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Like the rest of the PONANT EXPLORERS series, Le Champlain successfully manages to subtly combine the desire to explore the remotest regions of the planet with the comfort and privacy of a cosily intimate ship. To the innovative and environmentally friendly equipment are added elegant design and a unique atmosphere in keeping with the whole PONANT universe. Your dream of a cruise onboard a cosily intimate ship is thus made possible through the combination of an authentically genuine voyage experience together with discreet luxury.


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From the vast open spaces of Canada to the great megalopolises of the United States, to cruise North America is to be taken on a journey to completely different worlds. From the mouth of the Saint Lawrence to Niagara Falls, enjoy an escape to the heart of an exceptional natural environment in the Great Lakes region or admire the impressive architecture of Boston, Vancouver, Milwaukee, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and visit must-see museums.

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The comprehensive eight-night cruise includes accommodations all with a private balcony and exclusive concerts by featured guest musicians. In addition, all meals aboard the ship are included along with a complimentary open bar; 24-hour room service; and a range of amenities that are standard on all PONANT cruises.

Le Champlain          

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PONANT is leading the way with a new style of luxury cruising through a unique conception of sea travel which combines exceptional itineraries with luxury hotel services aboard smaller-scale ships. The deluxe, five-star Le Champlain is one of a series of six new luxury PONANT expedition ships. These state-of-the-art vessels combine PONANT’s luxury offerings with a spirit of adventure and feature Blue Eye, the world’s first multi-sensory underwater lounge. Le Champlain is a small-capacity ship with just 92 staterooms, 100% with balconies, and a crew of 110.

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With its picture-postcard landscapes and scenery, the Caribbean is a dream destination for travellers in search of sunshine, relaxation and discovery. From Havana to the French Antilles and from the Grenadines to the Dominican Republic, a Caribbean cruise will take you on one adventure after another, with everything from snorkelling and hiking to moments of relaxation in crystalline waters and visits to unique

No Passport. No Problem: Cruise to These Destinations Without a Passport

If you’re thinking taking a cruise but don’t have a passport, don’t worry. You can still take an exciting vacation to many dream worthy destinations without one. Referred to as a closed loop cruise, Caribbean itineraries that begin and end in U.S. ports typically do not require a passport; however you will still need to have proof of citizenship and if you are over the age 16, a government-issued photo ID. Be sure to check before signing up for a cruise as there are a few Caribbean locations that do require a passport, such as Barbados, Guadeloupe, St. Bart’s and Martinique. But here are a few great options to consider in the meantime.

Puerto Rico

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As a U.S. territory, you are not required to have a passport to visit Puerto Rico, but you do need a valid government ID such as a driver’s license. Nestled in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico’s vast landscape offers mountains, waterfalls and the El Yunque rainforest. Stroll down the historic streets of Old San Juan, relax on the sun-kissed beaches of Esperanza Beach, and explore the vibrant nightlife of La Placita de Santurce.

U.S Virgin Islands (USVI)

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Since the USVI is also U.S. Territory, you do not need a passport to travel to St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix.  Each of the three islands in the Eastern Caribbean has a flavor all their own. St. Thomas boasts one of the most beautiful harbors in the world and a vibrant nightlife scene.  A nature lover’s paradise, two-thirds of St. John is a made up of a natural park. And, with St. Croix’s Danish influence, expect charming towns, rich history, and world-class golf.

The Bahamas

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The archipelago of more than 700 islands and islets brimming with idyllic beaches make an all-around excellent cruise destination. No passport required. Pink sand beaches and turquoise waters make for some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world, and if you want to lounge on the beach to the sound of steel drum bands, the Bahamas is the place!

Alaska & Western Canada

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Trade in a beach escape for exploring the Last Great Frontier with a cruise to Alaska and western Canada. The cozy atmosphere of a wilderness lodge, salmon fishing and panning for gold are just a few of thrilling adventures awaiting in the beautiful frontier.

New England & Eastern Canada

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Take in the rugged New England Coast, the beauty of Prince Charles Island, and history of Boston on a New England and Canadian cruise. Plan your trip for the fall when mother nature puts on a spectacular show with her vibrant fall foliage and crisp autumn air.

We hope this sparks your interest in planning a cruise until you can obtain a passport. But remember you can also apply for a U.S. Passport card. Airlines will not accept passport cards for travel, but you can use them for land and sea entry into the U.S. from Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, and the Caribbean and they cost less than a passport.

Experience The Northeast Before Your Cruise

If you’re trading in flip flops and umbrella drinks for cooler cruise destinations, you’re going to want to explore some of the best activities the Northeast has to offer before or after your cruise. We’ve done the leg work, so all you must do is pick your favorites!


