Tuesday 20 November 2018

Ponant Le Soleal cancels departure due to incident in Chile

#expeditioncruising .

UPDATE: "The charter cruises due to depart on November 30 and December 10 have been cancelled, in addition to the November 20 cruise as previously announced," the line confirmed in a statement. "All guests have been contacted and are being looked after by the company and the charterers. The ship will be back in service on December 20, 2018."

The expeditionary and exploratory nature of adventure cruising means that vessels will often explore areas with little or no maritime traffic. Sometimes charts are complete sometimes they are not. The Kirke Passage in Chile's scenic south is a region attracting more expedition cruise companies and Ponant have been sailing in that region for at least five years.

Even when under the guidance of a local pilot, accidents can happen as was the case with Ponant's Le Soleal.

Kirke Passage in Chile (source)

Read full report at Cruise Critic

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