Imagine the sounds of a symphony playing against a backdrop of the vast sea and star-sprinkled sky. If this sounds like a dream come true, you’ll be excited to hear PONANT has planned a themed cruise like no other. The leader in luxury expeditions and extraordinary itineraries recently announced it’s newest themed cruise: “Celebrate American Composers with the Boston Pops.” Symphony enthusiasts will have the opportunity to sail aboard Le Champlain from October 19-27, 2020, for eight extraordinary nights of music curated by legendary conductor Keith Lockhart. This marriage of Old World French elegance and New World American energy both in the ports of call and through the music performed take guests on a musical journey.


The eight-night itinerary starts in Montreal and ends in Boston, exploring the waterways of eastern Canada and northern New England as well as sampling the natural and historical delights of the region. Stops include Québec, Tadoussac, Percé, Cap-Aux-Meules, Louisbourg, and Lunenburg in Canada as well as Bar Harbor.

Six extraordinary musicians will perform a truly unique program curated by legendary Boston Pops Conductor, Keith Lockhart. Maestro Lockhart will conduct four exclusive concerts including one in a historic venue while ashore in Quebec. Along the way, the musical program will feature chamber music, piano works and pieces by Debussy, Ravel, Faure, Saint Saens, Gershwin, Milhaud, George Antheil, Copland, Ellington, Barber, Ives, and Antonin Dvorak.

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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, launching 2018–2020. 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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Aside from the delightful sounds of the symphony, lavish accommodations, and world-class culinary creations, Mother Nature puts on a spectacular show in October along the Eastern Seaboard with her crisp autumn air and vibrant foliage.