Cruise Critic staffers set sail every week, traveling the globe to bring you the latest cruise ship trends, port sneak peeks and onboard observations. Here’s where we are this week.
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Ship: Compagnie du Ponant’s Le Soleal
Who: Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief
Why There? Having just boarded Ponant’s newest ship — the 263-passenger Soleal — late last week in Singapore, we’re interested in this line, new for Cruise Critic. So far, it reminds us of Windstar and SeaDream — which both offer destination oriented cruises but with a Gallic flair.
We Can’t Wait: An all-Indonesia itinerary (save for our starting port of Singapore) is a very specific type of Asia trip, more about villages, Buddhist temples, and historic ruins than marquee ports of call And that’s right up the alley for Compagnie du Ponant, a France-based cruise line that offers trips for passengers who want more exotic destinations. Ponant’s well known for its Antarctic and Arctic itineraries but, after a few days onboard, it’s clear that the line understands that exotic means not only continents but also ports, and itineraries, that are meant for intrepid travelers.