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Fourth ship in this superb series loyal to the PONANT spirit, Le Lyrial 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 122 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.
We have been inspired by the destinations we visit and decided to create a subtle variation around a palette of blues. Ranging from the luminous delicate grey-blue of the Polar ice to splashes of the vivid turquoise blue found in Mediterranean coves, it also includes the blue light of the future pole star.
Port of call & excursions
VeniceEmbarkation 06/06/2017 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 06/06/2017 at 18H00 .
Proud and eternal, Venice has reigned on its lagoon ever since the 6th century. You may think you know this city before even setting foot here. You will inevitably fall in love with the charm of the innumerable treasures of the Serenissima: Saint Mark’s square, the basilica, Doges palace, the Grand Canal and the gondolas. Yet, secret Venice is also waiting for you to explore its little interlacing streets and canals, to ramble through its squares and to push open the doors of its churches. The city’s extraordinary heritage shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a glass of Spritz and a few tramezzini.
7 June 2017 – Bol (Brac)Arrival 07/06/2017 midday. Departure 07/06/2017 late afternoon.
Bol is a destination in the Dalmatian archipelago, best kept secret. This picturesque village is located on the southern coast of Brac Island. Its traditional architecture has unbelievable charm: little houses with white facades and red tiled roofs provide the perfect setting for laid-back meanders. Beyond the port, the waterfront promenade leads onto the beaches which are shaded by pines and cypresses. The most famous of them is Zlatni Rat, “the golden horn”. From the belvedere on Vidova Gora mountain, you can see its unusual contours and get an eyeful of the other Adriatic islands.
8 June 2017 – DubrovnikArrival 08/06/2017 early morning. Departure 08/06/2017 midday.
Emblem of the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik is magnificently positioned on a rocky spur. History is sovereign here, in this ancient city, now a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. You will perhaps be surprised by the proportions of La Placa, the central drag through the city. The sheer width of it can be explained by the fact that it straddles a former lagoon. The elegant houses along La Placa are built in the legendary travertine stone. At Pile gate, you will be greeted by the statue of the patron saint of Dubrovnik, and you can admire the coastline as you walk along the ramparts. But what’s inside Fort Saint John, adjoining the outer walls? A maritime museum and an aquarium featuring rare fish from the Adriatic.
8 June 2017 – Sailing the Straight of KotorArrival 08/06/2017. Departure 08/06/2017.
The long walls of the fortified city of Kotor unfurl before your eyes as you admire this medieval construction enclosed between the sea and the rugged cliffs from the decks of your ship. The still, deep waters of the bay plus the clouds of mist floating here and there create a surreal and magical atmosphere. Small islands with churches and fortresses built on them remind us that a proud maritime people has lived here for centuries, in this bay that forms a perfect natural harbour, used by sailors since ancient times. At the crossroads of Latin and Byzantine cultures, you will have the pleasure of observing the natural treasures of Montenegro during an unforgettable journey.
9 June 2017 – Paxi IslandArrival 09/06/2017 midday. Departure 09/06/2017 late afternoon.
Paxi Island is one of the Ionian islands’ best kept secrets, only reachable by boat. You will be lured in by the port of Gaios and the colourful houses surrounding the orthodox church of Analipsi. On the northern tip of the island, you’ll want to dive straight into the translucent waters of the Lakka bay. After that, you can climb into a caïque and head for the little island of Agios Nikolaus, where the Venetian fort awaits your visit.
10 June 2017 – Sailing Skorpios IslandArrival 10/06/2017. Departure 10/06/2017.
The tiny lush green island of Skorpios was owned by the famous Greek ship owner Aristotle Onassis, who built a home there, with a magnificent view over the Ionian Sea.
10 June 2017 – Crossing the Corinth CanalArrival 10/06/2017. Departure 10/06/2017.
The Corinth Canal cuts through the Isthmus of Corinth, turning the Peloponnese into an island as it separates the region from the Greek mainland. Inaugurated in 1893, the canal is a little over six kilometres long and enables merchant vessels and passenger to avoid a long 400-km detour around the peninsula. The two sides of the canal reach a height of approximately fifty metres. From the exterior decks, don’t miss this unique opportunity to watch the ship as it navigates along the narrow strip of water encased between tall, ochre cliffs. What an experience!
