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Le Boreal

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Capacity: 200

Crew: 140

Cabins: 112

Tonnage: 10,9944 t

Length: 142 m

Beam: 18 m

Draft: 4.7 m

Speed: 14 knots

Guest Decks: 6

 

 

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December 6–17, 2022
Ponant Cruises Le Boreal

11 nights roundtrip from/to Buenos Aires, Argentina

Antarctica Vacaya Luxury Gay Cruise 2022A Once-in-a-Lifetime All-LGBT+ Luxury Adventure to the End of the Earth! The most remote continent on Earth is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. No matter where you’ve been or what you’ve seen on previous travels, Antarctica is different from every other destination on the planet. Here, in the midst of the great Southern Ocean, you’ll find nature at its most magnificent. Make history with VACAYA yet again as we host the first all-LGBT+ full-ship charter to Antarctica on the most thrilling journey of all time! We’re sailing one of the world’s most luxurious expedition ships – Le Boreal from Ponant, which provides the perfect home-away-from-home for 10 adventure-filled days and nights in Antarctica.

For those who’ve traveled all over the world but are still missing this elusive final continent, this is your chance to add #7 to the list!

 

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• 11-Nights / 12-Days of non-stop adventure

• Discover Buenos Aires

• All-LGBT+ full-ship charter

• The 7th continent is all yours

• Breathtaking Landscapes

• Astonishing Wildlife

• Passionate Nature Experts

• An Explosion of Whites, Blues, and Turquoise

• Cherished Lifelong Memories

 

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Meet The Penguins

In Antarctica you’ll see thousands of penguins eagerly nesting and feeding during the short summer months. There’s also a rich variety of mammals. Since they haven’t been hunted for decades, most species are more curious than afraid of humans. There’s also an abundance of birds, with the mighty Albatross as the king of the sky. During the austral summer, Antarctica’s shores are a feeding ground for thousands of whales. You can also see the torpedo-like leopard seal patrolling the shorelines, and the singing humpback whale as it acrobatically breaches the water.

But before we get to Antarctica, we get to explore one of the greatest cities in the world together… BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA!

 

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Discover Buenos Aires

Our journey begins under the warm summer sun of one of the world’s most exciting cities, the “Paris of South America” – Buenos Aires, Argentina. We’ll all meet up here for an overnight in this bustling town of beautiful people, delicious delicacies, and unique neighborhoods. Live your Evita dreams as you stroll past the Casa Rosada or visit her grave in Recoleta, sit in a churrascaria and enjoy the best steaks on the planet, or grab a tasty empanada to go as you stroll through La Boca or San Telmo.

Your Dec 6 hotel is included in your VACAYA vacation package, but if this is your first time to Argentina, we HIGHLY recommend staying a couple extra days before or after our cruise to explore this cosmopolitan gem.

 

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Magnificent Luxury on the 5-Star Le Boreal

Le Boreal is one of the most luxurious expedition ships on the planet – a 5-star, perfectly-appointed vessel made for kings and queens and queens. Subtly combining luxury, intimacy, and serene well-being, Le Boreal has been designed to offer her guests both moments of conviviality and spaces conducive to peaceful tranquility and a sense of escape and getting away from it all. She is exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages to Antarctica.

With a maximum capacity of 200 passengers, Le Boreal will allow us to explore this virtually untouched land rich in wildlife in small, intimate groups, all in an atmosphere of undeniable luxury and casual elegance.

 

Le Boreal pool

 

Marina
(Deck 2) – Each of our landings on Antarctica will start and end here, on the ship's platform that enables easy access to the Zodiac outings with our Expedition Team.

La Licorne Gastronomic Restaurant
(Deck 2) Located aft, prepare to indulge in the very best of French and international cuisine.

Main Lounge
(Deck 3) A perfect place to relax during the day and join VACAYA Piano Bar Sing-Alongs at night.

 

Le Boreal interior

 

Excursion Desk
(Deck 3) Find information and book optional excursions (like the optional Sea Kayak adventure for 350 Euro) and activities.

Theater
(Deck 4) Both Ponant and VACAYA entertainers bring this beautiful venue roaring to life.

Gym
(Deck 5) The ship features a well-equipped gym with panoramic ocean views.

 

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Hammam
(Deck 5) Relax those muscles with a massage or in the thermal sauna with friends.

Pool
(Deck 6) Who’ll brave a dip in the ship’s pool? If you’re not that adventurous, there’s plenty of comfortable seating around to watch all the antics.

