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Congratulations on booking your expedition to Antarctica!


Information for passengers travelling on board Le Boreal, L’Austral, Le Soleal, Le Lyrial, Le Jaques Cartier, Le Commandant Charcot, Le Champlain, Le Bellot.

We are thrilled you will be travelling on this incredible adventure to the White Continent. Here you will find additional details that we require from you, information to help you plan for your trip as well as some ideas on other destinations you might like to visit in South America either before or after your Antarctica cruise. At any time if you wish to discuss the details or your cruise or additional travel arrangements including flights, insurance, pre and post tour travel arrangements please contact your booking agent.



Arrival in Montevideo or Ushuaia

For passengers arriving into Montevideo or Ushuaia, Day One of your itinerary is embarkation day so we recommend booking your flights in the day before. Please contact your agent to discuss flight options, accommodation and touring in your arrival city.


Disembarkation in Ushuaia or Montevideo

On the day of disembarkation we highly recommend that you book your flights to depart after 12 noon. Please be aware that we will not be held responsible for the late arrival of the ship from your voyage.


Fuel Surcharges

Please note that your cruise booking may be subject to fuel surcharges should world oil prices increase significantly prior to the time of your departure. Cruise operators do attempt to factor this price into your tour cost. However, unexpected rises in the cost of marine fuel can result in a fuel surcharge that will depend on the cost of oil per barrel and the individual ship operator. By booking a tour with us, you agree that this may be the case with your booking. You will be advised of any surcharge once we have been notified of the surcharges from the cruise operator if this situation arises.


International Flights to meet your cruise

International flights to join your cruise will be available for booking approximately 11 months prior to tour departure date. Please contact your booking agent to discuss flight options available for your travel arrangements. Please see below for some suggestions on pre and post cruise itinerary options in South America.


Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all travellers and policy details must be provided prior to your final documentation being issued. We strongly recommend you obtain a policy for the level of cover at the time of booking you are comfortable with ensuring it meets our minimum guidelines. For more information on Travel Insurance please refer to the Antarctica Travellers Guide below or contact your booking agent.


Terms and Conditions

By making the booking, he or she has read and has agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions. Please click HERE to view.






International Maritime Regulations require that we create a manifest for each expedition. To fulfill our obligation certain information is required.

Please complete and return the form below NO MORE THAN 100 days prior to departure.

Click on each document to download them:







The ship provides boots for loan on your polar adventure and Expedition Jacket to keep. All sizing is done on the ship.




In the evening, you are advised to dress in smart casual outfits, especially during dinners in our
restaurants where shorts and t-shirts are not permitted.

For ladies:
 Simple dress
 Skirt or trousers
 Shirt or blouse
 Polo shirt

For men:
 Trousers
 Sport Jacket
 Shirt
 Polo shirt

During our cruises, two gala evenings are organised on board. Thus, we advise you to bring one or two
elegant outfits.

For ladies:
 Cocktail dress
 Long evening gown (non-mandatory)

For men:
 Trousers
 Jacket (not mandatory)
 Collared shirt
 Tie recommended, bow tie (optional



We have some additional resources to help you prepare for your upcoming trip to Antarctica, as well as some excellent itinerary ideas to explore South America pre or post your cruise.















About the

L’Austral is a sleek mega-yacht that blends luxury with well-being. It offers an elegant ambiance and refined personalized service combined with gastronomic cuisine.

About the
Le Boreal

Built in 2010, Le Boreal combining high comfort with adventure​ ​they take the best aspects from both traditional cruising and small ship adventures ​          

About the
Le Lyrial

Le Lyrial, a new exceptional yacht. refinement, subtlety, elegance and simplicity effortlessly run through each of the ship's 122 staterooms and suites, and every living and relaxation area.  

About the
Le Soleal

Designed to reflect the French art of living, Ponant's small cruise ship Le Soléal boasts an intimate atmosphere inspired by the luxury yachting world.


Check out our Antarctica Travellers Guide to help you prepare for your Antarctica adventure. Includes information about joining cities, what to pack and more.

Beyond Antarctica
South America Add-ons

There are many incredible places to explore in South America. Let us inspire you with our top itineraries to add pre or post your Antarctic cruise.

Travellers Guide
Latin America

Useful traveller information about each country in Latin America, from the climate, visa requirements, local currency and everything in between.

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