Ponant Le Lyrial (Ponant) Cruise Reviews

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Le Lyrial in the Aegean
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Headless King Penguin on South Georgia!
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two king penguins marching in step on South Georgia
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Chocolate-themed afternoon tea.
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Overall a good experience although the company do not respond to criticism/complaints
"Clearly it wasn't possible to fix the wi-fi issue at sea, but it is fixable with updated hardware, I'm sure.However, the overall experience was marred by the wi-fi, which was appallingly bad...."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


the penguins on South Georgia

Review for a South America Cruise on Le Lyrial (Ponant)

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jlombard2579
10+ Cruises • Age 80s

We chose in 2019 because it included the Falklands, South Georgia and Tristan da Cunha, then South Africa and up to the Seychelles. A brilliant cruise for the history but particularly for the animal and bird life. it included three back-to-back cruises that covered half the world. the best parts were undoubtedly in the South Atlantic, South Georgia and the remote Tristan da Cunha. we were ...
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Sail Date: March 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


Trip to Antarctica and South Georgia

Review for a Antarctica Cruise on Le Lyrial (Ponant)

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7ContinentTraveler
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

We selected the Abercrombie and Kent-Ponant cruise to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands for its relatively small size - 170 passengers - and the reputation of the expeditionary staff. The expeditions were excellent and the lectures were quite good with the exception of some inappropriate, disparaging remarks about our president and an Al Gore-glorifying, climate change zealot of a ...
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Sail Date: January 2020


A&K: Antarctica and South Georgia: Disappointing on So Many Levels

Review for a Antarctica Cruise on Le Lyrial (Ponant)

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traveler22020
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

The following are my opinions and observations: --LeLyria Chartered by A&K-- Overall, I thought the A&K tour was disorganized and communication was poor. I wasn’t impressed with the A&K staff in Buenos Aires, Ushuaia or on the ship—they appeared not to have much interest in the guests. In my opinion, on several occasions, they were rude and unprofessional (especially the A&K staff in Buenos ...
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Sail Date: January 2020


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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