ALASKA – ON THE TRAIL OF THE GOLD PROSPECTORS – Le Soleal

from $5,340

DATES: 2020 – Jul 22 | Aug 12*, 19, 26* | Sep 02

2021 – Jun 14*, 21, 28* | Jul 05, 12* | Aug 02, 09*

DURATION: 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS

EMBARK: JUNEAU, ALASKA

DISEMBARK: VANCOUVER, BC
*Reverse itinerary – Vancouver to Juneau

SHIP: LE SOLEAL

FROM: $5,340  (Including Air Seattle- Juneau)

 

All about the ALASKA – ON THE TRAIL OF THE GOLD PROSPECTORS – Le Soleal.

Follow in the footsteps of the gold prospectors on this 8-day cruise brought to you by PONANT. This exceptional itinerary aboard Le Soléal will take you from Alaska to British Columbia, to discover magnificent landscapes marked by the Gold Rush.

After embarking in Juneau, the capital of Alaska long inhabited by the Tlingit people, sailing along Tracy Arm, one of Alaska’s most beautiful fjords, will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your cruise.

Do not miss the chance to visit Haines, where majestic bald eagles are often spotted flying over the houses and Skagway, where many pioneers came in search of gold at the end of the 19th century.

You will then discover Sitka, a former Russian settlement surrounded by tall mountains known for their centuries-old totem poles.

Before disembarking in Vancouver, you will make your way down the east coast of Alaska, whose Inside Passage, shaped by the sculpture of imposing glaciers, is home to vertiginous fjords. Here, the natural environment includes glaciers, coniferous forests, and myriad islands and islets magnified by the wonderful play of light.

Expedition Highlights

  • Discover Alaska’s breathtaking landscapes: fjords, glaciers, waterfalls, primary forests, giant sequoias.
  • Wildlife: brown bears, black bears, sea otters, orcas, humpback whales, bald eagles.
  • 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.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • All accommodations, meals, and excursion described above
  • Gratuities to crew, guides and drivers on included excursions
  • Comprehensive cruise aboard the deluxe Le Soleal, with all the amenities for which Ponant ships are famous.
  • 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
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands… list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • Room service 24h (special selection)
  • Park entry fees into protected areas

Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Travel and Emergency Evacuation Insurance
  • Air fare, unless included
  • Items of personal nature
  • Premium alcohol
  • Optional Shore Excursions
  • Pre- or Post-cruise arrangements

  1. Day 1 JUNEAU, ALASKA

    Embarkation from 16H00 to 17H00. Departure at 18H00

    In 1880, gold seekers 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 Channel, 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.

     

  2. Day 2 ENDICOTT and TRACY ARMS

    In the heart of the Alexander Archipelago, Endicott Arm fjord is a short inlet on the southern coast of Alaska that boasts spectacular views of virgin wilderness. The azure-blue waters, snow-capped mountains and lush forest are incredible, but the main attraction is the Dawes glacier, whose vast, bluish back snakes down the mountain’s flank. Weather permitting, you can observe how icebergs are formed by getting a closer look at the white cliff where glacier meets water, or just enjoy watching the resident harbor seals frolicking in the icy waters.

    When you reach Tracy Arm fjord, 80 kilometers 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.

     

  3. Day 3 HAINES, ALASKA

    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 colorful 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 Chilkat River is especially worth a visit.

     

  4. Day 4 SKAGWAY, ALASKA

    In the 19th century, it was through Skagway, a small town in southeast 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.

     

  5. Day 5 SITKA, ALASKA

    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 Mt. Edgecumbe volcano stands majestic. Numerous islands scattered around Sitka stretch out before you in a vision of preserved Alaska.

     

  6. Day 6 MISTY FJORDS or KETCHIKAN

    Rain forest, hypnotic blue lakes, snowy peaks, glacier valleys, waterfalls… You will behold a heavenly vision. This United States monument covering some 8,600 square kilometers is a designated Wilderness Area. This awesome countryside rolls out its majestic carpet of cedars, fir spruces and hemlocks. Here, you can feel Nature’s throbbing heartbeat. You may be lucky enough to spot some of the many animal inhabitants, such as  river otters, sea lions, seals and porpoises.

