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Ponant L'Austral Cruise Reviews

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18 Ponant L'Austral Cruise Reviews

The Village Idiot avatar

The Village Idiot

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote



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

pjmcnally avatar


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

elenef avatar


5 Reviews Written

13 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

skurvish avatar


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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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

Dinkumguy avatar


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

bestcabin avatar


1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Great cruise along the Kimberley Coast

We chose Ponant as it offered an in depth look at the area at a competitive price. This was our first Ponant cruise. We have cruised with Silversea and Seabourn previously, but not on expedition cruises. ...
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Sail Date July 2017

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John McC

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Hong Kong to KKL

We chose the cruise because of a great experience in 2016 Istanbul to Venice aboard Le Lyrial. The ship and crew were excellent.Kamel was full of energy and fun. The food was excellent although some of the ...
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Sail Date June 2017

Damaris1900 avatar


1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

L'Austral with Tauck: Cruising the Land of the Rising Sun

My husband and I chose to travel on L'Austral with Tauck because we enjoy Tauck's level of service, and liked the idea of the small ship experience. I had done quite a bit of research on Ponant and L'Austral ...
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Sail Date April 2017

Selsdon avatar


1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Well done

This cruise was to the Sub-Antarctic islands. The voyage had some unexpected challenges for the Captain and the expedition team ably led by Mick Fogg. The ship and the expedition team worked closely to meet these ...
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Sail Date January 2017

carolb1 avatar


1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Volcanos, dancing hay stacks, sharks and water music

My dad was stationed in New Caledonia during WW II and I grew up sorting shells he brought home and later looking at his scrapbooks. I was delighted to see it firsthand. Vanuatu was a bonus and turned out to be a ...
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Sail Date February 2017

Navair avatar


1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Another Ponant Pampering Cruise!

We selected the Ponant cruise to the NZ sub-Antarctic and Macquarie Island because it promised visits to places rarely seen yet in typical Ponant luxury. It isn't a cruise for wimps - we experienced Force 12 gales, ...
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Sail Date January 2017

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Michael Perth

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Very pleasant experience

It was a last minute decision to go on a cruise and this was the only one available. We booked two days before embarkation and arrived in Hong Kong the night before departure. The ship was beautiful and the staff ...
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Sail Date October 2016

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Andy Panda

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Expedition cruise at its best

We were taken with the promotional video of the animals to be found in Siberia, Russia and Kuril Islands and booked three back to back cruises. L'Austral was the perfect ship to perform all requirements having 10 ...
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Sail Date September 2016

Floridiana avatar


4 Reviews Written

15 Helpful Votes

Vive la difference!

We picked a French ship, Ponant's l'Austral because her schedule it perfectly with our land tour in Japan afterwards. And then, we are always up for new experiences. We, that is my husband and I in our late 60ies. ...
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Sail Date March 2015

shaskelly avatar


1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Small ship, luxury option - very good but small niggles

Embarked on Ponant’s L’Austral in Cairns for a 1 week NYE cruise, sailing to Sydney. This was not an ‘expedition’ cruise (as with many of the itineraries with Ponant) but rather a more standard cruise type. ...
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Sail Date December 2014

Ritzy avatar


1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Cruising the Southern Ocean with L'Austral

Booking- We booked directly with Ponant's US office. Office staff were generally poorly responsive. Emails and voicemails were not were not regularly responded to and it was difficult to reach a person when ...
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Sail Date December 2011

Mike2131 avatar


14 Reviews Written

40 Helpful Votes

A Fascinating Cruise to the White Continent

Hotel before the cruise: 2 nights at the Tierra del Leyendas in Ushuaia. What a wonderful little hotel! Warm, inviting with great service and food. It is hard to imagine a better start to an Antarctic trip than a ...
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Sail Date December 2011

L'Austral Ratings

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