Trip Information

14 Days
October 2020
April 2021
Le Boreal

This Expedition Includes:

  • All meals
  • Selected beverages with wine and beer
  • Daily enrichment programme featuring lectures, educational presentations and demonstrations
  • Excellent programme of shore excursions

Expedition Highlights:

  • See the ancient statues on Easter Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit the Saint Michael’s Cathedral on Rikitea – built entirely from wood and coral
  • Explore the isolated island of Akunea – home to just 30 people
  • Enjoy scenic cruising along Ducie Island


Itinerary Summary

You will board your expedition cruise ship, Le Boreal, in Papeete, French Polynesia’s capital, before sailing for the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Fakarava. It is here where you will see the most incredible example of Tahitian pearls.

The next few days will be spent aboard your luxurious ship before you reach Rikitea in the Gambier Islands, where one of Polynesia’s wonders is situated: Saint Michael’s Cathedral which is made entirely from coral and timber.

Le Boreal will remain in the Gambier Islands, but today you will visit Akunea which is home to just 30 people! It’s a wonderful place to visit and somewhere that very few others will get the chance to see.

You’ll sail the Temoe Atoll on day seven and spend day eight sailing for Adamstown in the Pitcairn Islands. This tiny British territory is an adventure traveller’s paradise and the entire archipelago has only 50 inhabitants.

On day ten you will sail along Ducie Island and remain at sea for two further days before arriving in Hanga Roa on Easter Island. Although your expedition will finish here, you’ll have two full days to explore everything on offer, including the famous Moai statutes.

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Day-by-Day Itinerary

  • Day 01 Papeete
  • Day 02 Fakarava, Tuamotu
  • Day 03-04 Day at sea
  • Day 05 Rikitea (Gambier Islands)
  • Day 06 Aukena (Gambier Island)
  • Day 07 Sailing Around Temoe Atoll
  • Day 08 Day at sea
  • Day 09 Adamstown (Pitcairn Islands)
  • Day 10 Sailing along Ducie Island
  • Day 11-12 Day at sea
  • Day 13-15 Hanga Roa, Easter Island

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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