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Arctic Le Soleal Arctic Cruise Reviews

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First and last Ponant cruise.

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DandJCruisers
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

My wife & I chose Ponant on the recommendation of our travel agent as the preferred cruise line to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary with a transit of the North West Passage. Unfortunately, Ponant failed dismally to deliver & in our opinion, were misleading & deceptive in their decision to proceed with the cruise in view of the forecast sea ice conditions. We believe that Ponant should ...
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Sail Date: August 2018


Some Problems Encountered

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Ken Jeff
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

The cruise was to sail through the Northwest Passage, however there was too much ice so spent the majority of the time on the west coast of Greenland with some time in Canadian waters. The captain made the correct call about not proceeding through the Passage judging by the ice in Bellot Strait and the ice maps for Alaska, so no problem with this. The Canadian icebreaker service was very good, but ...
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Sail Date: August 2018


Poor value for money

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lordor
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

Ponant markets itself as a luxury expedition cruiseline but it does not meet expectations on either account. Most other cruiselines offer at least similar or better levels of comfort, food and service, apart from the limited open bar. Although the overall appearance of the ships is attractive some of the cabins are not particularly well-designed, having for example, only a narrow hanging space for ...
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Sail Date: August 2018


Ponant Pathetic Arctic Cruise August 2018

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flames56
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

Totally agree with Baloghpj. We also were on the Ponant Cruise that left from Kangerlussuaq to cruise the Northwest Passage on August 2018. He forgot to mention the debacle with the luggage on the flight from Paris from Copenhagen. We were all jammed into a Fokker 100 - after we boarded, the pilot realised that the plane could not hold all the luggage so it was put into three toilets and the few ...
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Sail Date: August 2018


North West Passage - A Delusion: Amazing Scenery but Zero Points to Ponant

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Jackson46
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

This was our first cruise with Ponant - and might I add it will probably be the last - and we were very much looking forward to cruising the North West Passage especially as we had booked two years ago and have read a lot of media about Ponant, the Company and the special voyages offered. There is no doubt there has been a huge media campaign to encourage Australians to participate in the various ...
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Sail Date: August 2018


Stay Away from Ponant Cruises!!!!

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baloghpj
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

I am a USAF military retiree, 20 years active duty (in uniform) and 13 years as a contractor. In effect, 33 years of service to this country’s military. I am at present 67 years old, with a number of health issues including a left knee that collapses on me at times and very bad back problems. My wife is 4 years younger, basically in good health with the usual old age ailments. We’re both able ...
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Sail Date: August 2018


Finding nice solutions to enjoy the trip

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Georges26
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

Although the expected itinerary was not respected, due to the ice conditions, the exploration crew always found nice alternatives to discover new sites, and interesting contacts with the local population. The exploration crew is very competent, which is the main point (together with the excellent service) to be able to discover and enjoy experiences in places that are otherwise unreachable for ...
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Sail Date: July 2018


Great ship; poor naturalist guiding

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Bauer68
6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

My wife and I recently went on the Le Soliel expedition cruise entitled The Saga of Erick the Red from July 17—29. The trip started in Iceland and spent most of the time combing the Greenland coast up to Kangerlussuaq. We were both impressed with the level of service on the ship. The housekeeping as immaculate, the meals were wonderful, and the entertainment was enjoyable, and the ship staff ...
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Sail Date: July 2018


NEVER WITH PONANT!!!

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cruiser-57
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

Our long awaited and much anticipated Northwest Passage trip has ended and will long be remembered for all the wrong reasons. Inputing required information into Ponant’s website before the trip was frustratingly difficult and generally only remedied by Sydney’s staff. Thank you to all who assisted. The required medical information was widely regarded by GPs and fellow travellers as an ...
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Sail Date: July 2018


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