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55 Ponant Luxury Cruise Reviews
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Newton177
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed April 2017
We chose this cruise because of Ports of Call and time of year, and the smaller type of vessel. We were pleased with the choice of the Ports of Call but overall were disappointed in the Quality of the Cruise in a few facets. This is an ... Read more
carolb1
Member Since 2017
1 review
My dad was stationed in New Caledonia during WW II and I grew up sorting shells he brought home and later looking at his scrapbooks. I was delighted to see it firsthand. Vanuatu was a bonus and turned out to be a highlight. The shore ... Read more
shtexas
Member Since 2010
5 reviews
5 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Background - My wife and I have cruised 12 times throughout the world. We live in Texas. We pick our cruises based upon the destination and ports. We do not like “days at sea” and we use cruises to see new places, in a short ... Read more
peterlm
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2017
Cabin was fine . Excursion crews generally were good . This cruise was all about the intinerary . Due to the incompetent captain he hit a rock on our first excursion day . No quite Cosa Cordia but could have been . So we then ... Read more
davidc288119
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
this cruise chosen for itinerary and chance to visit very remote islands south of new Zealand the cruise was poor, accommodation, small and basic, food either good or bad, service mediocre. I have read salty1000 report and think he ... Read more
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jam48
Member Since 2012
5 reviews
15 helpful votes
Antarctica had been on my bucket list for years, and I finally made that dram a reality in December 2016. It was an amazing voyage, and lived up to the high expectations I had planted in my mind. Travelers should realize that when you ... Read more
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Val H
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 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
23 helpful votes
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
dogleg
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
Sailed November 2016
We always wanted to go to Antarctica but searched for a little more comfort than the typical icebreaker offered. Le Lyrial with its reinforced hull and 122 staterooms gave us that small ship feel to get us into all the little bays and ... 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
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Priestly
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
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
Snowrain
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise because of the smaller size of the ship, the French language (although everything on board is bilingual French/English) the food, the trip, the reputation of this company and the itinerary. It was our first cruise and ... Read more
Andy Panda
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
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
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
1 helpful vote
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
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MIGRO46
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
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
8 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
7 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
jlombard2579
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
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
brianlisaellis
Member Since 2017
1 review
Love the Expedition Cruises! The locations visited are amazing and without hords of tourist. The Expedition Crew are so knowledgeable on the locations; People, flora, fauna and wildlife found there. We love the small ship size: The ... Read more
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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
2 helpful votes
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
Neil Mack
Member Since 2017
1 review
A cruise up the Inside Passage of Alaska has been on our Bucket List for many years. When we discovered that Ponant operated such cruises on their luxury, small ships, we jumped at the opportunity. Life on board was fantastic, such ... Read more
davidk@internode.on.net
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
20 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
47 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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