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Le Soleal

From Fiji to Micronesia with National Geographic

**SPECIAL OFFER**Early Booking Savings of up to 30% may be applied to all cruises on this ship. These savings vary according to the number of available cabins on the ship so please call our agents to get the most up-to-date price on your cruise. Built in the style of the world’s most luxurious mega-yachts and newly launched in 2013, Le Soléal offers an exquisite cruising experience, combining exciting voyages of discovery with the passionate attention to detail that creates an intimate and relaxing setting for this most graceful form of travel. With its sleek and environmentally friendly design, Le Soléal is capable of accessing smaller ports and its unobstructed arching windows expand your view of the most beautiful scenery. All 132 staterooms and suites are furnished with only the most elegant decor; pristine silvers, creamy whites and a style fashioned after today’s luxury yachting world. Enjoy delicious French cuisine at the stunning Gastronomic Restaurant or a casual buffet lunch in the Grill Restaurant. Relax with a cocktail in the Main Lounge and take in live entertainment in the Panoramic Lounge and the state-of-the-art theatre. Unwind in the fitness room, or survey the horizon from the open-air bar and pool deck.

 

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Embark

Embark the ship in Lautoka.

Day 1: Lautoka

Board Le Laperouse in Lautoka. 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 to Ambrym.

Day 3: Ambrym Island

Arrive at the island of Ambrym in Vanuatu often referred to as the "black" island due to its volcanic ash and because of its 'black magic' steeped in mystery. In the villages, the ancient customs play a significant part in day to day living. The "Man blong Majik" are treated with the utmost respect and practice sorcery and magic beyond all imaginings. Ambrym prides itself on some unique characteristics, such as the magnificent tam-tams (or slit gongs) sculpted out of tree trunks, sand-drawing, black-fern masks and local dances. The most striking custom dance is the Rom (or masked) dance – where 9 foot covertly cloaked and masked 'spirits' stomp out ancient rhythms to the beat of the tam tam.

Day 4: Paradise Lagoon, Espiritu Santo

Arrive at Espiritu Santo island the largest island in the Vanuatu, archipelago. Meet the welcoming locals who live in harmony with nature. Plus you’ll see unimaginable landscapes formed of volcanic rocks, as well as sandy beaches and lagoons beckoning you to dive into their of turquoise waters.

Day 5: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as the ship sails towards Santa Ana Island

Day 6: Owaraha

Arrive at Owaraha, (formerly Santa Ana Island) where the islanders are well known for preserving ancient traditions and producing intricate wooden carvings. Their artefacts include magnificently carved fishing floats and ceremonial bowls intricately inlayed with shells. After a short zodiac ride ashore you will be guided through the village to an open area to witness a number of traditional performances.

Day 7: Honiara, Guadalcanal Island - Florida Islands

Arrive at Honiara, the capital city of The Solomon Islands, administered as a provincial town on the north western coast of Guadalcanal Island. Discover this city, its beautiful landscape, and the significant role it played in World War II. Particularly The Battle of Henderson Field, the last of the three major land offensives conducted by the Japanese in 1942. Later continue onto the Florida Islands arriving at Roderick bay, surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches and fringing coral reefs. These clear warm tropical waters give rise to a myriad of colourful corals only metres from the shore.

Day 8: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as the ship sails towards Rabaul.

Day 9: Rabaul, Bismarck Archipelago

Arrive at the tropical port town of Rabaul situated at the end of the island of New Britain. Nestled beside Simpson Harbour, the township is surrounded by six volcanoes, one of which, Mt Tavurvur, is still active today.

Days 10-11: At Sea

Spend two days at sea as the ship sails towards Chuuk Lagoon.

Day 12: Chuuk Lagoon

The ship arrives at Chuuk Lagoon, a sheltered body of water in the central Pacific. Here you will find 11 mangrove fringed islands in the Chuuk Lagoon enclosed by a 225 kilometre barrier reef and home to an entire Japanese fleet, sunk in 1944. Nowhere else in the world are there so many wrecks packed into a coral reef lagoon.

Day 13: Pulap Island

Today the ship calls at Pulap, an atoll consisting of three islands located in the Pattiw group in the Caroline Islands. The three islands are, Pollap in the north, Tamatam in the south, and Fanadik at the western fringe of the reef. There are a number of shipwrecks submerged here which make for great diving experiences.

Day 14: Satawal Island

Arrive at Satawal, a solitary coral atoll consisting of just one island. Like Pulap, Satawal is located in the Caroline Islands where it is home to just 500 people. Famous for its preservation of traditional navigational techniques without the use of modern instruments, based on indigenous astronomical and maritime concepts.

Day 15: Gaferut Atoll

Your penultimate destination is the tiny island of Gaferut, covered with lush rolling hills and mangrove swamps which line the vast majority of the shore with an outer barrier reef, rich in marine wildlife surrounding the island. The enclosed lagoon which too is brimming with a diverse selection of marine wildlife.

Day 16: Guam

Your voyage ends in Guam where you will disembark the ship.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Guam.

Includes

  • 15 Nights' accommodation on board Le Soleal
  • Full Board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day
  • 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
  • Possibility of diving (PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent) with an experienced instructor on board and of snorkelling with your expedition team
 

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