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- 430 feet
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- 12.5 knots
- ice class
The 184-guest mv Le Bellot Iceland cruise ship, twin sister ship to Le Champlain, Le Dumont D’Urville and Le Jacques Cartier, offers an exceptional cruising experience thanks to her vast interior and exterior spaces and modern technology with sustainability in mind. Le Bellot cabins up the ante with classy staterooms and sizable suites that include either a private balcony or terrace. Contemporary materials, calm colors and sea views throughout the ship create an ambiance of refinement, relaxation and adventure. Experience a close-knit voyage aboard this small expedition ship that honors French naval officer and Arctic explorer Joseph-René Bellot.
Le Bellot Ship Review
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Choose the Le Bellot Iceland ship for her mix of grace and ethnic decor. Le Bellot cabins, plus her forward-thinking equipment, luxe ambiance and expansive indoor and outdoor lounge areas create an incomparable expedition cruise experience. No matter where she sails around the globe, Le Bellot offers unique off-ship excursions, encounters with local cultures and frequent access to expert naturalist guides.
Safety, Sustainability & Accessibility
Le Bellot’s ecological design offers a meaningful experience. Alongside her sister ships, mv Le Bellot rises above other small ships with her class as a Bureau Veritas-certified “Clean Ship,” qualifying her as a worldwide leader in environmental travel. The Le Bellot ship is fully ADA compliant, offering multiple elevators and lifts up and down stairways, accessible toilets in common areas and two accessible Le Bellot cabins.
Responsible Travel Features
Le Bellot’s silent electric propulsion technology helps reduce carbon emissions by 40%. Thanks to an advanced GPS system, the Le Bellot cruise ship can idle without an anchor, protecting the sea floor. Advanced filtration systems treat and recycle waste water. An onboard compactor prepares items to later be recycled back in port. Le Bellot’s CFR and LED lighting uses only 10% of the power required by older electrical systems. And the ship’s modern sonar with rolling 3D views of the ocean floor enable the Le Bellot ship to maintain a safe distance from underwater life.
Le Bellot’s minimalist decor and laid-back atmosphere create an enjoyable atmosphere for all guests. Large windows throughout the ship invite in the beautiful destinations through which she sails.
Lecture Theater & Lounge
State-of-the-art audio and visual technology, including an LED wall, makes the 184-guest Theater a favored place on board. A variety of performances are offered on a daily basis, including educational lectures, jazz and dance performances, karaoke and piano recitals.
Dining, Bars & Lounges
The Panoramic Restaurant aboard Le Bellot offers a classy space in which to enjoy every meal, both indoor and al fresco. Le Bellot’s Ducasse Conseil-trained chefs create scrumptious French and international dishes, plus local specialties reflective of the regions in which the ship sails. Custom menus for special diets and groups are also available. To round out the experience, guests enjoy a selection of salads, desserts, cheeses, fine wines, champagnes, beers and top-shelf liquors. The poolside Outdoor Grill Restaurant offers similar cuisine in a less formal setting, as well as an attractive outdoor bar and relaxing indoor solarium.
Guests are treated daily to afternoon tea, specialty drinks and a convivial atmosphere in Le Bellot’s Main Lounge and Panoramic Lounge, each with indoor seating and an outside terrace. Also on offer are regular organized card games, live music and tastings centered around wine, spirits and specialty foods. Immerse in reference materials housed in the Panoramic Lounge’s library, and stay connected through an Internet corner.
The Blue Eye underwater lounge, located within the hull of mv Le Bellot, enables travelers to submerge into the underwater world, diving without getting into the water. Whale’s eye windows look out onto the marine environment. Projectors reveal wildlife passing by. Hydrophones give acoustic life to the waters being watched, and vibrating Body Listening sofas further the experience.
Spa, Sauna & Gym
Le Bellot’s Deck 7 Fitness Center features modern ellipticals, stationary bikes, treadmills and a Kinesis wall. Hosted workout, yoga and dance classes, plus an infinity pool’s counter-current swimming system keep guests engaged. The SOTHYS™ Spa/Beauty Corner and its hair salon, two massage rooms, hammam (Moroccan steam spa), relaxation room and herbal tea bar complete the focus on health, wellness and beauty.
The Le Bellot cruise ship is equipped with a 24-hour infirmary for non-emergency matters. A doctor is available for a small fee. The staff in the concierge lounge are always ready to help with excursions, administrative services, and sales of clothing, jewelry, beauty products, postcards and various accessories at the large boutique. Each cabin’s stationary can be mailed at the reception desk. An art gallery and Kid’s Club on Deck 6 entertains guests of all ages and the area is staffed by photo and video experts ready to answer questions and offer images from each day. Weather permitting, the open Bridge policy aboard mv Le Bellot invites travelers to observe the ship’s state-of-the-art navigational tools and watch the captain and crew work.
Activities & Expeditions
Le Bellot is designed for both polished relaxation and active exploration. Her 10 comfortable Zodiacs enable daily off-ship excursions to discover wildlife, explore coastlines and access shallow water areas. Efficient and easy loading and unloading of Zodiacs, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards is made possible by a hydraulic marine platform that lowers into the water with an adjacent staircase.
Crew, Guides & Expedition Leaders
An impeccable private yacht experience is the goal of Le Bellot’s highly trained staff members and experienced crew members. Top-notch education through an engaging program of lectures in English, French and other languages is delivered by world-class guides with years of experience and unique backgrounds.
Le Bellot Cabins & Deck Plan
The 92 staterooms and suites that comprise the selection of Le Bellot cabins are expansive and luxurious, each offering one king-size bed or two twin beds. Other common amenities include a private balcony, individually-controlled air-conditioning, minibar, flat-screen satellite TV, desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, on-demand video, a safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, a 110/220-volt outlet, French bath products, 24-hour room service, complimentary WiFi Internet access and added-cost satellite direct-line telephone. Laundry and ironing service is available for a fee.