On the trail of the gold prospectors
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- Discover Alaska’s breathtaking landscapes: fjords, glaciers, waterfalls, primary forests, giant sequoias.
- Wildlife: brown bears, black bears, sea otters, orcas, humpback whales, bald eagles.
- Tlingit American Indians Art and traditions in Ketchikan.
- Visit of Skagway, the gateway to the mythical “Golf Rush” with optional walk along the railroad of White Pass.
- Sailing in the Tracy Arm Fjord, close to Sawyer Glacier.
Staterooms & Suites
Superior Stateroom €3,310 Available Deluxe Stateroom €3,570 Available Prestige Deck 4 €3,990 Available Prestige Deck 5 €4,180 Available Prestige Deck 6 €4,390 Available Deluxe Suite €6,110 Available Prestige Deck 5 Suite €8,270 Available Prestige Deck 6 Suite €8,680 Available Owner's Suite €14,090 Available
Designed in 2013 and loyal to the PONANT spirit, Le Soléal like her sisterships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites)make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.
With her fluid lines and a modern colour scheme combining natural wood with shades of grey and white, Le Soléal presents references to a nautical theme.
Port of call & excursions
Juneau, AlaskaEmbarkation 02/09/2020 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 02/09/2020 at 18H00 .
In 1880, gold diggers flocked here, and it didn't take long before Juneau was singled out, getting itself a solid reputation and henceforth becoming the capital of Alaska. Along the Gastineau Strait, in the heart of the spectacular Inside Passage, the 31,000 or so inhabitants of Juneau enjoy some of the world’s most incredible fauna and scenery every day of their lives. Perhaps you’ll even be able to watch the antics of humpback whales against a backdrop of majestic glaciers. Culture and shopping are certainly not lacking; the city is full of places to experience, enjoy and relax in.
3 September 2020 – Skagway, AlaskaArrival 03/09/2020 early morning. Departure 03/09/2020 early evening.
In the 19th century, it was through Skagway, a small town in south-east of Alaska, that swarms of gold seekers passed in their quest for gold. You can get a sense of these pioneers as you wander along the main street, Broadway, edged with the painted houses typical of this region. From White Pass & Yukon Route station, trains across pristine landscapes over the Alaskan border. All around the town, a handful of paths taken by the seekers of the precious metal, fan out into superb natural surroundings offering a glorious scenery of mountains, waterfalls, lakes and glaciers.
4 September 2020 – Haines, AlaskaArrival 04/09/2020 early morning. Departure 04/09/2020 early afternoon.
Hidden in the heart of this spectacular wilderness, between jagged peaks and a sapphire ocean, the legendary small port of Haines lays out all the richness of its traditions. Founded by the Tlingit Indians, peopled by the pioneers of the famous gold rush, the village is now a rallying point for modern day adventurers. You can visit its streets trimmed with colourful houses, soak up local history at Fort Seward or visit the Indian art museums, before a possible excursion into the nearby wilderness. The very beautiful Chilkatriver is especially worth a visit.
5 September 2020 – Tracy Arm Fjord, AlaskaArrival 05/09/2020. Departure 05/09/2020 early morning.
When you reach Tracy Arm fjord, 80 kilometres south-east of Juneau, you will sail into the middle of the inlet, surrounded by waterfalls cascading down granite cliffs into the sea. A few seals guarding their spur of ice may add unexpected spice to your expedition. This is your opportunity to see the Sawyer glacier close up. Majestic and otherworldly, it spans the whole length of the mountain in shades of crystalline blue: without a doubt, this is one of the most breath-taking wonders of Alaska.
6 September 2020 – Sitka, AlaskaArrival 06/09/2020 early morning. Departure 06/09/2020 midday.
Formerly a Russian colony located on Baranof island, to the west of the Alexander archipelago, Sitka is brimming with history. The historical national park of Sitka shelters totems carved out of red cedar, a tree that is omnipresent in the region. These totems are testimonials of the former presence of Tlingit Indians. This place is full of natural wonders too. You just have to look up to admire the mountain range around the port. In the distance, the snow-peaked Edgecumbe volcano stands majestic. Numerous islands scattered around Sitka stretch out before you in a vision of preserved Alaska.
