Le Boreal

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Cruise line
Compagnie du Ponant

Current cruise:
13 nights / 14 days, round-trip Baffin Bay secrets
10 Aug, 2017 - 24 Aug, 2017

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Le Boreal Review and Specifications

Specifications of Le Boreal

Year built 2010  /  Age : 7
Flag state Wallis and Futuna
Builder Fincantieri (Ancona, Italy)
Building cost USD 150 million
Owner BridgePoint Capital Group
Operator Compagnie du Ponant Cruises
Speed 16 kn / 30 kph / 18 mph
Length (LOA) 142 m / 466 ft
Beam (width) 18 m / 59 ft
Gross Tonnage 10944 gt
Passengers 224 - 264
Crew 139
Passengers-to-space ratio 54
Decks 7
Cabins 132
Decks with cabins 6

Review of Le Boreal

Launched in 2010, Le Boreal is the 1st in a series of four identical Compagnie du Ponant cruise ships, together with L'AustralLe Soleal and Le Lyrial. All these vessels feature ice-strengthened hulls, sleek-design superstructures, Zodiacs for ship-to-shore landing and coastal cruising itinerary routes (featuring overnight stays, long port days and late evening departures).

History - construction & ownership

Compagnie du Ponant (CDP is a French cruise ship operator. Ponant company was founded by Jean-Emmanuel Sauvé, Philippe Videau, and other officers of the French Merchant Navy in April 1988 and launched the first French cruise ship. CDP currently operates five ships, all of which under the French flag. Compagnie du Ponant is dedicated to soft adventure cruising. Half of its fleet is based in Antarctica from December to March. It offers offbeat itineraries around the whole world, especially in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Asia.

The 10,944-ton, 264-passenger cruise ship Le Boreal was launched in May 2010 and impresses with elegance, personality, eco-friendly technologies and high standards. The sailing vessel was planned for the French market and looks more like a big private yacht rather than a cruise ship. Le Boreal was pronounced "Best New ship of the Year " in 2010. The reward was received from the European Cruiser Association. This impressive mega-yacht was designed with 132 cabins and was constructed in the Italian shipyard Fincantieri. On board guests could enjoy luxury of the French style created by Jean-Philippe Nuel.

On November 18, 2015 an engine fire on Ponant luxury cruise yacht Le Boreal caused hundreds of travelers to be evacuated while the vessel was sailing on an Antarctica cruise. The 264-passenger cruise ship issued a distress call just after 2 a.m. while close to Cape Dolphin, north of the Falkland Islands. 90 of the ship's 347 passengers and crew were air lifted to safety from life rafts, while the rest were transferred to another ship. The Falkland Island Government Emergency Services responded to the fire, in collaboration with local vessel agents and British Forces South Atlantic Islands Emergency Services. HMS Clyde changed course in order to help the evacuation. No one was injured in the incident. The ship had just started a 15-night round trip Antarctica sailing from Ushuaia, Argentina, on November 15. The cruise was supposed to visit South Georgia before landing on the continent's peninsula and visiting Deception Island. The remainder of the cruise has been canceled. 

After the engine room fire in November 2015, Le Boreal was back in service on May 24, 2016. Ponant's 264-passenger yacht had been undergoing repairs at Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, following a blaze that broke out while the vessel was sailing off the Falklands. Ponant originally hoped its ship would resume sailings from Lisbon on May 9. However, a company statement noted that Le Boreal would sail from Glasgow later in the month. Ponant has carried out other work on the ship in addition to repairing the fire damage, and given it up some updates.

Cruise itinerary program

Le Boreal itinerary program is based on cruises in Northern Europe, including Iceland and the Baltic Sea region. The ship also sails in Alaska and Greenland.

Cabins

Most Le Boreal staterooms are 200-sq.foot Prestige cabins (92). There are a total of 132 staterooms in 9 categories. The largest aboard Le Boreal is the Owner’s Suite (485 ft2). All staterooms have been decorated by French designers, offer individually controlled air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, DVD/CD player, twin beds, minibar and electronic safe.

