L'Austral for Kids

Editor Rating:  4.5
57% 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 for Families

Editor Rating

L'Austral is not especially aimed at families but does carry children and makes them welcome. There's no structured kids entertainment or activities; French families tend to do everything together, including eating dinner, and all the children on my cruise seemed sophisticated and well-behaved. Kids menus are available on request, but there was plenty on the buffet or menu in any case that would appeal to kids -- pasta and omelets, for example, and ice cream every day. The waiters were generally very sweet with the children. A small children's playroom was unsupervised but had a good stock of games and toys, and we often noticed small children playing quietly in there. In the Karikal Lounge, a giant screen with Wii kept the teens amused. In-cabin baby-sitting is sometimes available on request, especially on family theme cruises, but you'll need to make arrangements with the Hotel or Cruise Director on a case-by-case basis.

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Member Since 2010
5 reviews
5 forum posts
0 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
Member Since 2017
1 review
0 forum posts
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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
Member Since 2017
1 review
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Sailed January 2017
We were aiming to visit Macquarie Island and Ponant were one of the few companies that make this journey, although we knew from the outset that the final itinerary was always dependant on the weather and sea conditions. This was classed ... Read more
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