11 June 2017 – MykonosArrival 11/06/2017 midday. Departure 11/06/2017 late evening.
Nicknamed “little Venice”, Mykonos is famous for its Alefkandra district where houses are built right on the water’s edge. Their multi-coloured loggias are emblematic of this Cyclades island, as are the pelicans and windmills. You can get close up to the birds on the quaysides of the old port. Up on the hillside, you can see the windmill sails turning. In the cobbled streets of the pedestrian centre, bougainvillea bedeck immaculate facades. As you weave in and out of the little streets, snatches of coastline will undoubtedly call you to the island’s beaches, the quietest of which can be found on the northern coast.
12 June 2017 – HydraArrival 12/06/2017 midday. Departure 12/06/2017 evening.
This unusual gem belonging to the Saronic islands is located to the east of the Peloponnese. There are no cars here. Named after the island, the harbour town is layered up the slopes of a mountainous bay. You may be surprised to see beautiful stone mansions. These are traditional here, as are the multi-coloured caïques along the quays. Further along the shore, you will discover the Historical Archives Museum. Collections from Athens National History Museum are exhibited in the elegant villa Koundouriotis.
AthensDisembarkation 13/06/2017 at 06H00 .
The Greek capital city is located on the edge of the Saronic gulf, in the east of the country. It bears a plural name in reference to the first villages that surround the Acropolis. You will be enchanted by the rocky plateau presided by its monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage. In the city below, you can visit some of the liveliest districts in Athens: Plaka, with its maze of colourful streets, and where, in the evenings the drifting aroma of moussaka and garlic prawns will tickle your taste buds. The National Archaeological museum and the Cycladic Art Museum are also some of the city’s key attractions and allow visitors to discover Athens’ cultural past.
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.
Musical cruise with Radio Classique
Musical cruise with Radio Classique
2nd Piano Festival at Sea
- Khatia Buniatishvili
- Anne Queffélec
- Bertrand Chamayou
- Claire-Marie Le Guay
- Roustem Saïtkoulov
- Gilles Blandin
For the second Piano Festival at Sea, six very different pianists will be performing: the dazzling Georgian star Khatia Buniatishvili whose virtuosity playing a wide romantic Slav repertoire is unequalled; the subtle delicate touch of Anne Queffélec who excels in revealing the intimate side of Mozart and Satie; the colourful Bertrand Chamayou, a peerless interpreter of the sparkling Liszt and Schubert universes; Claire-Marie Le Guay, a Chopin expert who will relate the story behind the Nocturnes (as she does in her At the heart of a work concerts) and perform them; Roustem Saikoulov illustrating today’s Russian school; and lastly, in a complete contrast, Gilles Blandin, one of France’s best blues and boogie-woogie swingers.
Each will give a recital - and then come together on the final evening for a memorable explosion of talent.
Discover the delights of our cultural cruises where music takes centre stage, combining sumptuous scenery and exceptional artistic heritages.
A waterborne musical journey
Whether you are a fan of instrumental classical music or opera, or you prefer jazz or Celtic melodies, why not enjoy a different and very special experience aboard a PONANT ship? Set sail for a luxury cruise combining the charms of music and the sea.
These cultural cruises, where the tempo is set by concerts on land or at sea as well as a series of conferences, bring together music lovers and artists around a shared passion: music.
An exceptional selection of artists*
Aboard the ships, our guests of honour, all well-known artists, talented performers and brilliant virtuosos will share their knowledge and their passion in an accessible and intimate way.
According to the theme of each cruise, PONANT welcomes prestigious artists, be they pianists, violinists, singers and more.
Come and share alongside them the refined adventure of a PONANT musical cruise.
*See the list of guests of honour present during your cruise in the “Guests” tab.
The novelist, poet, journalist, musicologist and radio and television presenter Alain Duault has been sharing his passion for and knowledge of classical music for more than 30 years. Considered to be one of the greatest opera specialists in France he is now President of the Prix Pelléas jury, and has been made an Officier de la Légion d’Honneur and Commandeur des Arts et Lettres.
