Sailing the Orinoco
* Subject to availability.
- Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides in the meanders of the Orinoco, in the heart of tropical rainforest.
- In the Salvation Islands, the possibility of strolling through the former prisons, in an idyllic setting surrounded by exotic vegetation.
- Discovering the picturesque city of Paramaribo, its traditional market and its old churches.
- Special encounters with the Warao tribes, whose name translates as “the boat people”.
- Possibility of observing an incredible variety of endemic wildlife including spider monkeys, macaws, toucans, scarlet ibises, caimans, iguanas and river dolphins.
- Staterooms & Suites
- LE CHAMPLAIN
- Port of call & excursions
- Guest(s) Lecturer(s)
- Important information
- Pre/Post & Overlands
Staterooms & Suites
Deluxe Stateroom AU$6,350 Not Available Prestige stateroom Deck 4 AU$6,740 Not Available Prestige stateroom Deck 5 AU$6,930 Not Available Prestige Deck 6 AU$6,810 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 3 AU$9,180 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 5 AU$9,180 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 4 AU$9,640 Not Available Deluxe Suite Deck 6 AU$9,640 Not Available Prestige Suite Deck 5 AU$13,870 Not Available Prestige Suite Deck 6 AU$13,590 Available Privilege Suite Deck 6 AU$14,010 Available Privilege Suite Deck 5 AU$14,010 Available Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5 AU$15,150 Not Available Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6 AU$15,150 Not Available Owner's Suite AU$15,600 Not Available
Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.
As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Champlain will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.
Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.
Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.
Port of call & excursions
CayenneEmbarkation 19/12/2018 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 20/12/2018 at 00H00 .
Capital of French Guyana located more than 7,000 km from the French mainland, Cayenne offers a harmonious ensemble of monuments, beaches and old creole houses on the eastern side of the South American continent. Between history and modernity, the city is marked by the presence of the former prisons, the vestiges of which can be seen on the Salvation Islands. This port of call will give you the opportunity to visit two museums, the Musée local de la Guyana and the Musée des cultures guyanaises, and learn more about the historic and cultural interests of the region. The Place des Palmistes, with its three soaring Guisanbourg palm trees, is the main square in Cayenne It provides the setting for a variety of events throughout the year.
20 December 2018 – Salvation IslandsArrival 20/12/2018 early morning. Departure 20/12/2018 late afternoon.
21 December 2018 – ParamariboArrival 21/12/2018 midday. Departure 21/12/2018 early evening.
22 December 2018 – At seaArrival 22/12/2018. Departure 22/12/2018.
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.
23 December 2018 – El Toro, OrinocoArrival 23/12/2018. Departure 23/12/2018.
24 December 2018 – El Arroyo, OrinocoArrival 24/12/2018. Departure 24/12/2018.
25 December 2018 – Tobago CaysArrival 25/12/2018 early afternoon. Departure 25/12/2018 evening.
Scattered between St Vincent and Grenada, the Tobago Cays comprises five little islands ﾖ Petit Rameau, Petit Bateau, Baradal, Petit Tabac and Jamesby. This rosary of uninhabited cays in the southern West Indies is a marine park that has some outstanding marine fauna in its turquoise lagoons. Girded and united by a coral reef, these secluded islands are a peaceful paradise for divers, swimmers and snorkellers.
26 December 2018 – Bequia IslandArrival 26/12/2018 early morning. Departure 26/12/2018 evening.
In the heart of the Caribbean, Bequia is the second-largest of 32 islands that make up the country of St Vincent and the Grenadines. This secluded island, strongly attached to its tradition of whale hunting, is popular with visiting yachties and divers. Port Elizabeth, the islandﾒs main town, has a lively atmosphere and further afield tropical rainforest and white-sand beaches provide a natural setting for peaceful walks.
