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Old October 8th, 2009, 11:09 AM
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Default Le Boreal

This new ship launched today:

http://www.ponant.com/boreal-austral...tral-2010.html


Anyone considering a trip to Antarctica on it?

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Old October 24th, 2009, 09:24 PM
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Default Le Boreal chartered by A&K

Abercrombie & Kent have chartered Le Boreal for the 2010 Antarctic season, replacing the Minerva.

Pricing is a lot more expensive due to the 'all balcony' concept on this ship.
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 08:10 PM
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It is a beautiful ship, I love the contemporary design.

I know the pool won't be getting much use in Antarctica but I guess a balcony would be nice to have.
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Old March 7th, 2010, 01:36 PM
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Default le Boreal replaces Le Diamant

Just returned from a fabulous Antarctica trip on Le Diamant. Le Boreal is owned by same company and will replace Le Diamand for Antarctica. Captain Garcia the former captain of Le Diamand will be captain of Le Boreal. He has extensive Antarctic experience. The ships of Ponant give first class service.
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Old March 26th, 2010, 07:47 AM
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Smile Le Diamant /Le Boreal

I agree with thomastoo . i was on the fab Le Diamant antarctica trip Dec 23rd to jan 5th 2010. Same super amazing captain Garcia. Cruise was absolute magic including first time ever special New years Eve zodiac landing and champagne celebration on an iceberg in the Weddell sea and a sail around/three hour landing on Cape Horn.
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We are booked on the December 18 sailing. Yes, pricey. Should be an amazing trip. Soooo looking forward to it.

The brochure pix of the ship are awesome.
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It does indeed look beautiful. More shaped like a private yacht than a cruise ship or expedition ship, and the interiors look very stylish. The only drawback I might have concerns about is the passenger capacity. I hear Le Boreal carries somewhere around 250 passengers. Since the Antarctic Treaty limits landings to 100 at a time, it seems like each passenger will not get to spend as much time at each stop, as they will have to rotate.

On the PA II, our particular sailing was lucky in that we only had 99 passengers on the trip. So we all got to maximize our time on land at every stop. Still, as pretty as Le Boreal is, I just might be tempted by her for the next Antarctic visit!
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We are booked on the December 18 sailing. Yes, pricey. Should be an amazing trip. Soooo looking forward to it.

The brochure pix of the ship are awesome.
A&K had a great staff on the Minerva this year. You will have a great time!
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@pke-atlanta: A&K has limited the number of passengers on Le Boreal to 199 on its Antarctic sailings - so we'll have plenty of landing time and even more space on board this ultra-luxurious expedition vessel.

@Friscorays: The pool is heated, so I expect it will be a delight to have on an Antarctic sailing.

@laurelhollow: See you onboard, we're on the same sailing!

P.S. Le Boreal set sail on her maiden cruise yesterday, from Marseilles to Nice, France. http://www.travelweekly.com/article3_ektid214164.aspx
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@pke-atlanta: A&K has limited the number of passengers on Le Boreal to 199 on its Antarctic sailings - so we'll have plenty of landing time
They had only 200 passengers on the Minerva too this year. You will be divided into 2 groups for the landings and you will alternate who goes first morning and afternoon, and each day. Only 100 are allowed on land at any time.
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Neat!

We will be in Buenos Aires for two days prior to the schlep down to Ushuaia. Looking forward to the trip. Just hope we don't have some of the extreme weather that had been reported in some of the reviews.


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We are booked on the December 18 sailing. Yes, pricey. Should be an amazing trip. Soooo looking forward to it.

The brochure pix of the ship are awesome.
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@pke-atlanta: A&K has limited the number of passengers on Le Boreal to 199 on its Antarctic sailings - so we'll have plenty of landing time and even more space on board this ultra-luxurious expedition vessel.

@Friscorays: The pool is heated, so I expect it will be a delight to have on an Antarctic sailing.

@laurelhollow: See you onboard, we're on the same sailing!

P.S. Le Boreal set sail on her maiden cruise yesterday, from Marseilles to Nice, France. http://www.travelweekly.com/article3_ektid214164.aspx
I would love to hear about both of your experiences when you get back!
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A few pics courtesy of Carsten:

http://carsten.smugmug.com/Ships/Le-...29516028_FL5sG

Thread where he posted the link:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1232846
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And some more pics courtesy of "keltic":

http://www.worldisround.com/articles/360277/index.html

Thread "keltic" discussed Le Boreal in:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1239220
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Hi - hope you are still on for this sailing. Sadly, my husband died two weeks ago so I will be doing the expedition alone. Figured that I won't know my health status next year and this was on the bucket list.

looking forward to a truly amazing expedition. sad, but what he would have wanted.



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So sorry for your loss, laurelhollow. Yes, we are still on this sailing - counting the days. I'm sure your decision to go on the expedition alone was difficult.
See you onboard! ---Randy & Pam
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Thank you. It was a difficult decision but decided it would be a good one.

Are you guys going to be in Buenos Aires early? I will be arriving the day before the group meeting. Want to find a guide and do a exploration. I am in contact with the Argentinian community in the New York area and am looking for a good guide. If you will be there on Friday and are interested in touring give me a shout-out.




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We have been to Buenos Aires before, so we probably won't go with the group. What did you have in mind? I sent you a "friend" request so that we may discuss this privately.

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Um - never got a 'friend' request. can you send again?
Will be getting a private guide for the day. She will formulate a day for what I want in terms of interest.
She suggested a private visit with a tango dancer, lesson, and evening with the group. Something like that. Contact me if interested.



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Sounds like a number of people are doing the Le Boreal trip on Dec 18. Count two more in. I'm traveling with my bf and arriving in Buenos Aires a day early.
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