Our recent cruise on Ponant's Le Laperouse around New Zealand went way beyond our expectations. We hadn't sailed with Ponant before, but are avid cruisers, having enjoyed several with Seabourn, Silversea, Regent and Viking, all of which have been wonderful, but we would have to say that our experience on Le Laperouse has most definitely been the best to date.
The ship is stylish, comfortable, and well sized (with only 180 passengers), making it possible to call into every port on our itinerary without the need for tenders.
Our beautiful suite was spotlessly clean, spacious, well equipped and extremely comfortable (as were all areas throughout the ship). The service in the restaurant and bar was impeccable, with highly professional and friendly staff and the food was delicious, varied and beautifully presented.
Cabin was spacious and comfortable with a large walk in robe with plentiful hanging space, shelves and drawers. The cabin had a good sized bathroom with ample storage and a separate toilet . Comfortable bed , couches and armchair and a pillow choice is available.
Soundproofing on this ship is very good, and we experienced no noise at all from the corridors or adjacent cabins
Cabin 617 was quite close to the lift and to the rear stairs to the restaurant which we found helpful.