Fenway Park

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There’s no better place to catch America’s favorite pastime sport than the oldest Major League Baseball Stadium in the U.S.A, Fenway Park. Grab a hotdog, peanuts and cracker jacks and watch as one of the country’s most loved baseball teams, the Boston Red Sox take the bases. If you’re not in town during a game, you can still take a guided tour of the stadium!

The Freedom Trail

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Loaded with history, The Freedom Trail packs 2.5 walkable miles with American history. You’ll uncover the integral parts of our country’s foundation through historical landmarks, parks, museums, churches and more.



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Bask in the charm of the quaint New England town flanked by jagged coastline, postcard-worthy lighthouses, and artsy shops.

Acadia National Park

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Be sure to stop by the appropriately dubbed “Crown Jewel of the North Atlantic Coast”: Acadia National Park. Located a few miles from Bar Harbor, the area is known for its breathtaking scenery, sailing, hiking, and pristine lakes. The adventurous ones in the group will love biking the park’s 45 miles of broken stone carriage roads.

Old Quebec

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Have your camera ready as you explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the Citadel to the famed Chateau Frontenac, the charming town offers a look into a rich 400 years of history. Enjoy pastries and tea at the most photographed hotel in the world, Chateau Frontenac, before heading back to your ship.

Halifax Nova Scotia

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

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Immerse yourself in Nova Scotia’s rich maritime history and come up close to the Titanic at The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.  Survivors of the “unsinkable ship” went to New York, while those who perished were recovered by brave cable ship crews and brought to Halifax. Exhibits and artifacts document the creation and tragic demise of the Titanic.

Prince Edward Island

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Fans of Anne of Green Gables will relish the setting of the fictional character Anne Shirley. The tour runs along Prince Edward Island, showcasing the area’s coveted landscapes, iconic lighthouses, and miles of pristine beach.

Newport, Rhode Island

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Stroll past the storied mansions on Bellevue, a popular retreat to some of America’s wealthiest families such as the Astors and Vanderbilts. After a mesmerizing glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous, enjoy a peek into mother nature’s treasures along the scenic Cliff Walk.

New York City

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With so many adventures awaiting in the Big Apple, it’s hard to narrow the list down to a select few. The city offers something for everyone: theatre buffs revel in a Broadway Matinee, art lovers bask in the treasures of MOMA, while history enthusiasts step back in time at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. But for a true sense of the city, simply step out on your own: ride the subways, eat at Gramercy Tavern, shop at Bergdorf Goodman’s on Park Ave and stroll through Central Park.

New England, Canada, and New York offer a bounty of beauty, history and mouthwatering cuisine. We hope this list ignites a passion for your next adventure before or after your cruise. And in case we didn’t say it, be sure to sample the country’s best lobster.

Explore the Magic of Miami Before Your Cruise

Shopping in Bal Harbour, golfing at the Biltmore, lounging at Lummus Park Beach. These are just a few great reasons to get to your port city early if you are sailing out of Miami. And we have plenty more! So add on a few extra days to explore the magic of Miami before (or after) your next cruise.

Shopping in Bal Harbour

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he open-air shopping mall is known around the world for its unprecedented selection of high-end brands including Chanel, Dior, Prada, Balenciaga, and so much more. The chic scene includes a bouquet of European style cafes in a beautiful, tropical garden setting.

Golfing at the Biltmore

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The idyllic Biltmore Golf Course played host to The Miami-Biltmore Open, one of the richest prize purse professional golf tournaments of its time. Today the 18 hole, 71 par course draws a bespoke crowd to it lushly landscaped grounds set to the backdrop of the iconic hotel.

Lummus Park Beach

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Of course, you have to visit South Beach, but more specifically, the storied Lummus Park Beach. On one side of the beach lies the art deco cafes, boutiques, and bars of Ocean Drive, on the other; the famous candy-colored lifeguard stands and crystal blue waters. Take a stroll along the beach walk, let the kids play in the playground or explore the many water activities from parasailing to jet skiing at the famed beach.

Try Authentic Cuban Cuisine at Versailles

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Homemade croquetas, empanadas, guava pastries, and ropa vieja earns Versailles the moniker  “World’s Most Famous Cuban Restaurant.” Serving traditional Cuban cuisine since it opened in 1971, Versailles quickly became the unofficial town square for Cuban residents of Miami. And today it still embodies the essence of the vibrant country and rich cultural heritage of Cuba.

Explore Miami Design District

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The Miami Design District has it all: innovative fashion, architecture and design. Check out Art Angels, the go-to gallery for the chic and elite and the Frei Otto Tent, a tribute to the 2015 Pritz Architecture Prize Winner Frei Otto. After, make sure to grab coffee and pastries at Dior’s new Pop Up Café, on the garden terrace of its Miami Design District woman’s boutique.

