Le Boreal

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Le Boreal: A&K Luxury Antarctic Cruise Ship


After a busy day tour in Ushuaia and a traditional Patagonian lunch in Las Hayas Hotel, we were finally heading to the Ushuaia Port to board the A&K Antarctic cruise Le Boreal!!! Landing on the Antarctic Continent seems so surreal and yet is within reach in just a few days!!! Yeah~~~

Boarding Le Boreal

Boarding Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia, Argentina | FollowPanda.COM

January 6, 2014: We boarded the ship shortly after 4pm. Each passenger is allowed one checked luggage and one carry-on. The checked luggage was already on the ship this morning while we did our city tour. As for the carry-ons, nobody really checked to see if you carried more than one. I saw many women with one carry-on and one handbag or men with one carry-on and one camera backpack, as seen behind me in this photo.

Boarding Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia, Argentina | FollowPanda.COM

January 6, 2014: Go up the stairs, shake hands with the Captain, and get ready to see my cabin!

Boarding Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia, Argentina | FollowPanda.COM

January 6, 2014: All passengers were expected to be on board by 18:00. After everyone got familiarized with their rooms and participated in the emergency Abandon Ship drill, the ship departed at 20:00 from Ushuaia to our next destination Falkland Islands!!

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January 6, 2014: emergency drill on the first day we boarded Le Boreal, in case the ship needs to be abandoned.

Boarding Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia, Argentina | FollowPanda.COM

January 6, 2014: After the emergency drill, most of us gathered on deck 6 swimming pool to enjoy the last few minutes of sunny breaks that Ushuaia had offered, while drinking away glass after glass of champagne. OMG, we already started drinking!!! Dinner followed afterward at 19:30 and late night snacks at 22:00.

Today Itinerary

Le Boreal Latitude is a daily activity schedule on board. It also tells you the sunrise and sunset times, in case you want to take photographs.

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January 6, 2014: Latitude front

Latitude - Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

January 6, 2014: Latitude back

Le Boreal Cabin & Stateroom Review

Cabin Room on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

January 6, 2014: My stateroom on deck 3. It's so amazing!


Every room on Le Boreal, no matter which deck you’re on, comes with a king-sized bed, private toilet, private shower, and even an outdoor private balcony! Le Boreal is the only Antarctic ship that has private balcony in every single room. There are a total of 7 decks. The cabins (stateroom) are located from deck 3 (small room; cheaper) to deck 6 (bigger room with more furniture and amenities; more expensive). I stayed on deck 3, and I don’t regret it. I found out if you tend to suffer sea sickness, then I’ll recommend you to stay on deck 3 or 4, since the middle level of the ship doesn’t swing as much as upper decks (5 and 6)!!! Plus, the lower decks (3 and 4) give you a better photographing perspective when photo-shooting whales! You feel you’re much closer to whales on deck 3. On upper decks your camera aims downward to photograph whales; whereas on lower decks your camera aim more horizontally which renders more depth and incorporates more Antarctic scenery in the background (eg, floating icebergs, ice-covered mountains, clouds, sunset, etc).

Deck 3 cabin amenities include TV, iPod docking station, heat/air conditioning control, a sofa chair, a table, and two chairs on balcony. Deck 3 bathroom comes equipped with a shower, hair dryer, bathrobes, and toiletry (toilet paper, shampoo and conditioning, shower gel, body lotion, hand soaps, shower caps). You have to bring your own toothbrush, toothpaste, and shaver.

Electric voltage is 110V/220V. There is only one North-America style socket on deck 3; the rest of the sockets are Argentine style. I brought a plug converter, so that I have one for my laptop and one to charge my camera and smartphone.

Laundry services, internet, and long-distance phone calls are not included on cruise fare and will be charged to your credit card. The currency onboard is Euro (not USD).

If you have any questions about Le Boreal rooms, please leave a comment below.

Cabin Room on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

January 6, 2014: Although deck 3 room is the cheapest room on Le Boreal, it still comes with a king-sized bed, private bath, private toilet, and private balcony. The bathroom has a glass panel, which you can either close or leave open to let everyone else in your room to see. ò.ó

Cabin Room Toilet on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

January 6, 2014: Private toilet on deck 3 cabin. The toilet features high vacuum suction to suck away the smelling content; however, it can get plugged easily. The Captain and his crew engineers will remind you this on the first day you board the ship. You will be informed not to throw anything bulky down the toilet.

Cabin Room Bath on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

January 6, 2014: Private shower on deck 3 cabin, separate from the toilet. This is viewed from the bed through a glass panel.

Cabin Room Bath on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

January 6, 2014: Private shower on deck 3 cabin.

Cabin Room on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

January 6, 2014: Deck 3 cabin with fresh fruits and bottle water.


Le Boreal Deck Floor Plan & Amenity Review


Deck 2 aft: La Licorne Restaurant (open seating)
Deck 3 aft: Grand Salon (bar, café, live music), gift shop
Deck 3 central: reception desk
Deck 3 forward: medical centre
Deck 4 aft: lecture theatre
Deck 5 aft: gym, sauna, steam room, massage, hair dresser, games & activity rooms
Deck 6 aft: La Boussole Restaurant (buffet style), swimming pool
Deck 6 forward: Observation Bar, library, internet station
Deck 7 aft: Open Air Bar, zodiac boats

DECK 2

La Licorne Restaurant on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

Deck 2 aft La Licorne Restaurant: this is a formal restaurant where you order meals from a menu and are served by waiters.

DECK 3

Reception Desk on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

Deck 3 central is the Reception Desk.

Reception Desk on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

Deck 3 Reception Desk was very quiet in early morning. I woke up to see Antarctic sunrise around 3:30am.