Dining options - Food & Drinks

Le Boreal cruise ship is small enough and provides a truly intimate experience. This special yacht is ideally suited to visit ports of call that bigger ships cannot reach. On board, Le Boreal offers two restaurants – the casual Le Grill and the Gastronomic restaurant (the main dining room serving international and French cuisine). 

Follows the complete list of Le Boreal restaurants and food bars.

  • Gastronomic Restaurant (“Le Coromandel”, 268-seat, ship’s MDR; serves International upscale cuisine; offers open-seating dining, with buffet-style breakfast and lunch, waiter served dinner)
  • Grill Restaurant (“Le Rodrigues”, offers open-seating buffet breakfast and lunch, served dinner; has an outdoor seating area).

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

Le Boreal is the first all-balcony vessel sailing in Antarctica. She also boasts al fresco dining, entertainment Le Club lounge, a casino, a theatre for film screenings and lectures, a library and internet lounge. Le Boreal has a spa, fitness center, outdoor heated swimming pool, full-service salon. The ship is equipped with Zodiacs and outfitted with advanced stabilizing system for minimizing the effects of rough seas and keeping guests comfortable in remote areas. This ship creates an unique atmosphere of well-being and intimacy.

Follows the complete list of Le Boreal lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • The Marina (water sports platform; offers mostly swimming; it is used only when Le Boreal is anchored and the sea is calm)
  • Le Boreal Atrium (2-deck high open-floor area; features a chandelier with Swarovski crystals)
  • Main Lounge (“Karikal Lounge”, with large-size LED screen and floor-ceiling windows; offers early breakfast, specialty teas and coffees, Afternoon Tea complemented with gourmet cookies and fine chocolates; evening entertainment features live performances by resident singer and pianist and an art auction, once per Le Boreal cruise; the outdoor aft terrace is the only one smoking area on board)
  • Boutique Shop (esigner clothing, luxury jewelry, Ponant logo merchandise, special occasion gifts)
  • Theatre (main show lounge for music and dance shows)
  • Wellness Centre (Spa, Balneo Room, Hammam, Massage Room, Beauty Corner, Hair Salon, Shower Room, Relaxation Room, a spacious terrace)
  • The Fitness (gym room with panoramic windows) 
  • Leisure Area (has a small kids playroom, Photo Gallery and Internet stations)
  • Image & Photo Desk
  • Swimming pool’s sunbathing area (with luxury loungers)
  • Panoramic Lounge & Bar (with an Internet corner, grand piano, Library, “Panoramic Terrace” - served by the Panoramic Bar, it is the ship’s late-night “disco”)
  • Sun Deck (open-air sunbathing area, served by the“Le Comptoir”bar, with luxury loungers, padded chairs, showers, deck games - Shuffleboard, Golf Driving Net, 9-hole Mini-Golf)
  • Zodiacs (inflatable boats).

Le Boreal wiki

  • Accident reports and news CruiseMinus.com
  • Cabin grades number: 6
  • Total number of cabins: 132 (all of which Outside, 124 Balcony, 4 Suites)
  • Dining Rooms: Gastronomic Restaurant (268-seat).
  • Restaurants and food bars: Grill Restaurant (al fresco, buffet lunch, themed dinner).
  • Lounges & Bars: Panoramic Lounge, Main Lounge.
  • Beauty Corner Sothys: Balneo, Hammam, Massage, Hairdresser, Leisure area, Fitness, Pool, Internet station, Panoramic terrace, Image & photo desk (partnership with Philippe Plisson), Theater, Shop, Excursion desk, Reception desk, Medical center, Library.
  • Le Boreal cruise ship is the first in a three yachts' series commissioned by Compagnie du Ponant. Her identical sisters are L’Austral (2011), Le Soleal (2013) and Le Lyrial (2015).
  • Compagnie du Ponant is originally French-owned, aimed exclusively at the French cruising market. The whole ambience on board Le Boreal is French and chic. Black-and-white photo art of Philip Plisson lines the corridors, glittering Swarovski crystals light up the atrium. The passengers are well-heeled and experienced.
  • Le Boreal ship differs from other luxury cruise vessels with adventurous itineraries. The three sisters are with ice-strengthened hulls, and can sail to the Arctic and Antarctica, each of carrying a fleet of Zodiacs for sightseeing. The Ponant line emphasizes on coastal cruising, with long port days and late departures.
  • Fun fact is, that the Le Boreal yacht was used in the 3rd episode of the "Mighty Ships" TV series (season 5) and was shown taking tourists to the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia.
  • Le Boreal was the first France-flagged marine vessel (together with the fleetmate Le Soleal) with a Northwest Passage Cruise itinerary. The unique itinerary started on August 26, 2013, when the ship left Kangerlussuaq Greenland to arrive in Anadyr Russia (Siberia) on September 16. Among the ports of call along the route were Beechey Island and King William Island (Gjoa Haven). During these voyages, Ponant cruise passengers enjoyed seeing hundreds of beluga whales and narwhales, and around 60 polar bears. Charles Hedrich (French sportsman and adventurer) was also there as special guest - being the world's first man to solo cross the Northwest Passage (in September 2009) in a rowing boat.

