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The ship was built at the Fincantieri shipyard in AnconaItaly, and was launched on the 6 December 2012, being christened by Kiki Tauck Mahar.  The vessel started its maiden voyage on 1 July 2013.

Le Soléal became the first French commercial shipping vessel to traverse the Northwest Passage. The vessel left Kangerlussuaq in Greenland on August 26, 2013 and arrived in Anadyr, in Russia on September 16, 2013.

Le Soléal has two restaurants. The Gastronomic Restaurant, which is the main dining room for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving French and international cuisine, and the Grill Restaurant, which is the ship's casual eating venue for breakfast, buffet lunch and themed dinners.

The vessel also has a theater, which is the main show room for conferences and live entertainment, and a Fitness & Beauty Corner which includes Kinesis equipment, running machines, bicycles, hairdressers, massage rooms, Balneo room, Hammam and a Relaxation room. Alongside this, there are two lounges, the main lounge, which serves afternoon tea, includes live music, a dance floor and a cocktail bar and the panoramic lounge, which has a library, internet desk, cocktail bar, and live entertainment. There is also a pool deck bar. Lastly, the ship has a leisure area which has a Wii area and a Photograph shop.

Name:Le SolealOwner:Compagnie du PonantOperator:Compagnie du PonantPort of registry:Mata-Utu (Wallis & Futuna Islands),  FranceOrdered:2011Builder:FincantieriLaid down:2012Launched:2013Completed:June 2013Acquired:2013Maiden voyage:1 July 2013In service:July 2013Identification:Call sign: FIHVMMSI number578000200IMO number9641675Status:In serviceGeneral characteristicsClass and type:Le Boreal-class cruise shipsTonnage:10,992 GT[1]Length:142.1 m (466 ft)Beam:18.0 m (59 ft)Draught:4.9 m (16 ft)Decks:7Propulsion:2 propeller shafts: 2 propellersCapacity:264 passengersCrew:139 crewmembers

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