Lisbon, the final destination of Le Soléal maiden voyage
Submitted by Lisbon on SEPTEMBER 03, 2013
On the 13th of July, Lisbon was the final destination of the Le Soléal maiden voyage which began in Barcelona and called Valencia, Cartagena, Malaga and Seville. Lisbon was also the port of departure for a new voyage with final destination Rejkjavjk, passing through Leixões, Glengarriff, Galway, Killybegs, Torshavn and Heimaey.
Just been built at the Fincantieri shipyards in Italy, Le Soléal, with 142 meters long, has 132 outside cabins and a maximum capacity of 264 passengers and 139 crew members.
With a contemporary design inspired by the world of yachting, Le Soléal offers its passengers the true feeling of traveling aboard a private yacht.
Le Soléal is the fourth ship of the French operator Compagnie du Ponant fleet, after his "sister ship" L'Austral debuted in 2011, and also completed her maiden voyage in Lisbon.
To celebrate the event saying thanks to the Compagnie du Ponant preference in choosing the port of Lisbon as the travel destination of its inaugural new ships the Port of Lisbon Authority welcomed and escorted Le Soléal with tugboats from Svitzer Company from the entrance of the Tagus Estuary to the berth location, Santa Apolónia Cruise Terminal.
Passengers were presented with a traditional Portuguese percussion musical group performance and the ship's captain received the commemorative plaque from Port of Lisbon Authority during the traditional welcome ceremony held on board.