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Le Boreal Review

4.0 / 5.0
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It was a privilege to visit South Georgia and Antarctica with Ponant

Review for Le Boreal to Antarctica
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2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Dec 2018
Cabin: Deluxe Stateroom

For a long time I have wanted to visit Antarctica and it was a privilege to be one of comparatively few people who have visited the white continent. Friends talked us into taking a cruise which took in South Georgia and its penguin colonies are amazing. We also visited western Falklands but I wouldn't recommend it as has been too heavily farmed and the wildlife compared with South Georgia is not in the same league and it made for additional days at sea. We chose Ponant due to its reputation and competitive price. Le Boreal is a sleek but sturdy ship. The cabin was comfortable and the food excellent. It is mildly annoying to have every announcement in French then English. Luckily I can understand the former so was able to tune out the second time around. Very professional crew and experienced and charming captain. The naturalists were good in their own field of expertise but generally weak on other areas. Other activities such as daily quizzes, yoga and Zumba were well received. When the sea was calm the theatre show was very good and the entertainers in both bars were also accomplished, especially the pianist Asenili. I would visit Antarctica again, but next time with a fly/cruise. If the price and itinerary were right, I would travel with Ponant again.

Cabin Review

Deluxe Stateroom

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More space than I expected. Balcony only used for taking photographs. Separate toilet and ensuite a good feature. Plenty of hanging space.

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