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L'Austral Review

4.5 / 5.0
112 reviews

Wonderful nightly world-class classical music Dublin to Glasgow; other aspects not ideal, especially communication

Review for the British Isles & Western Europe Cruise on L'Austral
Catlover54
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Apr 2023

DH and I are veterans of many "luxury" and a few non-luxury cruises, with no particular favorite line. We like to mix and match depending on itinerary, timing, and other factors. We wanted to combine a pre-cruise land trip to Ireland with a classical music cruise, and then a land trip in Scotland, where we would disembark.

We booked this one-week port-intensive "Music in Celtic Lands" cruise with the French small ship upper premium line Ponant (it is definitely not luxury) from Dublin to Glasgow, which featured classical music (a trio, a soprano, and a violist). Ports visited included Dublin (start), Belfast, Fishguard, Douglas, Liverpool, Iona and Tobermory ( a half day each), Oban, and Glasgow (end, at the Greenock port, 45 minutes west of the city). It was our first Ponant cruise.

Overall we rate it 4/5, and would consider Ponant again but only on the right itinerary and where we could be assured of being able to reliably book and keep private excursions.

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