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Record number of cruise ship visits this year. We've got the schedule

29 dockings expected, beginning with the M.S. Victory on May 19
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Ponant's Le Champlain is expected to visit the Sault for the first time on Sept. 20, 2019

A record 29 cruise ship visits are expected this year in Sault Ste. Marie, members of the city's historic sites board learned today.

Kathy Fisher, curator at Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site, announced the news at Wednesday's meeting of the board.

As SooToday has previously reported, this year's schedule includes a Sept. 20 visit by Le Champlain, the first in a series of limited-capacity yachts planned by French cruise ship operator Ponant.

Le Champlain has 92 staterooms and suites, two restaurants, a pool, a solarium, a 188-seat theatre, a 200-square-metre main lounge, an outdoor bar and lounge, and a hydraulic platform with adjustable height for easy boarding and access to the sea for Zodiacs, kayaks, paddle-boarding and swimming.

The following is the full schedule of 2019 dockings scheduled for the Ontario and Michigan Saults.

  • May 19 - M.S. Victory
  • June 06 - M.S. Victory
  • June 08 - Pearl Seas
  • June 12 - M.S. Victory
  • June 15 - Pearl Seas
  • June 24 - M.S. Victory
  • June 30 - M.S. Victory
  • June 30 - Pearl Seas
  • July 07 - Pearl Seas
  • July 12 - M.S. Victory
  • July 18 - M.S. Victory
  • July 22 - Pearl Seas
  • July 29 - Pearl Seas
  • July 30 - M.S. Victory
  • Aug. 05 - M.S. Victory
  • Aug. 13 - Pearl Seas
  • Aug. 17 - M.S. Victory
  • Aug. 19 - M.S. Victory
  • Aug. 20 - Pearl Seas
  • Aug. 23 - M.S. Victory
  • Aug. 27 - Pearl Seas
  • Sept. 03 - Pearl Seas
  • Sept. 04 - M.S. Victory
  • Sept. 10 - M.S. Victory
  • Sept. 20 - Le Champlain
  • Sept. 22 - M.S. Victory
  • Sept. 28 - M.S. Victory
  • Oct. 10 - M.S. Victory
  • Oct. 16 - M.S. Victory

The 2020 cruise season is also shaping up nicely.

The Hanseatic Inspiration, a new 138-metre "expedition ship," is expected to dock here in 2020.




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