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Le Lyrial (Ponant) Review

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52 reviews

First time cruise

Review for the Mediterranean Cruise on Le Lyrial (Ponant)
First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Aug 2018

We chose this ship as it was small and seemed an ideal way to visit Croatia. Previous reviews were worrying with comments about smoking on board but this was not a huge problem. The French do smoke out on the decks but not inside. The pomp and ceremony didnt appeal on boarding but it went smoothly. The cabin on deck 4 was fine. Quite compact but a lovely shower with plenty Hermes toiletries replenished daily. Excellent service of the cabin. Nice balcony, comfy bed and very smooth sailing every day for 8 days.

There was a single chair and an ottoman if you wanted room service. We used this once, it was ok. The times to eat were quite rigid and we did see crew clearing the food away at the buffet right on deadlines! The bars were fine, lovely crew, drinks and nibbles ok. The cocktail party was a joke. No cocktails in sight just champagne or water. No cocktail food as such, a couple of cooked carrot balls and dried olive inedible pastry. Which brings me to the food. french, we thought it would be a highlight.... breakfast on level 2 was great. Couldnt ask for more, fruit, pastries( they were cold and tired and needed to be reheated)

On level 6 it was a buffet free for all. Food difficult to reach and at several stations. Lunch was the same and dinner on level 6. We ate maily on 2, al la carte. Food was plain, steak inedible, vegetables, boiled, reheated, deserts teasteless often. Wine was ok. The food was presented well but the taste was a total let down.

Cabin Review

Cabin Stateroom

Compact, clean, excellent shower, amenities Hermes excellent, good hanging and storage. Cases fit under bed. Excellent linen, pillows,, towels quality. Perfectly maintained daily. Nice balcony. Toilet is separate and tiny but ok.

Port Reviews


Do it yourself. Throw away the maps, stay a couple of days at hotel Carnival Palace in Canneregio and get off the beaten track. Venice is unique and if you speak a few words of Italian the locals will respond.

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