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Why we like it
Take time to enjoy a coffee or tea on your own private balcony and take in the spectacle of the white continent!
Tamara really was exceptionally knowledgeable and had a very good attitude.
- GT, Cumbria
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 1991, 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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- A day in Antarctica
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- Arctic Wildlife
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.
'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.
'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..
Buenos Aires - British Airways or Iberia (via Madrid) and onwards to Ushuaia
14 hours to Buenos Aires
GMT -3 hours
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
Bergen, Oslo, Trondheim, Stavanger Tromso, Longyearbyen
GMT +1 hour