Le Dumont D’Urville

year built
crew members
430 feet
59 feet
15 feet
cruising speed
12.5 knots
ice class

The 184-guest Le Dumont D’Urville cruise ship, identical sister ship to Le Bougainville, Le Bellot, Le Jacques Cartier and Le Champlain, offers an exquisite cruising experience, with indoor/outdoor common areas, modern and ecological technology, chic staterooms, roomy suites and 100% private balconies or terraces. Upscale materials, neutral shades enhanced with touches of bright color and plentiful ocean views create an atmosphere of relaxation and exotic escape. Experience the intimacy of a voyage aboard this expedition ship named after French explorer and naval officer Jules Dumont D’Urville.

Le Dumont D’Urville Ship Review

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Choose Le Dumont D’Urville for her lavish yet authentic setting that features a passion for exploration. Her modern equipment, upscale guest accommodations and inviting lounge areas that open to the outside ensure adventure cruising at its finest. At each exceptional destination, Le Dumont D’Urville offers privileged excursions, cultural encounters and daily dialogue with experienced naturalist guides.

Safety, Sustainability & Accessibility

Le Dumont D’Urville’s conscientious design ensures the highest levels of safety and luxury for both her guests and the vistas through which she sails. Le Dumont D’Urville and her sister ships are the only ones in their class to be certified “Clean Ships” by Bureau Veritas, a global leader in environmentally conscious travel. Le Dumont D’Urville is fully ADA compliant, with 2 accessible staterooms, 4 elevators and lifts up and down stairways for easy access to all decks and public areas of the ship, and accessible toilets in common areas.

Responsible Travel Features

Silent electric propulsion cuts carbon emissions by 40% as the ship moves. Le Dumont D’Urville’s sophisticated GPS works with the propulsion system to keep her in place without an anchor during stops, preserving the sea floor. Advanced filtration systems treat and recycle waste water. An onboard recycling program ensures items are compacted for later processing ashore. Modern CFR and LED lighting uses only 10% of the electrical power required by older, more traditional systems. And the captain and officers use advanced sonar with continuous 3D views of the ocean floor so that Le Dumont D’Urville can maintain a safe distance from precious underwater activity.

Onboard Facilities

Guests are welcomed with a boutique-yet-ethnic decor and atmosphere of relaxed sophistication. Wide-ranging windows throughout the ship’s many common areas reveal the stunning locales that only a small expedition ship can access.

Lecture Theater & Lounge

The Theater features innovative sound and lighting technology, including an LED wall for presentations and shows. Music and theater lovers can enjoy jazz and dance performances, piano playing and opportunities to sing karaoke in the Theater.

Dining, Bars & Lounges

Every day, the Panoramic Restaurant invites guests into a charming main dining room for breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes that focus on the best of both French and international gourmet cuisine, including local specialties. Le Dumont D’Urville’s Ducasse Conseil-trained chefs offer guests a unique menu, plus custom menus catering to special diets and groups. The Panoramic Restaurant opens to the outside. Guests can enjoy a buffet of salads, desserts and cheeses, plus a variety of fine wines, champagnes, beers and top-shelf liquors. Located poolside, the Outdoor Grill Restaurant offers a casual place to enjoy grilled meats, salads and desserts for any meal of the day.

The Main Lounge and Panoramic Lounge each access an outside terrace and offer afternoon tea and specialty drinks. Guests can celebrate and discuss the adventures of each day with refreshments and drinks. The Main Lounge accommodates the complete passenger complement and offers organized activities such as card games and live music on the dance floor. And foodies can relish in opportunities for wine, spirits and specialty foods tasting. The Panoramic Lounge’s library features reference materials on the global destinations in which the Le Dumont D’Urville cruise ship sails, while an Internet corner keeps guests connected. An outdoor bar and indoor solarium on the pool deck offers armchairs and sofas with incredible views.

The Blue Eye underwater lounge, located within the ship’s hull, is a unique gathering space that immerses guests in the underwater world. Two large portholes that mimic a whale’s eye look out into the ocean. Non-intrusive underwater projectors purpose built for Le Dumont D’Urville and her sister ships, display the aquatic species present around various points of the ship. Onboard hydrophones let guests hear what they’re seeing. And vibrating acoustic waves within Body Listening sofas round out the experience with tactile feel.

Spa, Sauna & Gym

The Fitness Center on Deck 7 offers extensive views and state-of-the-art exercise machines, including ellipticals, stationary bikes, treadmills and a Kinesis wall. Fitness enthusiasts can maintain their routines through hosted workout, yoga and dance classes in the gym, or make use of the infinity pool’s counter-current swimming system. And the SOTHYS™ Spa/Beauty Corner keeps guests pampered with a hair salon, two massage rooms, a hammam (Moroccan steam spa), a relaxation room and an herbal tea bar.

Other Facilities

The ship’s infirmary is available 24 hours a day, ready to treat non-emergency matters, and a doctor is available for a nominal fee. The concierge lounge always has staff on hand and ready to help with any needs, including excursions, administrative services, sales and a large boutique packed with clothing, jewelry, beauty products, postcards and various accessories. Provided stationery in each stateroom and suite can be mailed via the reception desk. Deck 6’s central art gallery and Kid’s Club entertains passengers of all ages, with photo and video experts available to answer questions and provide memorable images. The open Bridge policy welcomes guests to take in Le Dumont D’Urville’s state-of-the-art navigational tools, plus watch the captain and crew work (weather permitting).

Activities & Expeditions

Le Dumont D’Urville’s thoughtful design enables daily off-ship adventures. Her fleet of 10 comfortable Zodiacs empowers guests to discover wildlife, explore coastlines and access shallow water areas. The ship’s hydraulic marine platform lowers into the water with an adjacent staircase, making it easy to board Zodiacs, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.

Crew, Guides & Expedition Leaders

Seasoned travelers will appreciate the discreet yet attentive service by the flawless staff members aboard the Le Dumont D’Urville cruise ship. The ship’s experienced crew add to the private yacht experience, despite Le Dumont D’Urville being a small expedition ship. And top-notch guides offer lectures in English, French and other languages, on a variety of specialty topics.

Cabins & Le Dumont D’Urville Deck Plan

All 92 staterooms and suites aboard Le Dumont D’Urville are luxurious and generously proportioned. Guests can choose one king-size bed or two twin beds in any cabin. 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.