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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 ports whilst travelling in style. Our window cabin (307) was the cheapest but, being designated "disabled", much larger than the standard balcony stateroom. Heaps of space. Dining location alternated depending on our mood between the a-la-cart Gastronomic on deck 2 and more casual Grill restaurant on deck 6. The food was wonderful. Interestingly it became necessary to reserve a table at the Grill for an evening meal, it was so popular. As you would expect, activities centred on the expedition nature of the cruise with a good dose of lectures from the many expedition crew members. French and English lectures were scheduled separately and were superb. With 2 zodiac trips, a day we didn't have much time for the evening entertainment so can't comment. Most spare time was spent just catching up with others in one of the 2 public rooms. An open bar made that a very pleasant pre-dinner ritual. The service on board was excellent, plenty of staff, some of whom we soon got to know quite well. We sensed, however, some tension between the French-speaking passengers and one senior Italian crew member where her french announcements weren't deemed adequate. The expedition crew were excellent and couldn't have done a better job of keeping us safe whilst finding the best possible landing sites. If landing was unsafe a revised location was quickly and seamlessly established. They then manned the zodiacs and made themselves available on-shore to answer the many questions we all wanted answering. The volume of wildlife was mindblowing. We all tried to stick to the flags marking a separation from the thousands of penguins, seals and birds but the animals don't know the rules and just come right up to you to investigate. One tip is to make sure that South Georgia is included in your Antarctic expedition. The Antarctic peninsular was great. South Georgia was amazing. Literally millions of wildlife.

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Le Lyrial (Ponant) Cruise Review by dogleg

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2016
  • Destination: Antarctica
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 ports whilst travelling in style.

Our window cabin (307) was the cheapest but, being designated "disabled", much larger than the standard balcony stateroom. Heaps of space.

Dining location alternated depending on our mood between the a-la-cart Gastronomic on deck 2 and more casual Grill restaurant on deck 6. The food was wonderful. Interestingly it became necessary to reserve a table at the Grill for an evening meal, it was so popular.

As you would expect, activities centred on the expedition nature of the cruise with a good dose of lectures from the many expedition crew members. French and English lectures were scheduled separately and were superb.

With 2 zodiac trips, a day we didn't have much time for the evening entertainment so can't comment. Most spare time was spent just catching up with others in one of the 2 public rooms. An open bar made that a very pleasant pre-dinner ritual.

The service on board was excellent, plenty of staff, some of whom we soon got to know quite well. We sensed, however, some tension between the French-speaking passengers and one senior Italian crew member where her french announcements weren't deemed adequate.

The expedition crew were excellent and couldn't have done a better job of keeping us safe whilst finding the best possible landing sites. If landing was unsafe a revised location was quickly and seamlessly established. They then manned the zodiacs and made themselves available on-shore to answer the many questions we all wanted answering.

The volume of wildlife was mindblowing. We all tried to stick to the flags marking a separation from the thousands of penguins, seals and birds but the animals don't know the rules and just come right up to you to investigate.

One tip is to make sure that South Georgia is included in your Antarctic expedition. The Antarctic peninsular was great. South Georgia was amazing. Literally millions of wildlife.
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Cabin 307
Being an expedition cruise the disabled cabins were available to anyone and our travel agent recommended we book cabin 307 which was a great move. Whilst we didn't have a balcony (too cold anyway to be of much use in Antarctica) we had a large window and the cabin was a good metre wider than the balcony cabins. Big bathroom and plenty of room for 2.