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Le Boreal

An Arctic Cruise Adventure, Norway & Iceland

Arctic Cruise Adventure 2014: Norway, Greenland & Iceland from £7,795

Join A&K's seasoned expedition team for an enriching experience like no other to the islands of the High Arctic Svalbard archipelago in Norway... Read more ...

Arctic Adventure Cruise Norway 2014: Polar Bears & Midnight Sun

Arctic Adventure Cruise Norway 2014: Polar Bears & Midnight Sun from £5,995

Join A&K's seasoned expedition team for an enriching experience like no other sailing from the northern shores of Norway to the islands of the high Arctic Svalbard archipelago, traveling the ice-edge at nearly 82 degrees north (and less than 600 miles from the geographic North Pole) where the land and ice-scape is ruled by one resident, the elusive polar bear. Read more ...

The Voyage South

The Voyage South from £1,110

Sail the iconic Norwegian coastline’s sheltered waters from the Russian border town of Kirkenes south to Bergen. En route you will stop at many ports and experience the wonders of the polar north. Read more ...

Fly to

Buenos Aires - British Airways or Iberia (via Madrid) and onwards to Ushuaia

flying time

14 hours to Buenos Aires

time difference

GMT -3 hours

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an infected area


The months that visits are feasible are the austral summer months of November to March, when daily temperatures average from -4°C to 7°C.

Best time to be there

September to May to see the Northern lights

Fly to:

Bergen, Oslo, Trondheim, Stavanger Tromso, Longyearbyen

Flying time

4-6 hours

time difference

GMT +1 hour


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For those dreaming of genuine adventure, Antarctica has long been considered the last frontier. This pristine landscape of mountains and glaciers remains largely untouched by civilisation, making this remote destination top of many travellers' wishlist.

Travelling to Antarctica and the southern lands is a true adventure and what better vessel to embark on this epic voyage than Le Boreal, an all-balcony expedition ship now operating with Abercrombie & Kent in its second season. The sleek contemporary design of Le Boreal allows us to offer a distinctly different adventure cruise experience.

A&K is a long-time member of the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators. Founded in IAATO1991, this organisation advocates, promotes and practises safe and environmentally sound travel to the Antarctic. Staff and crew follow the highest codes of conduct to ensure that the presence of 'Le Boreal' and her passengers has minimal effect on the fragile and pristine landscapes through which they travel.

A&K is also member of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators, founded in 2003 and dedicated to managing respectable, environmentally-friendly and safe expeditions in the Arctic.

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- Programme prices Antarctica

Strength and Style
'Le Boreal' features sophisticated design and innovative marine technology. The vessel boasts a convenient layout, aided by three passenger elevators. She offers a single-seating dining room, al fresco dining, an outdoor heated pool and a theater, as well as a spacious gathering area and library. A full-service salon, steam room, spa and fitness center complete the amenities. On other cruises to different destinations, she carries more than 264 passengers. But in Antarctica, A&K limits her complement to just 199 guests. Fewer passengers means more opportunities for shore excursions each day, an unbeatable guide-to-guest ratio of 1:12 and cabins with private balconies for every guest (an A&K exclusive). A smaller vessel also provides A&K voyages with Category I operation status in Antarctica, resulting in no limitations to the registered sites we can land on or explore. Combined with our staff and crew's expertise on the region's varying conditions, our expeditions are designed to be flexible and maximize your Antarctica experience.

Safety and Comfort
Safety is first and foremost on board. The ship features the latest communication, navigational and safety equipment, and A&K's English speaking staff is readily available to assist and instruct on safety at all times. The ship is equipped with a GMDSS emergency communication system and a satellite weather system, receiving real-time images of weather and ice-conditions in the area. Le Boreal has an ice-rating that exceeds that required for these demanding conditions. In the unlikely event of an emergency, lifeboats are fully enclosed and equipped with survival gear, blankets, food & water. In addition, 'Le Boreal' is outfitted with a technologically advanced stabilizing system to minimize the effects of rough conditions at sea and keep passengers comfortable at all times.

