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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 for an asian cruise. I would like to have been offered some Asian European fusion options. Our prestige stateroom was clean and well appointed but uncomfortably smaller than we had on Le Lyrial. No larger options were available when we booked. The entertainment was very good. Shore excursions were disappointing; millions of busy people on motor bikes are amusing for only so long. Ha Long Bay and Hoi An were the pick of locations visited. The reality does not measure up to the travel brochure pictures and descriptions. Guides were obviosly very knowledgable and proud of their country but commentaries generally too detailed to the extent of being tedious. Better to cover more ground, see more and hear less statistics , data and dates. Embarcation in HK was terrible; mind you the contrast between the clean and welcoming ship and the drab grubby waiting area ashore may have been a cunning ploy. Internet services were poor.

Hong Kong to KKL

L'Austral Cruise Review by John McC

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2017
  • Destination: Asia
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 for an asian cruise. I would like to have been offered some Asian European fusion options.

Our prestige stateroom was clean and well appointed but uncomfortably smaller than we had on Le Lyrial. No larger options were available when we booked.

The entertainment was very good.

Shore excursions were disappointing; millions of busy people on motor bikes are amusing for only so long. Ha Long Bay and Hoi An were the pick of locations visited. The reality does not measure up to the travel brochure pictures and descriptions.

Guides were obviosly very knowledgable and proud of their country but commentaries generally too detailed to the extent of being tedious. Better to cover more ground, see more and hear less statistics , data and dates.

Embarcation in HK was terrible; mind you the contrast between the clean and welcoming ship and the drab grubby waiting area ashore may have been a cunning ploy.

Internet services were poor.
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Cabin 519
Cleanliness and quality of appointments was excellent. The cabin was rather cramped. Wardrobe doors when open did not permit acces to the cabin or to the toilet. Nor space for luggage. Le Lyrial had room for luggage under the bed. When the be was turned down the extra bed covers etc occupied the only easy chair.