L'Austral Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Darwin to Darwin; Darwin to Bali

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Esther P.
6-10 Cruises • Age 20s

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Sail Date: Apr 2018

I did back-to back cruises on L'Austral with the first being 10 days in Australia's Kimberly. It was excellent in every way -- itinerary, activities, cabin, food, and especially the expedition team. They worked together beautifully., gave wonderful presentations and were always available for questions. The passenger makeup was mostly Australians, though about 20 French-speaking.

I continued on the next cruise - Darwin to Bali - and the atmosphere changed a bit - now it was half English-speaking and half French-speaking. This was more of a cultural cruise as we made several stops in a few little-visited eastern islands of Indonesia. The island tours were well-organized. It was still active as we had several snorkeling opportunities.

It is important to know that these were expedition-style cruises, and agility and balance are needed to board the zodiacs. It is active, with snorkeling and hiking opportunities. Everything is described in advance and passengers can self-select if they want to participate in the excursion.

Cabin Review

Cabin Deluse Suite

Compared to the large suites (the size of two cabins), this can be considered a mini-suite. I love that when you open the cabin door, you can see directly thru to the balcony. There is plenty of storage space. The three deluxe suites are located on level 6 and the Observation Lounge is at one end of the floor, with the buffet restaurant at the other. Suites come with Butler Service.

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