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 Le Soleal - The Northwest Passage


Kangerlussuaq, Greenland - Nome, Alaska, USA

August 24 - September 15, 2015
23 days / 22 nights on board

  • Embark aboard LE SOLEAL for a 5* expedition from Kangerlussuaq to Nome.
  • We are inviting you on board LE SOLEAL and set sail for the Far North, well beyond the Arctic Circle, to a legendary, highly coveted maritime route: the Northwest Passage, the only possible shipping route between the Atlantic and the Pacific. In Winter, this “roof of the world” is transformed into a majestic white desert; whilst in Summer, for a few short weeks, the temperature rises enough for the ice to melt. Life reappears, nature is reborn, the mythical route is finally free and we can breathe in the unique scent of great adventure.
Day & Port

Arrival

Departure

Day 1 - Kangerlussuaq (Greenland)
Embarking 5.00pm to 6.00pm.

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7:00 pm

Day 2 -Sisimiut (Greenland) 

8:00 am

12:30 pm

Day 3 - Ilulissat- Disko Bay (Greenland) 
At the heart of Disko Bay - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Ilulissat Icefjord provides an extraordinary spectacle of almost surreal beauty. The sculptural icebergs continue their on timeless journey, shimmering with their eternal light. Vast pieces of ice break off from the bergs and rejoin the inexorable movement of the sea. Close by lies the town of Ilulissat, the region’s principal destination. Encircled by icebergs, it has retained a unique mix of traditional Arctic life, with multicoloured wooden houses, huskies and the leather tanners who still work today using the ancient methods of their ancestors.

6:00 am

7:30 pm

Day 4 - Upernavik Fjord (Greenland) 

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Day 5 - Melville Bay (Greenland) 

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Day 6 - Savissivik (Greenland) 

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Day 7 - Pond Inlet (Nunavut, Canada) 
Placed like a custodian on the northern edge of Baffin Island, Pond Inlet appears to guard over the entrance to the legendary North West Passage. Formerly called Tununiq by the Inuit, this region was long ago inhabited by their ancestors, the Thule, who left behind numerous archaeological artefacts, little vestiges of the past. No matter where you look, your eyes will alight upon a unique landscape of snow-capped mountain ranges, each more beautiful than the last, standing opposite ice-blue glaciers whose vertiginous flows descend into the ocean. In the summertime, when the sun doesn’t set below the horizon, the light is truly magical, a palette of opaline blues, dusky pinks and pure white. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the bird colonies of Bylot Island; LE SOLÉAL route will sail you close to this uninhabited "Garden of Eden" so that you may wonder at its natural marvels.

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Day 8 - Beechey (Nunavut, Canada) 
Beechey Island, looking across at the huge silhouette of Cape Riley, at the eastern end of Resolute Bay, will call to mind some of the most important moments of Franklin’s expedition. Sir John set off in 1845 in search of the mythical North West Passage and was forced to take shelter in Erebus Harbour for two long years, while he waited for the ice floes to recede and allow him a way through. It is a spectacular location; seeing the three wooden grave markers, bleached by the sun (indicating the burial places of at least three of Captain Franklin’s men) and visiting the memorial that has been erected in memory of Franklin and his men can only reinforce the hushed sense of reverence. If the surrounding wilderness impresses us, the ochres and yellows of the rocky desert soften the striking landscape.

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Day 9 - Fury Beach (Nunavut, Canada) 

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Day 10 - Fort Ross (Nunavut, Canada) 

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Day 11 - Gjoa Haven (Nunavut, Canada) 

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Day 12 - Sailing Queen Maud Gulf (Nunavut, Canada) 
During the 15th century, linking Europe and Asia by the sea became the grail of generations of explorers and adventurers. Today, La Compagnie du Ponant is offering you the chance to explore this region which still sees only infrequent traffic, but where passion and the spirit of adventure abound. Do not miss the Bay of Cambridge, one of the mythical sites in this region. Here, when you look towards the horizon, way off on the other side of the fjord, you can see the silhouette of the Maud, Captain Roald AMUNDSEN’s famous three-master. When she got trapped here after partially sinking, it was a chance for the famous navigator to explore the Northeast Passage near the Siberian coast between 1918 and 1920. Though today we can still see part of her hull breaking the surface, a repatriation to Norway is being envisaged, to make the Maud the centrepiece of a new Museum.

