May 16, 2018 - For the first time, the Le Soléal of the French cruise line PONANT is mooring in Hamburg. The small, fine cruise yacht is moored on the quay in HafenCity until midnight.
Coming from Dublin, Le Soléal takes a short break in Hamburg. The next destination is Copenhagen. Le Soléal entered service in 2013. Since then, the 142 meter long ship has been part of the PONANT fleet. The shipping company relies on ships of small size: Le Soléal and its three sister ships have 122 to 132 cabins and suites. Le Soléal in particular offers space for a maximum of 264 passengers with double occupancy.
Le Soléal - Photo: (c) Ponant - Nick Rains
PONANT's ultra-modern fleet stands for the highest level of comfort on board and the French way of life. It starts with the service and ends with the gastronomic variety that is practiced. In this market segment, the PONANT ships built between 2010 and 2015 form the youngest fleet.
The French cruise line stands for international yacht cruises with a French touch. This includes design, elegance, exclusivity and gourmet cuisine. The Marseille-based company was founded in 1988 by Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée and a dozen officers from the French merchant navy. PONANT has now established itself as the world market leader for luxury expedition cruises. Le Soléal was built by Fincantieri in the Ancona part of the business. The ship is measured with 10.992 GT and has ice class 1 C. The passengers move on six passenger decks. There are two restaurants. About 140 crew members take care of the guests.