PONANT Yacht Cruises & Expeditions


24-hour Room Service
Beauty Salon
Fitness Center
Laundry/Dry Cleaning
Swimming Pool
Water Sports Platform

Ship Info

What's Included


  • • All outside staterooms and suites

    • Attentive, discreet service from a bilingual (French-English) crew (2 to 1 ratio)

    • 1 gourmet dining room; 1 casual dining room

  • Unlimited Complimentary WiFi

  • • SothysTM spa, hammam and beauty salon

    • Theater

    • Luggage handling at embarkation and disembarkation

    • 24 hour room service

    • Fleet of Zodiacs

    • Gratuities

    • Port and safety taxes and fees

  • • French-inspired and regionally-sourced gourmet cuisine

    • 24/7 Open bar and stocked mini-bar

    • Traditional afternoon tea

    • Evening entertainment, production shows, etc.

  • • State-of-the-art fitness center

Not Included

  • • Air & ground transportation

    • Optional shore excursions

    • Phone and fax use

    • Laundry, spa services

    • Travel or other Insurance

Ship Overview

Inaugural Sailing
10700 Tons
Public Decks
Passenger Capacity

Reviews and Recommendations for L'Austral


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Outstanding cruise

By: Fishwife

Reviewed on: 19 Jul 2014

We loved the Austral and its crew. Conscientious, thoughtful and kind are only a few of the positive adjectives that describe them. Each individual we dealt with acted as if our comfort was his number one concern. We were impressed with the respect the crew and staff showed each other and the respect they had for the captain. 
Travel Advisor:  Pascale LeJeune

Stockholm to Bergen, June 22-29

By: John

Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2016

Clean ship, professional crew, staff was very courteous and well organized. We enjoyed our sail and would highly recommend it.
Travel Advisor:  Lana Lewis


By: Jackie

Reviewed on: 10 Oct 2017

Accomodations fine; dining and housekeeping staff all excellent. Naturalists were terrible—rude, unprofessional. Other travelers also complained. I spoke to head naturalist (Rafe) after only a few days and he admitted the deficiencies, said it was his fault for inadequately training staff and then nothing improved. Further, I filled out the survey at the end of the trip and nearly a month later have not received a reply.
Travel Advisor:  Timothy Krenzien


By: Cotta

Reviewed on: 28 Mar 2019

Ship was nice and the crew superb. Loved the expeditions! And the talks. Entertainment was good, but didn't participate in a lot because of our full days. Food was generally good, not great. Breakfast buffet was good, breads, cheeses and desserts terrific! And service super...everyone so pleasant and attentive
Travel Advisor:  Kathy Brown

Elegant and intimate

By: xlgm

Reviewed on: 30 Mar 2019

We loved L'Austral in the Antarctic. It was the perfect size for an expedition cruise. The rooms are elegant and ingenuous in their use of space. Our stateroom bed was very comfortable and we enjoyed having a King. We would love to return to this ship!
Travel Advisor:  Gillian Clark