La Boussole Grill Restaurant
(Deck 6) Enjoy breakfasts, buffet lunches, and themed dinners in a relaxed atmosphere here.

Panoramic Lounge & Library
(Deck 6) You’ll spend lots of time on the upper decks as you view in awe all that surrounds us. There’s also a fantastic Library here with myriad books about Antarctica.

 

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Built For Expeditions

Le Boreal is purpose built as an expedition vessel with a higher ice-class and advanced navigation tools that allow her to ply Earth’s polar regions. We believe that as an explorer you need an “expedition base-camp” that is not only practical, but luxurious, as well – something that combines all-oceans capabilities with safety, flexibility, and environmental friendliness. Le Boreal was selected by VACAYA because she’s simply the best expedition ship imaginable.

 

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Staterooms

122 elegantly designed staterooms and spacious suites boast a warm and contemporary interior design by Jean-Philippe Nuel.

The designer took direct inspiration from the destinations and cultures explored during Ponant’s stopovers and then punctuated the design with beautiful ethnic touches.

 

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Restaurants

Faithful to Ponant’s commitment to spreading the French way of life around the world, they always pay special attention to the meals they serve throughout the day.

Ponant’s talented chefs craft high-end menus so you can enjoy the delights of a refined table. They share their passion for premium produce with guests, enriched with the inspiring flavors of the region.

 

Le Boreal deck

 

Outdoor Decks

The ship has spacious outdoor areas. They are perfect vantage points to sit back, relax, and watch this fascinating new world glide by.

 

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Lounges & Bars

Different lounges enable our guests to socialize and share moments together during their cruise. Our ship features the Main Lounge, an ideal place to meet over a drink and watch daytime or evening events; the Panoramic Lounge, an intimate piano bar with a unique view of the horizon; and the outdoor bar, a relaxation area with access to the pool and solarium. The main lounge can accommodate all guests for VACAYA’s social activities both day and night.

 

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Theater

The theater seats all guests and is equipped with the latest sound and lighting technology. This will be the showcase venue for VACAYA’s and Ponant’s entertainment line-up, who are all complements to the true star of this voyage, Antarctica.

 

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Library

With education a big part of any expedition to Antarctica, the ship has a well-stocked selection of books on different topics that will enrich your experience.

 

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Hammam, Gym & Wellness

Le Boreal offers a gym, hammam, and outdoor pool, available to all guests. Opening hours will be announced onboard.

 

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Antarctica Luxury All-Gay Cruise 2022 Itinerary

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December 8, 2022 - Boarding starts at 5 PM.
December 17, 2022 - Disembarkation at 8 AM.

 

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Day 1 - Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Our adventure starts with an overnight in one of the greatest cities in the world, Buenos Aires, Argentina! Tonight’s 4-star hotel is part of your package and the night is all yours to mix and mingle with fellow guests as we all prepare for the adventure of a lifetime!

 

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Day 2 - Wednesday, December 7, 2022
The Adventure Begins - Flight to Ushuaia

This morning, we all fly together from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia (flight included with your purchase), where we’ll board Le Boreal. Settle in and get ready for two extraordinary days crossing the Drake Passage. Seafarers have navigated these tricky waters for centuries and now you’ll follow in their footsteps as we make our way to the Antarctic Peninsula. Boarding 5 PM.

 

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Day 3 - Thursday, December 8, 2022
Our First Sea Day - The Drake Crossing

Will we have the Drake Lake or the Drake Quake today? Only time (and sea conditions) will tell. But either way, today will be all about enjoying our ship, fellow adventurers, and preparing for our first steps on the continent.

 

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Day 4 - Friday, December 9, 2022
Traveling With Responsibility

Today, our Antarctic Expedition Team will lead in-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology, and culture to provide context to our voyage and help us understand the unique destination we’re about to experience. You’ll also learn how to make your visit as safe and as sustainable as possible. We’re getting close now and both the sea and the sky will change dramatically. Icebergs – both large and small – begin to appear and if we’re lucky, we’ll get to see lenticular clouds, which are only seen with any regularity over Antarctica and are a true otherworldly sight to behold.

 

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Day 5 - Saturday, December 10, 2022
The Antarctic Peninsula

So few people have had the opportunity to actually walk on Antarctica. Today, you make history by becoming one of the lucky few who’ve had the chance to explore this land of extremes. Antarctica never fails to inspire awe and wonder, with white horizons above oceans full of icebergs and whales. Perhaps even more awe-inspiring will be your encounters with the huge colonies of penguins.