Dine at Amara at Paraiso

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Bold Latin flavors married with coastal ingredients come alive in James Beard winner Michael Schwartz’s quintessential Miami waterfront restaurant. Menu items such as Banana Leaf Wrapped Cobia, House Made Chorizos and Cashew Chocolate Torte explode with innovation.


Relax at These Hawaiian Bars

Embrace the Aloha spirit the moment you pull into port with a stop at one of these lively bars. From beachfront bistros overlooking the picturesque Nawiliwili Bay to the best happy hour in Honolulu, you don’t have to venture far to hang loose since these watering holes are minutes from port.


Honolulu: Mai Tai’s

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Mai Tai’s claims to be the best Pau Hana (happy hour) spot in Honolulu. With its ideal beachfront location, panoramic views of Diamond Head, lively music and spectacular sunsets, we’d have to agree. Locals gather for the restaurant’s award-winning happy hours, Hang Ten Happy Hour daily from 4-7 P.M. and the Late-Night Happy Hour from 8-11 P.M. What to drink? The traditional Mai Tai, of course.


Kahului: The Mill House

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Considering how busy the port of Kahului is, it still remains low key, so you need to venture a few miles out to grab a cocktail. But the Mill House’s short Uber ride is worth the trip. While the restaurant’s focus is on farm to table dining, the tropical plantation is a great place to grab a drink. The backdrop of cascading mountains and heavenly views of the Waikapu Valley are a great accompaniment to your hand-crafted cocktail and lite bites.

Lahaina: Fleetwood’s on Front Street

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Owned by rock and roll legend, Mick Fleetwood, the upstairs bar offers breathtaking ocean and mountain views. Sophisticated yet casual, the bar has an unusually early happy hour from 2-5 P.M, which is excellent for mid-day libations. If you happen to still be in the area at 5:45 P.M, don’t miss The Sunset Ceremony on the rooftop. The daily event, request by Mick Fleetwood, is a phenomenal display of culture, beauty, history, fun and of course sunsets.  Be sure to try Mick’s Mule made of Mick Fleetwood Private Cellar Moscato, Giffard’s Crème de Péche, Fever Tree Ginger Beer, Lime, Candy Peach.


Kona: Kona Brewing Company

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Conveniently located right across the street from the port, Kona Brewing Company is known for onsite brews served from ice-cold mugs. Enjoy the island air on the 2,000 square foot lanai or even take a brewery tour. For $15, the one-hour tour includes a complimentary KBC gift and four, 4oz beer samples for those 21 and older.

Hilo: Pineapples

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A great casual place to grab a tropical cocktail, Pineapples‘ open-air atmosphere exudes quintessential island vibes. And true to its moniker, the refreshing Pineapple Pow is served in none other than a cored-out pineapple. Can’t decide? Try the margarita sampler, a selection of four mini margaritas: lilikoi, lychee, strawberry, and mango.


Nawiliwili: Duke’s Canoe Club

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Just down the street for the port, Duke’s Canoe Club’s old world Hawaiin charm brings guests back to the days of Duke Kahanamoku, the legend who popularized the sport of surfing.  The favorite beachfront restaurant and barefoot bar honors the famous Hawaiian surfer. Enjoy live Hawaiian music, stunning views of Nawiliwili Bay and the Hoary Head Mountains for an immersive Aloha experience.

What to Do in Seattle Before or After a Cruise

Seattle is a popular cruise port and home to several unique attractions and exciting landmarks. If you’re planning on extending your cruise vacation to enjoy some time in the city before or after your cruise, you won’t want to miss the chance to see the Space Needle and take a trip on the Seattle Center Monorail. Here are some other fun activities to add to your itinerary before or after your cruise from Seattle.

Visit the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum

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This museum features vibrant glass sculpture and a unique gallery of works inside and around the gas house. You can see the 100-foot-long sculpture and dozens of different styles of glass art from the famous glassblower here.

Pike Place Market

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No trip to Seattle is complete without spending time at Pike Place Market. This historic market recently underwent an expansion so you can enjoy amazing views of Elliott Bay and shop more than 225 artisan shops and stands. It’s also the place to catch the amazing street performers and live entertainment throughout the day and night.

Wine Tasting in Woodinville

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This charming little town is only a 30-minute drive from downtown Seattle and is home to more than 100 wineries. You can discover fine wines during a tasting room visit and learn more about the state’s very first winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle. 

Day in Chinatown

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Plan a guided adventure through the Chinatown-International District where you can enjoy some incredible food and visit area museums. Some highlights of this neighborhood include the Wing Luke Museum and Seattle Pinball Museum.

Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room

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If you’re a Starbucks or coffee fan, discover a coffee wonderland with exclusive Starbucks drinks and a coffee library ripe for exploring. This is the place to learn about different coffee brewing methods and get an insider’s look at Starbucks right on Capitol Hill.

