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Launched in 2011, L'Austral is the second in a series of three 264-passenger, 10,600-ton cruising yachts commissioned by Compagnie du Ponant. Its identical sister, Le Boreal, debuted in 2010, and the third ...
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skier69
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 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
JLZCA
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
Only part i can give 5 stars to are the ship and the suites. Our suite was small but felt larger than it was. There was amazing storage and hanging places to put all our stuff. Bathroom was elegant with a separate toilet. Good fitness ... Read more
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JC Norton
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 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
travelstrathnaver
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
What a greeting we got the window to board was one hour we had come from Tokyo by bullet then a Taxi that did not know were the port was then we got out of the Taxi two crew took our bags and lead us to the gangway very nice touch, on ... Read more
bucksblade
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
3 forum posts
5 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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Floridiana
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
3,158 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2015
We picked a French ship, Ponant's l'Austral because her schedule it perfectly with our land tour in Japan afterwards. And then, we are always up for new experiences. We, that is my husband and I in our late 60ies. Before the cruise, we ... Read more
mbaldari
Member Since 2014
1 review
9 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We took a Tauck tour "Cruising Down Under." This was a new tour for Tauck and they chose L'Austral starting in Auckland, New Zealand and ending in Melbourne, Australia for 12 days. Let me say that we have traveled twice on the Regent ... Read more
shaskelly
Member Since 2012
1 review
38 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Embarked on Ponant’s L’Austral in Cairns for a 1 week NYE cruise, sailing to Sydney. This was not an ‘expedition’ cruise (as with many of the itineraries with Ponant) but rather a more standard cruise type. Over ... Read more
anne9837
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2013
I read reviews and had concerns. I need not have - I could not find fault. My husband and I had cabin 311 - pleasant accommodation with a balcony which we did use ; notwithstanding the destination the weather was wonderful. We were lucky ... Read more
jpver
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
310 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We left Istanbul end of the day and the ship looked small compared to the Costa and the Xelebrity. The Austral is the second after Boral and before the new Solal. Human size Yachts of only 264 passengers, with only very nice outside ... Read more
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Dutch Diver
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
621 forum posts
3 helpful votes
A cruise to Antarctica is pricey, expensive even, but it is absolutely worth it! We saw amazing wildlife and beautiful scenery. It felt as if we were in a nature documentary for two weeks. Having previously cruised on 2500+ passenger ... Read more
petit renard
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
The week got off to an inauspicious start. The instructions sent by Ponant for passengers arriving in their own car at the port of Venice turned out to be misleading and the cause of frustration and delay. Our spirits picked up when we ... Read more
gottago2mexico
Member Since 2005
1 review
1,417 forum post
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2012
We took L'Austral to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands from Ushuaia, Argentina. This is an expedition cruise on a boat with less than 200 passengers, so a different experience from your usual cruise. The boat is armed ... Read more
Ritzy
Member Since 2011
1 review
10 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Booking- We booked directly with Ponant's US office. Office staff were generally poorly responsive. Emails and voicemails were not were not regularly responded to and it was difficult to reach a person when calling. The office also ... Read more
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Mike2131
Member Since 2004
12 reviews
2,728 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Hotel before the cruise: 2 nights at the Tierra del Leyendas in Ushuaia. What a wonderful little hotel! Warm, inviting with great service and food. It is hard to imagine a better start to an Antarctic trip than a stay at this little ... Read more

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zippylucy
Member Since 2005
1 review
11 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I have to confess that I am not easy to please so when I read some of the previous reviews of the L'Austral to the Dalmatian Coast, I was nervous. I have been across the Atlantic many times, including the SS France, and on one cruise line ... Read more
happy-jamaica
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2011
In a word, our experience on L'Austral was exceptional. We just got back from a 10 day cruise from Venice to Athens. As hospitality professionals, we immediately recognized and appreciated the elegant quality of the ship, attention to ... Read more
harradexperience
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Maybe after the first 2 voyages the crew of L'Austral gelled, because the previous reviews were nothing like the experience we had. Took the cruise from Venice to the Dalmatian Coast and one day was more spectacular than the next. The ... Read more
vandeVyver
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2011
We were disappointed in our cruise from Venice along the Croatian coast This brand new ship was elegant and comfortable though not without its design faults. This ship would suit people who speak french. The announcements were all made in ... Read more
Robbie44
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed June 2011
We have just undertaken a cruise on L'Austral from Venice to Croatia and back to Venice. We were very excited to go on such a brand new ship. We stayed in a normal cabin while our friends booked the owner's suite. Hopefully they will write ... Read more

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