'Le Boreal' carries a fleet of Zodiacs, 10-12 seat motorised boats designed by Jacques Cousteau for safe operations in rough and shallow waters. Explore remote shores where there are no docking arrangements and nimbly cruise alongside towering glaciers or near pods of passing whales. Zodiacs feature fuel-efficient motors that comply with all environmental protection standards.

Environmental Responsibility
'Le Boreal' employs the latest environmental practices and technology, including using the cleanest burning marine gas oil fuel and a state-of-the-art positioning system that eliminates the need to drop anchor in fragile marine reserves.

Rest and Relaxation Redefined
Each evening, end a day of discoveries - and recharge for the next day's adventures - in your very own balcony stateroom or suite, an A&K exclusive on board 'Le Boreal.' Enjoy 'Le Boreal's' elegant guest quarters, among the most comfortable available on any Antarctic cruise. On an A&K expedition, the ship features 108 outside, fully equipped balcony cabins and suites. Bedding configurations range from king-size beds to two single beds. Prestige and Premier Two-Room Suites feature a sofa seating area and a kingsize bed, and the option to convert into a two-room cabin - perfect for families. Cabin amenities include a mini bar, safe, flat-screen closed-circuit TV, in-house movies, iPod docking station, individually controlled heat/air conditioning, wireless Internet access and telephone. Bathrooms come equipped with a shower (or shower/bath), hair dryer, designer amenities and bathrobes. Laundry services and 24-hour room service are available throughout your cruise. And new for the 2013 sailing season, cabin categories 6-8 on Deck 6 receive the complimentary service of a private butler, for the ultimate in comfort in adventure cruising.

The Finest Public Amenities
Spacious and elegant, 'Le Boreal's' common areas invite casual conversation with fellow guests as well as private reflection in quiet corners.

Space to Meet and Mingle
'Le Boreal' sets high standards of comfort in her public quarters as well. The Panoramic Lounge and Terrace offer spacious areas - ideal for social gatherings, afternoon tea or just relaxing with ocean views. The Club provides the perfect evening place, offering an elegant atmosphere with live music and dancing. The Theatre is a show lounge with unobstructed views for all. It is the ideal venue for nightly entertainment or a variety of special functions, such as enrichment lectures and movies. An exceptional library offers a wide range of titles with cozy reading areas and guest computer stations with Internet access.

International Cuisine
'Le Boreal' features two restaurants: The Restaurant, offering gourmet and international cuisine, and the Compass Grill, with casual indoor and outdoor dining for breakfast, lunch and themed dinners. There is always a selection of light fare and vegetarian dishes, and most special diets can be accommodated with advance notice. In-cabin room service is also available 24/7.

Scheduled Bridge Visits
A visit to the bridge can be arranged by the captain..

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Special Offers

In the Wake of Shackleton, Antarctica

Early Booking Offer - save up to £1,800 per person
Book by 31st July 2014 and save up to £1,800 per person. Prices from £10,995 per person including domestic flights, full board cruise and pre and post arrangements. Applies to twin/double occupancy only.  Valid for cruises departing on the 17th December 2014 & 11th January 2015. Terms and conditions apply.



Arctic Cruise Adventure 2014 & 2015: Norway, Greenland & Iceland

Early booking offer - Save up to £900 per person
Book before the 31st October 2014 for travel on the 15th July - 29th July 2015 and experience life on board Le Boreal next summer. Prices from £9345 per person including charter flights and full board while on the cruise . This offer applies to double and single occupancy. Terms & conditions apply.



Classic Antarctica 2014/15

Early Booking Offer - save up to £1,900 per person
Book by 31st July 2014 and save up to £1,900 per person. Prices from £7,495 per person including domestic flights, full board cruise and pre and post arrangements. Applies to twin/double occupancy only.  Valid for Cruise No: LB141210 - Climate Change Mission Trip - 7th -21st December 2014. Terms and conditions apply.



Guest Testimonial

I would just like to add that the help / service we received from Melissa Hookway was oustanding. It was very personal and I was made to felt like a valued client.

- AC, Cheshire

A&K Philanthropy

Save the Albatross, Antarctica

Save the Albatross

Is devoted to helping save the albatross and other seabirds from becoming accidently tangled in deep sea fishing lines, and dying needlessly.



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