The Best Time of Year to Go on a Hawaiian Cruise

A cruise to Hawaii could be just what you need to make the most of vacation time and enjoy some new experiences. If you’re ready to pack your bags for a tropical adventure, just make sure you’re picking the right time of year to head off on your voyage to the islands. Even though Hawaii’s climate stays the same year round, there are a few times a year that are worth planning your trip around.

Avoid the Summer Months

If you’re not a fan of humidity, avoid the summer months for your cruise vacation. Even though you’ll get plenty of sun, it can be overly hot and humid on deck and as you head out to explore the islands. You’ll enjoy calmer waters and more comfortable temperatures right after summer ends. This is also a popular time to make your way to the Oahu North Shore and other top surfing destinations because the beaches tend to be less crowded. 

Consider High and Low Season

When you’re booking a flight along with your cruise to Hawaii, you’ll need to consider high season and low season rates. Flights and hotels tend to be much more expensive during the late winter and early spring months when more people are trying to get away from colder weather. If your cruise is departing during this season, you might have a hard time finding a great deal on flights and hotels to a port. 

Take into Account Seasonal Activities

One of the benefits of going on a cruise to Hawaii is the wealth of offshore excursions. If you plan your visit during November through May, you’ll get the chance to see humpback whales on a whale watching tour — or even right from the cruise ship. Many festivals and events are held during this time of year which means you can enjoy some cultural activities and events during your visit. Take some time to find out what events are happening on the islands and what type of weather you are most comfortable traveling in to choose the right cruise.

Our Hands Down Favorite Restaurants in Hawaii

When you’re heading off on a cruise to one of the Hawaiian islands, make the most of your time at the ports by visiting some of the top-rated restaurants. From Kauai to Honolulu, you can enjoy a delicious brunch or gourmet dinner at some of the best restaurants on the islands. Here’s where you’ll find some of our favorite restaurants Hawaii.

Gaylord’s at Kilohana

This old Tudor estate is the former home of a sugar plantation executive and the mansion is now open to the public. The restaurant is a gourmet food lover’s dream with a diverse menu of American, Continental, and Polynesian specialties, including fresh seafood, steak, and kalua pork. You can enjoy an upscale dinner experience in this grand estate or settle in for a relaxing drink and appetizers in the courtyard. 

Nico’s Pier 38


Steak and seafoods are the specialties at this restaurant in Honolulu. Head to the restaurant for dinner and desserts in a relaxing and contemporary setting. The dinner menu includes seafood dishes using the freshest local produce topped with dressings and sauces made in-house. Be sure to save room for the specialty desserts, including the 5 High Chocolate Cake and Creme Brûlée Cheesecake to make the most of your dining experience.

Restaurant Kintaro

Famous for its impeccable service and delicious Asian specialties, this sushi and hot pot restaurant is a must-visit when you find yourself docked at the island of Kauai. The menu includes some of the freshest fish on the island and you can choose from either tatami or table seating. This has grown to become a popular destination for group dinners and large celebrations, so if you’re celebrating a special occasion, be sure to make dinner reservations here.

Set Sail in Style to Hawaii

If you’re ready for a cruise to a tropical paradise, set your sights on one of the luxury cruises setting sail to Hawaii. Whether you’re heading to Maui or Honolulu, you can enjoy the beautiful sites aboard a luxury ship offering deluxe spa treatments, sensational shows, fitness activities, and amazing pool experiences. Here are our top three picks for cruises to Hawaii.

Celebrity Cruises: Celebrity Eclipse

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One of the most luxurious ships in its class, the Celebrity Eclipse boasts a variety of entertainment options, deluxe spa services at the Canyon Ranch Spa, and poolside relaxation at the Solarium. The adults-only experience gives you the chance to truly enjoy an escape from the norm as you make your way to paradise. This ship is also famous for its modern restaurants, international cafe, and fine dining destination with a menu prepared by a Michelin-starred chef.

Princess Cruises: Grand Princess

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Plan an extraordinary adventure on the Grand Princess with all-inclusive dining experiences and deluxe amenities in your suite. Every hour, the chefs on board are busy cooking up gourmet meals from scratch so you’ll have access to an endless buffet of offerings. Speciality dining experiences include the Chef’s Table and a meal at Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria. Test your luck in the Vegas-style casino, go shopping at the boutique stores, and relax in the freshwater pools and hot tubs to make the most of your onboard experience.

Norwegian Cruise Line: Pride of America

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It’s the only ship that sails round trip from Honolulu throughout the year so you don’t want to miss your chance to set sail on the next voyage to the Hawaii. The Pride of America cruise gives you a chance to learn about Hawaiian culture by meeting native ambassadors on the ship. You can go island hopping with your guides and also enjoy onboard amenities including 15 restaurants and 12 bars and lounges. Live entertainment, pampering treatments at Mandara Spa, and a Miami-inspired South Beach Pool await.

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