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7-Night Trip on Le Dumont d'Urville

A Voyage Along the Great Lakes - with Smithsonian Journeys

Shore excursion in each port of call + transfers included

In alliance with Smithsonian Journeys.

This cruise is part of a collection of PONANT voyages that are specially-tailored for English-speaking travelers who want to engage with the world. In addition to the usual elements of the PONANT experience, the listed price for these voyages includes transfers to and from the ship, talks and discussions aboard ship by world class experts, and a shore excursion or activity in each port of call that encourages guests to embrace the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of the local environment and culture.

Set sail with PONANT aboard Le Dumont-d’Urville for an 8-day cruise to discover the Great Lakes amidst the splendid colours of autumn.

You will leave from cosmopolitan and dynamic Toronto, Ontario, on the shore of Lake Ontario. Canada’s largest city will charm you with its museums, parks, and gardens.

Le Bellot will then sail the canal connecting Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. From your call in Port Colborne, you will be able to see the impressive Niagara Falls. These three powerful waterfalls, renowned the world over, are an exquisite natural spectacle.

Your next lake, Lake Huron, boasts myriad islands in its northern part, with white rocks capped with conifers plunging into the sapphire waters of the lake. Here you will discover the charming city of Parry Sound, in the heart of the fantastic UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Georgian Bay, and the quaint town of Little Current, gateway to Manitoulin Island, the world’s largest freshwater island.

From Sault Ste. Marie, you will have the opportunity to transit the engineering marvel of the Soo Locks for a foray into Lake Superior, before continuing to Mackinac Island for an exploration of the island’s Victorian past by horse and buggy.

End your voyage by sailing the length of Lake Michigan, a veritable inland sea, following in the footsteps of the region’s indigenous Americans, first settlers, and trappers. Make your way to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the United States’ “brew city,” for disembarkation.

Interests
  • Luxury
7 Nights Starting At
Per Person + $390.00 taxes/fees
October 09, 2023 through October 16, 2023
Book by:
October 05, 2023 7:00 PM
Deluxe Stateroom Cat.DEL
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Itinerary Overview
Day 1
Depart: 6:00 PM
Day 2
Port Colborne
Arrive: 8:00 AM
Depart: 1:00 PM
Day 2
Sailing Lake Erie
Day 3
Sailing Through Detroit
Day 3
Sailing St. Clair River
Day 4
Sailing Lake Huron
Day 4
Parry Sound
Arrive: 8:30 AM
Depart: 1:00 PM
Day 5
Arrive: 7:30 AM
Depart: 5:30 PM
Day 6
Sault Ste. Marie
Arrive: 7:00 AM
Depart: 6:00 PM
Day 7
Arrive: 7:00 AM
Depart: 1:00 PM
Day 7
Sailing Lake Michigan
Day 8
Arrive: 7:00 AM
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Inside Outside Balcony Suite
October 05, 2023 7:00 PM
October 09, 2023
to October 16, 2023
7 Nights from $6,730.00
(USD) Per Person
+ $390.00 taxes/fees
Deluxe Stateroom Cat.DEL
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August 24, 2023 7:00 PM
August 28, 2023
to September 04, 2023
7 Nights from $7,390.00
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+ $390.00 taxes/fees
Deluxe Stateroom Cat.DEL
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About Le Dumont d'Urville

Ship Overview
Le Dumont d'Urville
Le Dumont-d'Urville belongs to a new generation of ships fitted with innovative equipment and designed to be environmentally friendly, and which come equipped with lounges that are largely open to the exterior, an outdoor swimming pool and a Blue Eye, a multisensorial underwater lounge. Everything is in place for an extraordinary cruise experience. It's now possible to depart for adventure to the most remote places on the planet onboard a ship offering luxury services.
Ship Details
Ship's Registry
France
Year Built
2018
Ship Length
430 ft
Ship Beam
59 ft
Cruising Speed
18
Gross Tonnage
9900
Total Capacity
184
Crew Size
110
Laundromats
Number of Decks
5
Deck Plan Details
Deck plans are not yet available
Casual Luxury Focus

What is the French Touch exactly? …

The French Touch is above all a French crew, there to welcome you and ensure your well-being during your cruise.

It’s also the French art of living that travels with us, where discreet service and excellent cuisine naturally take pride of place. Each day, our French chefs will introduce you to fragrant flavours, cheeses carefully selected by expert cheese affineurs, delicious specialty breads and sweet pastries. All of this is accompanied by a selection of fine wines to complement your meal, or you may choose from a superb “à la carte” list of grand cru wines and our on-board sommelier will be only too happy to advise you.

The French Touch is also evident in our choice of partners, whose expertise and passion for their work matches our own quest for excellence: interior design by Jean-Philippe NUEL, beauty treatments by Sothy’s, fabrics by Pierre FREY, travel beauty kits by L’Occitane, a range of boutiques including Lacoste and Façonnable, french Champagne Veuve Clicquot, luxury bakery and sweets by Ladurée...

