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  • Intimate ships with elegant casual onboard atmosphere
  • French cuisine cooked by French chefs
  • Visits exotic destinations around the world
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70 Ponant Luxury Cruise Reviews
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f2s
Member Since 2011
7 reviews
1 helpful vote
The ship is young enough and attractively styled and crewed! Maintenance of rust and cleaning of deck,glass,and balcony are not great. Cabin and storage was totally fine. Our cabin steward was never close to our heart and when we ... Read more
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toolga
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed July 2017
We decide to cruise from Darwin to Broome with Ponant from July 24th 2017 to 2 August 2017 because we wanted to experience the Kimberley from the ocean side. We had travelled the region by car back in 2007 and love the colours and the ... Read more
Dinkumguy
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
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 ship to be perfect for ... Read more
Chillimudcrab
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Weboarded in Stockholm after a three day stay there, we met the ship at the address stated on our paper work, we were greeted by the captain ( a very dry and funny guy) they're still looking for my luggage ( just joking) his crew who were ... Read more
John McC
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed June 2017
We chose the cruise because of a great experience in 2016 Istanbul to Venice aboard Le Lyrial. The ship and crew were excellent.Kamel was full of energy and fun. The food was excellent although some of the menu selections were odd ... Read more
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Thorndon7
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
21 cruises and 19 years after we first set sail on Radisson's "Song of Flower", which soon became Ponant's "Le Diamant", we at last experienced L'Austral and French hospitality. In the meantime we have sailed on many ... Read more
mgrenby
Member Since 2015
7 reviews
6 helpful votes
Choose your cruise mates the way you choose your food. That’s because chances are the people you cruise with will determine the kind of food served on the ship. And, of course, the kind of companionship and conversation you will ... Read more
Annjs
Member Since 2017
1 review
The itinerary was fabulous, with varied and interesting ports of call: Beautiful Stockholm, elegant Helsinki, opulent St Petersburg (3 days), unspoilt Tallin with its exquisite Old Town and lovely local shops, finishing in elegant ... Read more
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Newton177
Member Since 2017
1 review
15 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
dtiger1
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
We recently completed our 3rd & 4th cruise with Ponant. Our prior experience was 5 years ago and it was excellent. Again, the service and friendliness of the general staff (servers, bartenders, cabin stewards, cooks, entertainers, ... Read more
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carolb1
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
My dad was stationed in New Caledonia during WW II and I grew up sorting shells he brought home and later looking at his scrapbooks. I was delighted to see it firsthand. Vanuatu was a bonus and turned out to be a highlight. The shore ... Read more
shtexas
Member Since 2010
5 reviews
5 forum posts
17 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
peterlm
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
7 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Cabin was fine . Excursion crews generally were good . This cruise was all about the intinerary . Due to the incompetent captain he hit a rock on our first excursion day . No quite Cosa Cordia but could have been . So we then ... Read more
davidc288119
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
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
Mart211
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed December 2016
The small ship experience was the most important factor in my choice but the so called luxury experience left a lot to be desired. Service was varied and inconsistent, the food was not of the suggested standard and sometimes quite bad. I ... Read more
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jam48
Member Since 2012
6 reviews
26 helpful votes
Antarctica had been on my bucket list for years, and I finally made that dram a reality in December 2016. It was an amazing voyage, and lived up to the high expectations I had planted in my mind. Travelers should realize that when you ... Read more
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Val H
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
This was called an "expedition cruise". And yes, there were some interesting excursions. But most afternoons were scheduled for swimming and/or snorkelling off a small island with no alternative activities. Not everyone in ... Read more
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KennethH
Member Since 2017
1 review
44 helpful votes
Simply wonderful.This is a trip I have wanted to do for many decades and I am so pleased I opted for Abercrombie & Kent. I chose to fly business class to Buenos Aires (there was no First Class available with BA), this made an expensive ... Read more
dogleg
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
We always wanted to go to Antarctica but searched for a little more comfort than the typical icebreaker offered. Le Lyrial with its reinforced hull and 122 staterooms gave us that small ship feel to get us into all the little bays and ... Read more
Michael Perth
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
It was a last minute decision to go on a cruise and this was the only one available. We booked two days before embarkation and arrived in Hong Kong the night before departure. The ship was beautiful and the staff very friendly. Although it ... Read more
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Priestly
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
The itinerary was for a few days on Pitcairn and Easter Island, which is not possible with large ships. So small ships are the way to go. the food was divine and the entertainment excellent. the cruise director made cry non french ... Read more
Snowrain
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise because of the smaller size of the ship, the French language (although everything on board is bilingual French/English) the food, the trip, the reputation of this company and the itinerary. It was our first cruise and ... Read more
Andy Panda
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2016
We were taken with the promotional video of the animals to be found in Siberia, Russia and Kuril Islands and booked three back to back cruises. L'Austral was the perfect ship to perform all requirements having 10 or more Zodiacs along ... Read more
jamesritchie
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Fabulous trip to some of the most remote and beautiful parts of the world, teeming with wildlife and wonderful autumn colours.. Superbly organised shore trips with excellent and very helpful crew members. We were landed ashore safely in ... Read more
keithinoz
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
1. Loved the ship itself. 2. Crew Excellent. 3. Food extremely disappointing. Considering the French have a reputation for fine food, the food was boring, often tasteless unless it was the soup which was always too salty and seemed ... Read more
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