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Le Boreal Itineraries 2017

The below listed Le Boreal cruise prices on 2017 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Compagnie du Ponant fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Honfleur cruise port

25 May 2017 8 nights / 9 days, one-way from Honfleur to Greenock
Prices starting
from $2830
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25 May      Departing from Honfleur, France   
27 May     St Mary's Island, Scilly Isles, Wales   
28 May     Cobh-Cork, Ireland   
29 May     Inishmore Island, Ireland   
30 May     Galway, Ireland   
31 May     Killybegs, Ireland   
01 Jun     Isle of Iona, Scotland   
01 Jun     Isle of Mull, Tobermory, Scotland   
02 Jun     Belfast, Northern Ireland   
03 Jun      Arriving in Greenock, Glasgow, Scotland   
Stockholm cruise port

17 June 2017 10 nights / 11 days, one-way from Stockholm to Tromso
Prices starting
from $5100
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17 Jun      Departing from Stockholm, Sweden   
19 Jun     Visby, Gotland Island, Sweden   
20 Jun     Copenhagen, Denmark   
21 Jun     Aalborg, Denmark   
22 Jun     At Sea   
23 Jun     Bergen, Norway   
24 Jun     Olden, Norway   
25 Jun     Geiranger, Norway   
26 Jun     At Sea   
27 Jun     Lofoten Islands, Norway   
28 Jun      Arriving in Tromso, Norway   
Tromso cruise port

27 June 2017 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Tromso to Longyearbyen
Prices starting
from $5700
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27 Jun      Departing from Tromso, Norway   
29 Jun     Bear Island, Bjornoya, Norway   
30 Jun     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway   
01 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway   
02 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway   
03 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Glacier Monaco)   
04 Jul     Ny-Alesund, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway   
05 Jul      Arriving in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway   
Tromso cruise port

27 June 2017 8 nights / 9 days, round-trip Sail for Spitsbergen
fly-cruise (Paris)
Prices starting
from $5700
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27 Jun      Departing from Paris (flight)   
27 Jun      Departing from Tromso, Norway   
29 Jun     Bear Island, Bjornoya, Norway   
30 Jun     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway   
01 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway   
02 Jul     Magdalenefjord, Spitsbergen, Norway   
03 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway   
04 Jul     Ny-Alesund, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway   
05 Jul     Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway   
06 Jul      Arriving in Paris (flight)   


04 July 2017 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip The Best of Spitzbergen
fly-cruise (Paris)
Prices starting
from $7017
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04 Jul      Departing from Paris (flight)   
04 Jul      Departing from Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway   
06 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway   
07 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Magdalena Bay)   
08 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (NW National Park)   
09 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Monaco Glacier)   
10 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway   
11 Jul     Ny-Alesund, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway   
12 Jul     Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway   
12 Jul      Arriving in Paris (flight)   


