Europe Le Lyrial (Ponant) Europe Cruise Reviews

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Le Lyrial in the Aegean
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Lovely ship but some disappointments.
"Entertainment was impressive for a small ship and we thoroughly enjoyed the pianists, singers and dancers.It is a lovely ship!..."Read More
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Lovely ship but some disappointments.

Review for a Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Cruise on Le Lyrial (Ponant)

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Golfgirl canada
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

We enjoy smaller ships and this was the smallest we have cruised on other than riverboats. The ship is well appointed and very easy to get around. It is a lovely ship! The staff were all very friendly, efficient and willing to help you in any way they could. They work very hard and always have a smile on their face! Entertainment was impressive for a small ship and we thoroughly enjoyed the ...
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Sail Date: September 2023


Overall a good experience although the company do not respond to criticism/complaints

Review for a Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Cruise on Le Lyrial (Ponant)

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docQ1
First Time Cruiser • Age 60s

The ship, food and staff were fantastic, and there were a couple of extraordinary meals. These were cooked by Rashid from La Mamounia in Marrakesh. However, the overall experience was marred by the wi-fi, which was appallingly bad. It was slow and didn't really function well. It also only allows one device to be connected at a time. In this day and age, good internet access is critical and ...
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We’re so happy to hear about how much you loved the ship, food, and staff on board! Our entire team works hard to please all dietary restrictions and interests, and we’re delighted your trip...

Sail Date: July 2023


Great ship bad food

Review for a Mediterranean Cruise on Le Lyrial (Ponant)

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LJK47
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

We were on with a group from a wine club and had cruised many times in the past but never on Ponant. The ship and cabins were superior to most. The cabins were well appointed with the most storage space of any similar cabin on any ship. Overall the service was great but it was definitely some skew toward the half of the passengers that were French speaking and away from the English speaking. We ...
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Sail Date: May 2023


Lovely vessel, excellent food, attentive crew and engaging fellow passengers

Review for a Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Cruise on Le Lyrial (Ponant)

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bluewater sail
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

I was fortunate enough to have reserved for this Ponant Cruise among seven Greek islands, departing and returning to Piraeus the last week of September 2023. I had a wonderful trip with no negative incidents or unhappy memories. The vessel is one of Ponant's sisterships (built 2010 - 2015). It is a very well appointed vessel, even luxurious. As it only carries a maximum of 264 guests (and ...
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Sail Date: September 2022


Ponant - Treasures of the Aegean Sea w/ COVID info August 2021

Review for a Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Cruise on Le Lyrial (Ponant)

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AussieBoyTX
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

This was our first cruise since 2019 and it was another enjoyable experience on Ponant. This review is lightly abridged from my day-by-day accounting here: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2793516-on-board-le-lyrial-—-treasures-of-the-aegean-sea-—-july-30-august-6-2021/ This cruise was originally scheduled Istanbul to Athens, but was changed to Athens / Athens about 60 days in advance. ...
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Sail Date: July 2021


Fantastic cruise with superb French food

Review for a Europe - Western Mediterranean Cruise on Le Lyrial (Ponant)

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Maturity
10+ Cruises • Age 80s

We liked the idea of French food and smaller portions and not American food which we get on Seabourn. We also wanted to visit Croatia in a small ship. We loved the ship and the open bridge policy. We found the Captain, officers and crew terrific and well trained. The ship was attractive but the pool rather small. We would have liked sun umbrellas as there was no shade around that area...nor in the ...
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Sail Date: July 2019


Amazing family cruise onboard the Le Lyrial

Review for a Europe - Western Mediterranean Cruise on Le Lyrial (Ponant)

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mfordski7
2-5 Cruises • Age 30s

This might be a lengthy review, but I feel it needs to be because when booking with Ponant, I found little to no reviews on this company, especially for people who were bringing children. We traveled with our kids 8 and 10 and just got home from an 8 night Mediterranean cruise onboard the Le Lyrial. We LOVED this ship. The staff were amazing, there was a kids club that I couldn't pull my kids ...
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Sail Date: July 2019

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Luxurious and refined

Review for a Europe - Western Mediterranean Cruise on Le Lyrial (Ponant)

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lizjamieson
First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

This cruise was chosen as it is a smaller ship with only 220 guests. We never felt crowded and the choice of services meant everyone was spread out. A lovely group of people cruising and the whole experience was very refined. Absolutely 5 star food and wine. Staff also excellent. When we stopped at each port the information and excursions made available were extensive. We did some excursions ...
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Sail Date: July 2019


Nice cruise with friends

Review for a Europe - Western Mediterranean Cruise on Le Lyrial (Ponant)

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Somewhere on the Sea
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

We booked Ponant without ever having sailed with this cruise line. Overall, I would rate as very good for the value. The accommodations were comfortable, Hermes products, comfy beds and linen. Small but efficient pool area. Bars were generally comfortable and service was nice but they did run out of simple things for a couple of days like bloody mary mix and cranberry juice. That seemed ...
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Sail Date: July 2019


Absolute Luxury

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SweeeetRose
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

This was our first cruise with Ponant and we were not disappointed. It was 5 star all the way. The food was magnificent and delicious for every meal. Our cabin with veranda was completely adequate for our needs as we do not spend much time in there. The toilet was separate to the bathroom which was unusual and very pleasing. The bed was comfortable and there was plenty of storage. My only ...
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Sail Date: October 2018


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