California by Sea: Discovering Art along the Golden Coast with CHRISTIE'S
* Subject to availability.
- A cruise in partnership with CHRISTIE’S, in the presence of Stephen Lash, François de Poortere, Jennifer Wright and Scott Torrence, who will give on-board lectures about art, culture and wine.
- A brand-new cruise along the west coast of North America.
- Embarkation in the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver, a stunning natural harbour surrounded by forest.
- Discover Canada’s elegant city of Victoria, where British, European and Asian traditions mingle.
- Visit San Francisco and Los Angeles, the two Californian rivals.
- Private visit of CHRISTIE’S auction house in Los Angeles, followed by a cocktail reception.
- Private reception at SFMOMA: you will be offered a cocktail at Café 5 (rooftop), and an exclusive visit of the galleries on the museum’s 5th floor, which will only be open to PONANT guests.
Staterooms & Suites
Superior Stateroom €3,120 Not Available Deluxe Stateroom €3,370 Not Available Prestige Deck 4 €3,570 Not Available Prestige Deck 5 €3,680 Not Available Prestige Deck 6 €3,790 Not Available Deluxe Suite €5,110 Not Available Prestige Deck 5 Suite €5,510 Not Available Prestige Deck 6 Suite €5,680 Not Available Owner's Suite €5,960 Not Available
There are no staterooms available for booking. Please contact our cruise advisors.
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
VancouverEmbarkation 02/10/2018 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 02/10/2018 at 18H00 .
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.
3 October 2018 – VictoriaArrival 03/10/2018 early morning. Departure 03/10/2018 midday.
The capital of British Columbia lies to the south of Vancouver Island. The combination of British, European and Asian traditions and influences makes the dynamic city of Victoria a place of contrasts with a great quality of life. The mild climate, far from the rigours of the rest of Canada, means there are beautiful parks and gardens throughout the city. The narrow streets of Old Victoria will take you to Chinatown, the oldest and most colourful in Canada. Between mountain and ocean, forest and beaches, bathed by the warm Pacific currents, nature is exuberant. Marine life is abundant and many species of whales even come to reproduce in the bay.
4 October 2018▸5 October 2018 – At seaArrival 04/10/2018. Departure 05/10/2018.
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.
6 October 2018 – San FranciscoArrival 06/10/2018 early morning. Departure 06/10/2018 evening.
As America's third most popular tourist destination, this Californian city boasts an impressive cultural legacy. The main arteries of Van Ness Avenue, Market Street and the Embarcadero district are perfect for seafront strolling, as is the awe-inspiring Golden Gate Bridge, built in 1937 and a symbol of the San Francisco Bay. The bridge connects the city to the charming small town of Sausalito, a former hotbed of counter-culture turned boho enclave. Prepare to be bedazzled by its multicoloured floating homes. Among the dizzying array of curiosities to be discovered here, drop in to Chinatown, a veritable city within a city and home to the largest Chinese community outside of China.
7 October 2018 – MontereyArrival 07/10/2018 early morning. Departure 07/10/2018 midday.
This old fishing port on the west coast of the United States is the former capital of California. Although the sardine trade has no longer been in operation since the 1950s, the little town has kept all its charm and authenticity. Especially thanks to its aquarium, one of the largest in North America, which presents more than 600 species of ocean marine fauna. You can stroll at your leisure in Fisherman's Wharf, a very pleasant marina that offers several restaurants and souvenir shops, not forgetting Cannery Row.
8 October 2018 – Los AngelesArrival 08/10/2018 midday. Departure 08/10/2018 late evening.
Los Angeles or the Californian city of excess... The emblematic city of the United States West Coast is worthy of its reputation. The contrast between its glass skyscrapers soaring upwards in a breathtaking tangle of freeways and highways, its small bungalows and its nearly four million inhabitants makes the "city of angels" one of the most energetic places in the world. From Venice Beach to Hollywood via Beverly Hills, do not miss these world-famous places, testimony to the magic of the film industry and the American Way of Life. Also, fall under the spell of the most famous sidewalk in the world, the Walk of Fame, where the greatest stars have left their mark!
San DiegoDisembarkation 09/10/2018 at 07H00 .
To the south of California, close to the border with Mexico, San Diego enjoys a privileged natural environment on the shores of the Pacific. One of the largest fleets of US Navy vessels is stationed in this strategic port. The sunny climate and the beautiful sandy beaches compete for visitors’ attention with the picturesque historic districts such as the Gaslamp Quarter, always lit up at dusk by gas lamps, a real journey back in time. Do not miss Balboa Park and its museums as well as San Diego Zoo, one of the most beautiful zoos in the world, home to a large number of endangered species. But the show also continues on the surrounding beaches where it is not uncommon to come across sealions!
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.
Canada: Entry (or transit) by air - The eTA is required for Australian and British citizens, US citizens are exempt. Other nationalities, please contact Canada consulate website for details. http://www.canada.ca/en/index.html
USA : Visa may be required. Please contact USA consulate website for details.
