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Le Champlain

Greenland and Newfoundland with National Geographic

Launching in 2018, Le Champlain is one of a new series of Explorer ships that remain true to the Ponant spirit, embodying the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort. The ship offers guests elegantly designed cabins, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 cabins and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

 

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Embark

Embark the ship in Reykjavík .

Day 1: Reykjavik

Board Le Champlain in Reykjavik. You will have time to explore your cabin and new surroundings. Later you will join fellow guests for the captains first dinner, drinks and evening entertainment.

Day 2: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as the ship sails towards Ammassalik Island.

Day 3: Ammassalik Island

Today you may follow in the wake of Captain Jean-Baptiste Charcot’s famous ship, the Pourquoi Pas?, which set off with its crew to discover Ammassalik, a small island of primitive and wild beauty where the Inuit people chose to live. The name of this island is a reference to the capelin, a small flamboyant silver coloured fish, whose presence in the thousands announces to inhabitants the return of spring.

Day 4: Nansen Harbor

Travelling to Nansen Harbor is the guarantee of a voyage back in time and will enable you to discover a superb bay, into which the ice cap plunges directly.

Day 5: Skjoldungen Island

Discover Skjoldungen Island situated on the south-east coast of Greenland. This uninhabited land boasts magnificent landscapes that are sure to dazzle you including willow forests, mountains, rocky outcrops and glacial valleys. It is also surrounded by a stunning fjord, a distinctive feature of which is its double entrance forms a bend before joining the sea on the other side.

Day 6: Prins Christian Sund

Today Le Champlain glides silently towards the Greenland coast, in a setting punctuated by pointed peaks and majestic glaciers… You are on the verge of crossing the Prins Christian Sund, a narrow channel that stretches out and zigzags over some one hundred kilometres between Greenland’s south-east and south-west. Be mesmerized by the beautiful scenery and if you are lucky, you may get to witness an aurora borealis, a stunning light show put on by the polar night.

Days 7-8: At Sea

Spend the next two days at sea as the ship sails towards Saint John's.

Day 9: St John's, Newfoundland

Explore St John's, the oldest and most easterly city in North America brimming with character and charisma.

Day 10: Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Your voyage ends in Saint Pierre and Miquelon where you will disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your flight to Montreal.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Saint Pierre and Miquelon. Transfer to the airport for flight to Montreal.

Includes

  • 9 Nights' accommodation on board Le Champlain
  • Full Board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day
  • Flight from Saint Pierre and Miquelon to Montreal plus airport transfer
  • Mineral water, coffee and wine served with lunch and dinner
  • Afternoon tea daily
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Evening gatherings and organised entertainment
  • Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
  • English-speaking guest-speaker (when applicable)
  • Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Port Taxes
  • A cruise in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions offering enrichment with a National Geographic Photographer and an Expert specialised in the destination onboard
  • Shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with your naturalist guides.

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Transfers to and from the ship
  • Port Taxes
  • Optional excursions
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure
  • Visas (where required)
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
 

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