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Le Lyrial (Ponant) Review

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Great Mediterranean Cruise on Le Lyrial

Review for Le Lyrial (Ponant) to the Mediterranean
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Sail Date: Apr 2016

The cruise was booked by a travel agent for a group of about 125. The travel agent handled all excursions and several cultural and historical presentations during the cruise so I can't comment on how the ship would have handled them. I can comment about the ship, the cabin, dining and other activities on the ship.

On arrival, we were warmly greeted by ships crew and escorted to our room where our luggage waited. Our room on the 6th deck near the buffet restaurant was ship-small but had drawers and closets to handle clothing and gear. The bed was high enough to stow empty luggage. The split bath has a toilet in one room and a sink and shower in the other so a visit to one meant a visit to the other. A sink in the toilet room would have been useful but there was not room . A small desk between the bed and the bath wall would have been useful as a dressing table if there had been a large mirror over it. Instead, the large mirror was on the wall of drawers at the foot of the bed making a "pinch-point" in the room - if one spouse was trying to apply make-up or fix hair while the other needed to get in the drawers or to the other side of the room. The veranda was nice with a table and 2 chairs.

There are two dining options for most meals - the 6th floor buffet and the 2nd floor restaurant. We prefer the 6th floor for choice, speed, and the option of eating on the back deck. The buffet staff are beyond helpful. They knew our food/drink/location preferences after the first day and were quick to take our plate and seat us. The set up of the buffet requires a bit of wandering around. A hot food station to the left of the door has meat/fish (or eggs/bacon/sausage at breakfast) and starch and vegetable dishes. To the right of the door is a salad and cold meat station. At the back is a carving station and a soup station (porridge at breakfast). To the left of that is a bread and cheese station. Desserts included a variety of small french pastries, cookies, sauces, ice cream and puddings. A core of offerings was the same daily but with new items at each meal for variety.

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