11 July 2017 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip The Best of Spitzbergen
fly-cruise (Paris)
Prices starting
from $6730
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11 Jul      Departing from Paris (flight)   
11 Jul      Departing from Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway   
13 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway   
14 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Magdalena Bay)   
15 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (NW National Park)   
16 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway (Monaco Glacier)   
17 Jul     Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard, Arctic Norway   
18 Jul     Ny-Alesund, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway   
19 Jul     Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway   
19 Jul      Arriving in Paris (flight)   
Reykjavik cruise port

31 July 2017 10 nights / 11 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Paris
fly-cruise (Paris)
Prices starting
from $6992
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31 Jul      Departing from Reykjavik, Iceland   
02 Aug     Reykjavik, Iceland   
03 Aug - 04 Aug     At Sea   
05 Aug     Narsaq, Greenland   
06 Aug     Nuuk, Greenland   
07 Aug     At Sea   
08 Aug     Eqi Glacier   
09 Aug     Ilulissat, Greenland   
10 Aug     At Sea   
11 Aug     Kangerlussuaq, Greenland   
11 Aug      Arriving in Paris (flight)   
Kangerlussuaq cruise port

10 August 2017 13 nights / 14 days, round-trip Baffin Bay secrets
fly-cruise (Paris)
Prices starting
from $14036
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10 Aug      Departing from Paris (flight)   
10 Aug      Departing from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland   
12 Aug     Ilulissat, Greenland   
13 Aug     Ilulissat, Greenland   
14 Aug     Eqi Glacier   
15 Aug     Upernavik, Greenland (Sailing)   
16 Aug     At Sea (Melville Bay)   
17 Aug     Cape York, Greenland (Savissivik)   
18 Aug     Qaanaaq, Greenland (Thule)   
19 Aug     Baffin Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
20 Aug     Baffin Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
21 Aug     Baffin Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
22 Aug     Baffin Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada   
23 Aug     Sisimiut, Greenland   
24 Aug     Kangerlussuaq, Greenland   
24 Aug      Arriving in Paris (flight)   
Nome cruise port

13 September 2017 14 nights / 15 days, round-trip In the Wake of Pioneers
fly-cruise (Vancouver)
Prices starting
from $8439
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13 Sep      Departing from Vancouver (flight)   
13 Sep      Departing from Nome, Alaska   
15 Sep     Little Diomede Island, Alaska   
16 Sep     Saint Paul Island, Alaska (St Matthews)   
17 Sep     Saint Paul Island, Alaska (St George)   
18 Sep     Dutch Harbor, Unalaska (Unalaska)   
19 Sep     Aleutian Islands, Alaska   
20 Sep     Geographic Harbor, Alaska (Katmai)   
21 Sep - 22 Sep     At Sea   
23 Sep     Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska   
24 Sep     Frederick Sound, Alaska   
25 Sep     Prince Rupert, Kaien Island, BC Canada   
26 Sep     At Sea   
27 Sep     Alert Bay, Cormorant Island, BC Canada   
28 Sep      Arriving in Vancouver, BC Canada   
Ushuaia cruise port

18 November 2017 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Emblematic Antarctica
fly-cruise (Buenos Aires)
Prices starting
from $8583
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18 Nov      Departing from Buenos Aires (flight)   
18 Nov      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
20 Nov     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
21 Nov     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
22 Nov     Neko Harbor, Antarctica   
22 Nov     Lemaire Channel, Antarctica   
22 Nov     Paradise Harbor, Antarctica   
23 Nov     Pleneau Island, Antarctica   
24 Nov     Wiencke Island, Port Lockroy, Antarctica   
25 Nov     Deception Island, Antarctica   
25 Nov     Half Moon Island, Antarctica   
26 Nov     Weddell Sea   
27 Nov     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
28 Nov     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
29 Nov     Ushuaia, Argentina   
29 Nov      Arriving in Buenos Aires (flight)   
Ushuaia cruise port

