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Le Soleal Review

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75 reviews
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Best Eclipse Cruise Yet!

Review for Le Soleal to Asia
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rtavan
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Mar 2016
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"Diamond Ring Effect" near totality
Sunrise, a day or so before the eclipse.
Fresh fish for dinner!
Le Soleal from shore
Three happy girls in Ternate, Indonesia

This cruise was planned by an affinity group (MIT alumni). I signed up because they always plan great trips with stimulating fellow travelers and my wife and I are mildly addicted eclipse chasers. Also, Australia/Indonesia/Malaysia is a part of the world that I had long wanted to visit. Le Soleal and Ponant exceeded expectations. The accommodations, crew, amenities, excursions, and food were all first class.

We spent a day in Sydney before flying on to Darwin to meet the ship. Sydney was great fun, exactly what we expected from prior reading, surfing and recommendations. Darwin is just a place to meet the ship.

Embarkation involved a long, boring wait in a typical but uncrowded, unadorned, unsupported boarding room. Disembarkation was fine.

Cabin Review

Cabin Prestige suite

The Prestige Suites are two Prestige Cabins connected by opening a wide, sliding door in the connecting wall. Each has its own bathroom, one with tub and one with shower. Each has identical desks, closets, and bureau. One has a large bed and the other a couch/sitting area. The sitting area includes a wonderful Nespresso machine and a desk just barely large enough for a small laptop. Great cabin!

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