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L'Austral Cruise Review by anne9837

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L'Austral
L'Austral
Member Name: anne9837
Cruise Date: December 2013
Embarkation: Ushuaia
Destination: South America & Antarctica
Cabin Category:
Cabin Number: 311
Booking Method:
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Member Rating   5+ out of 5+
Dining 5+
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 5+
Embarkation 5+
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 5+
Rates Not Rated
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Ship Facts: L'Austral Review (by Cruise Critic!)
An unforgettable experience

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 and had calm seas - so much so on the return we went round Cape Horn.

The food was excellent as you would expect from a french ship and the restaurant well located o the second deck - there was also self service on the 5th deck. Wine was included and unlimited with meals.

The naturalists were outstanding and the entire crew did all they could to provide a memorable experience - every opportunity was seized. The 2 languages were french and english and there was no "short changing" if you were english./english speaking.

We were the only English couple on board; mainly french guests as you would expect, a group of about 10 Chinese, a handful of Americans and a mix of Europeans.

We had a wonderful concert pianist who gave 2 recitals, 3 singers and 4 dances. For the size of ship it was well provided. Remembering at all times you are on an expedition. Good theater for talks by the naturalists which were many and varied .

The marina at the back of the ship makes getting in and out of the zodiacs much more accessible - a very good design.

The landings were wonderful and all well organised, informative and respectful of the nature and scenery.

You do need something to dress up in for evenings as there are gala dinners and with Christmas and New Year there were a number of formal dinners. All very enjoyable.

You will not be disappointed. WE enjoyed it osm uch we have booked another destiantion.

Happy sailings


Publication Date: 02/03/14
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