Trip Information

Duration
11 Days
Departs
November - February
Ship
Le Boreal
From
£7,829 Per Person
Offer
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Departure Dates:

  • 2020: 29th November, 28th November,  2nd December, 8th December, 12th December, 13th December
  • 2021: 6th January, 9th January, 18th January, 25th January, 28th January, 30th January, 9th February, 20th February

This Expedition Includes:

  • Full board and open bar onboard
  • Selected complimentary excursions ashore
  • Free boot rental
  • Complimentary parka to keep

Expedition Highlights:

  • Visit Neko Harbour; one of the most beautiful spots in the Antarctica Peninsula
  • Take a trip back to the 1950’s and visit the museum on Port Lockroy
  • Explore Deception Island; home to a huge colony of Chinstrap Penguins
  • Enjoy daily outings by Zodiac accompanied by a team of Naturalist Guides

 

Itinerary Summary

Joining Le Boreal – one of the most luxurious expedition ships sailing in Antarctica – you will leave the port of Ushuaia, in Argentina, and sail for Neko Harbour, one of the most beautiful sites on the Antarctic Peninsula. Zodiac landings to get up close to icebergs and penguin colonies.

Port Charcot is your next stop and a trek through the glistening white snow will uncover the remains of Charcot’s stone cabin – the French explorer who discovered this small harbour.

Day Six offers Port Lockroy, a natural harbour on Goudier Island. The port is one of the most visited sites in Antarctica and its museum allows visitors to experience the base exactly as it was back in the 1950’s.

Deception Island is another popular call and this is where you will spend day seven of your expedition cruise. The island is easily recognisable because of its distinctive horseshoe shape. Volcanic beaches, incredible fauna and the largest colony of Chinstrap Penguins in Antarctica are just some of the highlights.

Cruising the Weddell Sea, you will weave through a labrynth of icebergs before reaching the Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, Drake Passage is a body of water that can often be unforgiving to its visitors, but it is the quickest and possibly the most exciting route to and from Ushuaia.

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Day-by-Day Itinerary

  • Day 01 Ushuaia
  • Day 02-03 At Sea
  • Day 04 Neko
  • Day 05 Port Charcot
  • Day 06 Port Lockroy
  • Day 07 Deception Island
  • Day 08 The Weddell Sea
  • Day 09-10 At Sea
  • Day 11 Ushuaia

About Your Ship

Le Boreal is a 264 capacity ship offering a variety of voyages in several of the world’s most remote regions.  She is primarily owned by the French cruise line, Ponant Cruises. Le Boreal is more of a luxury yacht than a ‘typical’ expedition ship, she is comfortable, elegant and a great choice for couples, solo travellers and experienced explorers who want to upgrade their onboard experience without compromising on the opportunities that an expedition cruise allows.

Owing to Ponant Cruises’ dedication to the highest standards of environmentally-friendly performance, she has been awarded the international Green Label.

Le Boreal is equipped with a fleet of 12 Zodiac boats which can be deployed at a moment’s notice and allow easy access to protected bays and remote inlets, weather permitting. Every trip ashore is accompanied by Le Boreal’s team of Naturalist Guides who will lead small groups on hikes, nature walks and excursions to places of historical and natural significance.

The ship’s theatre, French Line, doubles as a lecture room during the day and hosts a packed programme of guest lectures which serve to really enhance your expedition experience. The theatre is also the venue for pre-excursion briefings as well as recaps once you have returned to the ship.

The accommodation on Le Boreal is comprised of three main categories; Standard Staterooms, Deluxe Staterooms and Prestige Suites. All categories offer outside views, king-size or twin beds, climate control, TV/DVD players and ensuite bathrooms. The largest of the accommodation grades, the Prestige Suites, are immaculately furnished and boast a private veranda and a separate sitting area.

Le Boreal offers two main dining venues. The first of these, The Gastronomic Restaurant, is the ship’s primary restaurant and serves buffet-style fare during breakfast and lunch. Evening meals are à la carte and consist of regionally and internationally influenced gourmet cuisine with vegetarian options available should they be required. The restaurant is an open-seating venue which means you can dine when – and with whom – you wish.

The second dining venue is The Grill, which represents a great alternative if you are looking for a more informal option. Specialising in both hot and cold buffet options, the venue has indoor and outdoor seating with fresh fish and meat available from the grill.

While Le Boreal is not awash with entertainment options, guests can enjoy evening performances in the theatre or head to the bar for pre or post-dinner drinks. There is also an onboard spa where you can enjoy treatments and massages for an additional charge.

Other facilities on Le Boreal include a fitness centre, a library, two pools and full-service salon.

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