Zegrahm Launches Path of the Vikings Expedition Cruise Aboard New Ponant Ship Le Champlain
Discerning adventurers will enjoy a new level of luxury as they cruise from Iceland to Quebec on Zegrahm Expeditions’ new Path of the Vikings cruise aboard the 160-guest Le Champlain. The 17-day expedition departing August 27, 2019 features a variety of nature and culture-based excursions in Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland, Saint Lawrence and Quebec.
Under the guidance of their expedition staff, travelers will follow in the wake of early Viking explorers as they cruise along chiseled fjords, search for marine mammals, including beluga whales in Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, hike through Gros Morne National Park, and discover the bizarrely eroded sea stacks, arches and cliffs of the Mingan Archipelago, a haven for seabirds. Guests also survey life in the High Arctic as they attend a cultural performance at Tasiilaq and meet with friendly locals.
Leading these excursions is Zegrahm’s renowned staff, which includes three ornithologists and two naturalists as well as an archaeologist, marine archaeologist, geologist and historian.
When not off-ship exploring, Zegrahm guests enjoy elegant staterooms and suites all with private balconies, an infinity pool, fitness center and spa, inventive cuisine and attentive service from a staff and crew of 110 aboard the luxury yacht Le Champlain. Since Zegrahm is offering a number of staterooms for solo travelers the maximum number of guests on this sailing will be limited to 160.
“We are very excited to bring Ponant’s level of service and comfort to our guests,” said Colby Goodman, Director of Sales and Marketing for Zegrahm Expeditions. “Our well-traveled, discerning guests will enjoy Zegrahm’s hallmark immersive travel experiences in perfect concert with Ponant’s innovation and luxury.”
Le Champlain, one of Ponant’s new limited-capacity Explorer Class yachts, is scheduled to enter service in late 2018. Like her sister ships—including the Le Laperouse which set sail in mid-June—Le Champlain boasts an array of technical advancements and innovative amenities. Among the most talked-about feature will be the multi-sensory Blue Eye Lounge.
Built beneath the water line, the Blue Eye Lounge features large windows to view marine life as well as integrated digital screens which project images filmed live by three underwater cameras while hydrophones record the sounds pumped into the lounge.
“In addition to this voyage, we are looking forward to a fabulous and ongoing working partnership with Ponant,” said Zegrahm President Van Perry, hinting that the expedition supplier and ship operator may soon announce an expanded relationship. “We anticipate demand for our small-ship based programs to be even stronger with this announcement and our positioning with Ponant.”
Pricing for the Path of the Vikings expedition cruise starts at $14,980 and includes all accommodations; all excursions; all onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer and wine with lunch and dinner; all entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges; arrival and departure transfers; gift certificates for recommended expedition gear; and medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance.