Le Soléal

Le Soleal is a cruise ship owned and operated by Compagnie du Ponant.[2]

Cruise ship Le Soleal moored in Venice
Name: Le Soleal
Owner: Compagnie du Ponant
Operator: Compagnie du Ponant
Port of registry: Mata-Utu (Wallis & Futuna Islands),  France
Ordered: 2011
Builder: Fincantieri
Laid down: 2012
Launched: 2013
Completed: June 2013
Acquired: 2013
Maiden voyage: 1 July 2013
In service: July 2013
Identification: Call sign: FIHV
MMSI number: 578000200
IMO number: 9641675
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Le Boreal-class cruise ships
Tonnage: 10,992 GT[1]
Length: 142.1 m (466 ft)
Beam: 18.0 m (59 ft)
Draught: 4.9 m (16 ft)
Decks: 7
Propulsion: 2 propeller shafts: 2 propellers
Capacity: 264 passengers
Crew: 139 crewmembers


The ship was built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Ancona, Italy, and was launched on the 6 December 2012, being christened by Kiki Tauck Mahar.[3] The vessel started its maiden voyage on 1 July 2013.

Le Soléal became the first French commercial shipping vessel to traverse the Northwest Passage. The vessel left Kangerlussuaq in Greenland on August 26, 2013 and arrived in Anadyr, in Russia on September 16, 2013.[4]


Le Soléal has two restaurants. The Gastronomic Restaurant, which is the main dining room for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving French and international cuisine, and the Grill Restaurant, which is the ship's casual eating venue for breakfast, buffet lunch and themed dinners.

The vessel also has a theater, which is the main show room for conferences and live entertainment, and a Fitness & Beauty Corner which includes Kinesis equipment, running machines, bicycles, hairdressers, massage rooms, Balneo room, Hammam and a Relaxation room. Alongside this, there are two lounges, the main lounge, which serves afternoon tea, includes live music, a dance floor and a cocktail bar and the panoramic lounge, which has a library, internet desk, cocktail bar, and live entertainment. There is also a pool deck bar. Lastly, the ship has a leisure area which has a Wii area and a Photograph shop.


  1. Bureau Veritas
  2. "Le Soléal". Compagnie du Ponant. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  3. "New cruise ship hosts Pittsford woman as godmother and guest of honor". BrightonPittsfordPost.com. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  4. "Compagnie du Ponant ship makes history". SixStarCruises. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
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