Le Soléal sailing up the Kiel canal (Image: Stephen Gergs)
Ponant’s Le Soléal made her inaugural call at the Port of Kiel in Germany for the first time on 12 May 2017, berthing at the Ostseekai Terminal alongside another first-time visitor, TUI Cruises’ Mein Schiff 6.
To mark the visit, Le Soléal’s captain Erwan Le Rouzie invited Dirk Claus, the port’s managing director, and Robert Vollbourn, deputy president of the City of Kiel, onboard the mega yacht. Both parties exchanged traditional gifts to commemorate the maiden visit.
“It is an honour for Kiel to again be able to welcome a mega yacht from Ponant in our port,” said Claus.
While in Kiel, guests participated in various shore excursions, including one to the Hanse city of Lübeck.
“The port of Kiel is the gateway for excursions to the whole of north Germany,” said Claus.
The 264-guest Le Soléal called in Kiel as part of her ‘From the North Sea to the Baltic’ cruise, which departed from Portsmouth, UK and had already taken guests to Ostend in Belgium, Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and Harlingen in Norway. The ship departed Kiel for Copenhagen, Denmark, and continued to Visby in Sweden and Mariehamn in the Åland Islands, before ending in Stockholm, Sweden on 16 May.