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Le Ponant Cruise Review by Richard Cooper

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Le Ponant
Le Ponant
Member Name: Richard Cooper
Cruise Date: July 2011
Embarkation: Nice
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Cabin Category: 1
Cabin Number: 21
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   5+ out of 5+
Dining 5+
Public Rooms 5+
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness 5+
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates 4.0
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Refined luxury all the way
'Welcome aboard Mr & Mrs Cooper' were the first words we heard from the Cruise Director on arrival by taxi at the quayside. How Sendrine knew who we were I have no idea, but she did. This was to be an extremely good insight as to how the rest of the week on board one of the most beautiful yatchs in the world would pan out. By the the next morning even the Captain was greeting us by name and the 50 or so lucky enough to be on board all soon knew each other as well.

The food was out of this world with a Michelin star chef heading the team and an extremely accomplished pastry chef helped keep us going morning, noon and night. Eating breakfast and lunch on the after-deck was so relaxed and you felt in a different world so complete relaxation and escapism were achieved almost effortlessly.

Most of the time at sea was under sail, in fact so much so that we all received a fuel rebate with our end of cruise accounts. This gave a wonderful easy motion to the yatch and watching the stars under a moonlit sky after dinner was quite romantic even for a fifty plus old git.

It was not cheap, but rightly so, which also meant, and I'm going to sound snobby here, there were only people one would have chosen to be away with on board. There was no shouting, no swearing and never any pushing. Only refined good manners and everyone was elegantly dressed. Perfect in every way and we cannot wait to go again.

Publication Date: 08/14/11
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