Alain Duault studied literature, philosophy and psycho-analysis in Paris, then musicology and piano. His first TV appearance was as a guest of Bernard Pivot for his book of poems, Colorature. This led to a number of radio programmes dedicated to classical music, notably on RTL, the radio station where Alain Duault would be “Mr Classical Music” for 22 years, before joining Radio Classique with daily slots until 2018. A role that he also took on for the France 3 television channel, presenting a number of exceptional programmes (masterclasses with Ruggero Raimondi in the Salle Gaveau, Musiques en fête at the Chorégies d’Orange festival…).
In 1999, he conceived and presented Intégrale Chopin (225 works, 60 pianists), broadcast on France 3. Then in 2001, he wrote and performed an ambitious and very popular show, Verdi, une passion, un destin (with Jean Piat and 250 musicians). In the wake of this success, he wrote and performed two other shows: Victor Hugo, la légende d’un siècle in 2002 and Rencontre avec George Sand (with Marie-Christine Barrault) in 2004 and 2005.
Alain Duault also puts his writing skills to the service of classical music. The author of a number of books, including Dans la peau de Maria Callas, (Le Passeur Éditeur, 2014, pocket edition, 2017), Dictionnaire amoureux illustré de l’Opéra (Plon Gründ, 2016), Ce léger rien des choses qui ont fui, poetry (Gallimard, 2017), he also writes editorials for Classica.
Language spoken: French
Photo credit: Laurent Rouvrais @Radio Classique
Photo credit: Gavin Evans
Recognised as one of today’s great personalities on the piano, Anne Queffélec enjoys an international reputation as an outstanding musician.
Daughter and sister of writers, she was drawn to music from a very young age. After studying at the Paris Conservatoire, Anne Queffélec pursued her studies under Paul Badura-Skoda, Jörg Demus and Alfred Brendel in Vienna. After winning two International Competitions, first prize in Munich in 1968 and one in Leeds in 1969, her career took off.
Popular in Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, Canada and the United States, she has been invited to play with major orchestras including the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Tonhalle de Zurich, Chamber Orchestras of Poland and Lausanne, the Tokyo NHK Orchestra, Kanazawa Ensemble, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Radio France National Philharmonic Orchestra, Strasburg, Lille, Prague Philharmonic and Kremerata, under the baton of distinguished conductors such as Boulez, Gardiner, Jordan, Zinman, Eschenbach, Conlon, Langrée, Belohlavek, Skrowaczewski, Casadesus, Lombard, Guschlbauer, Carlo Zecchi, Foster, Holliger and Janowski.
Named “Meilleure interprète” of the year at France’s Victoires de la Musique in 1990, Anne Queffélec has performed at London’s Proms several times, at festivals in Bath, Swansea, King’s Lynn, Cheltenham and the Händel-Festspiele Göttingen. She is also a regular on the programme at French festivals such as La Chaise-Dieu, Vézère Festival, Radio France Montpellier, Strasburg, Besançon, Bordeaux, Dijon, La Grange de Meslay, La Folle Journée de Nantes and La Roque d’Anthéron where she played the complete Mozart Sonatas over six concerts that were broadcast live on France Musique, confirming her passion for this great composer. Anne Queffélec also features on the Amadeus soundtrack conducted by Neville Marriner.
On stage, as in the recording studio, Anne Queffélec has developed an eclectic repertoire. It includes more than 40 recordings of Scarlatti, Schubert, Liszt, Chopin, Bach, Debussy, Fauré, Mendelssohn, Satie, the complete works of Ravel and Dutilleux, Mozart, Beethoven, Handel and Haydn, made respectively with Erato, Virgin Classics and Mirare.
Her latest albums include “Satie & Compagnie” with Mirare, followed by the double “Ravel, Debussy, Fauré” CD with Erato in 2014 and “Ombre et Lumière” dedicated to Domenico Scarlatti with Mirare in 2015. Her latest albums have been extremely successful, all winning a Diapason d’Or award.
Photo credit : Caroline Doutre
A major artist of his generation, four-time winner at France’s coveted Victoires de la Musique awards (2006, 2011, 2012 and 2016) after winning the prestigious Long-Thibaud Competition at the age of 20 in 2001, Bertrand Chamayou started his piano career at the Toulouse Conservatoire. He then studied with pianist Jean-François Heisser at the Paris Conservatoire, and was one of the last pupils of the great Maria Curcio in London.
