Le Soleal

Fincantieri has delivered the new super-luxury cruise ship built for French cruise line Ponant at its Ancona shipyard in Italy.

The new vessel, Le Lyrial, is the fourth sister ship in a series that includes L’Austral, Le Boreal and Le Soleal. The vessels were delivered in May 2010, April 2011 and June 2013 respectively.

The new 11,000gt, 142m-long and 18m-wide ship is capable of accommodating 260 passengers and 140 crew members.

Le Lyrial features 122 cabins, including deluxe suites, privilege suites and grand privilege suites with sea views. Fincantieri said that 94% of the cabins have a private balcony.

Each of the suites and staterooms have amenities such as individually controlled air-conditioning, king-size or twin beds, a mini-bar, flatscreen satellite TV, iPod players, a desk with stationery, an electronic safe and French bath products.

"The vessel is equipped with advanced technologies to reduce environmental impact and for energy saving."

The ship offers a refined gastronomical restaurant named Marina on deck two and the Grill Restaurant on deck six.

Classed by Bureau Veritas, the vessel is equipped with advanced technologies to reduce environmental impact and for energy saving. It will offer low levels of vibration and noise.

In addition, its small size will allow it to easily transit through ports and destinations that are inaccessible to larger vessels.

After delivery, Le Lyrial will operate in Alaska during summers and in Australia and New Zealand in winters.


Image: Le Soléal was the third super-luxury cruise ship built by Fincantieri for Compagnie du Ponant. Photo: courtesy of Fincantieri.