Leading French cruise line and Five-Star Expedition specialist, COMPAGNIE DU PONANT has produced a 64-page brochure dedicated to discovering Asia’s treasures in the Winter Season 2013-2014. Reflecting the diversity of this mysterious and enchanting continent, between modern empires and ancient kingdoms, this travel log highlights all the company’s expertise. For the first time, LE SOLÉAL (132 staterooms and suites), the latest addition to the fleet, will be heading for Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Borneo, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India and the Maldives.

Logo © Compagnie du Ponant

Logo © Compagnie du Ponant

As the cruise progresses, Compagnie du Ponant invites passengers to discover Asia in another way, mooring as close as it is possible to be near protected sites and offering unrivalled levels of comfort, elegance and 5-star service. Passengers will be travelling in the company of experts, historians and lecturers who are passionate about their subjects.

Along with a comprehensive program of shore excursions embracing superb UNESCO World Heritage sites, the 17 itineraries crafted by the company offer much more than a cruise: a genuine travel experience.



Departing from Petropavlovsk in Russia’s Far East, LE SOLÉAL sails to Japan via the Kuril Islands. This volcanic archipelago extends over a thousand kilometres from the southern point of the Kamchatka Peninsula to Japan’s far north, offering a unique environment of widely varying landscapes.

Petropavlovsk – Otaru (11 days / 10 nights) – Departure 5 October 2013 – From €4,740 per person (flights included)

Leaving Otaru, LE SOLÉAL sets out to discover Japan’s kaleidoscope of traditions, beliefs and lifestyles. From Kanazawa to Hiroshima via Busan, the cruise ends in Osaka, the new beating heart of Japan.

Otaru – Osaka (8 days / 7 nights) – Departure 15 October 2013 – From €2,350 per person


The Hong Kong – Singapore cruise embraces the most important sites and grandiose scenery of Vietnam: taking a junk boat to the heart of the surreal Ha Long Bay, discovering Hanoi, Saigon and the Imperial City of Hue, or sailing down the Cai River. Pre and post cruise excursions are on offer for those who want to explore Hong Kong and Singapore.

Hong Kong – Singapore (12 days / 11 nights) – Departure 30 October 2013 – From €4,130 per person

From Hong Kong, with its unforgettable bay and unique ambiance blending East and West, LE SOLÉAL offers an itinerary punctuated by history and culture (Haiphong, Ho Chi Minh), fabulous scenery (Ha Long Bay, Nha Trang) and port cities where time seems to have stood still (Da Nang).

Hong Kong – Ho Chi Minh (11 days / 10 nights) – Departure 19 February 2013 – From €3,120 per person


Bali, Gili Islands, Komodo, Brunei and Borneo… The range of destinations on offer with this cruise ventures into the very heart of Indonesia; from the natural wilderness of Sarawak and encounters with orang-utans in Sandankan, to discovering a traditional Iban village and calls to legendary cosmopolitan ports like Makassar.

Bali – Singapore (14 days / 13 nights) – Departure 4 January 2013 – From €3,550 per person


From Ho Chi Minh to Kuala Lumpur, LE SOLÉAL criss-crosses the seas between the coast of Thailand and Malaysia to reveal the many facets of Asia: the truly grandiose scenery, thousand-year-old traditions and modern customs. Along the way, passengers will discover Phu Quoc, Bangkok and Ko Samui, before setting course for western Malaysia, a veritable mosaic of cultures where Chinese, Malays, Indians and indigenous tribes live side by side: Kota Bharu, Malacca and Kuala Lumpur.

Ho Chi Minh – Kuala Lumpur (12 days / 11 nights) – Departure 30 October 2013 – From €3,820 per person


From Kuala Lumpur to Colombo via Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar, this fascinating cruise on LE SOLÉAL calls at Penang (first British trading post in the Far East in the 19th century), Phuket, Trincomalee and Hambantota. The itinerary includes four exceptional days in Yangon to explore the Shwedagon Pagoda, Bagan temples, the cultural capital Mandalay and the former royal city of Amarapura.

Kuala Lumpur – Colombo (9 days / 8 nights) – Departure 14 March 2014 – From €3,800 per person


From Sri Lanka to the Sultanate of Oman, this cruise calls into the Maldives before crossing to South India, a savoury cultural mix of Dravidian temples and sleepy former trading posts. After Trivandrum, Kochi and Marmagao, passengers arrive in Mumbai where they have an option to join a tailor-made shore excursion taking in Delhi, Agra with its sumptuous Taj Mahal, and the famous pink city of Jaipur. They will meet up again with LE SOLÉAL in Dubai before exploring the Musandam Peninsula, Khasab and Muscat.

Colombo – Muscat (18 days / 17 nights) – Departure 27 March 2014 – From €4,740 per person

Information source: Compagnie du Ponant

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