He has worked with all the great orchestras: Paris Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Frankfurt Hr-Sinfonieorchester, Cologne WDR, Hamburg NDR and Stuttgart SWR, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie of Bremen, Tokyo NYK Orchestra, France’s National Orchestra, Lyon National Orchestra, Toulouse Orchestra, Radio France Philharmonic and Paris Opera Orchestra.
Conductors he has worked with include Pierre Boulez, Sir Neville Marriner, Semyon Bychkov, Leonard Slatkin, Michel Plasson, Louis Langrée, Philippe Jordan, Charles Dutoit, Stéphane Denève, Tugan Sokhiev and Andris Nelsons.
He’s had recitals on the world’s most famous stages from the Champs-Elysées Theatre to London’s Wigmore Hall, and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall to the Lincoln Centre in New York.
He is renowned for his work and recordings of the romantics: Mendelssohn, Naïve, 2008; Franck, Naïve, 2010; Liszt twice, Transcendental Etudes, Sony, 2006, and his award-winning Year of Pilgrimage, Naïve, 2011; and Schubert, Erato / Warner, 2014, and is also a chamber musician. He regularly performs as a duo with cellist Sol Gabetta, for example on their Chopin CD (Sony, 2015); as the fortepiano soloist on memorable tours with the Philharmonic Chamber and Emmanuel Krivine; the Champs-Elysées Orchestra and Philippe Herreweghe; as well as the Cercle de L'harmonie and Jérémie Rhorer. He is also an ardent supporter of today’s music.
In January 2016, he released the complete works for piano of Maurice Ravel with Erato / Warner, again widely acclaimed by the critics (Editor's Choice of Gramophone, Echo Preis, etc.).
Photo credit : Marco Borggreve-Erato
Claire-Marie Le Guay
A committed artist, pianist Claire-Marie Le Guay follows her musical path freely and enthusiastically. Her sensational entrance in the piano world, with a first disc devoted to Liszt’s transcendental Etudes when she was only 19, revealed Claire-Marie Le Guay and proved her affinities with the Romantic universe. A second disc (Schumann), displaying the same imagination and charisma, imposed the pianist as one of the great interpreters of Romanticism. Without ever ‘freezing’ her repertoire—and giving new concerts in France, Germany, Belgium, Japan, Brazil, United States and England—, Claire-Marie Le Guay goes from the milestones of the classic repertoire to first performances of contemporary works with the same ease: from the elegance of sonatas by Mozart and Haydn, recorded as a play of mirrors (2007-09), and Liszt’s rhetorical grandeur (Gramophone considered her Liszt CD in 2011 ‘a magisterial contribution’) to the rhythmic energy of Ravel’s concertos (with the Liège Philharmonic Orchestra and Louis Langrée, 2005) up to the tormented universe of Thierry Escaich of whom she is one of his most faithful interpreters and dedicatee of several of his works. Claire-Marie is attached to renewal in creation and performing contemporary works is part of her priorities. Attesting to the aesthetic diversity of her era, the pianist also plays works by Dutilleux, Carter, Beffa, Connesson, Mantovani and Sofia Gubaidulina.
Claire-Marie Le Guay is regularly called upon by conductors such as Daniel Barenboim (who personally invited her for a tour in the United States under his direction), Louis Langrée (with whom she has recorded two albums), Emmanuel Krivine, Christian Arming, Gerd Albrecht, Jerzy Semkov or Yuri Temirkanov. Gidon Kremer, François Salque, Eric Le Sage, Olivier Charlier, Lise Berthaud, Marc Coppey, and the Ebène, Modigliani and Mandelring quartets appreciate her qualities as a chamber player, and major orchestras (London Philharmonic Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, Liège Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Camerata Salzburg, New Japan Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon, Staatskapelle de Weimar…) choose her to interpret the great piano concertos. Appearing in the most prestigious venues (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Salle Pleyel in Paris, Geneva’s Victoria Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Carnegie Hall, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, the Vienna Musikverein, Zurich’s Tonhalle…) and festivals, from La Roque d’Anthéron to Auvers-sur-Oise by way of the Folles Journées (Nantes) to those of Colmar, Menton, Schleswig-Holstein, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Enescu Festival, Mostly Mozart…
Passionate about interaction and enjoying arousing curiosity, she has been collaborating since 2012 on an artistic project for children with the Dijon Opera, following the projects she undertook for young audiences when being in residence at the Théâtre de l’Athénée in Paris from 2008 to 2011, where she programmed concerts, invited numerous musicians and commissioned works including a musical tale from Guillaume Connesson, ‘Timouk, l’enfant aux deux royaumes’.
