Above, the Le Champlain, a 430-foot passenger ship operated by Compagnie du Ponant Cruises, anchors in West Grand Traverse Bay on Tuesday afternoon. The French-flagged vessel has 92 cabins and suites for up to 264 passengers and 110 crew members, and advertises itself as an “expedition yacht,” that travels on exotic itineraries, and spends December through March each year in polar regions. Left, the 472-foot Hamburg anchored on the other side of West Bay from the Le Champlain. The cruise ship, operated by German tour company Plantours Kreuzfahrten, carries up to 400 passengers in 197 cabins and suites, plus 170 crew. It cruises areas of the globe ranging from the Mediterranean and Red Sea to Iceland and Caribbean.

Cruise ships