 

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Day 6 - Sunday, December 11, 2022
The Antarctic Peninsula

Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout your adventure in this icy realm, you’ll find yourself surrounded in spectacular shades of blue and white, with exceptional wildlife all around you. Penguins, humpback whales, seals, and giant petrels are at home here, as are elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orcas.

 

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Day 7 - Monday, December 12, 2022
The Antarctic Peninsula

Le Boreal’s Captain decides where we go today. No matter where we land, you’re sure to see sights you’ve never seen before, and there’s no more humbling a feeling than that. Think about this for one second… at times, you will be the first man, woman, or non-binary person in history to walk on that bit of earth. How’s that for life changing?

 

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Day 8 - Tuesday, December 13, 2022
The Antarctic Peninsula

Our Expedition Team will lead ice-cruising and landings at every opportunity to come ashore and explore the impressive Antarctic scenery. From deck, there are great chances to spot whales. Of course, this is true wilderness, so nature is in charge, but our experienced Captain will work with the elements to create the best possible itinerary for our adventure.

 

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Day 9 - Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Our Final Day in Antarctica

Your entire view of our planet and of your place on it will have evolved completely by this day. Take in the wonder and the incredible beauty one last time. If we’re lucky, perhaps we’ll get the chance to visit the Penguin Post Office in Port Lockroy, Antarctica today. It was built back in 1944 and hasn’t changed much since. This is an actual working Post Office where you very well might be able to send truly unique postcards to friends and family from the bottom of the earth!

 

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Day 10 - Thursday, December 15, 2022
We Begin The Journey Home

After exploring this exhilarating continent, we set course back to civilization. Spend the day at sea recapping your experiences, having fun onboard, or just relaxing on deck, spotting the many sea birds which follow our ship.

 

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Day 11 - Friday, December 16, 2022
Navigating The Drake

After 10 days of adventure, you’ll have stories and memories that’ll last a lifetime. Today is our last full day together, so make the most of it no matter where the day takes you.

 

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Day 12 - Saturday, December 17, 2022
Arrival in Ushuaia, Argentina

Today, our journey together comes to an end as we all fly from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires’ National Jorge Newbery Airport (AEP, flight included). From there, there’s no telling where you’ll go! Buenos Aires is one of the world’s great cities and it’s a warm summer weekend! We highly recommend staying a few extra days to explore on your own.

 

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Voyage of Discovery

We recognize this adventure will be expensive for most, but we’ve layered in quite a few inclusions that will hopefully make it irresistible to global explorers. And obviously it’s difficult for us to put a true value on this experience. As a wise man once said, “The person who is able to express the feeling of being in Antarctica in words has probably not been there.” Minus all superlatives and by every account, this trip will be life-changing.

 

Our pricing includes all of the following:

• Accommodations for 11 Nights (1-night pre-cruise hotel & 10 nights aboard Le Boreal)

• 4-Star Hotel:
- 1- night pre-cruise in Buenos Aires, Argentina Dec 6

• Flights (approximately 3.5 hours):
- From Buenos Aires (AEP) to Ushuaia (USH) Dec 7
- From Ushuaia (USH) to Buenos Aires (AEP) Dec 17

• Transfers:
- From our Buenos Aires Hotel to AEP Airport to catch our charter flight to Ushuaia Dec 7
- From USH Airport to Le Boreal Dec 7
- From Le Boreal to USH Airport Dec 17

• Breakfast at our Pre-Cruise Host Hotel on the morning of Dec 7

• All meals onboard

• Standard Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Beverages (top-shelf brands at additional cost)

• Daily afternoon tea and pastries

• Coffee & tea throughout the day

• 24/7 Room Service

• 24/7 Stateroom Service

• 24/7 Reception Desk

• Daily small boat landings at approved sites and onshore exploration with the expedition team

• Ice-cruising for an up-close encounter with icebergs, wildlife, and more

• Onboard WiFi (because we’ll be sailing in some of the most remote locations on earth, we will occasionally encounter limited connection and reduced bandwidth. Streaming is not supported.)

