Le Soleal Cruise Review by FNP1998
Did the 17 Day Gallipoli Dawn Service cruise with APT on Ponant's Le Soleal. Found that APT is good at producing glossy brochures but a little short on delivery. Kept advertising that it would land ticket holders to Dawn Service onto the Peninsula around dusk on the 24th. This was patently misleading as all operators had been advised as early as June 2014 that this would not be possible. Also advertised full complimentary bar throughout but then tried to walk back on that in there cruise guide issued with tickets to only house wine and beer with lunch and dinner. Something which now appears in the fine print of their advertising. Food and standard of wine onboard was second rate. Whilst shore excursions are included in the price they are pretty basic, and in bigger ports with a bit of planning could be undertaken on one's own. Having sailed with both Azamara and Seabourn recently I would recommend them well ahead of APT. Our Gallipoli cruise cost us on a daily basis twice as much as a recent Antarctic cruise with Seabourn, and was well short of the luxury that Seabourn promises and delivers.
FNP1998’s Full Rating Summary
Rather small, but Le Soleal is a small ship. King Size bed makes cabin seem even smaller. The separate toilet a good idea but bathroon doors and wardrobe door both opening outward into each other is not very convenient. High sided full steel balcony useless for seeing out of if sitting on balcony chairs. WIFI service was terrible as was in cabin entertainment system. Compared to the Seabord Legend, this ship could not be considered to be in the same class of luxury.
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