar and the Lady in Pink with Danielle Darrieux, to name a few.
Within two decades, he became one of the most widely read and performed French-language authors in the world. Praised by both the public and critics, his plays have won him several Molière awards and Académie française theatre Grand Prix prizes. His books have been translated into 43 languages and his plays are regularly performed in over 50 countries.
In 2016 Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt was unanimously elected by his peers to be a member of the Goncourt Jury where he occupies the n°2 place of Jules Renard, Sacha Guitry and Edmonde Charles-Roux. On 21 July the same year, he was made Commander of the Order of the Crown by King Philippe of Belgium.
Language spoken: French
Photo credit: Catherine Cabrol
After brilliant musical studies having been a pupil of Mireille Alcantara and receiving advice from Régine Crespin, Karine Deshayes first joined the troupe of the Lyon Opera, where she performed in the roles of Cherubino, Stephano, among others, and especially in her first Rossini role as Rosina.
His career quickly took off afterwards. She was invited to perform on all the major French stages: Avignon, Lyon Strasbourg, Marseille, Toulouse, Tours, Chorégies d’Orange, Bordeaux etc. She regularly performed at the Paris Opera where she won great acclaim in the Rossini roles of Angelina, Rosina, Elena, but also as Poppea in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Sesto (in Handel’s Giulio Cesare), Romeo (in Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi ) and in the Mozart roles of Cherubino and Dorabella. It was also at the Paris Opera that she took on the role of Carmen for the first time, as well as the role of Charlotte in Werther.
Karine Deshayes’s career has also extended into major international stages, including the Salzburg Festival (Die Zauberflöte under the baton of Riccardo Muti), the Teatro Real in Madrid, and the Liceu in Barcelona (the title role in Massenet’s Cendrillon). At the invitation of the New York Metropolitan Opera, she debuted in the role of Siebel before returning there to play Isolier in the Le Comte Ory, and more recently, Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann directed by James Levine, where she drew particularly rave reviews from the New York music critiques. She followed this by performing in the role of Angelina in the Cenerentola at the San Francisco Opera, again to great success.
Subsequently, she has sung the role of Donna Elvira at the Opera of Paris for the first time, a role that she made own, as the public and the critics unanimously agreed. In concert, she beautifully played the role of Elisabetta in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda at the Avignon Opera.
She just has sung the roles of Adalgisa (Norma) at the Teatro Real in Madrid and Charlotte (Werther) at the Tchaikowsky Concert Hall in Moscow,.
Karine Deshayes’s vast repertoire has allowed her to perform regularly in concert and recital under the direction of such conductors as Emmanuel Krivine, David Stern, Kurt Masur, Emmanuelle Haïm, Louis Langrée and Myung-Whun Chung, and with such artists as Philippe Cassard, Renaud Capuçon, Nicolas Angelich, L’Ensemble Contraste, the Quatuor Ebène, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and many more.
At the Victoires de la Musique Awards in 2016, Karine Deshayes was named Lyric Artist of the Year for the second time in her career.
Her last recording, « Rossini », with the Ensemble Les Forces Majeures, has just been released (Label Aparté).
Future plans include Rossini's Armida at the Montpellier Opera House, Gluck's Alceste at the Lyon Opera House, Romeo (I Capuleti e I Montecchi) at the Marseille Opera House and many concerts and récitals.
Language spoken: French
Photo Credit : Aymeric Giraudel
Holly H. Shimizu
Holly H. Shimizu, recently retired Executive Director of the United States Botanic Garden, is an internationally recognized horticulturist. She has worked in gardens in many parts of the world and is often recognized from ten years as a host of the popular Victory Garden television show on PBS. Holly has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Thomas Roland Medal for outstanding contributions to horticultural education from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and the Professional Award for an Outstanding Public Garden Director from the American Horticultural Society. Dedicated to heightening an awareness and love of plants through her work, she has written for numerous publications and has been an international flower show judge. Her husband Osamu is a Garden Designer whom she met while working in Europe. They live in Maryland with their naughty dog, enjoying their sanctuary garden near the Potomac River.
Languages spoken: English
Photo credit: ARR
Osamu Shimizu grew up in Japan where he studied and worked in both historic and contemporary Japanese Gardens. He then worked in Europe for over ten years in both private and public gardens, helping with garden designs, mapping, and garden improvements. In 1982 he started his own garden design/build company, Shimizu Landscape Design, and has been creating gardens, for residences as well as public spaces. Many of his gardens are Japanese but some represent a blending of styles with influences from east and west.
Languages spoken: English
Photo credit: ARR
Nicolas Stavy performs on prestigious international stages like the Festival de la Roque d’Anthéron, the Festival Piano aux Jacobins, the Chopin festivals at Nohant and Bagatelle, Festival de l’Orangerie de Sceaux, the Piano Festivals in Lille, the Berlioz Festival, musée d’Orsay, Salle Pleyel, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Casals Hall in Tokyo, Bucharest’s Romanian Athenaeum, Geneva’s Victoria Hall, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and New York’s 92nd Street. He has performed as a soloist with major ensembles such as the Suisse Romande Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra in Salt Lake City, the Bucharest Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Lille and France’s Republican Guard Orchestra.
Always eager to make new discoveries, Nicolas performs chamber music with colleagues such as Daniel Hope, Cédric Tiberghien, Pierre Génisson, Karine Deshayes and the Ébène Quartet. He has also participated in projects alongside actors Robin Renucci, Didier Sandre, Brigitte Fossey and Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, with whom he is currently on tour with a new Chopin show.
His two latest CDs published by Hortus was rated **** by Classica magazine, FFFF by France’s Télérama magazine, voted a Maestro by the Pianiste review, and praised in Britain’s The Guardian.
Two more albums, dedicated to Fauré and Haydn, are due to be released this season under the Bis label.
Language spoken: French
Photo credit: Gilles Molinier
Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.
Pre/Post & Overlands
After your cruise
Before your cruise
25/05/2017 – Return Flight to Paris (Economic Class) + Transfer by Deluxe Coach from Paris Porte Maillot to the Port of Honfleur (Pre) + Architectural Heritage and History of Glasgow (Post)
25/05/2017 – Return Flight to Paris (Economic Class) + Transfer by Deluxe Coach from Paris Porte Maillot to the Port of Honfleur (Pre) + Discovery of Glasgow 1Night (Post)
** Prices per person, based on double occupancy