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Ponant L'Austral Luxury Cruises Cruise Reviews

Ponant
L'Austral
Destination
Departure Port

Traveler rating

Excellent

32

Very Good

8

Average

9

Poor

9

Terrible

2

Cruise type

Luxury Cruises

60

Group and Theme Cruises

8

Romantic Cruises

5

Senior Cruises

5

Expedition Cruises

4

60 Ponant L'Austral Luxury Cruises Cruise Reviews


PRL1314 avatar

PRL1314

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Worst travel experience ever

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We chose the cruise to the Arctic because the ship was supposed to be small. I made a mistake and thought it was 128 passengers. It was 128 cabins. In the arctic and antarctic only 100 passengers can be on shore at ...
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Sail Date June 2019


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SteamboatWillie118

11 Reviews Written

68 Helpful Votes

Brazil to Africa

First of all, on our many cruises we've never had such a warm and fuzzy crew, we felt like part of an extended family, and it was genuine. The crew actually bids to come back to the same ship because they like being ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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Markrossboulter

1 Review Written

All the sights inc a blue whale

The cruise was amazing. These ships are superb and so smoothly do what they are designed for. Inc getting every out into the zodiacs often. The sights in Antarctica are stunning and the wildlife. Well humpbacks ...
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Sail Date February 2019


kerrianno avatar

kerrianno

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

Solo cruise in Antarctica

I chose Ponant based on the dates available, as well as a lower single supplement than I saw on other cruises that I researched. Ponant alsoninvluded the flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia which was a bonus. I ...
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Sail Date February 2019


Jo Cameron avatar

Jo Cameron

2 Reviews Written

47 Helpful Votes

Not the best of cruises

We chose this cruise because it went to Pitcairn Island and Easter Island from Papeete. We then stayed on for a further 6 days and cruised to Chile. Embarkation at Papeete was shambolic as the Paul Gaugain was ...
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Sail Date October 2018


sayerbob avatar

sayerbob

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Great Anniversary Cruise

This cruise visited Wallis and Futuna which I could not get with another cruise line. Since this was also a 30 anniversary cruise lots of specials were in store, such as reception in Wallis; native entertainment on ...
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Sail Date September 2018


Betleys avatar

Betleys

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Great cruise.

We wanted to visit the Kimberley region from the sea and experience rock art and geographic features. We were not particularly interested in the birdlife but found it fascinating nevertheless. The hotels before ...
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Sail Date August 2018


spw1947 avatar

spw1947

2 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

An amazing experience

We chose the cruise because while we have travelled to many other parts of the world we really need to see more of our own land. We combined the cruise with self drive land content before and after and were ...
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Sail Date August 2018


Ceres Mark avatar

Ceres Mark

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Magnificent

We booked this cruise 18 months earlier and we are so glad we did. To begin with, the Kimberley area is stunning! The scenery, the wildlife and the indigenous rock art is all wonderfully beautiful. We saw an ...
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Sail Date July 2018


Alexcat avatar

Alexcat

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Great food, service and itinerary with an all inclusive fare. Exceptional

I have been on this ship once before to Macquarie Island and the New Zealand subantartic islands. This ship takes you to places where the others don’t go. Unbelievable experiences and excellent on board, with ...
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Sail Date March 2018


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BpfromSAust

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Subantarctic island

These islands are possibly the least visited and unspoilt islands in the world with unique flora and fauna. They cruise visits these island positioned halfway between Australia and New Zealand and Antarctica. In the ...
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Sail Date January 2018


minnie 51 avatar

minnie 51

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Just missing a beat

I chose this cruise from Sydney to Cairns as it was calling at smaller islands off the East Coast of Australia . Somewhere along the line this ship was just missing a beat if it wants to be considered 5 star. The ...
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Sail Date March 2018


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Cindy's mum

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

The Kimberley in the wet season! Wow, just wow!

We chose this cruise for its luxurious small ship experience. The ship was all the better for the French influence on the food and wine which were superb. The ship was fabulous with wonderful caring staff from ...
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Sail Date March 2018


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Dinkumguy

2 Reviews Written

10 Helpful Votes

Great expedition cruise to Sub-Antarctic

This was the third cruise we have had on le Boreal and L'Austral. All have been excellent, This cruise was to the Sub antarcic Islands from Dunedin via the sounds and ending in Wellington NZ. As the ship was being ...
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Sail Date January 2018


gknaggs avatar

gknaggs

1 Review Written

11 Helpful Votes

We had high expectations for this trip; however, we were very disappointed.

We chose this cruise line and ship for it's supposed 5 star rating and it's small number of passengers. We had previously been on two cruises on the Paul Gauguin out of Tahiti which were fantastic so we expected a ...
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Sail Date December 2017


Daniele avatar

Daniele

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Off the beaten path of Indonesia!

I chose this cruise because of the "no single supplement". Ponant is the only luxury cruise with this option and I really think it is a good marketing option for the company. More and more you have a lot of women ...
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Sail Date September 2017


parischris avatar

parischris

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Iconic Kimberley

For me, Ponant is the perfect mix of intinerary, price and comfort. It is not for everyone - this was my third Ponant cruise, complaints about the food are common and based on the mis-understanding that the ...
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Sail Date September 2017


Brissie B avatar

Brissie B

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Kimberley Experience

We visited the Kimberley region 20 years ago on a small cruise boat with less than 20 passengers and always wished to return. The Ponant Expedition Cruise with very experienced Naturalists on board to explain and ...
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Sail Date September 2017


Mike Dixon avatar

Mike Dixon

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Cruise of the Kimberleys

Fulfilled a long term ambition to visit Darwin and cruise the Kimberleys in WA. While there were quite a few issues on the vessel which were not the best, my overall rating is quite high just for the fact of my ...
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Sail Date September 2017


Esther P. avatar

Esther P.

6 Reviews Written

10 Helpful Votes

Excellent Experience

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 ...
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Sail Date September 2017


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laughalot

2 Reviews Written

10 Helpful Votes

Couldn't be any better

First time on Ponant but 16th cruise overall. We were totally spoilt like never before. The ship is beautiful and the staff were all so very nice and went the extra mile with everything they did. The rooms were ...
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Sail Date September 2017


Thomas Moore avatar

Thomas Moore

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Every thing we expected from a great cruise

We had previously sailed on L'Austral in Alaska and were so impressed that when we learnt that Ponant were to cruise the Kimberley we decided to join them again. FRom the moment we embarked, we were made very ...
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Sail Date July 2017


Antarctic Bound avatar

Antarctic Bound

1 Review Written

Kimberley Cruising

We wanted to see the Kimberley and we decided that this was the way to do it without having to pack and unpack every day or so - do so with a degree of luxury. The trip started in Darwin and finished in Broome. ...
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Sail Date July 2017


f2s avatar

f2s

10 Reviews Written

43 Helpful Votes

Has to be marked POOR due to the cooking only.

The ship is young enough and attractively styled and crewed! Maintenance of rust and cleaning of deck,glass,and balcony are not great. Cabin and storage was totally fine. Our cabin steward was never close to ...
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Sail Date July 2017


toolga avatar

toolga

1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

Kimberley Cruising

We decide to cruise from Darwin to Broome with Ponant from July 24th 2017 to 2 August 2017 because we wanted to experience the Kimberley from the ocean side. We had travelled the region by car back in 2007 and love ...
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Sail Date July 2017


L'Austral Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins5.04.3
Dining4.03.9
Entertainment4.03.6
Public Rooms5.04.2
Fitness Recreation4.03.8
Family3.0N/A
Enrichment2.04.1
Service3.04.5
Value For Money4.03.8
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