Le Jacques Cartier

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

The 184-guest mv Le Jacques Cartier cruise ship, twin sister ship to Le Bougainville, Le Bellot, Le Champlain and Le Dumont D’Urville, offers a superior cruising experience, complete with interior and exterior spaces, state-of-the-art technology aimed at sustainability, and boutique staterooms and sizable suites with either a private balcony or terrace. Quality materials, relaxed colors and ocean views at every turn create an atmosphere of ease and adventure. Experience the intimacy of a voyage aboard this small expedition ship that honors French explorer Jacques Cartier.

Le Jacques Cartier Ship Review

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Choose the Le Jacques Cartier cruise ship for her mix of opulence and ethnicity. Her innovative equipment, lavish accommodations and welcoming indoor and outdoor lounge areas combine to offer an unparalleled expedition cruise experience. No matter where she sails around the globe, Le Jacques Cartier offers special off-ship excursions, encounters with local cultures and regular open dialogue with expert naturalist guides.

Safety, Sustainability & Accessibility

Le Jacques Cartier’s eco-minded design offers superior safety and comfort. Alongside her sister ships, mv Le Jacques Cartier is unique in her class as a Bureau Veritas-certified “Clean Ship,” qualifying her as a worldwide leader in environmental travel. The Le Jacques Cartier ship is fully ADA compliant, offering multiple elevators and lifts up and down stairways, accessible toilets in common areas and two accessible staterooms.

Responsible Travel Features

Carbon emissions are reduced by 40% with silent electric propulsion technology. Add in an advanced GPS system and the Le Jacques Cartier cruise ship can remain in place without needing an anchor, helping protect the sea floor. The ship’s advanced filtration systems treat and recycle waste water and an onboard compactor saves items for later recycling back in port. Le Jacques Cartier’s CFR and LED lighting uses only 10% of the electricity that older systems require. And the captain and officers use modern sonar with rolling 3D views of the ocean floor so that the Le Jacques Cartier ship can safely distance herself away from underwater life.

Onboard Facilities

Le Jacques Cartier’s understated decor and relaxed atmosphere are a favorite of all who travel aboard. Panoramic, often floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the ship keep guests engaged in the beautiful destinations through which she sails.

Lecture Theater & Lounge

Top-notch sound and lighting technology, including an LED wall, makes the 184-guest Theater a popular gathering space. Guests can enjoy a variety of performances, including educational lectures, jazz and dance performances, karaoke and piano recitals.

Dining, Bars & Lounges

Le Jacques Cartier’s Panoramic Restaurant offers an elegant atmosphere for enjoying breakfast, lunch and dinner, indoors or out. Dishes feature both French and international gourmet cuisine, including local specialties. Le Jacques Cartier’s Ducasse Conseil-trained chefs offer a unique main menu, in addition to custom menus for special diets and groups. A selection of salads, desserts, cheeses, fine wines, champagnes, beers and top-shelf liquors round out the gastronomic experience. For similar dishes served in a less formal setting, the poolside Outdoor Grill Restaurant opens for every meal daily. Also found poolside is an outdoor bar and indoor solarium with armchairs and sofas.

Le Jacques Cartier’s Main Lounge and Panoramic Lounge each access an outside terrace and offer afternoon tea and specialty drinks for guests to discuss their day’s adventures. Additionally, the Main Lounge offers organized activities such as card games, live music and tastings centered around wine, spirits and specialty foods. The Panoramic Lounge’s library offers engaging reference materials and an Internet corner.

The Blue Eye underwater lounge, located within the hull of mv Le Jacques Cartier, offers a unique experience of immersion into the underwater world as it’s happening outside the ship. Whale’s eye windows show marine life outside the ship, while special underwater projectors bring those images inside. Hydrophones bring in the sounds of what’s being viewed, and vibrating acoustic waves within Body Listening sofas give a sense of touch.

Spa, Sauna & Gym

Le Jacques Cartier’s Deck 7 Fitness Center is a gym with incredible views. Work out on state-of-the-art exercise machines, including ellipticals, stationary bikes, treadmills and a Kinesis wall. Maintain fitness with hosted workout, yoga and dance classes, or make use of the infinity pool’s counter-current swimming system. Guests can feel spoiled with treatments at the SOTHYS™ Spa/Beauty Corner and its hair salon, two massage rooms, hammam (Moroccan steam spa), relaxation room and herbal tea bar.

Other Facilities

The Le Jacques Cartier cruise ship offers a 24-hour infirmary for non-emergency matters, with a doctor available for a nominal fee. The concierge lounge is constantly staffed to help with excursions, administrative services and sales. The concierge lounge’s large boutique is packed with clothing, jewelry, beauty products, postcards and various accessories. The stationery in each cabin can be mailed via the reception desk. Deck 6’s central art gallery and Kid’s Club engages guests of all ages, with photo and video experts available to answer questions and offer images from each day. Guests can also take advantage of the open Bridge policy aboard mv Le Jacques Cartier, to view innovative navigational tools and watch the captain and crew work (weather permitting).

Activities & Expeditions

Le Jacques Cartier is designed for both refined leisure and adventure, with daily off-ship excursions. Her 10 comfortable Zodiacs enable 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, enabling easy access to her complement of Zodiacs, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.

Crew, Guides & Expedition Leaders

Highly trained staff members and experienced crew members team up for a flawless, private yacht experience aboard the Le Jacques Cartier ship. Leading guides, with years of experience and unique backgrounds, engage guests with lectures on a variety of specialty topics, given in English, French and other languages.

Cabins & Le Jacques Cartier Deck Plan

All 92 staterooms and suites aboard the Le Jacques Cartier cruise ship are roomy and lavish, with the option of 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.