Friday 14 May 2010

Ponant launches the new Le Boreal

Innovative new luxury sailing yacht sets sail in France

Compagnie du Ponant's newest luxury cruising yacht, Le Boreal has just successfully completed her maiden voyage from Marseilles to Nice. As the fourth addition to Ponant's fleet of ships built in the style of superb mega yachts, the 132-cabin Le Boreal will offer itineraries to rare and unique ports in exhilarating destinations, from the sun-drenched Mediterranean and exotic South America to the frozen landscapes of Antarctica.

Built by the Italian Fincantieri shipyard, Le Boreal's distinct design was created by Stirling Design International in Nantes. The interiors strike the perfect balance between casual chic and relaxed elegance, combining superior materials with modern décor and unique furnishings. On board, soothing neutral tones are enlivened by splashes of red, Ponant's signature colour, linking tradition and innovation, to create personal touches in the spirit of a private yacht.

Le Boreal's staterooms and suites offer expansive sea views with modern touches such as flat screen TVs with satellite channels, video on demand, DVD, CD and iPod™ players and wi-fi connectivity. Nearly all cabins have a private balcony, while some are available as triples, or as inter-connecting cabins for families who will also enjoy the leisure area equipped with Wii™ consoles and other children's games.

With six decks, Le Boreal features an extensive range of modern and luxurious amenities. Loyal to French tradition, the haute cuisine on board is worthy of the world's finest restaurants. Everything has been done to preserve the independence of each guest to suit their personal tastes: lounges for lectures and shows, a spa in partnership with Carita™, but also more intimate spaces such as the library and internet corner. Ponant has also joined forces with brands such as Nespresso, Swarovski, Palais des Thés, Carita and Mumm to enhance the guest experience on board.

Le Boreal's eco-friendly design is "Green Ship" label certified. The ship offers ingenious features such as dynamic positioning to avoid anchoring on the seabed; an electric propulsion system that is quiet and economic and an onboard waste and sewage treatment system.

At only 142 metres long, Le Boreal's small size assures access to remote locations inaccessible to larger ships. This grants passengers an exclusive invitation to amazing sights, new cultures and secret ports. Combining the most beautiful coastline and countryside with onboard lectures gives passengers an enriched cultural experience. Select Le Boreal cruises will have special themes – such as wellness, gourmet cuisine, golf, classical music and astronomy – which are enhanced by guest hosts, relevant experts and renowned lecturers.

For further information about Compagnie du Ponant or to make a booking, please contact Travel the World on 1300 766 566 or visit

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