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We had such hopes for this trip. The ship & itinerary fit our needs on paper but in reality we were disappointed with the execution of this cruise. Not only did embarkation change from Puerto Morelos to Cozumel after booking our flights but the trip was advertised to include diving in Honduras. On boarded we learned Puerto Cortes was a dirty shipping port with no diving. The water was green with lots of trash . We didn’t even bother getting off . As the week progressed we hoped things would improve but they didn’t. The ship & cabin were nice but there was absolutely no on board activities during the day & the evening entertainment was minimal. They had 3 girls that danced; accompanied by a singer on 4 nights but the shows only lasted 20 minutes. The best entertainment was a group of local dancers that boarded one evening. Regarding food, we expected French cuisine. However every meal was bland, small proportions and with absolutely no French flair other than the cheese. They even refused to cook my steak rare which ended up full of fat and gristle. We have had better dinners in the general dining rooms on mass market ships. The Blue Eye was even a disappointment. It was open usually 2 hours per day. If the ship is moving, air bubbles over the glass obscure any view. Plus the bar only had limited offerings of wine, champagne & a single signature drink. As seasoned travelers I cannot recommend Ponant and Le Champlain. There are much better cruise companies in this price range.

Not what we expected

Le Champlain Cruise Review by shrkdive1

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We had such hopes for this trip. The ship & itinerary fit our needs on paper but in reality we were disappointed with the execution of this cruise.

Not only did embarkation change from Puerto Morelos to Cozumel after booking our flights but the trip was advertised to include diving in Honduras. On boarded we learned Puerto Cortes was a dirty shipping port with no diving. The water was green with lots of trash . We didn’t even bother getting off .

As the week progressed we hoped things would improve but they didn’t. The ship & cabin were nice but there was absolutely no on board activities during the day & the evening entertainment was minimal. They had 3 girls that danced; accompanied by a singer on 4 nights but the shows only lasted 20 minutes. The best entertainment was a group of local dancers that boarded one evening.

Regarding food, we expected French cuisine. However every meal was bland, small proportions and with absolutely no French flair other than the cheese. They even refused to cook my steak rare which ended up full of fat and gristle. We have had better dinners in the general dining rooms on mass market ships.

The Blue Eye was even a disappointment. It was open usually 2 hours per day. If the ship is moving, air bubbles over the glass obscure any view. Plus the bar only had limited offerings of wine, champagne & a single signature drink.

As seasoned travelers I cannot recommend Ponant and Le Champlain. There are much better cruise companies in this price range.
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We had a premier cabin on the 5th floor. The room was very nice but cramped.

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