Committed to pedagogy, Claire-Marie Le Guay has taught since 2001 at the Paris Conservatoire where she had obtained premiers prix in piano and chamber music in the classes of Bruno Rigutto, Jacques Rouvier and Christian Ivaldi. Encounters with personalities such as Dmitri Bashkirov, Alicia De Larrocha, Andreas Staier and Claude Frank were decisive for her career, studded with international competitions (ARD in Munich, Pierre Barbizet Competition in Marseilles, Maria Canals in Spain and the Portogruaro International Competition in Italy).
Claire-Marie Le Guay’s accomplished musical forays still hold many surprises in store from an elusive artist whose guiding line is distinguished by honesty, imagination, freedom, joy and, above all, a contagious thirst for discovery.
Photo credit: Carole Ballaïche
Having been a jazz and piano lover since his childhood, Gilles Blandin started his career in Paris, where he learnt from various masters, among which Claude Bolling and Aaron Bridgers (who was taught by Art Tatum and was one of Duke Ellington’s closest friends).
In 1988, he settled in Brittany, his native region, where he became the ambassador of Jazz Swing, and, in parallel, the French representative and specialist of Blues and Boogie-Woogie.
Either playing as a solo player or together with some fellow musicans, his vitality, the skillfullness of his piano playing, the great inspiration of his personal compositions, and the eclectic quality of his repertoire, all play essential parts in the success of his performances.
Language spoken : français
Photo credit : Christian Delamaire
Born in Kazan (Tatarstan, Russian Federation), Roustem Saitkoulov enjoys the great Russian School of piano : he entered the Kazan Conservatory at the age of 6, later he went on to study with Elisso Virsaladze at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where he received his Soloist’s Diploma. He furthered his studies at the Munich Music High School.
He is the prizewinner at numerous international competitions:
F. Busoni Competition, Bolzano, Italy; UNISA (University of South Africa) Competition, Pretoria; Concours Géza Andà, Zurich, Switzerland; Marguerite Long Competition, Paris; First Prize in the Rome Piano Competition. Grand Prix of the Montecarlo World Piano-Masters;
Roustem Saitkoulov is frequently performing with world’s renown orchestras, such as Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, RAI Symphony Orchestra Torino, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, St-Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo New City Orchestra and Beijing Symphony Orchestra.
His concerts and recitals take him all over the world: to Russia (International House of Music, Moscow and Philharmonia Hall of St Petersburg), China (NCPA Beijing and Guangzhou Opera House), Japan (Great Hall of the Metropolitan Art Space and Osaka Symphony Hall), Chile (Frutillar), Argentina (Teatro Colón and CCNK), Mexico (Palacio de Bellas Artes), Australia (Sydney Opera House), the United States, Canada, South Africa and throughout many of the most important venues in Europe.
He is invited in world’s leading festivals including Montreux, La Roque d’Anthéron, Yokohama, Bologna, Merano, Brescia-Bergamo, Edinburgh, Piano aux Jacobins (Toulouse, France), Festival de Radio France-Montpellier, Menton or Printemps des Arts de Montecarlo.
His music is subsequently broadcast on France Musique, Radio Classique, DRS 2 (Switzerland), NDR Kultur (Germany) as well as on television programs, in France (France 2, France 3 and Mezzo) and on the international European channel 3 SAT.
He records several solo piano CD albums for EMI Classics and Dinemec Classics. In 2012, Master Chord Records releases with him the two Chopin Piano Concertos with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2014, IndéSens label issues his recording of the Piano Concerto n°1 by Dmitri Shostakovich.
Furthermore, Roustem Saitkoulov is a regular partner of Maxim Vengerov.
Photo credit : Eric Legouhy
Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.
Pre/Post & Overlands
Before your cruise
05/06/2017 – Venice, on your own (2 days/1 night)480.00 € **
06/06/2017 – Panoramic transfer in Venice65.00 € **
04/06/2017 – From London to Venice by the Venice Simplon Orient Express (2 nights)3160.00 € **
06/06/2017 – Punta della Dogana Exclusive visit of the 2017 exhibition of Damien Hirst165.00 € **
After your cruise
** Prices per person, based on double occupancy