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12 Ponant L'Austral Cruise Reviews

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

RainerBln avatar


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

gknaggs avatar


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

toolga avatar


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

Mart211 avatar


1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes


The small ship experience was the most important factor in my choice but the so called luxury experience left a lot to be desired. Service was varied and inconsistent, the food was not of the suggested standard and ...
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Sail Date December 2016

Double0 avatar


1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Close to luxury

Above all DON'T DRINK the WINE! On day one I tried the ship's wine, it was awful (to be kind.) On the second day I ordered a bottle of French Bordeaux Margaux for 125 Euros thinking I've never had a bad ...
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Sail Date January 2017

John5280 avatar


2 Reviews Written

4 Helpful Votes

Excellent itinerary, horrible dining

Chosen specifically for the Iceland, Greenland and Northwest Artic passage to Alaska. Excellent itinerary with great shore excursions and expedition excursions. Many great features such as the ship design, 24/7 ...
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Sail Date July 2016

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Val H

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Could easily have been so much better!

This was called an "expedition cruise". And yes, there were some interesting excursions. But most afternoons were scheduled for swimming and/or snorkelling off a small island with no alternative activities. Not ...
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Sail Date December 2016

billmccl avatar


1 Review Written

13 Helpful Votes

Great Itinerary and Enrichment Lectures, Cramped Cabins, and Poor Food Service

The itinerary of Morocco and Andalusia was our primary attraction. The itinerary and the tours were up to expectations. Excellent and recommended We expected a 6 star cruise line, although Ponant and their ...
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Sail Date March 2016

JLZCA avatar


1 Review Written

16 Helpful Votes

Not a five star Cruise

Only part i can give 5 stars to are the ship and the suites. Our suite was small but felt larger than it was. There was amazing storage and hanging places to put all our stuff. Bathroom was elegant with a ...
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Sail Date June 2015

ivesden avatar


1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

30th anniversary cruise for Ponant line

This cruise was from Lautoka in Fiji to Papeete in Tahiti, in September/October 2018. It was promoted as the 30th Anniversary cruise for Ponant, and made a special visit to Mata Utu, the registration home for Ponant ...
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Sail Date September 2018

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Dianne Chandler

2 Reviews Written

10 Helpful Votes

Extremely small cabins, disappointing food.

Cabins too small, temperature too cold throughout the ship including in cabins, food very disappointing for what is expected from the French, meat tough, food too salty even the doctor on board told the chefs this ...
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Sail Date July 2018

L'Austral Ratings

Public Rooms5.04.2
Fitness Recreation4.03.8
Value For Money4.03.8
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