is a cruise ship owned and operated by Compagnie du Ponant.
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. The vessel started its maiden voyage on 1 July
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.
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.