News French cruise ship to visit Parry Sound twice SHARE ON: James Wood, staff Wednesday Sep. 18th, 2019 A photo of the vessel, posted by Parry Sound Downtown. PARRY SOUND, ON- A massive vessel has arrived at Parry Sound’s waterfront this week. The ship in question is a French cruise vessel, named “Le Champlain” after famous French explorer Samuel de Champlain. It is owned by Ponant, which operates a fleet of cruise ships. It is 430 feet long, with six passenger decks and a crew of 110 and a passenger capacity of 184. It is currently on a cruise from Quebec City to Milwaukee, after setting off from Quebec on September 12th. It will be leaving Parry Sound this evening at 6:00 p.m. It will return to Parry Sound on October 12th, arriving in the morning around 8:00 a.m. and leaving at 6:00 p.m. the same day.