Classic Antarctica

Le Boreal Cruise Ship
Le Boreal
199 Passengers

From the whale-rich waters of the Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula's bleach-white, remote coastlines, this comprehensive expedition cruise reveals the many faces of the world's last frontier. Explore shorelines teeming with penguin and seal alongside leading naturalists, go behind the scenes of an environmental research station and chat with on-board experts nightly about the day's discoveries.


Day 1: Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive this morning to Argentina’s capital and transfer to your hotel, where immediate check-in has been arranged. Enjoy some time to relax before this afternoon’s city tour. As complex as it is energetic and seductive, this port city has been the gateway to Argentina for centuries, bringing many porteños (as locals are known) into its boundaries. Although it is reminiscent of a European city, the spirit of Buenos Aires is evident in its diverse and distinctly local neighborhoods. Meet your fellow adventurers this evening for a welcome cocktail reception.

Day 2: Buenos Aires/Ushuaia, Argentina

Today, take a flight down to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world and a charming seaside town. Upon arrival, enjoy sightseeing (time permitting) and a traditional Patagonian barbecue lunch. Later this afternoon, arrive at your ship and settle in for your first night on board. Wander the decks to become acquainted with the ship, relax in the lounge and mingle with fellow guests in anticipation of your voyage.

Days 3 - 4: Cruising the Drake Passage

The southward journey toward Antarctica is an exciting one. An important trade route in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Drake Passage is a 600-mile-wide swath of water where the Southern Ocean currents are squeezed between South America’s southern tip and Antarctica’s northernmost reaches. Its stormy waters and icy conditions often made the journey around Cape Horn a difficult one, though the stabilizer-equipped ‘Le Boreal’ handles it easily. The krill-rich waters of the Drake Passage are a particular favorite with marine mammals and seabirds. As you travel in the comfort of your luxury cruiser, enjoy several enriching lectures every day by leading experts on topics spanning Antarctica, from birdlife and geology to photography and history. After lunch, join your naturalists on the deck to look for various species of whales and abundant seabirds, all just a taste of the wildlife you will encounter in the days to come. Later in the evening, chat with experts about the wildlife spotted today and discuss the next day’s itinerary.


Days 5 - 9: Antarctica

As the Antarctic Peninsula and its offshore islands appear on the horizon, a sense of excitement begins to build. While day-to-day itineraries depend on the weather, water and wildlife conditions, two excursions are carefully planned for each day by the captain and expedition leader. Each cruise day begins with an early breakfast. Afterward, venture out in swift Zodiacs — guided by expert drivers and accompanied by lecturers, in groups of no more than 12 guests — to a number of sites, which may include the penguin-filled islands in the South Shetlands of Half Moon, Penguin or Deception; islands off the continental coastline such as Cuverville, Paulet or Vortex; and, weather permitting, the fabled Antarctic Peninsula. ‘Le Boreal’ also plans to sail through Paradise Bay and the Lemaire Channel, referred to as “Kodak Alley” for its stunning, camera-ready vistas of towering icebergs and deep blue waters. After a morning exploring native species and striking terrain, return to ‘Le Boreal’ for lunch and perhaps some time to relax and scan the wildlife rich waters that surround you. In the afternoon, set out for the day’s second excursion, which may include a visit to a scientific research station, the remains of turn-of-the- century whaling and sealing stations, a sheltered beach teeming with basking elephant seals or simply circumnavigating colossal icebergs that serve as floating homes to seals and penguins. Return to your cruiser to relax and chat over cocktails in the cozy, comfortable lounge and enjoy dinner in the dining room. Afterward, you may choose to recap the day's discoveries with your naturalist guides or enjoy time on deck, taking photos in the stunning low light characteristic of Antarctica’s long, ethereal twilight.


Days 10 - 11: Drake Passage

Bid farewell to wondrous Antarctica and begin your cruise back to Ushuaia. The ship’s return through the Drake Passage is an interlude for recap and reflection, with time to compare notes with your expert lecturers on the wildlife, history and geology of the White Continent. Spend time on board with newfound friends in the comfortable common spaces of ‘Le Boreal,’ relax in your spacious cabin and absorb the fascinating lectures by your excellent expedition team. While cruising through this historic passage, you may spot various species of whales and seabirds such as skuas and albatrosses. The latter are an especially beautiful sight to behold — these birds boast a wingspan of 11.5 feet on average, using their powerful wings to glide through the air for hours at a time in search of food.

Day 12: Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

‘Le Boreal’ docks at Ushuaia this morning, where after breakfast you bid farewell to the expedition staff and ship’s crew and disembark. Afterward, transfer to the airport to board your flight home via Buenos Aires.



* Itinerary may be subject to change

Only show rates under
$ X
Please note that availability is updated about once a week.
Per Person USD
Rates 2015-2016
Cat 1 - Classic
Cat 2 - Deluxe
Cat 3 - Premier
Cat 4 - Superior
Cat 5 - Premier Suite
Cat 6 - Prestige
Cat 7 - Prestige 2-Room
Cat 8 - Owner's Suite
Save $3,000 Cat 1-3 (Prices in Red)
Expires Mar 31st 2015
Save $3,500 Cat 1-3 (Prices in Red)
Expires Mar 31st 2015
- Very Limited Availability -
Save $2,500 Cat 1-3 (Prices in Red)
Expires Mar 31st 2015
- Very Limited Availability -
Save $3,000 Cat 1-3 (Prices in Red)
Expires Mar 31st 2015
No trips meet your criteria. Please increase the budget above to view more results.
Click on the tour dates in the left column to view a trip itinerary. Point MOUSE at Cabin Category to view DETAILED description.

Rates are per person based on double occupancy. Single cabin prices are 1.5 times the cost of the appropriate cabin prices listed above except Cat 5-8 which are 2x the price listed above. Triple Rates Upon Request.

There is no share option available on this ship.  In addition, singles are not entitled to Early Booking Discounts.  Cat 5 and Cat 7 Cabins are available for 3 or 4 people.