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Day 13 - Navigation inside Coronation Gulf and Duke of York Archipelago (Nunavut, Canada) 

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Day 14 - Holman (NWT, Canada) 

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Day 15 - Jesse Harbour (NWT, Canada)

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Day 16 - Franklin Bay (NWT, Canada) 

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Day 17 - Sailing Beaufort Sea (NWT, Canada) 

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Day 18 - Herschel Island (Yukon, Canada) 
The Canadian Arctic Archipelago is composed of a myriad of islands with jagged coastlines and reveals landscapes you will only see at this far end of the world. Come and discover the small canadian island of Herschel, a frozen paradise located in the Beaufort Sea just 2 km off the coast of the Yukon, within the Ivvavik National Park. During a long mapping expedition in 1826, Sir John FRANKLIN was the first european to lay eyes on these unique places and their inhabitants, the Inuvialuit, the nordic cousins of the Inuit. It was during this trip that he named the island after one of his friends, John HERSCHEL, a brilliant british astronomer and scientist. Herschel Island is a landmark in the West Arctic and has since served alternately as a whaling station, a relay station and a refuge for travellers. As Summer approaches, the soft glow of twilight begins to break the opacity of the polar night, and the hours of darkness get shorter and shorter… Set off in the wake of the great explorers, to discover a remote land, its people and cultures, and experience unique moments and rare emotions in landscapes you will not find anywhere else.

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Day 19 - Sailing the Arctic Ocean (Alaska, USA) 

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Day 20 - Crossing the Bering Strait (Alaska, USA) 

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Day 21 - Little Diomede (Alaska, USA) 

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Day 22 - Savoonga (Alaska, USA) 

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Day 23 - Nome (Alaska, USA) 
Disembarkation.

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Cruise Fares

Special Savings up to 30%!  Contact us today & save!
 
 
Fares listed are per person, based on double occupancy

Brochure Fare

Superior Stateroom

$19,870

DeLuxe Stateroom

$22,410

Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4

$23,800

Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5

$24,370

Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6

$25,760

Deluxe Suite

$36,440

Prestige Suite - Deck 5

$44,340

Prestige Suite - Deck 6

$47,120

Owner Suite

$49,250

Safety and port taxes (for information purposes)

$1,782

Airport Taxes

$230

One Child (8-11 years old) sharing cabin with 2 adults

$3,902

3rd adult Passenger in a Superior Stateroom

$12,140

3rd Passenger in a Prestige Suite

$24,370

Single supplement in cabin¹

Starting at + 100%

  
¹Single supplement from, according to cabin category
* Special Bonus fares and single supplements are on request and subject to availability. Rates and discounts are per person based on double occupancy and may be subject to fuel adjustement according to our terms and conditions.

Fares may be subject to fuel adjustement according to our terms and conditions 

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Those fares may be subject to Fuel adjustement according to our terms and conditions* On request. Limited availability.

The rates of our cruises are per person and include the following:

  • All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation)
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, a selection of white, red and rosé wines offered during meals; afternoon tea
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • Luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa
  • Room service 24h (special selection)
  • English speaking lecturer on selected sailings.
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request),

Cruise rates don’t include:

  • Airport taxes (subject to modification) Port and safety taxes, environmental charges, landing and access fees to National Parks, special and/or Protected zones or sites subject to specific permits from National authorities and/or local communities (included only in cruise package sold in US/Canada)
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned in each “Cruise & Flights” package and for which details are available upon request.
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure; please ask for more information
  • Optional shore excursions
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions, Gratuities Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s) 
  • Visa fees, if applicable