Le Bougainville

year built
crew members
430 feet
59 feet
15 feet
cruising speed
12.5 knots
ice class

Step aboard the 184-guest Le Bougainville cruise ship for an exceptional voyage with highly trained crew, specialist guides, spotless interiors, exquisite food and experience-driven programming both on the ship and off. This identical twin sister ship to Le BellotLe ChamplainLe Dumont D’Urville and Le Jacques Cartier, comes equipped with state-of-the-art technology, sustainability practices, activity gear, and plush staterooms with a private balcony or roomy suites with a terrace. A mix of high-end materials, earthy colors and sweeping sightlines provide guests with a sense of serenity and an appetite for discovery. Follow in the footsteps of French explorer Louis Antoine de Bougainville on this modern expedition ship.

Le Bougainville Ship Review

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Choose the Le Bougainville cruise ship for her mix of class and ethno-chic ambiance. Fascinate your senses on an expedition cruise while enjoying the comforts of leading technology, generous accommodations and inviting common areas both indoors and out. Join Le Bougainville anywhere she sails around the world and know you’re traveling alongside top-notch naturalist guides, guest lecturers who are leaders in their field, and fellow inquisitive travelers who also appreciate getting off the ship regularly and immersing in the local communities through which the Le Bougainville cruise ship sails.

Safety, Sustainability & Accessibility

Designed with the environment in mind, the Le Bougainville ship offers a more meaningful way to travel. She is a Bureau Veritas-certified “Clean Ship,” qualifying her as a worldwide leader in environmental travel. Additionally, Le Bougainville is fully ADA compliant, with various elevators and lifts up and down stairways, accessible toilets in public areas and two accessible staterooms.

Responsible Travel Features

The electric propulsion employed by the Le Bougainville cruise ship reduced carbon emissions 40%, with the added benefit of a silent motor. Her cutting-edge anchorless GPS system helps protect the sea floor. Advanced filtration systems treat and recycle waste water and an onboard compactor saves items for later recycling back in port. CFR and LED lighting throughout the Le Bougainville ship saves 90% of the electricity needed by older lighting systems. And modern sonar with rolling 3D views of the ocean floor enables the Le Bougainville ship to steer clear of fragile marine habitats.

Onboard Facilities

Travelers aboard Le Bougainville are treated to a relaxed atmosphere with upscale service. The panoramic, often floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the ship enhance the experience, constantly reminding guests of the rich environments through which they’re sailing.

Lecture Theater & Lounge

High quality audio and visual equipment, including an LED wall, makes the Theater a popular gathering space. At 184 capacity, the Theater is ready to accommodate everyone at once. Programming offers a variety of performances, including educational lectures, jazz and dance performances, karaoke and piano recitals.

Dining, Bars & Lounges

Sit down to any meal of the day, indoors or out, at the Panoramic Restaurant. Menus prepared by Le Bougainville’s Ducasse Conseil-trained chefs feature gourmet main cours eoptions with a French, international or local flair. Custom menus for special diets and groups are also available. Various salads, desserts, cheeses, fine wines, champagnes, beers and top-shelf liquors complete the fine dining experience. For similar dishes served in a more casual setting, the poolside Outdoor Grill Restaurant opens for every meal daily. Also found poolside is an outdoor bar and indoor solarium with armchairs and sofas.

Le Bougainville’s Main Lounge and Panoramic Lounge each access an outside terrace and offer afternoon tea and specialty drinks. The Main Lounge is the place to be for card games, live music and tastings centered around wine, spirits and specialty foods. Or visit the Panoramic Lounge’s library to use the internet kiosk or read up on wherever you’re traveling through aboard the Le Bougainville ship.

For a special sensory experience, head to The Blue Eye underwater lounge in the hull of the ship. Experience the underwater world through whale’s eye windows and underwater projectors that reflect the outside. Listen to the sounds that are piped in from hydrophones. And feel the vibrations of acoustic waves while sitting on Body Listening sofas.

Spa, Sauna & Gym

Work out with a commanding view from the Deck 7 Fitness Center. Choose from modern machines such as ellipticals, stationary bikes, treadmills and a Kinesis wall. Join a class for fitness, yoga or dance instruction. Or swim against the infinity pool’s counter current. Then treat yourself to the SOTHYS™ Spa/Beauty Corner with a hair appointment, massage, hammam (Moroccan steam spa) experience, or simply unwind in the relaxation room with its herbal tea bar.

Other Facilities

An infirmary for non-emergency matters is available around the clock, with an onsite doctor for a nominal fee. The staff at the concierge lounge can assist with excursions, administrative services and sales. Shoppers may delight in the large boutique’s clothing, jewelry, beauty products, postcards and various accessories. Visual artists and families will enjoy Deck 6’s central art gallery and Kid’s Club, equipped with photo and video experts. And the Bridge aboard the Le Bougainville ship welcomes guests to mingle with captain and crew, when weather permits.

Activities & Expeditions

A voyage aboard the Le Bougainville cruise ship is a mix of regular off-ship excursions and optional onboard programming. A fresh schedule each day offers guests a varied selection of activities and expeditions. Her 10 comfortable Zodiacs ferry guests ashore and along coastlines known for their history, culture and wildlife. A Marina features a hydraulic marine platform that lowers into the water with an adjacent staircase, for easy access to Zodiacs, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.

Crew, Guides & Expedition Leaders

Expect excellence from the well-trained staff and experienced crew aboard the Le Bougainville ship. Explore under the leadership of experienced guides, then return on board for their fascinating lectures given in English, French and other languages.

Deck Plan & Le Bougainville Ship Cabins

Each of the 92 Le Bougainville ship cabins offer comfort. Choose between one king-size bed or two twin beds. Amenities include a private balcony, individually-controlled air-conditioning, minibar, flat-screen satellite TV, desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, on-demand video, a safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, a 110/220-volt outlet, French bath products, 24-hour room service, complimentary WiFi Internet access and added-cost satellite direct-line telephone. Laundry and ironing service is available for a fee.