Le Soleal was custom-built by French line Ponant (along with sister ships Le Boreal, Le Lyrial and L’Austral) and launched in 2013. The small ship has a relaxed, yacth-like feel and attracts couples and solo travellers. The 10,944 tonnes ship carries 264 passengers and 140 crew.
Le Soleal has six cabin categories across 132 staterooms, including three Prestige Suites. There are also 40 deluxe cabins that can be joined into 20 suites with two bath rooms, separate living area and bedroom. All rooms have flat-screen televisions, Wi-Fi, iPod chargers and DVD players. The toiletries on board are by L’Occitane.
Le Soleal’s main dining area is The Gastronomic Restaurant, which has a seating capacity for 268 guests and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring French cuisine. Other dining areas include the indoor/outdoor Grill for casual meals. Dinner seating starts at 7.30pm.
There is a small spa on board which offers packages including anti-aging treatments. There is a gym connected to the spa with Kinesis equipment, stationary cycles and treadmills. The main lounge offers ballroom dancing classes. The show lounge doubles as a lecture theatre.
Le Soleal has limited facilities for children. There is a playroom and kids’ menus are available on request, which may include ice-cream, omelets or pasta.
– Cruise Passenger
This Ponant cruise greatly exceeded our expectations! We’re first time cruisers and read many reviews before choosing this cruise line. We were looking for a smaller ship that would provide a more personal experience which could get into some of the tighter ports and avoid the crush of hundreds of other travelers with the same agenda. Embarkation was smooth. Once we cleared security at the terminal, it wasn’t long before we were escorted on-board, being greeted by a smiling ship’s captain and senior officers as we embarked. The Cruise Director, Kamel, and entire on-board staff we interacted with were professional, friendly, helpful and smiling. This made for a very enjoyable upbeat cruise. The ship was clean and had a very elegant feel. Each of the public areas were spacious and kept immaculate. – Bobblldew4now
– Cruise Critic
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