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Le Champlain

Great Lakes of North America

Launching in 2018, Le Champlain is one of a new series of Explorer ships that remain true to the Ponant spirit, embodying the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort. The ship offers guests elegantly designed cabins, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 cabins and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.





Embark the ship in Milwaukee (Chicago).

Day 1: Milwaukee

Join Le Champlain in the Milwaukee in the early evening. There will be time to settle in to your stateroom before your first gourmet dinner on board tonight. The ship will depart at 18h00.

Day 2: Mackinac Island

The ship arrives early afternoon at Mackinac Island which sits in Lake Huron, between Michigan’s Upper and Lower peninsulas. Explore this attractive island boasting beautiful vistas, historic Fort Mackinac, Victorian architecture and carriage rides.

Day 3: Sault Ste. Marie

Spend a full day at Sault Ste. Marie, a city in Ontario situated on the St. Marys River and one of the oldest settlements in North America.

Day 4: Little Current, Manitoulin Island

Arrive early afternoon at Little Current, Manitoulin Island. Here you may enjoy the Island's relaxed environment, where life moves at a slower pace, a beacon for hikers and cyclists with beautiful hikes and trails.

Day 5: Parry Sound

Parry Sound is located on the eastern shore of the sound after which it is named. The charming waterfront town is within a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and the area is ideal for hiking, cycling and fishing.

Day 6: Sailing along Flowerpot Island and Lake Huron

Today the ship sails along Flowerpot Island situated in Georgian Bay and part of Fathom Five National Marine Park. The Island is famous for its natural sea stacks, the “flowerpots”, as well as its caves, historic lighthouse and variety of rare plants. Continue to Lake Huron, one of the five Great Lakes of North America and boasts a myriad of islands in its northern part, with white rocks capped with conifers plunging into the sapphire waters of the lake.

Day 7: Lake Huron - St Clair River - Lake Erie

Le Champlain will then sail to Lake Erie, the fourth-largest lake of the five Great Lakes.

Day 8: Port Colborne - Welland Canal Locks

Arrive in the morning at Port Colborne, a thriving city on Lake Erie, at the southern end of the Welland Canal. Explore the world class sugarloaf marina and unique shopping districts along the historic Welland Canal. From here, you will be able to see the impressive sight of Niagara Falls. These three powerful waterfalls, renowned the world over, are an exquisite natural spectacle.

Day 9: Sailing around Thousand Islands - Toronto

Today the ship will sail through Thousand Islands, an archipelago of 1,864 islands that straddles the Canada-U.S. border in the Saint Lawrence River. It is a region of endless shorelines, rich history and unique culture. The ship continues onto the multicultural city of Toronto, where you will find soaring skyscrapers, international museums and galleries and world-class restaurants.

Day 10: St Lawrence Sea Passage - Quebec

Traverse the St Lawrence Sea Passage arriving in Québec City located on the Saint Lawrence River in Canada's mostly French-speaking Québec province.

Day 11: Quebec City

End your voyage in Quebec City, capital of La Belle Province situated at the confluence of the St Charles River and the Gulf of St Lawrence. After your final breakfast disembark the ship.


Disembark the ship in Quebec City.


  • 10 Nights' accommodation on board Le Champlain
  • 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


  • 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

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