7 September 2020 – Ketchikan, AlaskaArrival 07/09/2020 early morning. Departure 07/09/2020 midday.
The most southern town in the State is called Ketchikan. This spectacular doorway into the Inside Passage, the glory of Alaska cruises and the old world capital of salmon will blow you away. It takes no time at all to realise how deeply peaceful this port and its surrounding wilderness is. Nearby, you can delve more deeply into the rich indigenous culture in the Totem Heritage Center, which houses one of the largest totem pole collections in the world. The town also offers a number of charming art galleries. Ketchikan’s richness resides in it hospitality and sense of adventure.
8 September 2020 – Sailing in the Johnstone StraitArrival 08/09/2020. Departure 08/09/2020.
8 September 2020 – Seymour NarrowsArrival 08/09/2020. Departure 08/09/2020.
Your ship will sail along Discovery Passage, between Vancouver Island and Quadra Island. As the channel tapers, you will arrive at Seymour Narrows, a narrow, 5-km long passage which, in the past, posed a significant challenge for sailors. Between 1850 and 1950, some one hundred ships hit the rocks hidden under the water, and the outcome was often fatal. At the time, due to the strong currents that run through Seymour Narrows, it was considered to be one of the most dangerous waterways in British Columbia. But in 1955, the decision was made to blow up Ripple Rock, two submerged rocks responsible for most of the shipwrecks. This historic explosion made access to this passage much safer.
VancouverDisembarkation 09/09/2020 at 09H00 .
Verdant and cosmopolitan, Vancouver is one of Canadaﾒs most multi-cultural cities. Located in British Columbia on Canadaﾒs west coast, itﾒs surrounded by mountains and outdoor activities are popular. In the city, you can immerse yourself in the Asian atmosphere of bustling Chinatown, shop for pashminas and silk saris at the Punjabi Market Indian district and explore the historic area of ﾠGastown. Vancouver Art Gallery is known for works by regional artists, while the Museum of Anthropology houses important First Nations collections. Granville Island Jetty is a fascinating revitalised industrial area that hosts galleries, restaurants and a huge produce market.
The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.
Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.
Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.
USA : Visa may be required. Please contact USA consulate website for details.
Canada: Travel by sea - The eTA is not required for US, Australian and British citizens. Other nationalities: a Visa may be required, please contact Canada consulate website for details. http://www.canada.ca/en/index.html
After working at LIRE Magazine from 2002 to 2005, RE was involved in the launch of Philosophie Magazine where he has been a regular columnist since the first issue. His columns have been arranged in three collections, all published by Gallimard (L’endroit du décor, Le Philosophe de service et autres textes and Matière Première). His first book, Un jeu d’enfant – la philosophie, part essay-part novel, was published by Fayard in 2007. Having obtained his state teaching qualification, RE worked alongside Michel Onfray to launch the free university, Université Populaire in Caen, and contributed to Société Normande de Philosophie before organising and hosting, since 2004, first at the François Mitterrand Library then the Odéon Theatre, monthly meetings with philosophers, writers and art historians inspired by that oxymoron so dear to Antoine Vitez of “elitism for everyone”. At the same time, from 2003 to 2006, RE created an oral library on France-Culture, part of the Commentaires programme (available on CD), the purpose being to reach as wide an audience as possible with discussions on classical thinking.
From 2007 to 2011, while conceiving and presenting Philosophie on ARTE (since 2008), RE produced and presented Les Nouveaux chemins de la connaissance which provided and still provides France-Culture listeners with an hour a day on philosophy, history of art and literature. Lastly, having had a morning slot on France-Culture (Le monde selon Raphaël Enthoven), RE launched a new show in September 2012 called Le Gai Savoir, broadcast every Sunday from 4pm to 5pm, and finally a series of short programmes (Imaginez) on ARTE from Monday to Friday at 12.41pm. He won the Fémina Essay Prize for Dictionnaire amoureux de Marcel Proust, co-written with Jean-Paul Enthoven (published by Plon/Grasset). He followed this with Le Snobisme – questions de Caractère, co-written with Adèle Van Reeth in February 2015.
In August 2015, he joined Europe 1 and created La morale de l'Info (a daily three-minute slot on the Thomas Sotto show) and Qui-Vive (Saturdays 3pm-4pm).
In September 2015, he published Anagrammes pour lire dans les Pensées (Actes Sud) with Chen Jiang-Hong and Jacques Perry-Salkow, then Vermeer - le jour et l'heure with Jacques Darriulat (Fayard). His latest book, Little Brother, was published by Gallimard in March 2016.
Language spoken: French
Photo credit: ARR