Europe L'Austral Europe Cruise Reviews

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"You will spend an unforgettable moment on board beautiful ships on a human scale.The expedition team accompanied us very well, the guides were all very interesting...."Read More
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Interesting itinerary

Review for a Baltic Sea Cruise on L'Austral

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Texas travellers
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

We chose this cruise for the interesting itinerary. We actually did a back to back, staying onboard for the next cruise around Svalbard in the Arctic. Friendly, helpful staff and a beautiful ship, but there were issues. Our bed was two cots with a mattress topper that was different heights. Not the normal bed for a 5th floor room. We could not put our luggage underneath. We always are able to do ...
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Sail Date: May 2023


Wonderful nightly world-class classical music Dublin to Glasgow; other aspects not ideal, especially communication

Review for a Europe - British Isles & Western Cruise on L'Austral

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Catlover54
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

DH and I are veterans of many "luxury" and a few non-luxury cruises, with no particular favorite line. We like to mix and match depending on itinerary, timing, and other factors. We wanted to combine a pre-cruise land trip to Ireland with a classical music cruise, and then a land trip in Scotland, where we would disembark. We booked this one-week port-intensive "Music in Celtic Lands" cruise ...
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Sail Date: April 2023


Gastronomy, Vineyards & Grands Crus

Review for a Baltic Sea Cruise on L'Austral

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cboyle
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

John and I were delighted to discover this one-off food- and wine-centric itinerary on the L’Austral. We enjoy the French ambiance, excellent food, and great wine onboard Ponant’s ships. This cruise promised more of the same by including a Michelin-starred guest chef, guest experts on wine and cheese, and special wine and gastronomic events. The Ponant Corporate Chef was also onboard this ...
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Sail Date: April 2023


Great ship!

Review for a Arctic Cruise on L'Austral

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AnnaK1
First Time Cruiser • Age 30s

The ship has been given a makeover and looks great! The team on board is very attentive. We were able to travel in serenity in a bubble of comfort. The food is of high quality and varied. We enjoyed ourselves from breakfast to dinner. The expedition team accompanied us very well, the guides were all very interesting. They made us discover a multitude of marine species, fabulous birds... ...
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Sail Date: June 2022


Worst travel experience ever

Review for a Arctic Cruise on L'Austral

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PRL1314
6-10 Cruises • Age 80s

We chose the cruise to the Arctic because the ship was supposed to be small. I made a mistake and thought it was 128 passengers. It was 128 cabins. In the arctic and antarctic only 100 passengers can be on shore at any time so ships should be no more than 100 passengers to get the experience. All shore experiences except one were worthless wastes of time. More on that later. We called Ponant a ...
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Sail Date: June 2019


Ponant; be careful what you wish for!

Review for a Europe - British Isles & Western Cruise on L'Austral

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canmcatcot
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

Virtually unknown in the UK, this French company has four ships with capacities of around 250 and a three-masted ship with 27 cabins which offer unique experiences and expeditions with a French Touch around the world. The ships are stunning in appearance and elegant and luxurious on board. They promise a French crew, attentive service, excellent cuisine, fine cheeses, artisan breads and ...
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Sail Date: May 2016


Great Itinerary and Enrichment Lectures, Cramped Cabins, and Poor Food Service

Review for a Europe - Western Mediterranean Cruise on L'Austral

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billmccl
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

The itinerary of Morocco and Andalusia was our primary attraction. The itinerary and the tours were up to expectations. Excellent and recommended We expected a 6 star cruise line, although Ponant and their ships are fairly new in the cruise industry. We appreciated the modest number of passengers, and we look for the cruise lines that have smaller ships. We have been Seabourn fans for some ...
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Sail Date: March 2016


Total Enjoyment

Review for a Alaska Cruise on L'Austral

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skier69
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

We joined this cruise very much under protest as we had been due to sail with Un=Cruise on one of their "tiny" ships (36 passengers) but it had engine trouble and so we were offered the alternative (cost met by Un-Cruise) of 5 nights aboard L'Austral. None of us wanted a large cruise ship -anything above 500 passengers is not our scene and even the 250 passenger L'Austral seemed huge in comparison ...
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Sail Date: July 2015


Maybe the best ever

Review for a Alaska Cruise on L'Austral

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JC Norton
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

This is an amazing ship with a wonderfully helpful staff. On this particularl itinerary, there was 0% single supplement, which made sailing alone possible. Overall a wonderful trip. Dining: Food in the main dining room is over the top spectacular and, as others have noted, the pastries are unbelievable. I was very happy with the included wines and spirits, but I am not knowledgeable about ...
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Sail Date: June 2015


Not a five star Cruise

Review for a Alaska Cruise on L'Austral

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JLZCA
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

Only part i can give 5 stars to are the ship and the suites. Our suite was small but felt larger than it was. There was amazing storage and hanging places to put all our stuff. Bathroom was elegant with a separate toilet. Good fitness center with floor to ceiling windows to see the view. Service was reluctant at best. When ever I went to reception for a question or information, the first ...
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Sail Date: June 2015


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