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Le Lyrial (Ponant) Review

2019 Best for Cabins
2019 Best for Fitness & Recreation
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Le Lyrial (Ponant)
-- / 5.0
48 reviews

Pros
Elegantly appointed ship with excellent service and relaxed vibe
Cons
Unless you're in a suite, cabins are too small; strange bathroom layout
Bottom Line
A beautiful small ship sailing destination-rich itineraries

About

Passengers
264

Crew
139

Passenger to Crew
1.90:1

Launched
2015

Shore Excursions
360
Sails To
Antarctica, Eastern Mediterranean, Africa, Western Mediterranean
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Dori Saltzman
Cruise Critic Contributor

Le Lyrial (Ponant) Overview

Le Lyrial is one of four sister ships in the fleet of Ponant, a French luxury expedition cruise line. The ship holds just 264 people, but manages to pack a lot into a small space, including a full-service spa, fitness center and a heated swimming pool.

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The ship has a wonderfully calm vibe, with a sedate elegance and a marine-inspired decor. We particularly loved the primary atrium sculpture, which mimics whirling columns of fish.

Ponant is a French line and the service, food and entertainment onboard are French. Announcements are made in French first, dinner is served late, the cuisine is French-inspired and entertainment in the theater is cabaret style, while in the lounge the singers channel their inner Edith Piaf.

Le Lyrial sails primarily in Europe, South America and around Africa. When in Europe, it offers culturally rich itineraries throughout the Mediterranean. During the rest of the year, it sails expedition journeys to Antarctica, around the coast of South Africa and to the African islands (Seychelles, Madagascar, Mauritius, etc.). The onboard marina is stocked with kayaks and Zodiacs for use on these more exotic sailings.


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Fellow Passengers

Most passengers on a Le Lyrial cruise are French, with a smattering of cruisers from English speaking-countries (mostly U.K. and Australia) as well as other European countries and occasionally Asia. You might also find yourself on a sailing in which part of the ship has been chartered by an American tour operator (such as Tauck). Cruises during school holidays will attract young French families, though not in large numbers.


Le Lyrial (Ponant) Dress Code

During the day and especially on shore excursions, casual, comfortable clothing is the norm. Depending on your itinerary, specific clothing might be recommended (waterproof, wind-resistant pieces, hiking boots, etc.). In the evening, attire is at passengers' discretion, though jeans, T-shirts and flip-flops are not permitted in Le Celeste main dining room. On Gala Nights, cruisers are encouraged to dress up in their finest, but it's not required. Keep in mind, the French do tend to dress nicely for dinner.

Le Lyrial Inclusions

The cruise fare is only slightly inclusive on Le Lyrial with just drinks (soft and alcoholic, but not premium brands) included in the price, as well as Wi-Fi. Shore excursions (with very few exceptions), laundry, tips and the spa are not included. The euro is the onboard currency.


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Le Lyrial (Ponant) Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.5
Dining4.1
Entertainment3.6
Fitness Recreation3.9
FamilyN/A

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Le Lyrial (Ponant) won 2 awards over the years, including Best for Cabins and Best for Fitness & Recreation in 2019.

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Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best for Cabins
  • 2019 Best for Fitness & Recreation

Le Lyrial (Ponant) Member Reviews

Le Lyrial (Ponant)
mfordski7
Sail Date: Jul 2019
We traveled with our kids 8 and 10 and just got home from an 8 night Mediterranean cruise onboard the Le Lyrial. We LOVED this ship.... Read More
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7ContinentTraveler
Sail Date: Jan 2020
We selected the Abercrombie and Kent-Ponant cruise to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands for its relatively small size - 170 passengers - and the reputation of the expeditionary staff.... Read More
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lizjamieson
Sail Date: Jul 2019
The main reason we chose Ponant was because the entry level stateroom has a balcony which I think is essential.... Read More
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Maturity
Sail Date: Jul 2019
The good thing about Ponant is the ship is small enough to visit quieter places. The few, French, children who were on board were beautifully behaved. It is not ideally a cruise for children though.... Read More

Ponant Fleet

Le Ponant
10 reviews

The 64-passenger Le Ponant is a three-masted sailing ship that sails for Ponant, and is also chartered by other cruise lines, including Tauck.

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Le Boreal
4.0 / 5.0
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Launched in 2009 and ice-strengthened for Arctic and Antarctica itineraries, Le Boreal was the first in a series of 264-passenger cruising yachts commissioned by Ponant.

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L'Austral

Launched in 2011, L'Austral was the second in a series of 264-passenger, ice-strengthened cruising yachts commissioned by Ponant; it's also often chartered by other lines such as Tauck.

Le Soleal

A luxury expedition yacht with an ice-strengthened hull, two restaurants, swimming pool and spa, as well as a marina for watersports; strong French influence.

Le Lyrial (Ponant)

A beautifully appointed luxury yacht with two restaurants, swimming pool and spa, as well as a marina for water sports; strong French influence.

Le Laperouse

Launched in 2018, Le Laperouse is the first of Ponant's six Explorer-class expedition ships. It is named for French explorer Jean-Francois de La Perouse.

Le Champlain
4.0 / 5.0
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Measuring just 430 feet, the luxury expedition ship Le Champlain features 92 cabins and suites with a crew complement of 110.

Le Bougainville

Featuring two restaurants and a special "underwater lounge," this luxury expedition yacht has an infinity pool and watersports marina.

Le Dumont d'Urville

This luxury expedition yacht features two restaurants, infinity pool, watersports marina and a special "underwater" lounge.

Le Jacques Cartier

Filled with airy public rooms and well-appointed suites, this hybrid 184-passenger luxury-expedition vessel will offer Ponant’s trademark French cruising flair when it debuts in 2020.

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