Built 2010, Fincantieri Ancona, Italy
Tonnage 10 700 GT
Length 142 m
Width 18 m
Draft 4,7 m
Ice class 1C
Diesels, combined 6 400 kW
1 bow thruster
Speed 16 knots
Le Boréal is the newest addition to the fleet of the France-based luxury-yacht cruising brand Compagnie du Ponant. The sleek exterior was designed by Stirling Design, Nantes, while the chic interiors are by Jean-Philippe Nuel. The company website for Le Boréal has an attractive array of pictures from the inside of the ship. An interesting detail on the exterior is that the anchors are only for decoration; the ship is equipped with a dynamic positioning system that makes the usage of ancors unnescessary.
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Le Boréal passing Kustaanmiekka strait after departing from her maiden call in Helsinki on 10 July 2010. She departed relatively early and resultingly the lighting in these pictures, taken from Kustaanmiekka itself, is less than ideal. I've done my best to improve this, but there's only so much you can do.