Compagnie du Ponant, a French company that recently opened a U.S. office, is introducing a new $150 million mega-yacht, the 264-guest Le Boréal, this spring. The 466-foot mega-yacht was built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. A sister ship, L’Austral, will debut in spring 2011.
Le Boréal will have a staff-to-guest ratio of 1:2. Public spaces include a theater for performances and lectures, the Main Lounge with a dance floor and live music, the Panoramic Lounge for live entertainment and Internet access, a library, two open-air bars and two restaurants. Serving French and international cuisine, La Licorne will offer three meals a day in an elegant setting. At the more casual La Boussole, guests can dine inside or in the open air on lighter meals for breakfast, buffet lunch and themed dinners. The yacht also provides 24-hour room service.
The vessel will have a Carita spa with a hammam and a hydrotherapy room. The fitness center will be equipped with treadmills, bicycles and kinesis equipment. The ship also has an expansive Sun Deck with a swimming pool and terrace with panoramic views. Le Boréal has will carry a fleet of Zodiac rubberized rafts that allow guests to explore as well as a marina platform that allows access to the water for swimming or water sports.
All but eight of Le Boréal’s 132 suites and staterooms have verandas. Measuring between 484 to 200 square feet, the suites and staterooms have king or twin beds, bathtubs or showers, L’Occitane amenities, flat-screen satellite TV, DVD, CD and iPod players, satellite telephone and Wi-Fi. Suites also have Nespresso machines and Carita amenities. Le Boréal has the flexibility to reconfigure 40 staterooms into 20 suites, making a total of 24 suites and 88 staterooms.