L'Austral Cabins

Editor Rating:  4.5
56% of cruisers loved it

Why Choose L'Austral?

  • All cabins have outside views and itineraries maximize time on land
  • Bedroom layouts make rooms seem even smaller; limited storage space
  • Choose L'Austral for its adventurous itineraries and upscale vibe

L'Austral Cabins

Editor Rating
Cabins
5.0

All the accommodations on L'Austral are located forward, with all the public rooms aft. There's only one stairwell, at the aft end of the accommodations section, so the forward elevator comes under some pressure, although given the small size of the ship, this is hardly a concern for the able-bodied.

Because several of the cabins interconnect to create suites, the capacity of the ship can vary. The maximum configuration is four suites and 128 non-suite cabins (132 staterooms total), and in a heavier ratio of suites to non-suites, it's 24 suites and 88 non-suite staterooms (112 staterooms total). L'Austral and its sisters are often booked for full charters or corporate events, which makes this flexibility handy.

There are six categories of cabins, although there's not much difference between the middle categories besides their location. Decor is beautiful throughout, featuring calming neutrals of chocolate, taupe and cream, and sumptuous textures of silk, satin, white leather and marble, with potted orchids by the beds and photographic prints on the walls. All accommodations have individually controlled air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, iPod chargers and flat screen TVs. The bathroom products are L'Occitane in the standard cabins and Sothys in the suites. What's special about the bathrooms is that, in all categories except the Owner's Suite, a panel slides across to reveal a wall of glass, so you can stand in the shower and look out to sea if you wish -- an innovative touch. If you're sharing the cabin and want to preserve your modesty, you can, of course, shower with the wall panel closed.

The Owner's Suite (484 square feet with a 97-square-foot balcony) on Deck 5 has a separate living and dining area, as well as a large bathroom with bath and a guest bathroom, and a double-width teak balcony. Three Deluxe Suites (290 square feet plus a 54 square-foot balcony), also on Deck 6, each have a sofa, two showers, a built-in bar and dressing room, and they're wider than the next category down.

The Prestige Suites are essentially two Prestige cabins (situated on Decks 4 and 5), combined to create an area of 398 square feet plus an 86 square-foot double-width balcony. Each of these has two bathrooms with showers and a sofa where the second bed would normally be; they're ideal for families. Half of one of these is a Prestige stateroom (200 square feet plus a 43 square-foot balcony). These are no different in size from the 28 Deluxe staterooms; it's purely location that defines the price. Finally, there are eight Superior staterooms forward on Deck 3, slightly bigger at 226 square feet, but with picture windows in place of a balconies. All cabins have sitting areas with sofas and long vanities with drawer space. Wardrobe space, too, is generous.

Furniture on each of the standard balconies is two rattan chairs and a small table. A handful of balconies at the forward end of the ship have solid panels, so check carefully if a private sunbathing space is important.

Three cabins are wheelchair-adapted; the whole ship is wheelchair-friendly, but split-level decks mean complicated chairlifts need to be used to get up or down the equivalent of a few stairs.

Next: L'Austral Dining
Print this section

L'Austral Cabin Reviews

Damaris1900
Member Since 2015
1 review
41 forum posts
Sailed April 2017
... Read more
Selsdon
Member Since 2017
1 review
0 forum posts
Sailed January 2017
See above.... Read more
bobb300
Member Since 2017
1 review
0 forum posts
Sailed April 2017
Small cabin. Thankfully, "premiere suite" category gave us two rooms otherwise we would have felt confined. Never had a "suite" on a ship poorly designed. Suites are not really suites, just adjoining rooms that have been ... Read more
1 - 3 of 41 Reviews

46 L'Austral Reviews from our Cruise Critic Community

Start your review of L'Austral
Click to rate
Damaris1900
Member Since 2015
1 review
41 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My husband and I chose to travel on L'Austral with Tauck because we enjoy Tauck's level of service, and liked the idea of the small ship experience. I had done quite a bit of research on Ponant and L'Austral specifically, and felt that we ... Read more
bobb300
Member Since 2017
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Chosen for itinerary and was intrigued to try out a small ship. Itineray was great but ship was a disappointment. Suite was nothing more than two standard rooms that adjoined, with the bed taken out of one and a couch and two chairs ... Read more
Newton177
Member Since 2017
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
Cruise Deals

Ponant Fleet

Share feedback
Thank you!  Cruise Critic values your feedback.
How can we improve this page?