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Having never heard of Ponant, we chose this cruise because it did a circumnavigation of Iceland which is what we wanted. The ship was extremely clean, comfortable, and well laid-out. Embarkation from a small port outside of Reykjavik was a breeze (as was disembarkation). Captain Etienne Garcia was terrific - his enthusiasm for the immense beauty of Iceland came through in every message from him and he made sure no one on board missed a whale sighting or any other special event. Food service was in one of two rooms - on Deck 6 was a buffet-at-all-meals room that opened on to the deck which had additional seating. Weather during our cruise was wonderful so we could often eat on the deck which was delightful. Food was good and daily choices varied enough to keep us interested. The drinks-included selections were excellent and the pouring wine was very good. Other food option was a white-tablecloth dining room on Deck 2 with no outdoor access. We learned that it served the same food but with dinner served (not buffet). We did not choose that option. Excursions were very good and organization of everything on the ship was perfect.

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Le Boreal Cruise Review by plaeger606

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2019
  • Destination: Arctic
  • Cabin Type: Prestige Stateroom
Having never heard of Ponant, we chose this cruise because it did a circumnavigation of Iceland which is what we wanted. The ship was extremely clean, comfortable, and well laid-out. Embarkation from a small port outside of Reykjavik was a breeze (as was disembarkation). Captain Etienne Garcia was terrific - his enthusiasm for the immense beauty of Iceland came through in every message from him and he made sure no one on board missed a whale sighting or any other special event. Food service was in one of two rooms - on Deck 6 was a buffet-at-all-meals room that opened on to the deck which had additional seating. Weather during our cruise was wonderful so we could often eat on the deck which was delightful. Food was good and daily choices varied enough to keep us interested. The drinks-included selections were excellent and the pouring wine was very good. Other food option was a white-tablecloth dining room on Deck 2 with no outdoor access. We learned that it served the same food but with dinner served (not buffet). We did not choose that option. Excursions were very good and organization of everything on the ship was perfect.
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Cabin Review

Prestige Stateroom
Cabin PS 431
This cabin was small by any cruise ship standard but we found a place for everything and managed so long as we both didn't try to be in the same space at the same time. The bed was extremely comfortable and the cabin had all we needed. Bathroom configuration very odd - toilet was in a separate tiny room with the shower (excellent) and wash basin (small with limited storage space) were in another. That room had an odd door that would slide open from the room side to reveal whoever was in the shower room at the time. We never figured out the reason for this - would have better to use this space for much needed hooks or other storage; balcony was fine with 2 comfortable chairs and a small table. We understood that this is the size of the vast majority of the cabins with only a few others being larger
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