Luxury Coastal Cruise of Qatar – postponed until 2022

Luxury Coastal Cruise of Qatar – postponed until 2022

Important Update

After careful consideration and full consultation with all stakeholders, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the upcoming Luxury Coastal Cruise of Qatar which was scheduled to operate between March and April 2021. The safety and wellbeing of our customers is always our highest priority and due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we believe this is the most responsible decision to take.

It is very much our intention to operate a similar Luxury Coastal Cruise of Qatar in 2022 and we hope that you will consider cruising with us then.

Thank you again for your understanding, and please again accept our sincere apologies for any disappointment or inconvenience.


Your tour package includes everything so there are no hidden surprises: accommodation, unlimited food and drinks, entertainment and experiences  


With luxurious cabins, wellness facilities, a fitness center and two restaurants serving the finest in French cuisine, experience real luxury onboard Le Champlain




Get ready to set sail on a coastal journey of unparalleled luxury as we show you Qatar like you have never seen before. Go where few have gone before you while enjoying a luxury expedition cruise, sightseeing adventures and more for an unforgettable experience.

Highlights of our cruise include:

  • ​Menu designed by world renowned Michellin-Star chef, Alain Ducasse
  • Unique Blue Eye Underwater lounge
  • All Suites and staterooms with private balcony
  • Wellness and Spa facilities including massage, hammam and a hair salon
  • 24 hour room service, with butler service for selected cabins

You will also be among the first to experience what is one of the most exclusive experiences in the world when you journey aboard Le Champlain on the first publicly available trip to see the Whale Sharks of Qatar.


Everything you need to know
Feeding ground of the Whale Shark. Al Ashat Island, a remote coral island. Inland sea, a breeding ground for marine life in the region.
Dates: Coming in 2022
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Travel Bubble

Following the successful operation of ‘Travel Bubble Holidays’ to the Maldives, we will be operating a similar protocol to ensure the safety of our guests and our colleagues on the cruise.

The ‘Safe Travel Bubble’ Holiday Packages have been designed so that everyone travelling will have tested negative for Covid-19.

All travelers will be required to show their Ehteraz status and take a temperature check before they can access the meeting point.

All travelers will be required to show a negative PCR test for Covid-19 taken no more than 72 hours prior to boarding. You will find a list of health facilities accredited by the Ministry of Health to test Covid-19 here. Where a payment is required, this will be self-funded.

In addition, all passengers will then be required to undertake a rapid response test at the meeting point prior to boarding the transfers from the meeting point to Doha Port. There will be no charge for this test.

This expedition cruise ship is contracted exclusively for Discover Qatar and Qatar Airways Holidays guests. This means that everyone arriving for each itinerary has had 2 negative Covid-19 tests within 72 hours of their embarkation.

On return to Doha, everyone will receive an additional rapid PCR test for Covid-19 on arrival at the drop-off point. Once a negative test result is confirmed, you will be able to continue your journey home, without quarantine or self-isolation. There will be no charge for this test.

Rapid PCR tests will deliver a confirmed result within 15 minutes. In addition to the above, the Le Champlain expedition cruise ship will operate to Qatar Clean standards and PONANTS' own published protocols.



Your trip inclusions*


From the moment you step onboard to the moment we wave farewell, everything you need and more is included in the price you pay when booking. This means you are completely free to make the most of every moment without needing to worry about what it is all going to cost. We have purposely designed your trip this way as we want it to be hassle and worry free.

Inclusions in your journey:

- Accommodation onboard our luxury expedition ship

- Award-winning service

- All sight-seeing discoveries

- Fleet of Zodiac vessels for exploration

- An Expedition team to enrich your journey

- Breakfast, lunch & dinner on every full day you are with us

- Unlimited non-alcoholic beverages and alcoholic beverages (Excludes premium alcoholic drinks presented on the menu)  

- Wifi while on board the ship

- Local guides

- Return transfers to the ship

*The following are not included in your package: Any ground Services before and/or after the Cruise other than the ones mentioned in the specific package. Gratuities to onboard crew. Optional Spa packages. Meals and beverages other than the ones specifically stated under the Inclusions. Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments. Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions. Medical and Travel Insurance



Le Champlain


The Champlain perfectly combines an authentically genuine voyage experience together with discreet luxury. With only 100 guests, this intimate journey will allow you to have a personalized service and feel like you are on your very own private expedition while onboard. The Champlain is ideally suited to find its way to areas that are usually inaccessible to most ships which means you will have access to shallow shorelines and remote coastal areas while enjoying unparalleled luxury. The nature of the cruise also allows for flexible itineraries to make sure you make the most of every opportunity that presents itself.



The onboard Zodiac's


Le Champlain carries a fleet of Zodiac’s, which are inflatable vessels that will provide you with the opportunity to explore and get you close to where the action happens. Whether it’s zipping along dazzling turquoise waters in search for Whale Sharks, jetting around secluded paradise islands or getting close to the sand dunes of the inland sea, every day will be an epic adventure.




Signature experiences


During the cruise you will enjoy experiences that until now have not been possible. These are experiences that you’ll recount to your friends and live long in the memory books. Just some of the signature experiences you will enjoy on this trip are:

Sailing alongside whale sharks – This is a truly once in a lifetime experience and with Qatar being home to one of the largest population of whale shark in the world, this is guaranteed to be a life changing experience. Only a few people every year are lucky enough to visit the area that hosts the Whale Sharks, and we are still learning a lot about them. Each year hundreds of Whale Sharks congregate in Qatar from April to September to feed on the abundant supply of fish eggs.

Relaxing in The Blue Eye Lounge, a multisensory underwater haven features two portholes shaped like the eye of a whale and will provide unparalleled underwater views of the Whale Sharks. Three underwater cameras will also project underwater life onto digital screens to ensure you don’t miss a thing. To read more about the whale sharks, click here

Snorkeling around Al Ashat Island  – An exhilarating Zodiac excursion brings you to a remote desert island just off the coast of Qatar. You will have an opportunity to go for a snorkel where you will explore Coral cities and swim alongside everything from turtles to tropical fish and maybe even dolphins.



The Sea and Bird life


One of the highlights of the cruise will be a stop at Khor Al Udiad, also known as the Inland sea. The inland sea is one of only 3 places in the world where the sea meets the desert with an unparalleled lagoon system. Khor Al Udiad’s marine life is as diverse as the area itself and includes marine reptiles, crustaceans, finless porpoises, turtles and dolphins. You will also find a cities of coral, fleshy algae, seagrass meadows and mussel beds along the sea floor.

You will not only get up close to creatures of the sea, but you will also gaze your eye upwards and see Qatar’s incredibly diverse birdlife. Every year, nearly three billion birds from Europe and Siberia fly to Africa between September and April, with one-third of them using Qatar as their favourite stopover.  

Did you know: Qatar and its islands attract around 300 varieties of migratory birds.