LE BOREAL 11/21-12/7 2022
As a preface, this is exceedingly long because it aims to answer the questions that I had when I was researching this once in a lifetime trip (for most of us) in addition to providing an actual trip report.
Unpacking and organizing right off is key. Suitcases (the 25” Travelpro ultralights with the wheeled duffle nesting inside) just barely fit under the bed. Compared to other ships I’ve been on, these are small rooms. We have a standard size cabin, #528 (on the port side). Surprisingly has a lot of storage, so it fit all our clothes (we had a month’s worth since we were traveling before the expedition). 2 large, deep drawers with another 3 small drawers in the closet and 2 in the bathroom. It’s genius that the WC is separate from the shower and bathroom. Bottom line, I was needlessly worried about the “small” size of the room. I had considered booking a larger suite, and it would have been an unnecessary added expense. The standard size room is plenty big enough and quite comfortable all said. They gave us plenty of hangars so it really was ok. Phew!!
Balcony is a must in my opinion. Most importantly, it is wonderful to step outside now and then and catch a bit of cold air, take photos of the sunset, and watch/photograph all the sea birds. The balcony was also super helpful for me the day I felt ill. As a bonus, when you’re on the correct side of the boat for things of interest that the Captain points out, it takes the effort out of having to get all your gear, etc.