28 November 2017 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Emblematic Antarctica
fly-cruise (Buenos Aires)
Prices starting
from $8583
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28 Nov      Departing from Buenos Aires (flight)   
28 Nov      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
30 Nov     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
01 Dec     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
02 Dec     Neko Harbor, Antarctica   
02 Dec     Lemaire Channel, Antarctica   
02 Dec     Paradise Harbor, Antarctica   
03 Dec     Pleneau Island, Antarctica   
04 Dec     Wiencke Island, Port Lockroy, Antarctica   
05 Dec     Deception Island, Antarctica   
05 Dec     Half Moon Island, Antarctica   
06 Dec     Weddell Sea   
07 Dec     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
08 Dec     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
09 Dec     Ushuaia, Argentina   
09 Dec      Arriving in Buenos Aires (flight)   
Ushuaia cruise port

08 December 2017 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Emblematic Antarctica
fly-cruise (Buenos Aires)
Prices starting
from $8583
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08 Dec      Departing from Buenos Aires (flight)   
08 Dec      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
10 Dec     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
11 Dec     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
12 Dec     Neko Harbor, Antarctica   
12 Dec     Lemaire Channel, Antarctica   
12 Dec     Paradise Harbor, Antarctica   
13 Dec     Pleneau Island, Antarctica   
14 Dec     Wiencke Island, Port Lockroy, Antarctica   
15 Dec     Deception Island, Antarctica   
15 Dec     Half Moon Island, Antarctica   
16 Dec     Weddell Sea   
17 Dec     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
18 Dec     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
19 Dec     Ushuaia, Argentina   
19 Dec      Arriving in Buenos Aires (flight)   
Ushuaia cruise port

18 December 2017 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Emblematic Antarctica
fly-cruise (Buenos Aires)
Prices starting
from $8583
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18 Dec      Departing from Buenos Aires (flight)   
18 Dec      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
20 Dec     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
21 Dec     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
22 Dec     Neko Harbor, Antarctica   
22 Dec     Lemaire Channel, Antarctica   
22 Dec     Paradise Harbor, Antarctica   
23 Dec     Pleneau Island, Antarctica   
24 Dec     Wiencke Island, Port Lockroy, Antarctica   
25 Dec     Deception Island, Antarctica   
25 Dec     Half Moon Island, Antarctica   
26 Dec     Weddell Sea   
27 Dec     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
28 Dec     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
29 Dec     Ushuaia, Argentina   
29 Dec      Arriving in Buenos Aires (flight)   
Ushuaia cruise port

28 December 2017 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Emblematic Antarctica
fly-cruise (Buenos Aires)
Prices starting
from $8936
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28 Dec      Departing from Buenos Aires (flight)   
28 Dec      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
30 Dec     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
31 Dec     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
01 Jan     Neko Harbor, Antarctica   
01 Jan     Lemaire Channel, Antarctica   
01 Jan     Paradise Harbor, Antarctica   
02 Jan     Pleneau Island, Antarctica   
03 Jan     Wiencke Island, Port Lockroy, Antarctica   
04 Jan     Deception Island, Antarctica   
04 Jan     Half Moon Island, Antarctica   
05 Jan     Weddell Sea   
06 Jan     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
07 Jan     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
08 Jan     Ushuaia, Argentina   
08 Jan      Arriving in Buenos Aires (flight)   

Le Boreal Itineraries 2018

The below listed Le Boreal cruise prices on 2018 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Compagnie du Ponant fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Ushuaia cruise port

26 January 2018 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Emblematic Antarctica
fly-cruise (Buenos Aires)
Prices starting
from $8583
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26 Jan      Departing from Buenos Aires (flight)   
26 Jan      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
28 Jan     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
29 Jan     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
30 Jan     Neko Harbor, Antarctica   
30 Jan     Lemaire Channel, Antarctica   
30 Jan     Paradise Harbor, Antarctica   
31 Jan     Pleneau Island, Antarctica   
01 Feb     Wiencke Island, Port Lockroy, Antarctica   
02 Feb     Deception Island, Antarctica   
02 Feb     Half Moon Island, Antarctica   
03 Feb     Weddell Sea   
04 Feb     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
05 Feb     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
06 Feb     Ushuaia, Argentina   
06 Feb      Arriving in Buenos Aires (flight)