From Portugal to Scotland
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- A cruise along the Atlantic coastlines of four countries: Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom and Ireland.
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the tower of Belem and the monastery of Jeronimos in Lisbon (embarkation port), the historic centre of Porto, the old town of Santiago de Compostela, Dublin.
- An excursion in Galicia to discover Santiago de Compostela.
- From Cork, there will be the possibility to visit Blarney Castle, an imposing fortress with numerous hidden treasures, including the famous “Blarney Stone”.
- The possibility of visiting Lisbon (before your cruise) and Glasgow (after your cruise).
- Staterooms & Suites
- LE CHAMPLAIN
- Port of call & excursions
- Guest(s) Lecturer(s)
- Pre/Post & Overlands
Staterooms & Suites
Deluxe Stateroom AU$4,270 Available Prestige stateroom Deck 4 AU$4,520 Available Prestige stateroom Deck 5 AU$4,660 Available Prestige Deck 6 AU$4,800 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 3 AU$6,440 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 5 AU$7,930 Not Available Deluxe Suite Deck 4 AU$6,440 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 6 AU$6,440 Available Prestige Suite Deck 5 AU$9,240 Available Prestige Suite Deck 6 AU$9,510 Available Privilege Suite Deck 6 AU$9,800 Available Privilege Suite Deck 5 AU$9,800 Available Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5 AU$10,080 Available Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6 AU$10,080 Available Owner's Suite AU$12,860 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 second 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
LisbonEmbarkation 26/04/2020 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 26/04/2020 at 18H00 .
Portugal’s capital city located on the banks of the Tagus, only a few kilometres from the Atlantic coast, is a city of exceptionally rich cultural diversity. At the mouth of the river harbour, impose two UNESCO World Heritage monuments, Jeronimos monastery and Belem tower. The Alfama hillside is also worth visiting: known for its fado bars and its Moorish streets, this district is the oldest one of the city and one of the most typical. Not far from there, Chiado’s elegant streets are home to big fashion labels and are an invitation to a bit of of luxury shopping.
27 April 2020 – Leixões - PortoArrival 27/04/2020 midday. Departure 27/04/2020 late afternoon.
Located at the mouth of the Douro River, the port of Leixões lies less than 10 kilometres from Porto. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic centre of Porto is worth a visit for its famous Ribeira district, the metallic silhouette of the Dom-Luis bridge looming over its ancient houses, its richly decorated Baroque churches and its national Soares dos Reis museum. The São Bento station is also interesting for its typically Portuguese decoration, using Azulejos, blue square ceramic tiles decorated with geometric patterns or figurative scenes.
28 April 2020 – CeeArrival 28/04/2020 early morning. Departure 28/04/2020 early morning.
Cee is located at the end of a bay on the north-western Spanish coast. A stone’s throw from the marina, the maritime promenade is a great place to stroll alongside one of the town's beaches or luxuriant gardens. The centre can be reached by a pleasant walk down quaint streets bordered by pines and palms. These streets lead you to the market square with its shops offering a profusion of all kinds of delicious food. You’ll want to dally under the arcades and perhaps be tempted by a slice of bica gallega, a regional cake that’s both moist and crunchy. Try it with a cortado or a machado, two delectable espresso drinks.
28 April 2020 – La CoruñaArrival 28/04/2020 late afternoon. Departure 28/04/2020 evening.
La Coruña stands on a peninsula in north-west Spain. As you enter the harbour, you can see the imposing Castillo de San Antón, which houses archaeological collections from Galicia. In the old town, you’ll travel back in time as you meander through the streets from the medieval church of Santiago to the contemporary Domus building, a museum dedicated to human biology and psychology. Brightly coloured tramways connect to the waterfront, on one side, Riazor beach, and on the other, the Hercules tower: this lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, listed for its history dating back to Antiquity.
29 April 2020 – At seaArrival 29/04/2020. Departure 29/04/2020.
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 observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.
30 April 2020 – Isles of ScillyArrival 30/04/2020 early morning. Departure 30/04/2020 late afternoon.
Nestling in the clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean, at the south west tip of Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly form a small British island chain whose climate, landscapes and lifestyle are unlike any other and seem to have come straight from an Enid Blyton story. Here, everything resembles a tropical paradise. The long sandy beaches run alongside lush green meadows teeming with semi-exotic flowers, whilst the ruins of ancient castles loom from the tops of the hills. Veritable havens of peace that inspired the legendary Avalon of King Arthur, they are today listed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the rugged coastline plays host to wildlife that is as varied as it is exceptional, including the very rare Atlantic grey seal.
1 May 2020 – CobhArrival 01/05/2020 early morning. Departure 01/05/2020 late afternoon.
From the very endearing small town of Cobh, you will set out to discover Cork, rich with a history that goes back to Viking times. During our visit here, we invite you to take an exceptional trip to Blarney Castle, dating from 1446 and renowned for its legends and its ancient stones. At the end of your visit, do not miss the chance of kissing the “Stone of Eloquence”, located at the top of the monument, which legend tells will confer its powers upon you.
2 May 2020 – DublinArrival 02/05/2020 early morning. Departure 02/05/2020 early afternoon.
The Irish capital stretches along the banks of the Liffey to Dublin bay, on the East coast of Ireland. Discover Ireland’s warm conviviality in the pedestrian district of Temple Bar. Its cobbled streets are brimming with fabulous shops, pubs and arts centres. Next to Trinity College, famous for its 18th century library, you can stroll along Grafton Street: in one of its famous tea shops, try a delicious scone and clotted cream served hot and melt-in-the-mouth with jam. Not far from here, the majestic O’Connell bridge leads you to the avenue with the same name, on which Spire, a luminous contemporary sculpture presides.
