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L'Austral cruises for 2020-2021


Until February 2020 L’Austral runs 10- to 17-night cruises from Ushuaia to the Antarctic Peninsula. Some cruises from there cross the Antarctic Circle, each adventure governed by local weather and ice conditions. In March 2020 L’Austral heads north in the Atlantic, with interesting forays to African islands and the British Isles, reaching Norway’s Spitzbergen Archipelago above the Arctic Circle by May. Depart June 2020 from Spitzbergen to Greenland for two weeks of magnificent scenery – the day in Prince Christian Sound is one of the great explorer scenes. Explore the Baffin Sea coast of Canada and Greenland, up to 340 km north of the Arctic Circle. After traversing the Northwest Passage, depart Nome in September 2020 along the Alaskan coast mapped by Captain Cook south to Vancouver. Then back to Antarctica. Simply put, L’Austral sails the summers of the polar regions.
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L'Austral Cruise Calendar

Sold out Available OBC = onboard Credit
Date Route Cruise From $/Day
2019 CRUISES

10

DEC

L'Austral cruises

11

NIGHTS

$13,840

$1,258

20

DEC

L'Austral cruises

17

NIGHTS

Sold out

N/A

2020 CRUISES

15

JAN

L'Austral cruises

17

NIGHTS

$24,984

$1,470

9

FEB

L'Austral cruises

10

NIGHTS

$15,080

$1,508

18

FEB

L'Austral cruises

11

NIGHTS

$14,470

$1,315

28

FEB

L'Austral cruises

16

NIGHTS

The Great Adventure Cruise
Departs: Ushuaia | Arrives: Montevideo

$15,180

$949

14

MAR

L'Austral cruises

8

NIGHTS

Ocean Voyage Cruise
Departs: Montevideo | Arrives: Recife

Sold out

N/A

21

MAR

L'Austral cruises

12

NIGHTS

Remote Islands of the Atlantic Cruise
Departs: Recife | Arrives: Dakar

Sold out

N/A

1

APR

L'Austral cruises

11

NIGHTS

Cape Verde & Canary Islands Cruise
Departs: Dakar | Arrives: Lisbon

$6,370

$579

26

APR

L'Austral cruises

8

NIGHTS

Treasures of the Celtic Sea Cruise
Departs: Honfleur | Arrives: Dublin

$3,850

$481

3

MAY

L'Austral cruises

8

NIGHTS

Celtic Shores Cruise
Departs: Dublin | Arrives: Portsmouth

$4,070

$509

17

MAY

L'Austral cruises

12

NIGHTS

From Scotland to Spitsbergen Cruise
Departs: Dublin | Arrives: Longyearbyen

$10,930

$911

28

MAY

L'Austral cruises

8

NIGHTS

Best of Spitsbergen Cruise
Departs: Longyearbyen

$12,570

$1,571

4

JUN

L'Austral cruises

8

NIGHTS

Best of Spitsbergen Cruise
Departs: Longyearbyen

$12,570

$1,571

18

JUN

L'Austral cruises

8

NIGHTS

$12,570

$1,571

25

JUN

L'Austral cruises

15

NIGHTS

Greenland of Great Cruise
Departs: Longyearbyen | Arrives: Kangerlussuaq

$15,440

$1,029

9

JUL

L'Austral cruises

8

NIGHTS

$11,250

$1,406

16

JUL

L'Austral cruises

14

NIGHTS

Baffin Bay Secrets Cruise
Departs: Kangerlussuaq

$17,630

$1,259

29

JUL

L'Austral cruises

17

NIGHTS

$23,330

$1,372

14

AUG

L'Austral cruises

15

NIGHTS

Baffin Island Adventure Cruise
Departs: Kangerlussuaq

$18,750

$1,250

19

SEP

L'Austral cruises

15

NIGHTS

Alaska & Its Fur Traders Cruise
Departs: Nome | Arrives: Vancouver

$13,920

$928

28

NOV

L'Austral cruises

11

NIGHTS

$11,660

$1,060

8

DEC

L'Austral cruises

11

NIGHTS

$12,068

$1,097

2021 CRUISES

19

JAN

L'Austral cruises

16

NIGHTS

Sold out

N/A

4

MAR

L'Austral cruises

16

NIGHTS

The Great Adventure Cruise
Departs: Ushuaia | Arrives: Montevideo

$13,500

$844


L'Austral — Ship Review Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.

Life aboard L'Austral
Until February 2020 L’Austral runs 10- to 17-night cruises from Ushuaia to the Antarctic Peninsula. Some cruises from there cross the Antarctic Circle, each adventure governed by local weather and ice conditions. In March 2020 L’Austral heads north in the Atlantic, with interesting forays to African islands and the British Isles, reaching Norway’s Spitzbergen Archipelago above the Arctic Circle by May. Depart June 2020 from Spitzbergen to Greenland for two weeks of magnificent scenery – the day in Prince Christian Sound is one of the great explorer scenes. Explore the Baffin Sea coast of Canada and Greenland, up to 340 km north of the Arctic Circle. After traversing the Northwest Passage, depart Nome in September 2020 along the Alaskan coast mapped by Captain Cook south to Vancouver. Then back to Antarctica. Simply put, L’Austral sails the summers of the polar regions.

