We spent two days in Bali before embarking.
We chose this cruise for the remote expedition excursions, and we were not disappointed. Mick, the expedition director, created some wonderful and unusual experiences on fairly isolated Indonesian islands. Expedition staff was excellent. Lectures were excellent. Weather was hot and muggy, but we expected that. Two of our excursions had to be dropped because of bad weather.
Cabin service was fine, no complaints. We are Ponant "Yacht Club" members and receive free laundry service which is an exceptional benefit, especially on a trip this long. Restaurant staff was friendly and helpful, but service was slow and uneven. The food was excellent. Reception staff was snooty, but got things done when asked. Ship was about 30% English speaking (American, Australian, English-speaking Europeans), the rest were French. We did not attend any of the entertainment activities. Fitness room was fine, but small.
Embarkation was chaotic. Everyone crowded the entrance at one time and got a little pushy on the way onto the ship. We were surprised they didn't create lines or some better system. Luggage arrived reasonably promptly. Debarkation was smooth and easy.
The cabin was well appointed, but extremely small. We were very surprised how tight it was. We had to wrap the legs of the bed in towels because we kept stubbing our toes on them as we walked by. There was only one chair inside, so one person had to sit on the bed. The balcony was nice but it was generally too hot to be out there. Only one person could be at the sink (toilet was in a separate room) and I had to open the door to dry off after my shower. Shower had good water pressure, plenty of hot water, and was a nice size. Storage space was adequate, although there was no separate closet and shelves were narrow.
No excursion here. We came on our own in advance of the cruise
No excursion here. This was the entry point to Australia. We had some delays due to weather but eventually the immigration folks came aboard. Immigration was quick and easy (a quick visit to the lounge so the officer could compare our faces to passport photos).