Glasgow, ScotlandDisembarkation 03/05/2020 at 07H30 .
In the heart of the Clyde Valley, the bustling city of Glasgow contrasts starkly with the wild beauty of the surrounding countryside. Scotlandﾒs biggest city overflows with landmarks from its extensive artistic heritage and outstanding architectural tradition. The cityﾒs chequerboard layout makes walking through the major pedestrian thoroughfares easy: go with the flow and let the lively street atmosphere take you past the many Victorian monuments. Donﾒt miss the collections on display in the numerous museums and art galleries. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is an outstanding example.
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.
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.
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.
Julia de Funès
A doctor in philosophy and a DESS Human Resources graduate, Julia de Funès worked in a company before setting up her own consultancy, Prophil Conseil, giving advice to companies like HSBC, Thales, EDF, Adidas, Intercontinental, Canal +, Valrhona, Deloitte, Axa, Accenture, Accor, Chaumet, Afnor, Novartis and L’Occitane.
In 2012, Julia created and presented a daily programme called Le bonheur selon Julia which ran for 42 episodes on France 5, and hosted a philosophy column on BFM Business for two years as part of the Club Media HR broadcast.
Coup de philo sur les idées reçues, Lafon 2010.
Socrate au pays des process, Flammarion, 2017.
La comédie (in)humaine, co-written with N. Bouzou, Éditions de l’observatoire
Language spoken: French
Photo credit: ARR
Born in Marseille, Muriel Beyer was a journalist with the daily Le Provençal (1975-76), then director of Marseille’s Parc des Expositions (1978-82).
She began her publishing career in 1982, becoming an editor with Editions Flammarion (1982-96) before moving on to Editions Plon, where she was editorial manager (1997-2016).
Member of the Comité stratégique du Conseil culturel de l’Union pour la Méditerranée, (2009-13) she created Editions de l’Observatoire within the Humensis Group in December 2016 (Belin, Puf, Que sais-je ?, Les équateurs, Le Pommier….). Today, the house publishes between 60 and 70 books a year: essays, non-fiction, French and foreign fiction… Authors included Pope Francis, Alain Duhamel, Raphael Enthoven, Etienne Klein, Natacha Polony, Nicolas Bouzou, Frédéric Beigbeder, Luc Ferry, Frédéric Lenoir…
Editions de l’Observatoire has also made its name in the fiction domain with novels by Sébastien Spitzer: Ces rêves qu’on piétine, and Christian Guay-Poliquin: Le poids de la neige.
Muriel Beyer is director of the general literature department, which covers Editions de l’Observatoire and Editions des équateurs (Un été avec Homère by Sylvain Tesson).
In January 2018, she was appointed deputy general manager of Humensis. In October 2018, she was elected President of the general literature group at the SNE.
Language spoken: French
Photo credit: Frédéric MERIO
Brother of journalist Alain Duhamel and Professor Jean-François Duhamel, a paediatrician, he has five sons : Jean, Nicolas, Alexandre, Benjamin and Raphaël, and a partner in Nathalie Saint-Cricq.
Educated at the Lycée Édouard-Branly in Nogent-sur-Marne then Lycée Condorcet in Paris, he studied economics at the Faculty of Law and Economics in Paris (Panthéon-Assas).
He began his career in 1970 as a journalist on ORTF. In 1974, he was appointed director of domestic affairs at TFI, then political and social affairs in 1976, before being entrusted with presenting its famous political programme, Le Grand Débat. He was also editor-in-chief for a few months in 1981.
In 1986, he was appointed Deputy Director then Programming Director at Radio Monte-Carlo and in 1987 returned to television in charge of news at La Cinq, before being offered the post of Programming Director in 1993 at France Inter.
Appointed Managing Director at Radio France in 1996, he was Managing Director of France 3 from June 1996 to July 1998. In 1999 he joined the Figaro group as Deputy Director and editor of Figaro Magazine and Madame Figaro alongside Yves de Chaisemartin, Chairman of the Board and Director Michel Senamaud. In 2005, he was put in charge of Programming and Diversification at France Télévisions, under its Chairman and CEO, Patrick de Carolis, with whom he had often worked during his career.
He is also President of the School of Journalism and Communications in Marseille.
Language spoken: French
Photo credit: ©Hannah Assouline-Editions de l'Observatoire
Alexandre Jardin is one of the most widely-read authors in the French language. He has published at least 20 novels and the same number again of comic books. His novels have been devoured by generations of readers (Le Zèbre, Fanfan, l’Ile des Gauchers, Juste une Fois, Le Petit Sauvage, les Coloriés, etc.), as have his autobiographical works (Le Roman des Jardin, Le Zubial, Des Gens très Bien, etc.).
His first work Bille en tête won a best first novel prize when he was only 20. The same year, 1986, he graduated from the Sciences Po Paris. Several of his novels have been adapted for film, including Le Zèbre (directed by Jean Poiret) which also won the 1988 Fémina Prize, and Fanfan which he produced himself in 1993.
A sponsor for numerous associations, he is a co-founder of Lire et Faire Lire (19,000 retirees encourage 650,000 children a year in kindergarten and primary school to read).
Language spoken: French
Photo credit: ARR
Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.
Pre/Post & Overlands
Before your cruise
** Prices per person, based on double occupancy