27 December 2018 – BridgetownArrival 27/12/2018 early morning. Departure 27/12/2018 late afternoon.
Bridgetown, the bustling capital of Barbados, is located on the island's south-west coast. Its historic quarters are UNESCO World Heritage sites and contain prime examples of British colonial architecture, which you will see between the postcard-perfect fishing harbour and St Ann's Fort. Streets shaded by palms and flamboyant trees lead you to the Anglican cathedral church of St Michael, built from coral stone, the Barbados Museum and George Washington House, a Georgian-style mansion. There'll be plenty of time to relax on the Caribbean beaches of Carlisle Bay, a few paces from the old town centre.
Fort-de-FranceDisembarkation 28/12/2018 at 07H00 .
Located on the western coast of Martinique, Fort-de-France will amaze you by the splendour of its bay, a magnificent cut-out in the coastline, considered as one of the most beautiful in the world. At the harbour mouth, on its strip of land, fort Saint-Louis overlooks the capital city of Martinique. If you climb up to it, you can see some breath-taking views. Saint Louis Cathedral and the Schoelcher library bear witness to a secular history, intimately linked to the island’s story. Why not try some fresh coconut at the colourful Grand Marché. Two really pleasant places you can take a breather in, right in the heart of the city, are the garden of Balata and the Aimé Césaire park.
The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.
Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.
Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.
Yellow fever inoculation is compulsory. You will need to bring with you your original proof of international yellow fever vaccination. Should you fail to bring your valid certificate, you will be denied boarding.
Anti-malarial treatment is highly recommended (check with your doctor)
Suriname: A transit visa will be issued and charged onboard (15€ subject to change).
Discover the unique concept of PONANT tropical expedition cruises: explore the world’s extreme regions while enjoying luxurious comfort and service.
A luxury expedition voyage
Choosing a PONANT expedition cruise means choosing a state of mind: the alliance of elegance and authenticity, of exploration and comfort, of adventure and refinement… The comfort of your ship and your stateroom, personalised and attentive service, refined gastronomy: a very special atmosphere that we take great care to maintain. In the heart of the archipelagos of Oceania or the atolls of the Indian Ocean, along the wild coastlines of Central America or Australia, our luxurious services will ensure that your expedition cruise is an unforgettable experience.
PONANT, expedition cruise specialists
With almost 20 years of experience in the extreme regions, PONANT, the world’s number 1 polar cruise company, is also a real specialist in the planet’s most remote tropical regions. Our latest-generation fleet has the most modern technology to guarantee both your safety and respect for the regions visited. The size of our ships means we can get as close as possible to areas that are difficult to reach, offering a privileged access to preserved sites. Our flexibility enables us to adapt to the surprises inherent to these expedition itineraries.
Professional expedition teams, varied activities
After scouting missions in the field, our Expedition Leaders and their teams of naturalist guides design exceptional itineraries in the tropical regions. During the cruise, they organise daily outings and shore visits in Zodiac dinghies so as to get as close to nature as possible. They can reserve local means of transport (dugout canoes, bush taxis, local buses, etc.) in order to reach essential sites for hiking (volcanoes, nature reserves, etc.) or for visiting isolated villages. Indeed, the close relationships that our teams have been able to build with the local communities will enable you to share the life and ancestral customs of these peoples for a few hours. The naturalist guides also supervise snorkelling tours to discover the coral reef fauna. On board, the naturalist guides will share their knowledge during various conferences on fauna, the history of the great explorations, geology and climatology…
Fascinated by pre-history since childhood, Yves Coppens began his career as a researcher on an excavation in Brittany. In 1956, he entered the CNRS and from 1960 led major expeditions to Africa and the Middle East. In 1974 in the Afar triangle in Ethiopia, he and his team discovered Lucy, the three-million-year-old Australopithecus skeleton which continues to shed light on the fascinating story of our origins thanks to developments in research and dating techniques.
Yves Coppens was director of the Musée d’Homme anthropology museum in Paris, professor at France’s National History Museum and from 1983 to 2005, professor at the Collège de France, holder of the paleo-anthropology and prehistory chair. He is also a member of the Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine. From July 2002 to June 2003 he was president of the commission responsible for developing the Environment Charter, and since January 2010 has been president of the new scientific council for the Lascaux Cave.
