Le Boreal

Type: Expedition Cruise Ship

Length: 466 ft.

Passengers: Up to 264

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Sleek and luxurious, this French cruise ship allows you to sail the oceans in elegance and style. Sporting an on-board theater as well as suites and staterooms modeled by French designer Jean-Philippe Nuel, Le Boréal offers a full range of amenities amidst the intimacy of a private yacht. This makes Le Boréal a unique option for today’s Antarctic explorers. Le Boreal features a flexible accommodation system, allowing the crew to vary the number of cabins from 112 to 132, depending on passenger needs. What’s more, the craft maximizes travelers’ viewing experience, with individual balconies in the staterooms, sunny observation decks, and lots and lots of glass in the common areas, causing the line between man and nature to almost vanish. Stepping aboard, you’ll feel an instant proximity to the polar wonders around you.


When you travel on Le Boréal, you’ll enjoy a choice of Superior staterooms, Prestige staterooms and suites, Deluxe staterooms and suites, and Owner’s suites. Most feature balconies to allow you to watch the ice floes bobbing outside your window, and all housing options feature private bathrooms with tubs and/or showers. The décor of the cabins is as freshly contemporary as their layout. Enlivened by Le Boréal’s signature two-tone gray and red accents, they include one king or two twin beds, dressing tables, iPod players, and flat-screen satellite TVs for maximum comfort. All cabins are individually climate-controlled, and come with minibars, electronic safes, and a selection of French bath products for pampering yourself after a chilly excursion ashore.

Common Areas

Unlike many Antarctic cruise ships, Le Boréal boasts a full complement of amenities in its public areas. These include an on-board theater for films and educational presentations, a panoramic lounge and terrace, and several leisure areas for sharing impressions of Antarctica’s otherworldly landscapes. The ship’s on-board services also make it like a floating spa. Here you’ll find a full massage parlor and beauty salon, gourmet French and international cuisine in the main restaurant, a fitness room, and a grill alongside the pool on the top deck. Most importantly, the services are rendered with the elegance and attention to detail characteristic of the best French resorts—a unique touch from this exquisitely European vessel.

Le Boreal Cruises

Humpback Whale, Antarctica

Emblematic Antarctica

Itinerary Map

Emblematic Antarctica Itinerary Map

Emblematic Antarctica 11 D/10 N

Deck Plan and Technical Specifications

Le Boreal Deck Plan

Technical Specifications

Year Built2013
Port of EmbarkationCoca, Ecuador
Vessel’s RegistryEcuador
Type of VesselRiver Expedition Vessel
Length148 Feet / 45 Meters
Beam30 Feet / 9 Meters
Gross Tonnage280 Tons
Cruising Speed12 knots
Electricity110 / 220 Volts
Crew Members20, including a purser, paramedic, 4 English-speaking naturalist guides, 4 native guides, Captain, concierge, and crew members.
SafetyGPS tracking by the Ecuadorian Navy, Radio communication with separate battery pack, satellite phone, life jackets, flares and signals, fire extinguishers, sprinklers and smoke detectors in each cabin, automatic defibrillator on board.

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