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Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Le Boreal (CDP)
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Voyage across Spitsbergen, the closest island to the North Pole, during this incredible 8-day Arctic Cruise on the luxury vessel ship, Le Boreal! During your journey, join an expert team of naturalist-guides in discovering the Norwegian coastline as you sail between magnificent icecaps, fjords, icebergs, and glaciers while watching for Arctic wildlife.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Norway
Day 2 : Bellsund Fjord
Day 3 : Magdalena Bay
Day 4 : Northwest National Park
Day 5 : Monaco Glacier
Day 6 : Northwest National Park
Day 7 : Ny Alesund / Cross Fjord
Day 8 : Disembark in Longyearbyen

Highlights

  • Sail through the incredible scenery of steep fjords and massive glaciers
  • Climb the Gullybreen glacier if weather permits
  • Hike and watch wildlife in Northwest National Park
  • Visit Ny Alesund, starting point for many major Arctic expeditions

Ship

Le Boreal (CDP)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Embark in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Norway

Fly from Paris to Longyearbyen and embark the Le Boreal between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Then set sail for your journey around Spitsbergen!

* Round trip airfare from/to Paris-Longyearbyen is included in the cruise price.

Day 2 Bellsund Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day admiring and exploring the breathtaking panorama surrounding Bellsund Fjord. As you pass the steep fjords and massive glaciers, follow the steps of the first Norwegian explorers to traverse the archipelago. The two arms of the fjord open into two green valleys that are home to beluga whales, puffins, bearded seals, and polar bears. Bellsund Fjord provides a naturally wild and dazzling background that perfectly displays the beauty of the Arctic summer.

Day 3 Magdalena Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you sail towards the ice floe, enter Magdalena Bay, where you encounter the magnificent Gullybreen, a glacier you may have the opportunity to climb. Then join the team of naturalists in watching for walruses and other marine mammals.

Day 4 Northwest National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Journey across the fjord, glacier and beach-filled islands of Northwest National Park, where Willhelm Barentz first landed on Svalbard in 1596. Spend the day hiking and enjoying the natural delights and wildlife that live in the park.

Day 5 Monaco Glacier

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day hiking and watching for wildlife on Monaco Glacier, one of the most northern parts of Spitsbergen!

Day 6 Northwest National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you travel north, stop to walk around and admire the amazing views in Northwest National Park.

Day 7 Ny Alesund / Cross Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Ny Alesund is a fascinating former mining town that has transitioned into a scientific base. The town was founded in 1916, and was a departure point for many Arctic expeditions, including those led by the famous Roald Amundsen. Be sure to check out the Ny Alesund's famous Post Office - it's considered to be the most northerly on the globe!

After visiting the town, sail to Cross Fjord, which is beautifully made up of plutonic rocks and tundra. Take advantage of the light of the Midnight Sun to admire the flowers that cover the Arctic mountain sides at the heart of the fourteen alpine glaciers that make up Cross Fjord. Be sure to keep a look out for the many wildlife species that live on and around the remote fjord.

Day 8 Disembark in Longyearbyen

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in Longyearbyen in the morning and take a panoramic tour of the city before transferring to the airport to fly to Paris.

* Round trip airfare from/to Paris-Longyearbyen is included in the cruise price.

Le Boreal (CDP)

Per person starting at
$7,130
Superior Stateroom
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Superior Stateroom
8 cabins, 226 sq ft, located on Le Champollion Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area and private bath.
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Deluxe Stateroom
28 cabins, 200 sq ft with private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
Deck 4, 200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
Deck 5, 200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
Deck 6, 200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Deluxe Suites
3 suites, 290 sq ft with 54 sq ft private balcony, located on the Le France Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, desk, minibar, private bath.
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Prestige Suite - Deck 5
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
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Prestige Suite - Deck 6
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
Owner's Suite
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Owners Suite
1 suite, 484 sq ft with 97 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living, dining areas, private bath with large tub and shower, minibar, 2 flat screen TVs, DVD, CD, and IPOD, Video on demand, Satellite phon

Notes

Children Welcome:
- Flexible, or connecting staterooms
- Baby-sitting service on request
- Children's menus, fun tea parties, games, piano lessons and a host of other activities
- Special kids' rates

Please Note:
Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.

Air Package Includes:
• Flights Paris/Longyearbyen/Paris in economy class, on European airlines
• Meet and Greet by representatives at the destination airport
• Transfer airport/pier, half-day excursion by coach, with an English speaking guide

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
• All meals while on board the ship
• Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
• Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, a selection of white, red and rosé wines offered during meals; afternoon tea
• Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
• Evening entertainment and events
• Luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa
• 24h room service (special selection)
• Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team.
• Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
• Park entry fees into protected areas

Cruise fares do not include:
• Airport taxes (subject to modification)
• Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
• Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure; please ask for more information
• Optional shore excursions
• Beverages other than the ones mentioned
• Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
• Personal expenses, on board medical consultations, and drug prescriptions
• Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
• Visa, disembarkation taxes, environmental taxes and/or national park fees if applicable

These voyages include activities such as Zodiac landings (sometimes with "wet landing"), zodiac outings, moderate walks to more active hikes. All this accompanied by an expedition team of naturalist guides. Certain zodiac outings will not allow for landings just cruising. Landings will depend on weather conditions, position of ice and winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time.

Taking into consideration the unusual and exceptional character of this itinerary, the calls shown are an indication only. The final route will be confirmed by the Captain of the ship, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. Their decision will be subject to that of local authorities and the expert pilots present on board during the navigation in the Arctic zone.

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  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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