Picture yourself leisurely cruising aboard a river boat, exploring fascinating ports aboard a deluxe ship or private yacht, or experiencing the old world glamour of a luxury train. Quality is paramount for us and we strive to use the very best (or best available in remote areas) on Yale Educational Travel programs.
Designed in 2013 and loyal to the PONANT spirit, Le Soleal like her sisterships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant?s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites)make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market. Each air-conditioned deluxe Stateroom and Suite (200 to 484 square feet), features a private bathroom with shower, luxurious Five-Star hotel amenities and minibar with complimentary beverages. Most accommodations have two twin beds that convert to one queen bed, individual climate control, satellite flat-screen television, wireless Internet access, safe, full-length closet, writing desk/dressing table, plush robes and slippers. In keeping with the low passenger density relative to the ship?s size, the public areas are spacious and inviting and can accommodate all passengers comfortably. Enjoy views from the Panoramic Lounge, nightly entertainment in the Main Lounge, and lectures, cultural performances and film screenings in the state-of-the-art theater. There is a library, Internet salon, Sun Deck, swimming pool, beauty salon, spa, Turkish bath-style steam room, full range of fitness equipment and two elevators. The infirmary is staffed with a doctor and nurse. The highly trained and personable, English-speaking, international crew provides attentive service. The state-of-the-art propulsion system and custom-built stabilizers provide an exceptionally smooth, quiet and comfortable voyage. By design, the ship is energy efficient and environmentally protective of marine ecosystems and has been awarded the prestigious ?Clean Ship? rating, an extreme rarity among ocean?cruising vessels. The ship has two tenders and 10 Zodiacs for expedition-style itineraries.
The VOLGA DREAM offers an unprecedented level of luxury, as well as the finest accommodation, delicious food, best service and care in the industry. The advent of the boutique VOLGA DREAM reveals the tsarist-era luxury and provides superior service, installing the ship as the class of the waterway. With 60 crewmembers and a capacity for just over 100 passengers, the ship has the lowest passenger-to-crew ratio among Russian river cruise ships. With so few guests amid the ship's spacious arrangement, it feels like sailing aboard a private yacht. You'll find no hassle disembarking at the various ports of call, no delays at mealtime. Our trip is mostly suitable and recommended for those, who appreciate serene atmosphere to reinvigorate inner resources and emotional state. The visitors, who feel vim and vigor for new adventures, enjoying the Russian river cruises with us, will also be pleasantly surprised. Russia's first luxury river cruise ship, featuring the latest technology and superior service, the 314-foot VOLGA DREAM offers what no other Russian cruises can: cosmopolitan comfort amid the greater rural envisions. Being all about personal approach, the Volga Dream cruise in Russia offers the most exquisite experiences as you explore the hauntingly beautiful regions of this enigmatic country. We are honored to host you with all we prepared for your worthy time leisure. We sincerely hope that our home-felt reception will meet your expectations. The MS Volga Dream entered service during the spring of 2007 after a comprehensive two-year renovation. This elegant vessel is designed in classic decor with a slight Russian touch and accommodates just 100 passengers. She is the best choice for travelers seeking intimate cruise experience and personalized service. 50 staterooms are located over four decks and range from Standard Cabins to Deluxe Staterooms. On the upper 2 decks - Promenade and Sun, you will find spacious Junior Suites and luxurious forward looking Owner's Suite, which has a private terrace and separate exit to the open deck. All cabins are equipped with private bathroom with shower, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, direct dial telephone, satellite flat screen television and minibar. Additional comforts provided include bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer, bathroom accessories kit, bottled water (replenished daily) and welcome fruit basket. Spread over three decks, the onboard facilities include a delightful restaurant which accommodates all guests in one sitting. The lounge is a pleasant space for relaxation with large panoramic windows and bar area. On the large, spacious Sun deck you will find comfortable deck furniture. There is also a library which features board games, an outside bar with comfortable deck furniture, fitness centre and sauna. Satellite Internet is available throughout the ship via the Wi-Fi connection. The single sitting dining room offers the best of traditional Russian cuisine and international choices, accompanied by complementary wine and soft drinks. Every day a delightful buffet lunch or set menu choice is served in the restaurant. Dinner is a served four or five course meal. Onboard there is also a luxurious lounge and bar where a pianist plays each evening and afternoon tea is served each day.