• Professional English-speaking expedition guides, lecturers, and staff photographers

• Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment needed for any included optional activities

• The VACAYA Touch
- The Vacayan Hosts
- Signature Entertainment
- Themed Cocktail Parties
- Social Activities

 

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The following services are available for an additional charge:

• Optional Shore Excursions (like kayak adventures)

• Optional Pre- and Post-Cruise Excursions

• Spa Treatments/Massages

• Salon Services

• Laundry

• Satellite Telephone Services

• Medical Services

• Commemorative voyage DVD that retraces the entire story of the trip, complete with interviews with lecturers, naturalists, and the Captain, and a stunning photographic montage from the staff photographers.

 

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Flag: France • Capacity: 200 • Tonnage: 10,944 • Length: 142 m • Beam: 18 m • Draft: 4.7 m • Speed: 14 Knots • Decks: 6 • Crew: 140

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Antarctica Luxury Gay Cruise 2022 Rates

Category Description
Price, per pers USD
Availability
SUITES
Le Boreal Owner's Suite Situated on Deck 6, Decorated by French designers, Breathtaking panoramic sea view, Individually-controlled air-conditioning, King-size bed or twin beds, Bathtub and shower, Minibar, Flat screen, Satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone,110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Butler service, Internet access wifi.
$ 27,997

Le Boreal Prestige Suite Private balcony, Individually-controlled air-conditioning, King-size bed or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen, Satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone,110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet access wifi.
$ 21,997

Le Boreal Prestige Suite Private balcony, Individually-controlled air-conditioning, King-size bed or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen, Satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone,110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet access wifi.
$ 20,997

Le Boreal Deluxe Suite Private balcony. Individually-controlled air-conditioning, King-size bed or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen, Satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone,110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet access wifi, Butler service
$ 17,997

BALCONY STATEROOMS
Le Boreal Prestige Stateroom Private balcony, Individually-controlled air-conditioning, King-size bed or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen, Satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone,110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet access wifi.
$ 12,997

Le Boreal Prestige Stateroom Private balcony, Individually-controlled air-conditioning, King-size bed or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen, Satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone,110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet access wifi.
$ 12,597

Le Boreal Prestige Stateroom Private balcony, Individually-controlled air-conditioning, King-size bed or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen, Satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone,110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet access wifi.
$ 12,197

Le Boreal Deluxe Stateroom Private balcony, Individually-controlled air-conditioning, King-size bed or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen, Satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet access wifi.
$ 10,997

Le Boreal Deluxe Stateroom Private balcony, Individually-controlled air-conditioning, King-size bed or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen, Satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet access wifi.
$ 15,997

Le Boreal Superior Stateroom Individually-controlled air-conditioning, King-size bed or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen, Satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone,110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet access wifi.
$ 14,997

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Price per person based on a double occupancy.

Prices are subject to change at any time – with or without notice.

Because of the unique nature of this cruise, adding a 3rd or 4th guest in a stateroom/suite is not ppssible on this sailing.

Port taxes and admin fees are additional 427 USD per person.

Pre-Paid Gratuities are additional 227 USD per person.

Solo guests in double stateroom pay double Gratuities and single Port & Admin Fees.

Minimum Payment Schedule
Upon booking outside of 300 Days – 10%
At 300 Days (February 9, 2022) – 25%
At 240 Days (April 10, 2022) – 50%
At 180 Days (June 9, 2022)– 75%
At 120 Days (August 8, 2022)– 100%.

Automatic Monthly Payments Option:
Your initial deposit is due at time of booking. Then, your remaining monthly payments will be calculated using the number of months between your booking and the final payment due date. Payments will be charged on the 1st day of the month, the 15th, or the last day of each month (determined automatically depending on the day of the month you book). Payments will be charged to your credit card on file.

BONUS OFFER:
Paid-in-Full Reservations made through May 31, 2021 will receive $200 off per person/$400 off for solo travelers in their own room.

Cancellation Penalties Schedule:
Upon booking through 300 Days (February 9, 2022) – 10% of total
From 299 (February 10, 2022) to 240 Days (April 10, 2022) – 20% of total
From 239 (April 11, 2022) to 180 Days (June 9, 2022) – 40% of total
From 179 (June 10, 2022) to 120 Days (August 8, 2022) – 60% of total
From 119 (August 9, 2022) to 90 Days (September 7, 2022) – 80% of total
From 89 (September 8, 2022) to 0 Days (December 6, 2022) – 100% of total

All reservations are subject to VACAYA Cancellation/Refund Policy and Terms and Conditions.

 

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