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Ponant Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews

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24 Ponant Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews


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the_travel_locks

3 Reviews Written

5 Helpful Votes

Fabulous New Zealand Cruise on Ponant's Le Laperouse

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Our recent cruise on Ponant's Le Laperouse around New Zealand went way beyond our expectations. We hadn't sailed with Ponant before, but are avid cruisers, having enjoyed several with Seabourn, Silversea, Regent and ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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SeasideLady

2 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

Disappointed with Ponant

Based on the price, we thought Ponant would be a really nice cruise, but we were disappointed in comparison to other top-notch cruise lines we've enjoyed. Many incidents were individually small things that would ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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fkhafagi

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Pampered and informative.

The crew were unfailingly friendly yet efficient. The organisation of embarkation, disembarkation and the multiple excursions was flawless, and supplemented by daily debriefing/briefing sessions which ensured ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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wildlifewarrier

9 Reviews Written

34 Helpful Votes

Wonderful experience of an expedition cruise to sub antarctic islands

It was my husband’s 70th birthday and we are wildlife carers so the opportunity to see so many penguin, albatross and seals in their natural,habitat was a must for us. We had never done such a cruise before, a ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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Tigerkelly44

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Sub Antarctica just amazing

Words can’t do this cruise justice as is was far beyond anything that you expect The team are great and very knowledgeable. They are only too happy to share this with you. The wild life is amazing, ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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kasr

5 Reviews Written

30 Helpful Votes

Chairman's Cruise - Great Barrier Reef (Food & Wine Theme)

(Apologies if this is a bit long, but I know i love to get all the details when I read a review!) Day 1 - Boarding As others have noted Ponant are very strict with their 1 hour boarding window, and even ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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Betleys

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Great cruise.

We wanted to visit the Kimberley region from the sea and experience rock art and geographic features. We were not particularly interested in the birdlife but found it fascinating nevertheless. The hotels before ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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The Village Idiot

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Cruise

We went to the Kimberleys, having embarked in Broome. We spent a few days in Broome and thoroughly enjoyed our time there. The Cabin was well appointed but somewhat small, however not really a problem The ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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spw1947

2 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

An amazing experience

We chose the cruise because while we have travelled to many other parts of the world we really need to see more of our own land. We combined the cruise with self drive land content before and after and were ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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gknaggs

1 Review Written

11 Helpful Votes

We had high expectations for this trip; however, we were very disappointed.

We chose this cruise line and ship for it's supposed 5 star rating and it's small number of passengers. We had previously been on two cruises on the Paul Gauguin out of Tahiti which were fantastic so we expected a ...
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Sail Date December 2017


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Dinkumguy

2 Reviews Written

10 Helpful Votes

Each time it gets better

This was our second cruise with Ponant we have completed a cruise to Antarctica (La Boreal and the Kimberley's - L'Austral) and have already booked on L'Austral to travel to the New Zealand antipodes. We found the ...
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Sail Date July 2017


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davidc288119

1 Review Written

12 Helpful Votes

January 2017, Sub Antarctic cruise, 5 star price, 3 star service and value

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 ...
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Sail Date January 2017


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Happyduo

2 Reviews Written

41 Helpful Votes

Simply Disappointing

As a long time cruiser having sailed on Holland America, Celebrity, P&O Australia, Royal Caribbean, Cunard, Silversea, Seabourn and lately Ponant, I have to say Ponant is way down the list in overall satisfaction, ...
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Sail Date December 2015


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Hunter376

3 Reviews Written

18 Helpful Votes

Excellent

The voyage started in Sydney and called the various islands and anchorages a ship of only this size is capable of , with the Zodiacs on board ferrying passengers across to remote places in the region if tender ...
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Sail Date February 2016


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terrey hills

2 Reviews Written

37 Helpful Votes

The worst cruise we have ever done...AVOID

We have done about 25 cruises overall, and with Oceania, SilverSea, Seabourn, Crystal and APT. All top end luxury cruise lines. Ponant is priced at the same level but our cruise was unbelievably awful, ...
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Sail Date December 2015


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KIWICRUZER

3 Reviews Written

30 Helpful Votes

LUXURY ?...... NOT!!

Keen to try a Ponant cruise, we booked a 10 day Christmas cruise in December from Noumea to Akaroa. As seasoned cruisers, mostly with Seabourn and Silversea, we were expecting Ponant to deliver similar service, ...
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Sail Date December 2015


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Trhols2

2 Reviews Written

31 Helpful Votes

Very Disappointing

This was supposed to be a 5 star cruise over Christmas. We had paid a premium price for this and were disappointed before we even got on the ship. Our tickets arrived 2 weeks before the cruise. When we checked them ...
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Sail Date December 2015


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mbaldari

1 Review Written

14 Helpful Votes

Poor Food, Poor WiFi, Poor Bathroom configuration

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 ...
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Sail Date January 2015


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shaskelly

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Small ship, luxury option - very good but small niggles

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. ...
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Sail Date December 2014


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donblair

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Gourmet cruising of the Iconic Kimberleys

We had previously sailed on Ponant cruises to Alaska and Antarctica and had fantastic exoeriences with them so we decided to cruise with Ponant again in our own country Australia from Darwin to Broome to see the ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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oziekev007

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

MUST DO TRIP WITH PONANT

Having sailed twice before with Ponant on expedition cruises the choice for our cruise to the Kimberley was easy to make as we knew first hand the type of cruise that we would be joining. Ponant are a little ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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laughalot

2 Reviews Written

10 Helpful Votes

Exceptional Expedition Cruise

Did this cruise two years ago on L'Austral. It was so good we re-booked and took our adult children on with us this time on Le Laperouse. This trip was even better! The new ship is beautiful. Love the cabins and ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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gaskellsdownunder

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Amazing expedition to the Kimberley Coast and on to Bali

We chose these cruises for the expeditions and ability of the vessel to get into small ports and also to change course to find unexpected delights. We also love French food! The expedition leaders were wonderful ...
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Sail Date August 2019


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R1Ha

2 Reviews Written

5 Helpful Votes

Great Expedition Team, excellent crew, challenging adventure

After a very disappointing cruise with Ponant to the Seychelles (See my comments Le Bougainville) we had been thoroughly enjoying this cruise to the sub-Antarctic Islands of New Zealand and Australia. It’s ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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