ART AND LITERATURE
Because we firmly believe that there are many different ways to travel, we are inviting you to join us on one of our Art cruises or Literature cruises and to enhance your trip with a rich cultural programme.
Your cultural explorations on land
Choosing a themed cruise with PONANT means setting sail on an itinerary punctuated by unique ports of call. Our Art cruises and Literature cruises combine the pleasures of travel by sea with the discovery of emblematic sites in cities famous for the richness of their architecture and heritage.
During your different visits, you will enjoy special moments immersed in art and culture. Promising exclusive discoveries, personalised programmes and private performances, these cruises have special experiences in store for you in prestigious locations.
Knowledge-sharing on board
Aboard our luxurious, smaller-sized yachts, you will meet other travellers who share your passion. High-profile lecturers and artists will also be joining us on these cruises. As we sail across the oceans, you will be able to experience special moments between lecturers and enthusiasts.
Throughout your Art or Literature cruise, our special guests will present unique lectures in keeping with the chosen theme. They will talk about different art-related themes, such as a period, a movement or famous artists, or topics relating to literature, such as politics, society, history etc.
Stephen S. Lash is Chairman Emeritus of Christie’s Americas and Vice Chairman of Christie’s American Advisory Board. He has been with Christie’s since 1976 when he was one of the original team of eight responsible for launching the venerable auction house’s first galleries in the United States on Park Avenue in New York City. Prior to joining Christie’s, Mr. Lash was a Vice President at S.G. Warburg & Co. Mr. Lash currently serves on the boards of Stanhope Capital and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, where he is on the Board of Overseers. He was a mayoral appointee to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and served as Trustee at the Preservation League of New York State. He has served on the boards of the Museum of the City of New York, The New York Landmarks Conservancy (of which was Chairman for several years) and the Park Avenue Armory. Mr. Lash serves as co-chairman of the American Friends of the Israel Museum, and is a Trustee and former Chairman of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Mr. Lash received a B.A. from Yale and an M.B.A. from Columbia.
Mr. Lash and his wife, Wendy Lehman Lash, have two children, are the proud grandparents of Hattie Lehman Shapard and Lucy Lash Shapard, and live in New York City with three Jack Russell Terriers.
Languages spoken: French, English
Photo credit: ARR
François de Poortere
François De Poortere was appointed Head of the Old Master Paintings department in New York in March 2015. He joined Christie’s with a broad knowledge of the Old Masters field, and a personal passion for Northern Renaissance paintings, which resulted in the recent rediscovery of a painting by the great Flemish master, Hans Memling. Having worked on both sides of the Atlantic, he brings a sophisticated international viewpoint to the department. Mr. De Poortere was formerly a senior specialist at another auction house in New York, where he worked for thirteen years.
Mr. De Poortere graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a BA in Art History and from New York University with an MA in Art Administration.
Languages spoken: French, English
Photo credit: ARR
Jennifer Wright is a Vice President and Client Relationship Director in the Client Advisory group of the Chairman’s Office at Christie’s, New York where she manages and develops a portfolio of the firm’s top clients across all collecting categories.
She joined Christie’s in 2006 and until September 2016 worked in Christie’s Old Master Drawings Department, most recently as Head of Department in New York. As a member of the Old Master Drawings Department she participated in the sale of Raphael’s Head of a Muse, which sold for £29,000,000 in 2009, the world record price for a drawing at auction at the time.
In 2013 Jennifer was Head of Sale for the highest-grossing various owners Old Master Drawings sale in Christie’s history, and in recent years she has also developed a successful private sale business for the department. She is also a charity auctioneer.
Language spoken: English
Photo credit: Mark Babushkin
Mr. Torrence is a Vice President and Senior Wine Specialist for Christie’s Wine Department. Since joining Christie’s in 2001, Mr. Torrence was Head of Sales of our Los Angeles Saleroom through 2008.
During his stewardship, Mr. Torrence achieved many world records from Los Angeles including the present record for 6 magnums of Château Mouton-Rothschild at $345,000. Mr. Torrence has helped to bring many world class collections to auction including: The Extraordinary Private Cellar of Doris Duke, The Quintessential Modern Cellar, the first Los Angeles Evening Sale and Grand Crus Part II: The Collection of Christen Sveaas. During his long tenure at Christie’s, he has held several Master Classes with Anthony Hanson M.W., which have included such prominent wine producers as Jean-Méo (Méo- Camuzet), Angelo Gaja (Gaja), Fréderic Engerer (Château Latour), Hospices de Beaune and Château La Mission Haut-Brion. Mr. Torrence travels the globe to work with our extensive network of colleagues from Asia to New York to help create excellent client experiences. In late 2009, Mr. Torrence enjoyed a brief sojourn as Vice President of Business Development with Benchmark Wine Group to learn more about on-line selling and marketing. Among his long list of palmarès, Mr. Torrence is most proud of his four-year span teaching a sophisticated wine course at UCLA.
Language spoken: English
Photo credit: free copyright