Finally, the French Touch is perhaps simply the subtle blend of relaxed elegance and conviviality, that certain je ne sais quoi that our passengers so appreciate, buoyed by the elegant authenticity of our trips and the personality of our ships.

Designated 'Clean Ships'

Our concern for the health and well-being of the planet is demonstrated by our active involvement in organizations dedicated to the promotion of ecologically responsible tourism and to the sharing of best practices.  We are a proud member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators and a signatory of La Charte Bleue d’Armateurs de France, both of which bind us to follow the most stringent rules and regulations governing safety and environmental protection.

CLEAN SHIPS

Above and beyond participation in these organizations, we have taken the additional step of having all of our ships certified “Clean Ship” by the French classification society, Bureau Veritas, one of the world’s major ship classification societies. This coveted and seldom-awarded certification recognizes that the PONANT fleet—from initial design and construction to seagoing operations—has adopted the most environmentally responsible materials, equipment, and management procedures possible. Some of these state-of-the-art systems and processes include:

  • A silent electric propulsion system, with main engines and electric generators that use advanced control systems and burning light, low-sulfur fuels, reducing fuel consumption by up to 30% and greenhouse gas emissions by 40%
  • All ships are equipped with Dynamic Positioning, a sophisticated computer-controlled system, which allows them to maintain a mooring position without dropping anchor, thus eliminating potential damage to sensitive areas
  • Black water (sewage) is filtered and treated aboard ship; any solid residues at the end of the process are stored until they can be properly discharged ashore
  • Grey water (showers, dishwashers, laundry) is treated and recycled for use in cleaning the outside decks
  •  Solid wastes (glass, paper, medical, food, etc.) are sorted, compacted where appropriate, and stored in refrigerated compartments until they can be properly disposed ashore
  • Bilgewater is treated with ceramic filtration systems to obtain an extremely low hydrocarbon content (less than 5 PPM instead of the regulatory 15 PPM)
  • The lighting aboard, based on LED and CFR technology, reduces up to 10 times the electrical power required from the ship’s electric generators
  •  Far-sounding sonar, in addition to providing the bridge with 3-D pictures of the ocean floor, icebergs, and ice floes, also minimizes the risk of collision with marine mammals

Ponant’s cruise ships, L’Austral, Le Boréal, Le Soléal, and Le Lyrial are not only the newest, and most elegant, and most comfortable ships afloat, they are also the most eco-friendly.

French-Inspired Cuisine

Service, Five-Star Facilities & Gourmet Cuisine: On Course for Excellence

Attentive, discreet and elegant, the fully bilingual service aboard our ships will meet your every desire. Our unique atmosphere is filled with a signature sentiment: a warm welcome from an experienced crew who are passionate about what they do. Like in a private yacht, you will live exceptional moments, between luxury and snugness.

In the dining areas, our gourmet cuisine is worthy of top fine dining restaurants: menus are created with expertise by our skilled chefs with a French-inspired menu enhanced by specialties from our various ports of call, accompanied by exquisite wines.

Luxury, comfort and pleasure: relax and enjoy your cruise - we take care of everything...

Newest, Modern Small Ship Fleet Accommodating No More Than 264 Guests

PONANT offers to you chic cruising without the crowds: experience the comfort of a private cruise onboard vessels of an intimate size, exclusive to between 64 to 264 guests.

Each of our cruise ships has elegant and uncluttered interiors, delight in the fun and casual elegance onboard without the formalities. Crew members, all versed in elegant discretion, will see to it that you enjoy a welcome that will make your cruise a unique experience. You will savor an exquisite dining with French and international cuisine, with complimentary wines included at lunch and dinner.

During your cruise aboard one of our ships, discover exceptional sites and come closed to landscapes so often inaccessible to large ships. Enjoy also seminars with international experts, passionate about their subjects, giving a further dimension to the sights you see.

PONANT offers to you an alternative to many other traditional cruise lines: discover the world with French chic and elegance.

About Ponant
Why choose Ponant ?

A French crew, expertise, attentive service, fine dining and more. Within a fully 5 star setting, we take you to discover exceptional destinations while offering you a travel experience that is both authentic and high end.

Travelling the French way

As the only cruise company sailing under the French flag, PONANT is an exponent for the French way of life across every sea on the globe. On board, this is translated through exceptional services, a multilingual crew and bringing French know-how to the fore.

Exceptional destinations

From secluded ports to secret seas, from forgotten beaches to remote lands, our experts choose itineraries that take you away from major tourist routes so you can enjoy unique cruises and shorelines that few have seen before.

Ships on a human scale

Thanks to our small capacity ships, we can dock in private ports and offer stopovers in preserved locations. On board, the limited number of passengers means that everybody can enjoy special moments and feel as though they are on a private yacht.


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Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.