Why we like Le Boreal, L'Austral, Le Soleal & Le Lyrial

  • A modern, custom built expedition ship packed with cutting edge technology
  • A truly 5* experience, but without the high price tag
  • Elegant design, an intimate atmosphere and the French touch, favouring discreet service and excellent cuisine
  • By combining high comfort with adventure, they take the best aspects from both traditional cruising and small ship adventures
  • 95% of the suites have their own private balcony, a feature previously rare as hen's teeth on older polar ships
  • Passenger capacity is capped at only 200 pax for the Polar Regions, making it even more spacious onboard

Watch our Video Tour of Le Boreal, L'Austral, Le Soleal & Le Lyrial

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Alex says

This is a 'Wow' vessel - at least that's what I said on seeing the magnificent cascading glass chandelier which greets you on arrival in the reception area. Modern, custom-built, beautifully appointed and capped to just 200 people in Antarctica, she's a classy act for sure.

Alex Mudd Head of Swoop Antarctica

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What our customers think of Le Boreal, L'Austral, Le Soleal & Le Lyrial

The expedition team were outstanding. Raphael Sane is a terrific team leader. Read the full review

Travelled: March 2022

Barrett Weiss - USA

The staff on the ship were kind and helpful, and the food was delicious! Read the full review

Travelled: February 2019

Deborah Merickel - United States Of America

The range of expertise from the 15 expedition staff was vast and we had a lot of excellent talks in the theatre. The captain and the Expedition Leader were very experienced and proved successfully flexible about landing opportunities. There was an onboard dance group, two pianists, a guitarist and two singers to add to the enjoyment of the trip, as well as exercise sessions and dance lessons. Read the full review

Travelled: December 2018

Richard & Anne Abrahall - United Kingdom


Voyages aboard Le Boreal, L'Austral, Le Soleal & Le Lyrial

Special Offers:Swoop has access to the widest range of offers and can help you find the right trip, cabin, & price.

The Great Adventure: Antarctica and South Georgia

Focusing only on Antarctica and South Georgia, missing out the Falklands, this voyage is both rare and attractive. Sail first to Antarctica and then on to South Georgia at a time when the king penguins are in their greatest numbers.…

  • 16 or 18 Days
  • $12,780
Ross Sea in Luxury

Travelling onboard a modern 5* expedition ship for only 21 days, this trip makes Antarctica’s remote Ross Sea so much more accessible. While the vessel's all-inclusive creature comforts and speed make sailing days pass by comfortably, the remoteness, wildlife and…

  • 21 Days
  • $23,990
Heart of Antarctica

Trave​l​ling on board a modern, state-of-the-art 5* ship with only 200 people, this voyage combines the best of both traditional and expedition cruising. ​Spend 5 days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula in comfort. All-inclusive pricing means luxury at an affordable…

  • 11 Days
  • $12,185
Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia in Comfort

Travelling aboard a modern, custom-built expedition ship with luxury amenities, all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the adventure as you speed through the Southern Ocean. The all-inclusive price – with outstanding food – is excellent value…

  • 18-19 Days
  • $16,405

The four sister ships

The differences among the four sister ships are mainly decorative. Le Boreal launched in 2010, L'Austral in 2011, Le Soleal in 2013 and Le Lyrial in 2015. 

Le Boreal

Subtly combining luxury, intimacy and serene well-being, the ship has been designed to offer passengers moments to mingle and spaces perfect for peaceful tranquillity for the sense of escape and getting away from it all. 

With 132 staterooms and suites Le Boreal has a yacht-like feel. The rooms' interior decoration features iridescent grey tones highlighted with subtle touches of red to create the spirit of a "private yacht" experience.


Through harmonious combinations of fine materials, colours and tones, L'Austral has a unique style and veritable signature of its own. Everything has been designed to create a unique atmosphere onboard and the chic style and naturally relaxing ambiance makes it feel like a private yacht.

Elegant and intimate, this vessel has kept the number of staterooms limited to 132.

Le Soleal

Soft and gentle colours: greys and whites combining with natural wood, are the hallmarks of this vessel. Le Soléal brings to mind the looks and styles of the world of yachting, whilst at the same time adding a touch of sophistication. It has 132 staterooms.

An elegant appearance and refined interior design combine with cutting-edge technology to offer a new type of cruising: adventure in a luxury setting.  

Le Lyrial

The interior decoration of Le Lyrial is inspired by the tones and colours of its destinations: a polar ice palette made up of blues and soft, luminous grey tones.

This vessel has 122 staterooms and suites with sea views. It has slightly fewer cabins than the other ships, as deck 6 is all suites. This ship is the only one to feature the Grand Deluxe Suite cabin category. 

Cabin Categories

*Note that the above measurements are approximate averages and exact cabin size can vary

All cabins feature a flat-screen TV, individually-controlled air-conditioning, minibar, iPod Players, Hair dryers and wifi. 

Owner's Suite

  • Located on deck 6
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • Decorated by French designers
  • Breathtakting panoramic sea view
  • Spacious cabin 45m2 (484 sq.ft.) with lounge and sitting area
  • Private balcony 12m2 (129 sq.ft.)
  • Private ensuite facilities including jacuzzi
  • Minibar, flat screen

Grand Deluxe Suite

  • This cabin is only found onboard Le Lyrial
  • Located on deck 6 of Le Lyrial
  • Double bed, large windows
  • Spacious cabin 45m2 (484 sq.ft.) with lounge and sitting area
  • Private balcony 10m2 (108 sq.ft.)
  • Private ensuite facilities

Prestige Suite Deck 5 and 6

  • Located on Deck 4 and 5 with the exception cabin 615, located on deck 6
  • Double bed, large windows
  • Spacious cabin 36m2 (388 sq.ft.) with sofa
  • Private balcony 8m2 (86 sq.ft.)
  • Double private ensuite facilities

Superior Stateroom

  • Located on Deck 3
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • Spacious cabin 21m2 (226 sq.ft.) with sofa
  • Shower, minibar, flat screen

Prestige Stateroom Deck 4, 5 and 6

  • Located on deck 4
  • Double bed, large window
  • Spacious cabin 18m2 (199 sq.ft.) 
  • Private balcony 4m2 (43 sq.ft.)
  • Private ensuite facilities
Le Boreal, L'Austral, Le Soleal & Le Lyrial

Deluxe Suite

  • Located on deck 6
  • King-size bed or twin beds, large window
  • Spacious cabin 27m2 (291 sq.ft.) with sofa
  • Private balcony 6m2 (65 sq.ft.)
  • Private ensuite facilities

Deluxe Stateroom

  • Located on deck 3
  • King-size bed or twin beds, large window
  • Spacious cabin 18m2 (199 sq.ft.)
  • Private balcony 4m2 (43 sq.ft.)
  • Private ensuite facilities

Deck Plan

Onboard Communications & Facilities

If you wish to stay in touch, even in Antarctica, you can choose from the options below:

  • Internet: Available via WiFi. You can connect your personal device from anywhere on the ship subject to connection signal
  • Satellite phone (additional cost).

Please note that this is only for light data traffic. Expect a much slower connection than at home, some pages can load for minutes.

  • Plugs: European 220V two-round-pinned sockets and North American 120V two-flat-pinned sockets
  • Towels, toiletries and hair dryers
  • Laundry service (additional cost)

Find Your Antarctic Ship

Choosing the right ship is crucial, given the amount of time you'll spend on board. Swoop is experienced at helping match our customers to exactly the right ship.

Find your Antarctic ship

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With over 100 years of Antarctic experience between us, we can help guide you to exactly the right trip for you.