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Ponant L'Austral Cruise Reviews

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106 Ponant L'Austral Cruise Reviews


JulieDCanter avatar

JulieDCanter

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Beyond Wondrous in the age of Covid 19

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We planned the trip of a lifetime to Antarctica on Ponant, impressed with reviews, the small size of the ship and everything French about it. We had no idea that the trip would be memorable in more ways than one. We ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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PRL1314

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Worst travel experience ever

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

65 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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Esther P.

6 Reviews Written

9 Helpful Votes

Darwin to Darwin; Darwin to Bali

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 April 2018


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SuzeG

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

AMAZING ANTARCTICA

My background being Hospitality, Housekeeping, PR and Compliance I felt the crew, Officers and the Captain acted in a very respectful and lovely manner along with creating a great atmosphere. • The ship was a ...
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Sail Date February 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


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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


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Akasapo

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Antarctic expedition

We chose this cruise because of the small ship size (220 passeners), the fact that it was spending 6 full days at the white continent and that it would be sending us ashore on zodiac rafts. We were very impressed ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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Cruising Kangaroo

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Antartica and the Austral Loop on Ponant L'Austral

We chose Ponant for our Antactic cruise because of their high reputation for expedition cruises and general high quality reputation for food, service etc. our cruise was excellent in almost every way. The quality ...
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Sail Date December 2018


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


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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


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RainerBln

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Not worth the (much) money!

We were very interested in the destination Japan. The Ship for this round trip should not be too big and exclusive. There is not much choice. That's why we decided to LÁustral. The price would be reasonable if ...
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Sail Date May 2018


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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


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The Village Idiot

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Cruise

We went to the Kimberleys, having embarked in Broome. We spent a few days in Broome and thoroughly enjoyed our time there. The Cabin was well appointed but somewhat small, however not really a problem The ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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Replay

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Fantastic scenery Kimberly Coast.

This was our 3 cruise with Ponant, The staff were very friendly and helpful, especially when we had to get on and off the zodiac boats as my husband not long ago has a knee replacement but was still able to go and ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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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


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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


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pjmcnally

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

French Style

Itinerary, service standards and inclusions were very good. Food was excellent and the cabins are spacious and comfortable. The crew overall were very friendly and helpful and really are a highlight. Ponant ...
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Sail Date June 2018


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hjaff

1 Review Written

15 Helpful Votes

Would hardly know this ship was in Japan!

We chose this particular trip to Japan because the ship was small and the itinerary was part land and part sea.While the ship itself was adequate- the small room was comfortable, clean, and well attended, the ...
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Sail Date June 2018


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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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dthiebaud

2 Reviews Written

4 Helpful Votes

Extraordinary Expedition Cruise across the Spice Islands

We had been previously on a cruise across this Indonesian region last year that was disappointing with Silversea Expedition. This year Ponant cruise was exceptional, thanks to the outstanding expedition team lead by ...
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Sail Date March 2018


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elenef

5 Reviews Written

12 Helpful Votes

Northern Australia in the Wet Season

Joined L'Austral in Fremantle for the 26 day cruise of Northern Australia in the Wet Season. Boarding the ship in Fremantle was smooth and although we arrived early our bags were taken from us and we went for a ...
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Sail Date March 2018


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skurvish

1 Review Written

14 Helpful Votes

A mixed experience

While preparing for this cruise I found it very difficult to get any real information about Ponant cruises and our itinerary. I wrote some notes once I was on board and they are below. Before that though I need ...
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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


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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