    Some departures visit Ketchkian – Alaska’s First City, as it is the southernmost, and therefore the first to come to northbound.

    Other departures will visit both Ketchikan and Misty fjords.

  7. Day 7 CRUISE INSIDE PASSAGE

    Along the north-east coast of Vancouver Island, Johnstone Strait is a 100 km-long channel formed by an old glacier bed, dotted with a string of lush islands. Sailing amid this wilderness offers fantastic opportunities to observe the wildlife. Indeed, blue whales, humpback whales and the world’s largest population of orcas can be found in the cool and sheltered waters of the strait, and you can try to spot some from your ship’s deck.

     

     

  8. Day 8 VANCOUVER, CANADA

    Arrive Vancouver – Disembark 09:00 AM

    Verdant and cosmopolitan, Vancouver is one of Canada’s most multi-cultural cities. Located in British Columbia on Canada’s west coast, it’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 Gastown. 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 revitalized industrial area that hosts galleries, restaurants and a huge produce market.

LE SOLEAL

Like her sisterships, Le Soléal 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.

INTERIOR DESIGN
Superior materials, discreet elegance and a tasteful décor Reflect a nautical mood subtly revisited. Aboard, soothing Neutral grey tones are enlivened by splashes of red, our Signature theme linking tradition and innovation to create Personal touches in the spirit of a “private yacht”.

 

Fast Facts:

  • Length: 466 ft
  • Beam: 59 ft
  • Draft: 15.3 ft
  • Cruising speed: 14 knots
  • Guest decks:  6
  • Guest capacity (double occupancy): Up to 264 PAX
  • Normal crew size: 140
  • Gross tonnage: 10 992 UMS

 

RESTAURANTS

Loyal to the great French tradition, the haute cuisine on board is worthy of the finest restaurants, where discreet, attentive service is the hallmark.

Our two restaurants welcome you for breakfasts, lunch and dinner. The Gastronomic Restaurant, with a capacity of 268 persons, is situated on Le Liberté Deck and serves you French and international cuisine accompanied by fine wine.

At the Grill Restaurant, you will have the opportunity to eat outside and enjoy buffet lunch and themed dinner.

 

PUBLIC AREAS

Main Lounge

Afternoon tea, lounge, live music, dance floor and cocktail bar

Access to the outside terrace

 Panoramic Lounge

Library, internet desk, cocktail bar, live entertainment on selected evenings. Direct access to the panoramic terrace.

Open-air Bar (Pool deck)

Overlooking the pool deck

 

ACCOMMODATIONS ABOARD LE BOREAL

Elegance and flexibility of the suites and staterooms, decorated by French interior designer Jean-Philippe Nuel.

  • Flexible capacity: from 112 to 122 suites & staterooms.
  • Maximum configuration: 13 suites & 108 staterooms.
  • Maximum number of suites configuration: 24 suites & 86 staterooms.
  • Magnificent ocean views: 114 staterooms and suites with balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • Cabin layout: king-size bed, or twin beds, adjoining cabins available (children welcome)
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen satellite TV
  • IPod™ players
  • Desk with stationery
  • Electronic safe
  • French bath products
  • Dressing table and hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • 24hr room service
  • WiFi

DELUXE STATEROOM

  • Area : 18 m²
  • Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin

DELUXE SUITE

  • Area : 27 m²
  • Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE DECK 4

  • Area : 18 m²
  • Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE DECK 5

  • Area : 18 m²
  • Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE DECK 6

  • Area : 18 m²
  • Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE DECK 5 SUITE

  • Area : 36 m²
  • Capacity: up to 4 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE DECK 6 SUITE

  • Area : 36 m²
  • Capacity: up to 4 passengers per cabin

OWNER’S SUITE

  • Area : 54 m²
  • Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

SUPERIOR STATEROOM

  • Area : 21 m²
  • Capacity: up to 3 passengers per cabin