Registered Owner: Point Barrow SNC - France - Operator: Ponant Cruises - France.
Entered service: 2013 - Gross tonnage: 10.992 - Pass. cap. lower beds: 224 - All berths: 264 - Passenger decks: 6 - Length: 142,10 m.- Beam: 18 m. - Draught: 4,8 m. - Drive: diesel/electric - 4 Wärtsilä diesel engines type 8L20 total output 7.200 kW.at 1000 rpm. - Propulsion: 2 Indar electric motors 2.300 kW each at 192 rpm.- Max.speed: 17,4 knots - Service speed: 16 knots - Built: Fincantieri Ancona - Italy - Yard no. 6229 - Classification: BV.- Flag: France.
Sisterships: Le Boreal (2010) - L'Austral (2011) - Le Lyrial (2015)
| Passenger space ratio all berths: 41.63
Passenger space ratio lower beds: 49.07
Le Soléal has a slightly lighter hull colour and higher installed power to allow more flexibility in cruise planning than both sisters.
|Ponant's Le Soléal grounded on Wednesday Nov. 15-2018 while transiting Kirke Passage in the Chilean fjords, causing damage to one propeller but no injuries. The ship was under control of a local pilot at the time.Le Soléal was able to proceed, unaided, to Puerto Natales, where it is currently moored.The ship did not take on water and was described as 'stable.' However, the propeller will need to be replaced and further damage assessment made so the cruise that began Nov. 7 is ending, and the 222 passengers will be repatriated|
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