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Ponant L'Austral Cruise Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
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108 reviews
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Perfect weather, icebergs, wild life and more
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Antarctic Excellence
"The expedition leader Raphael Sane and his crew were excellent and ensured we saw the best the continent had to offer and gave us information to enlighten our understanding of our journey.Covid took our first choice with Ponant, the Le Lyrial out of the running because of covid, but they had several ships running the Antarctic route and fit us on the Austral for the next day...."Read More
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Antarctic Excellence

Review for L'Austral to Antarctica

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ncgirl2017
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

Ponant was our second choice because our first line rerouted the ship we originally wanted because of the pandemic. Ponant was highly recommended and it proved itself to us. Covid took our first choice with Ponant, the Le Lyrial out of the running because of covid, but they had several ships running the Antarctic route and fit us on the Austral for the next day. L'Austral was captained by an ...
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Sail Date: February 2022


great landings and zodiac tours

Review for L'Austral to Antarctica

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doccair
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

We had a generally great trip to the Antarctic. The combination of the Captain and the Expedition leader enabled us to have freguent excursions and landings despite difficult weather. Breakfasts and lunches were good supplemented by great breads and pastries. Dinnners were a dissapointment with the fish and meats not well cooked and often arriving warm. Deserts were also ...
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Sail Date: December 2021


Beyond Wondrous in the age of Covid 19

Review for L'Austral to Antarctica

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JulieDCanter
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

We planned the trip of a lifetime to Antarctica on Ponant, impressed with reviews, the small size of the ship and everything French about it. We had no idea that the trip would be memorable in more ways than one. We had an amazing 15 days at sea, with highlights including stops along the Peninsula and South Georgia Island with surprise stops at the international research station (because a ...
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Sail Date: February 2020


Worst travel experience ever

Review for L'Austral to Arctic

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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


Brazil to Africa

Review for L'Austral to Transatlantic

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SteamboatWillie118
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

First of all, on our many cruises we've never had such a warm and fuzzy crew, we felt like part of an extended family, and it was genuine. The crew actually bids to come back to the same ship because they like being around each other. We never witnessed grouchiness or tension among the staff, in definite contrast to the larger cruise ships we've been on in the past. The service was hence over ...
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Sail Date: March 2019


Solo cruise in Antarctica

Review for L'Austral to Antarctica

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kerrianno
2-5 Cruises

I chose Ponant based on the dates available, as well as a lower single supplement than I saw on other cruises that I researched. Ponant alsoninvluded the flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia which was a bonus. I spent a night in Buenos Aires after my flight from JFK, and met the Ponant team at the airport the next morning. The representatives were easy to find and I was quickly waiting in line to ...
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Sail Date: February 2019


AMAZING ANTARCTICA

Review for L'Austral to Antarctica

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SuzeG
First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

My background being Hospitality, Housekeeping, PR and Compliance I felt the crew, Officers and the Captain acted in a very respectful and lovely manner along with creating a great atmosphere. • The ship was a small luxurious one and I took into observation myself on what was available and what was limited especially regarding the trip to Antarctica. • The restaurant staff were very ...
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Sail Date: February 2019


All the sights inc a blue whale

Review for L'Austral to Antarctica

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Markrossboulter
First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

The cruise was amazing. These ships are superb and so smoothly do what they are designed for. Inc getting every out into the zodiacs often. The sights in Antarctica are stunning and the wildlife. Well humpbacks penguins galore and special sights like minkes up close in a zodiac. 6am rise for a pod of orcas and to top it off a blue whale in the weddell sea. The guides and the zodiac drivers did a ...
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Sail Date: February 2019


The most breathtaking incrediable experiance.

Review for L'Austral to Antarctica

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connollyk
First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

I have always wanted to go to Antartica, and Ponant ad for this Antartica cruise was in our Travel Paper. Price was really good. The flight from BA to ushaia was quite dreadful, coupleas were not seated together and far to much luggage allowed in cabin. The embarkation was seamless and very welcoming . The ship itself was pristine, hygiene incrediable, service form all staff inpeckiable, the ...
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Sail Date: February 2019


Antarctic expedition

Review for L'Austral to Antarctica

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Akasapo
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

We chose this cruise because of the small ship size (220 passeners), the fact that it was spending 6 full days at the white continent and that it would be sending us ashore on zodiac rafts. We were very impressed with the friendliness and service by the staff at every level from dining to the excursions. We were very excited about seeing the majesty of Antarctica and the ship's captain and crew ...
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Sail Date: January 2019


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