Since 1950 his articles have appeared in major international scientific journals. He has also supervised numerous collective works, the most famous Aux origines de l'humanité published by Fayard. His own more personal books have sold extremely well, among them La plus belle histoire du monde (Le Seuil, 1996, with H Reeves and J de Rosnay), Lucy’s Knee - O. Jacob, 1999), and Histoire de l’Homme et changements climatiques, his final work at the end of his Collège de France tenure (Fayard, 2006).
Among his most recent works are L’Histoire de l’Homme - 22 ans d’amphi au Collège de France (1983-2005) and Yves Coppens raconte l’Homme published in 2008; Le présent du passé and Yves Coppens raconte nos ancêtres in 2009; T1 : l’histoire des singes in 2010: Le présent du passé au carré and Yves Coppens raconte nos ancêtres. T2 : la vie des premiers hommes, and in 2011 Pré-textes : l’homme préhistorique en morceaux and Yves Coppens raconte nos ancêtres. T3 : l’Eveil de l’homme au sacré. His latest book, Le présent du passé au cube, was published in October 2013.
Yves Coppens was also science director for two French paleo-fiction films: L’Odyssée de l’espèce and Homo Sapiens.
Languages spoken: French,English
Photo credit: Quentin COPPENS
Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.
Expeditions programs include activities such as Zodiac® outings (sometimes with "wet landing"), moderate walks to more active hikes. All this accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Certain zodiac® outings will not allow for landings just cruising. Landings will depend on weather conditions, position of ice and winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time.
Travelling to polar/isolated regions is an exhilarating experience. The raw beauty and untouched wilderness offer an unusual chance to experience a place where there is little evidence of human presence. Inevitably, there are some consequences that come with such remoteness: please remember that you are far from modern hospitals with full medical facilities, thus evacuation is highly expensive. Without the necessary medical coverage, all expenses will have to be immediately paid from with your personal funds. We urge you to subscribe a full coverage insurance, choose your insurance company very carefully and be extremely vigilant and ensure your insurance is fully comprehensive.
Taking into consideration the unusual and exceptional character of expedition itineraries, the calls shown are an indication only. The final route will be confirmed by the Captain and Expedition Leader, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. Their decision will be subject to that of local authorities and/or the expert pilots present on board during the navigation in polar and /or isolated zones.
Dressing tips :
- Cotton comfrortable and light weight shorts/bermudas
- Light weight long trousers
- Long-sleeved breathable UPF50+ shirts
- Cotton short sleeves T-shirt
- Aquatic UV long-sleeve T-shirt for sun protection during snorkeling or swimming (except for the Amazon cruises where bathing is not allowed)
- Aquatic non-slip sandals (except for the Amazon cruises where bathing is not allowed)
- Windproof, waterproof and breathable outer layer
- Broad brimmed anti-UV hat with strap
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Waterproof backpack for camera
- Sunscreen and after-sun high index & insect repellent
- Note: During your visits to some local communities, all guests will be required to dress respectfully. Ladies must have their shoulders and thighs covered. Gentlemen should have their shoulders covered also.
Feel free to visit the PONANT online shop which offers a selection of equipment and accessories adapted to our destinations at the following address: https://boutique.ponant.com
Benefits of the PONANT shop:
- expert advice to gear up
- a selection of technical equipment and accessories approved by our naturalists
- Duty Free prices
- delivery directly on board
Pre/Post & Overlands
During your cruise
After your cruise
Before your cruise
18/12/2018 – Forest Adventure at Wapa Lodge (1 night)760.00 AU$ **
19/12/2018 – En route to the port of Cayenne40.00 AU$ **
18/12/2018 – Kaw marshes by dug-out canoe (1 night)For your comfort and serenity, this programme benefits from a PONANT accompaniment***.
The escort, mandated by the company, accompanies you and remains at your disposal during your stay.
His mission: offering you assistance and facilitating the organisation to ensure the full success of your stay.550.00 AU$ **
** Prices per person, based on double occupancy