Inaugural cruise – Treasures of the Atlantic coast

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    Inaugural cruise
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    Inaugural cruise – Treasures of the Atlantic coast

    Cruise Northern Europe, The Mediterranean

    from 25 October 2018 to 1 November 2018
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Honfleur
    Arrival Port : Lisbon

    Ship : LE CHAMPLAIN

    • Ref : C251018

    Inaugural cruise aboard Le Champlain – In the presence of Jean Emmanuel Sauvée – CEO and Founder of PONANT

    From Honfleur to Lisbon, PONANT invites you on Le Champlain’s inaugural cruise in the presence of many special guests*. This brand-new 8-day itinerary, guaranteed to be full of surprises and discoveries, will take you along the French, Spanish and Portuguese Atlantic coastlines.

    From Dinard, don’t miss out on the visit to Saint-Malo, where preparations for the Route du Rhum, the legendary race celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, will be in full swing, to the great delight of sailing enthusiasts.

    The next port of call for this new ship is Pasajes, in Spain. This will give you the opportunity to discover San Sebastián, the elegant capital of Gipuzkoa province. With its distinctive shell-shaped bay, opulent-looking buildings and small streets that are ideal for strolling, this city provides a fine glimpse at the charms of the Spanish Basque Country.

    Your journey will continue to Galicia and the city of Vigo, the biggest fishing port in Spain. Not far from here, Santiago de Compostela awaits you. This unmissable pilgrimage destination is home to a number of monuments from the Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque periods, testimony to its illustrious past.

    Finally, from the port of Leixões, you will visit Porto. The capital of Portugal's northern region, this “city of granite” is renowned for its wine but also for its remarkable historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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    Highlights

    • For one day, the presence on board of Jean Emmanuel Sauvée, CEO and Founder of PONANT, and Erik Orsenna, economist, writer and member of the Académie Française, who will give a conference. For the entire cruise, the presence on board of Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, a former minister, and Christine Clerc, journalist.
    • Inaugural cruise: be the first to embark aboard the latest addition to the PONANT fleet: Le Champlain.
    • A brand-new cruise along the Atlantic coast of three countries: France, Spain and Portugal.
    • UNESCO World Heritage sites: the old town of Santiago de Compostela (from Vigo) and the historic centre of Porto (from Leixões).
    • Two brand-new ports of call on the Atlantic coast: Pasajes (San Sebastián) and Vigo.
    • From Dinard, possibility of attending the Route du Rhum multihull racing yacht parade, in Saint-Malo.
    • From San Sebastián, opportunity to visit the Balenciaga Museum in Getaria and the town of Biarritz.
    • Excursion included in Galicia to discover Santiago de Compostela.

    (*)Except in the event of force majeure.

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    Staterooms & Suites

    • Deluxe Stateroom
      $7,770
      $4,160
      Not Available
    • Prestige stateroom Deck 4
      $8,230
      $4,390
      Available
    • Prestige stateroom Deck 5
      $8,510
      $4,530
      Available
    • Prestige Deck 6
      $8,750
      $4,650
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 3
      $11,910
      $6,230
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 5
      $11,910
      $6,230
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 4
      $11,910
      $6,230
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 6
      $11,910
      $6,230
      Not Available
    • Prestige Suite Deck 5
      $17,230
      $8,890
      Not Available
    • Prestige Suite Deck 6
      $17,750
      $9,150
      Not Available
    • Privilege Suite Deck 6
      $18,290
      $9,420
      Not Available
    • Privilege Suite Deck 5
      $18,290
      $9,420
      Not Available
    • Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5
      $18,850
      $9,700
      Not Available
    • Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6
      $18,850
      $9,700
      Not Available
    • Owner's Suite
      $19,410
      $9,980
      Not Available
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    Prestige stateroom Deck 4

    • Area : 19 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 4m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi
    • 2 staterooms of 27
    • 5 m² with a private balcony of 6 m² for people with reduced mobility.
    Price
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Prestige stateroom Deck 5

    • Area : 19 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 4m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
    Price
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   

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    LE CHAMPLAIN

    Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

    As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Champlain will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

    Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

    Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

    Port of call & excursions

    25 October 2018 – Dinard

    Honfleur

    Embarkation 25/10/2018 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 25/10/2018 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 October 2018 – Dinard

    26 October 2018 – Dinard

    Arrival 26/10/2018 midday. Departure 26/10/2018 late afternoon.

    27 October 2018 – At sea

    27 October 2018 – At sea

    Arrival 27/10/2018. Departure 27/10/2018.

    During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    28 October 2018 – Pasajes – San Sebastián

    28 October 2018 – Pasajes – San Sebastián

    Arrival 28/10/2018 mid morning. Departure 28/10/2018 evening.

    29 October 2018 – At sea

    29 October 2018 – At sea

    Arrival 29/10/2018. Departure 29/10/2018.

    During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    30 October 2018 – Vigo – Santiago de Compostela

    30 October 2018 – Vigo – Santiago de Compostela

    Arrival 30/10/2018 early morning. Departure 30/10/2018 evening.

    31 October 2018 – Leixões – Porto

    31 October 2018 – Leixões – Porto

    Arrival 31/10/2018 early morning. Departure 31/10/2018 early afternoon.

    Located at the mouth of the Douro River, the port of Leixões lies less than 10 kilometres from Porto. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic centre of Porto is worth a visit for its famous Ribeira district, the metallic silhouette of the Dom-Luis bridge looming over its ancient houses, its richly decorated Baroque churches and its national Soares dos Reis museum. The São Bento station is also interesting for its typically Portuguese decoration, using Azulejos, blue square ceramic tiles decorated with geometric patterns or figurative scenes.

