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

THE PONANT EXPEDITION TEAM

Made up of captivating and enthusiastic expedition leaders, naturalist guides, and experts, the Ponant expedition team will unlock the doors to pristine natural spots. During the outings on Zodiac® boats and onboard talks, the team will give you the key to discover points of interest and wildlife sightings, understand the traditions and ways of life of locals, and get up close and personal with this remote region.

SMALL BOAT LANDINGS*

Each day, based on ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader will suggest Zodiac® outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula: glaciers, ice floe, tabletop icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry.

The sturdy boats enable both water-based exploration and safe landings in otherwise inaccessible areas. You’ll need to be fairly agile to board these, but there’s otherwise no need to worry about traveling in them. In Antarctica it’s mandatory to use rubber boots for all landings, so these will be provided to you. Landing operations depend on favorable conditions.


 

EXPEDITION LEADERS

The ship’s experienced expedition leaders and lecturers command an in-depth knowledge of Antarctica and offer a rich program of included activities designed to immerse you in our destination. On a regular basis, they’ll conduct informative lectures on topics such as biology, history, and geology throughout the voyage. The lecture schedule will be announced every day in the onboard Daily Program. Expedition leaders like José Sarica bring your newfound knowledge to life in the field via the daily landings.

MEET JOSE


 

RESIDENT PHOTOGRAPHERS

Le Boreal’s onboard photographer will be there to assist you in the use of your photo equipment and to help improve your photo skills to successfully capture the White Continent. You’ll also have the option to purchase all the photographs the staff photographers capture during the voyage on a DVD that retraces the entire story of the trip, complete with interviews with lecturers, naturalists, and the Captain. A stunning photographic “Best Of” includes all the highlights.

MEET NATHALIE


 

THE FRENCH TOUCH OF PONANT

As the only French cruise company, Ponant is an ambassador of the “French Touch” around the world. With French crew, discrete service, refined cuisine, and partners that embody the same spirit of excellence and refinement, Ponant does their utmost to maintain a unique cruising philosophy.

FRENCH CREW

The French Touch means, above all, a French crew to welcome you and ensure your comfort and well-being throughout your cruise. In an atmosphere of elegant luxury, you’ll find 5-Star Service onboard. It’s a unique travel experience that’s simultaneously authentic and refined.


 

A FRENCH WAY OF LIVING

The French Touch also means a way of living in which excellent gastronomy takes pride of place. Every day you’ll discover fragrant flavors, carefully selected cheeses and wines, and delicious specialty breads & pastries from Maison LenôtreMaison Taillevent provides its fine selection of vintage wines by the glass, Maison Veuve Clicquot champagne is served at our gala cocktails, and delicious sweets from Ladurée bakery are on offer during afternoon teatime.


 

PRESTIGIOUS PARTNERS

Finally, the French Touch is also evident in Ponant’s choice of partners whose expertise and passion for their work is in line with VACAYA’s quest for excellence: interior design by Jean Philippe Nuel, fabrics by Pierre Frey, delicate flavours from Le Palais des ThésHermès bath products in all staterooms and suites, spa care products by Sothy’s, and signature perfumes from Fragonard.


 

 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.
*A note about small boat landings:

As privileged guests in these extreme lands, we’re at the mercy of weather and ice conditions. Landings on certain sites and the observation of certain wildlife cannot be guaranteed; they vary from day to day, making each Ponant cruise a unique experience. The Captain and Expedition Leader will make every effort to ensure your experience is as rich as possible, while complying with the safety rules and instructions imposed by the IAATO

 


 

This trip will change your very core. You know what to do…

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