Reception Desk on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

Deck 3 Reception Desk

Gift Shop on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

Deck 3 aft Gift Shop

Grand Salon on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

Deck 3 aft Grand Salon: This is a bar with live music for the afternoon tea, coffee, martini, dessert, snacks, appetizers, etc. Grand Salon is one of the three bars on Le Boreal luxury Antarctic cruise ship. This bar on deck 3 is where the afternoon tea and snacks are served. For many of us, it's more like afternoon martini. :-) All drinks are inclusive in cruise fare. How nice. :D

Grand Salon on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

Deck 3 aft Grand Salon with live music

Grand Salon on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

Some decorations on deck 3 aft Grand Salon

Grand Salon on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

Some decorations on deck 3 aft Grand Salon

Grand Salon on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

Coffee and small bites on deck 3 aft Grand Salon

Grand Salon Panoramic Photography on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

Panoramic view of deck 3 aft Grand Salon

Grand Salon Panoramic Photography on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

Panoramic view of deck 3 aft Grand Salon

Grand Salon on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

Grand Salon performance stage on deck 3

Grand Salon on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

Grand Salon on deck 3 for afternoon tea, or afternoon martini for many of us!! All drinks are inclusive in cruise fare.

Grand Salon on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

Grand Salon on deck 3

DECK 4

Lecture Theatre on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

Deck 4 Lecture Theatre: Seminars are given throughout the cruise on topics such as Antarctic history & treaty, Shackleton Exploration, Antarctic wildlife and climate changes, penguins and seals species, photography techniques, etc. Newly released movies are also played here for your entertainment.

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Deck 4 Lecture Theatre

Lecture Theatre on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

Deck 4 Lecture Theatre

Lecture Theatre on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

Waiting area outside the deck 4 Lecture Theatre.

DECK 5

Activity Room on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

Deck 5 Activity Area has a photoshop, a game room with wii station, a meeting room, and other amenities (sauna, steam room, massage room, hair dresser, gym). This is also where we review the daily zodiac excursion photos taken by Le Boreal photographers.

Massage & Hair Salon on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

Reception desk for massage and hair salon on deck 5 of Le Boreal luxury Antarctic cruise ship.

Gym on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

Gym with treadmills and bicycles on deck 5.

Gym on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

Weight lifting machine on deck 5.

DECK 6

Observation Lounge on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

Deck 6 forward Observation Bar has a bar, lounge, library, internet station, and live piano music.

Observation Bar & Lounge on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

Deck 6 forward Observation Bar and Lounge.

Library & Internet on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

Deck 6 forward Library and Internet Stations. You can borrow books from the library for free. The internet is not included in the cruise fare. You have to pay to access to the internet, and the internet on an open sea is extremely slow and not reliable. It can take minutes or even hours to send and receive emails!!! The internet fee is based on minutes and very very VERY EXPENSIVE!

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Deck 6 forward Observation Deck, just outside the Observation Lounge.

La Boussole Restaurant on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

Deck 6 aft La Boussole Restaurant serves meal in buffet style for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

La Boussole Restaurant on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

Deck 6 aft La Boussole Restaurant.

Swimming Pool on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Scotia Sea, Falkland Islands | FollowPanda.COM

Deck 6 aft heated swimming pool. I didn't see anyone use the swimming pool during the entire trip. We had too many activities to do on board! Depending on the weather, we had two zodiac excursions per day. During non-zodiac sailing days, we had lectures, movies, wildlife viewing, and alcohols (lots of it).

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Sun bath by the deck 6 pool.

DECK 7

Open Air Bar on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

Deck 7 aft Open Air Bar, overlooking the swimming pool down in deck 6. This Open Air Bar was closed throughout our trip to Antarctica. It wasn't a popular bar due to low temperature and cold wind. Most people went to the indoor bars (deck 3 Grand Salon and deck 6 Observation Lounge) for alcoholic drinks.

Zodiac Boat on Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Antarctica | FollowPanda.COM

Deck 7 zodiac.

Le Boreal Food & Meal Review

Meal Schedule
Breakfast 08:00 – 10:00
Lunch 12:30 – 14:00
Afternoon Tea 16:00 – 17:00
Dinner 19:30 – 21:00
Late Night Snacks 22:00 – 23:00

Meals are served in buffet style on Deck 6 La Boussole (all you can eat!) or in formal restaurant served by waiters with ordering menus on Deck 2 La Licorne. Menus are changed daily with different national cuisine for lunch and dinner. If you want to sample a bit of everything, go to deck 6 buffet. The afternoon tea is served on Deck 3 Grand Salon and Deck 6 Observation Lounge with coffee, tea, cookies, small appetizers, small sandwiches, popcorn, chips, nuts & snacks, and of course martinis if you want! It’s all inclusive. All onboard gratuity is also already included in cruise fare. The advantage of having all-inclusive cruise is you don’t have to worry about keeping track of how much you’ve spent on board, so you can fully enjoy the scenery and activities of this once in a lifetime journey to the Antarctic Continent.

When you’re on Le Boreal, you’re virtually eating and drinking all the time the whole day!! There is no shortage of foods or drinks. Lots of foods with great selections.

Gentoo Penguin & Le Boreal Antarctic Cruise Ship - Bleaker Island, Falkland Islands | FollowPanda.COM

A Gentoo penguin looking at Le Boreal.

Back to Ushuaia Argentina to read other destinations of the trip.

2 thoughts on “Le Boreal

    • When the ship is not sailing on the ocean, you have two landings per day. One in the morning and one in the afternoon. Each landing takes about 60 to 90 minutes where you walk along beaches to see wildlife.

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