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37 Ponant Luxury Cruise Reviews
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Val H
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
This was called an "expedition cruise". And yes, there were some interesting excursions. But most afternoons were scheduled for swimming and/or snorkelling off a small island with no alternative activities. Not everyone in ... Read more
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KennethH
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Simply wonderful.This is a trip I have wanted to do for many decades and I am so pleased I opted for Abercrombie & Kent. I chose to fly business class to Buenos Aires (there was no First Class available with BA), this made an expensive ... Read more
Michael Perth
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed October 2016
It was a last minute decision to go on a cruise and this was the only one available. We booked two days before embarkation and arrived in Hong Kong the night before departure. The ship was beautiful and the staff very friendly. Although it ... Read more
Priestly
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed October 2016
The itinerary was for a few days on Pitcairn and Easter Island, which is not possible with large ships. So small ships are the way to go. the food was divine and the entertainment excellent. the cruise director made cry non french ... Read more
Andy Panda
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed September 2016
We were taken with the promotional video of the animals to be found in Siberia, Russia and Kuril Islands and booked three back to back cruises. L'Austral was the perfect ship to perform all requirements having 10 or more Zodiacs along ... Read more
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jamesritchie
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed September 2016
Fabulous trip to some of the most remote and beautiful parts of the world, teeming with wildlife and wonderful autumn colours.. Superbly organised shore trips with excellent and very helpful crew members. We were landed ashore safely in ... Read more
keithinoz
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed September 2016
1. Loved the ship itself. 2. Crew Excellent. 3. Food extremely disappointing. Considering the French have a reputation for fine food, the food was boring, often tasteless unless it was the soup which was always too salty and seemed ... Read more
MIGRO46
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed August 2016
We found the Trip a great experience, the crew friendly professional and helpful at any time .The food and beverages of high quality and selection. The selection of stops for swimming excellent. The stop for Sardinia,-Porto Cervo a waste ... Read more
BettyBetty
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
6 helpful votes
This was almost so good. But yet it wasn't. And I doubt I would ever sail with Ponant again because of this experience. The itinerary was amazing - a 23 night cruise through the Arctic Circle, crossing from Greenland to Alaska via the ... Read more
BettyBetty
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
4 helpful votes
The expeditions on this cruise were amazing. The scenery, the wildlife and the excursions onshore in the remote arctic were the stuff of dreams and I would do it all again. But I would do it on a different ship and with a different ... Read more
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jlombard2579
Member Since 2017
1 review
Cruise report – Le Lyrial 2nd to 16th August 2016 Greek islands by John Lombard Commandant Rémi Genevaz is an old hand who practically built Le Lyrial as he was involved in the planning right from the beginning. He is a ... Read more
John5280
Member Since 2017
1 review
Chosen specifically for the Iceland, Greenland and Northwest Artic passage to Alaska. Excellent itinerary with great shore excursions and expedition excursions. Many great features such as the ship design, 24/7 access to bridge, zodiacs, ... Read more
jkmann
Member Since 2017
1 review
What an amazing adventure. Embarked at Stockholm after a couple of days on our own exploring the city- the experience was totally seamless and the crew were there to meet us and make us feel so Welcome The accommodation was just ... Read more
davidk@internode.on.net
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
13 helpful votes
There is much to praise and little to dislike about this ship. The crew are very proficient in all departments and go out of their way to provide a friendly helpful service. Generally speaking, they are also happy to strike up a ... Read more
canmcatcot
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
1 forum post
43 helpful votes
Virtually unknown in the UK, this French company has four ships with capacities of around 250 and a three-masted ship with 27 cabins which offer unique experiences and expeditions with a French Touch around the world. The ships are ... Read more
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rtavan
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed March 2016
This cruise was planned by an affinity group (MIT alumni). I signed up because they always plan great trips with stimulating fellow travelers and my wife and I are mildly addicted eclipse chasers. Also, Australia/Indonesia/Malaysia is a ... Read more
Hunter376
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
The voyage started in Sydney and called the various islands and anchorages a ship of only this size is capable of , with the Zodiacs on board ferrying passengers across to remote places in the region if tender service not an option , this ... Read more
Happyduo
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
4 forum posts
34 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
As a long time cruiser having sailed on Holland America, Celebrity, P&O Australia, Royal Caribbean, Cunard, Silversea, Seabourn and lately Ponant, I have to say Ponant is way down the list in overall satisfaction, giving that is ... Read more
Trhols2
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
21 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
This was supposed to be a 5 star cruise over Christmas. We had paid a premium price for this and were disappointed before we even got on the ship. Our tickets arrived 2 weeks before the cruise. When we checked them we found that the ... Read more
Solo Mariner
Member Since 2016
1 review
24 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
I was under the impression this was to be a quality luxury holiday, where i would be looked after with the "white glove " style service i had encountered on the queen mary last year. I particularly chose this as cruise with ... Read more
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Monyu
Member Since 2016
1 review
29 helpful votes
After enjoying some 20 cruises on Oceania, Cunard, Norwegian, Crystal, Holland-America, and Silver Sea, we think we have a pretty good grasp of the industry and what a paying passenger should expect. Le Soloeal, owned by the French line ... Read more
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skier69
Member Since 2015
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
We joined this cruise very much under protest as we had been due to sail with Un=Cruise on one of their "tiny" ships (36 passengers) but it had engine trouble and so we were offered the alternative (cost met by Un-Cruise) of 5 ... Read more
JC Norton
Member Since 2015
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
This is an amazing ship with a wonderfully helpful staff. On this particularl itinerary, there was 0% single supplement, which made sailing alone possible. Overall a wonderful trip. Dining: Food in the main dining room is over the ... Read more
FNP1998
Member Since 2015
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
Did the 17 Day Gallipoli Dawn Service cruise with APT on Ponant's Le Soleal. Found that APT is good at producing glossy brochures but a little short on delivery. Kept advertising that it would land ticket holders to Dawn Service onto the ... Read more
bucksblade
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
3 forum posts
14 helpful votes
We paid £350 per person per day for an 8 night cruise around Japan on Le Boreal. Having paid a price similar to those on "Six Star" cruises such as Seabourn or Silversea I think it wasn't unreasonable of us to expect a ... Read more
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