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L'Austral Review

4.5 / 5.0
112 reviews

Amazing Antarctica in Style

Review for Antarctica Cruise on L'Austral
2-5 Cruises • Age 20s

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Sail Date: Jan 2012

We took L'Austral to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands from Ushuaia, Argentina. This is an expedition cruise on a boat with less than 200 passengers, so a different experience from your usual cruise. The boat is armed with a fleet of 8 zodiacs, staffed with several naturalists, all the things you'd get on a more rugged cruise, except you got plush accommodations and good food.

BOOKING - Booking was easy over email, Lisa was very helpful. It was a bit disorganized at the end when we were suddenly asked for all the documentation that we'd already provided, just days before the cruise, and we actually had to write and ask for our boarding passes the day before the cruise because they hadn't been sent. Other than that, all was fine with the booking.

LANGUAGE - The boat is French, and so the main language on board is French, but they always spoke in English too, and worked hard to ensure that English speakers were together on the expeditions, also at meals, so that there wasn't a language problem. There was also one German speaking naturalist for the German contingent, though they weren't as well catered to as the French and English speakers. We didn't find the language to be any problem, it was well dealt with by the ship crew.

Cabin Review

Beautiful, new cabin. Comfortable bed, good size, flat-screen tv. Separate toilet & shower. Balcony with table & chairs. Drafty back door. Go for lower floors if you get seasick easy. Lots of storage space. Nespresso machine.

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