Le Champlain

PONANT Yacht Cruises & Expeditions

As the second ship in the new Explorer series, Le Champlain will embody the unique atmosphere that is Ponant's hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy & comfort. She offers innovative and environmentally-friendly hardware and elegantly designed accommodations with 100% balcony.


24-hour Room Service
Butler Service
Fitness Center
Laundry/Dry Cleaning
Movie Theatre
Single Occupancy Cabins
Swimming Pool
Water Sports Platform
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins

Ship Info

What's Included


  • All meals & Open bar

  • Evening entertainment

  • On selected cruises: lecturers, guides, naturalists, expedition leaders, special themes

  • Baggage handling

  • Port and Safety charges

  • Crew member gratuities

Not Included

  • Airfare & Transfers, Optional shore excursions, Premium Beverages, Sundries, Travel insurance, WiFi/Internet Spa Services, Medical services, consultations, and drug prescriptions, Laundry Visa fees, if applicable

Ship Overview

Inaugural Sailing
10000 Tons
Public Decks
Passenger Capacity

Reviews and Recommendations for Le Champlain


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Le Champlain - Exceptional Trans-Atlantic

By: Perry

Reviewed on: 09 May 2019

Le Champlain is a beautiful, small, expedition ship. We sailed on her from Cayenne to Lisbon-had a wonderful time! Only 43 guests on this voyage and 120 crew-the 11 day crossing felt like a party on your best friend's large yacht. Nationalities of the guests: 5 Americans; 5 Australians; 2 Canadians; 4 from the UK; 1 German; and the rest French. All were well-traveled and everyone mixed well. Language was not an issue - the crew all spoke English and French-with our taxi/restaurant French, we managed to communicate well enough with our French friends. We had a base-level suite on deck 3. Well appointed, but a tad snug-they are significantly smaller than on other lines. We did not find this to be an issue. Food in our opinion was very good and we had a number of exceptional dishes. Service was good throughout the ship - best in the restaurant and suite. Open bar offerings sufficient-no need to up purchase anything. Limited entertainment. Booked another, we liked it so much!
Travel Advisor:  Jonathan Phillips

Small ship delight


Reviewed on: 05 Sep 2019

The food and service was extraordinary. The wines offered good and paired well with the food. The cabins are a little small (we were in a Prestige), but they are clean and have adequate storage space. The most wonderful thing about this ship, other than the food and service, was timeliness. No waiting around. For tours, if you arrive on time, you leave on time. The tours were informative and did not disappoint. This is definitely a line I will cruise again.
Travel Advisor:  Bobbi Nappi

Our third cruise with Ponant

By: Kathy

Reviewed on: 30 Sep 2019

Lovely accommodations with excellent food and entertainment.
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Hires


By: Jimmy

Reviewed on: 24 Jan 2020

Very caring and thoughtful crew Food excellent Great itinerary Beautiful ship Entertainment was low key mostly but enjoyable
Travel Advisor:  Toni Bissett

Lovely ship and nice itinerary

By: Happy Adventurer

Reviewed on: 29 Jan 2020

Ponant has lovely ships, and the itinerary was really nice. Their shore excursions were excellent, and they ensured that those of us on board who were English speakers had our own English-speaking guides when on tour. The staterooms are lovely as well as the public spaces. The staff on this ship were friendly and helpful. And the small size of the ship is great!
Travel Advisor:  CJ White

Mayan Adventure


Reviewed on: 13 Feb 2020

Great ship but limited space for sun bathing if that is your goal. Enjoyable meals, lively and fun entertainment (they moved one of the shows to main lounge instead of theater bringing you up close a personal - great idea), cruise itinerary strictly for Mayanofiles. Passengers are overwhelmingly French so better for English speakers to travel in a group rather than as just a couple. Limited opportunities to meet with other English speakers but they made the attempt at scheduling some.
Travel Advisor:  Jesse Taylor

Elegant ship

By: San

Reviewed on: 14 Mar 2020

When you step onto the ship, you know you are in for a special experience. The ship is elegant and never felt cramped or crowded. In fact, it was noticeable that the ship felt the very opposite of crowded. The entire crew was great. The food and wines were lovely.
Travel Advisor:  Tessie Young