    1 November 2018▸31 October 2018 – Lisbon

    Lisbon

    Disembarkation 01/11/2018 at 07H00 .

    Portugal’s capital city located on the banks of the Tagus, only a few kilometres from the Atlantic coast, is a city of exceptionally rich cultural diversity. At the mouth of the river harbour, impose two UNESCO World Heritage monuments, Jeronimos monastery and Belem tower. Sample the local delicacies such as the pasteis de nata—delicious creamy bakery flans. On the Alfama hillside, as you explore the Moorish streets, you may well hear sounds of fado drifting from the bars. Along Chiado’s elegant streets, big fashion labels will entice in you for a bit of luxury shopping.

    Formalities

    • 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.

    • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

    Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

    Erik Orsenna

    Erik Orsenna

    Erik Orsenna is an economist by training. He was cultural advisor to former President François Mitterrand and sat on the Conseil d'Etat (State Council).

    Winner of the Goncourt Prize for L’exposition coloniale in 1988 (Seuil), he has published a dozen novels, including Mali, ô Mali (Stock, 2014) and L’origine de nos amours (Stock, 2016). He is also author of several biographies including La vie, la mort, la vie - Louis Pasteur, 1822-1895 (Fayard, 2015) and La Fontaine : Une école buissonnière (Stock, 2017). 

    For more than a decade, Erik Orsenna has been exploring the many facets of globalisation through his works on cotton, water and paper. In 2017, he published his 4th “little handbook on globalisation”, Géopolitique du moustique (Fayard).

    Actively engaged in promoting a circular economy and sustainable development and author of L’Avenir de l’eau (Stock, 2008), he chairs an international think-tank on the future of our great rivers, IAGF (Initiatives pour l’Avenir des Grands Fleuves) launched on the initiative of the Compagnie Nationale du Rhône.

    Passionate about entrepreneurship, Erik Orsenna supports two forward-thinking companies: Carbios (organic recycling of plastics) and Greenflex (energy efficiency).

    Language spoken: French

     

    Photo credit: Bernard Matussière

    Christine Clerc

    Christine Clerc

    Following her academic studies at the French Institute of Political Science and the Louvre Institute, Christine Clerc became a journalist for l'Express under the helm of Francoise Giroud (1971). She continued her career as a senior reporter and columnist for the weekly newspaper Le Point. She then worked as a regular columnist for various national publications such as Le Figaro, Figaro Magazine, Valeurs Actuelles, Marianne—as well as for the regional press ( Telegramme de Brest and Midi Libre).

    She also produced special portraits of great artists (such as Yves Saint Laurent, Paul Delvaux, Charlotte Perriand, Lorin Maazel) for Elle magazine, the Reader's Digest and Connaissance des Arts.

    Christine has been also a radio commentator for RMC and RTL and a member of Europe1's Press Club.She was the first woman awarded the prestigious Prix Albert Londres (the French equivalent of the Pulitzer prize), with her first novel «  Le Bonheur d’être Français » ( 1982)—an  account of interviews throughout the country, meeting the famous and the anonymous to capture the essence of being French.

    Christine also published around 20 other novels : « La Guerre de Mitterrand », « Journal intime de Jacques Chirac », « Les de Gaulle, une famille française », «  Tigres et Tigresses, histoire des couples présidentiels », « De Gaulle-Malraux, une histoire d’amour »,  « Les Conquérantes », « Tout est fichu ! Les coups de blues du Général » and in 2016 «  Victor Hugo amoureux ». She contributed to various TV documentaries.

    She was bestowed as a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres et de la Légion d’honneur. She is the president of the "Prix d'Aujourd'hui" award, which nominates the best historical or philosophic publication of the year.

    Language spoken: French

    Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres

    Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres

    Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres is graduated in economic sciences from Sciences po Paris, and is a former student of the National School of Administration (ENA, « Voltaire » class).

    Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres first devoted his career to serving the French state: thus he joined the prefectural administration, then he became member of the Council of State before working in François Leotard’s cabinet in the Ministry of Culture and then in the Ministry of National Defence.

    Member of Parliament (deputy for Indre-et-Loire) in 1997 and re-elected in 2002, he was the same year appointed European Affairs Minister. From 2004 to 2007, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres was France’s Minister of Culture and Communication under Jacques Chirac’s Presidency, in Jean-Pierre Raffarin’s and Dominique de Villepin’s governments.

    During the French Presidency of the European Union, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres was Ambassador in charge of the cultural program. Then he became Alexandre Allard’s counsellor (Groupe Allard) in charge of strategy, development, and culture from 2009 to 2011 (La Royale Project for the Hôtel de la Marine, the French Government’s 18th century landmark building, and the launching of the Architecture d’Aujourd’hui review).

    He has also been Chairman of the Board of the Tourist Minister Development agency, ATOUT France, from 2009 to 2012.

    In January 2012, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres decided to create his own consulting firm: RDDV Partner. Besides he is a member of the managing board of Dior and of the Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation.

    Languages spoken: French, English

     

    Photo credit: ARR

    Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

    Pre/Post & Overlands

    1. After your cruise

      01/11/2018 – Panoramic tour of Lisbon

      135.00 $ **

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    2. Before your cruise

      25/10/2018 – Transfer by coach from Paris CDG airport (Terminal 2) to the port of Honfleur

      90.00 $ **

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      25/10/2018 – Transfert by Coach from Paris to the Port of Honfleur

      90.00 $ **

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    3. During your cruise

      26/10/2018 – Racing sailing ship parade by zodiac

      135.00 $ **

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