L’Austral offers itineraries that are impressive. She joined Compagnie du Ponant as a premium vessel in 2011, showing magnificent lines, elegance and furnishings that reflect modern French marine architecture. She is 4-star, “your own private yacht.” With 264 guests and 140 crew service is personal. Technically, her dynamic positioning system (using no anchors) and ‘Clean Ship’ standards are impressive. Fellow passengers come from many backgrounds, are well-travelled and refined. You’ll find all amenities are modern, ample space for sun-bathing or solitude, theatre for 250 with entertainment on selected evenings, and fine dining.

Accommodation
All 132 staterooms are of generous size with sea views, and include all the usual luxury amenities: DVD, CD and iPod players with Video on Demand, Internet access, controllable AC, bath robe and toiletries, wardrobes encased in white leather, and king or twin beds. On Deck 3 there are eight Superior Staterooms each with a panoramic window, and 28 Deluxe Staterooms with balcony, walk-in robe and bathtub. On Decks 4 to 6 there are 92 Prestige Staterooms. Forty of these can be linked with adjoining cabins and reconfigured, to make 20 Prestige Suites. These will have two bathrooms, and separate sleeping and entertainment areas. Staterooms can accommodate a third person.

On Deck 6 is the one very large Owner’s Suite with its own dining area, and three large Deluxe Suites. Full Butler Service is available to the 13 suites on Deck 6, to attend to your every need. Three cabins are specially adapted for disabled guests, and adjacent to elevators. Three elevators service all decks. There is 24 h room service with a dining menu. From May 2015 the minibar will be complimentary.

Food and Dining
French cuisine making good use of local fresh foods is a feature of this vessel. The two restaurants welcome guests to breakfast, lunch and dinner. The 268-seat Gastronomic Restaurant, at the rear and adjacent to the Marina, serves meals and complimentary wines worthy of the finest restaurants. The smaller Grill Restaurant adjacent to the pool offers al fresco dining with buffet lunches and themed dinners. Dress for dining is smart casual – it’s only the waiters who wear black ties and white gloves.

The forward-looking Panoramic Lounge and Terrace, and the Main Lounge off Reception are comfortably fitted with leather seats and are just the places to build friendships, perhaps with a drink or cocktail. There is also an open-air bar on the top Sun Deck. Each afternoon pastries and drinks are served. There is an Open Bar from May 2015.

Entertainment
Lounges are used for lectures by prominent experts, depending on the voyage, and also for shows, as is the 260-seat Theatre. For solitude retire to the library, games area with Wii™ consoles, or Internet room. Every guest can feel comfortable relaxing in his/her own way. Guests will find that most entertainment comes from ocean views and on-shore excursions. After all, this is an expedition vessel! Evenings are the times to share the day’s experiences with friends.

The Fitness centre is fitted with the latest equipment such as Kinesis Wall, exercise cycles and running machines. The Beauty Centre offers treatments by Sothys, and includes a range of massages and pampering. Smoking is allowed in designated outside areas, and the number of smokers may depend on the region and clientele. Remember, this is not essentially a family ship.





































Explore the decks

L'Austral deckplans

L'Austral deckplan

Cabins on Deck 11 (Aloha Deck)

AA
Suite with balcony
AB
Mini-suite with balcony
BB
Outside with balcony
CC
Outside
J
Inside
  • Sofa bed
  • Two pullman beds
  • Handicapped facilities
  • Four pullman beds
  • One pullman bed
  • Connecting staterooms
  • Sofa and pullman bed

Cabins

All 132 staterooms are of generous size with sea views, and include all the usual luxury amenities: DVD, CD and iPod players with Video on Demand, Internet access, controllable AC, bath robe and toiletries, wardrobes encased in white leather, and king or twin beds. On Deck 3 there are eight Superior Staterooms each with a panoramic window, and 28 Deluxe Staterooms with balcony, walk-in robe and bathtub. On Decks 4 to 6 there are 92 Prestige Staterooms. Forty of these can be linked with adjoining cabins and reconfigured, to make 20 Prestige Suites. These will have two bathrooms, and separate sleeping and entertainment areas. Staterooms can accommodate a third person.

On Deck 6 is the one very large Owner’s Suite with its own dining area, and three large Deluxe Suites. Full Butler Service is available to the 13 suites on Deck 6, to attend to your every need. Three cabins are specially adapted for disabled guests, and adjacent to elevators. Three elevators service all decks. There is 24 h room service with a dining menu. From May 2015 the minibar will be complimentary.

Decks
L'Austral

Ponant Cruise Lines

Ship facts

Star rating: L'Austral star rating
Maiden voyage: 2011
Number of decks: 6
Tonnage: 10944
Cabins: 132
Passenger capacity: 264
Number of crew: 140

What's onboard? ▼

  • Premium lifestyle
  • Honeymoon, singles, U19 rates
  • All staterooms ocean view
  • Ice class hull
  • Bi-lingual staff
  • Butler service to suites
  • Shop, Concierge, Excursion desk
  • DINING
  • Two dining rooms
  • Breakfast buffet, or in cabin
  • Room service 24h (selected menu)
  • Grill restaurant & buffet, casual
  • Open seating meals
  • Open bar & cabin minibars (from May 2015)
  • Afternoon tea
  • Lounges and bars (3)
  • Coffees & dining wines included
  • Dietary requests to Hotel Manager
  • Drinks package option
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • Theatre: entertainment, conferences
  • Main lounge, music
  • Shore excursion lectures
  • Observation lounge
  • Open air & Cocktail bars
  • Seminar presentations
  • REST & RELAXATION
  • Swimming pools
  • Sun deck and deckchairs
  • Beauty salon, massages, spa
  • Fitness centre
  • Observation deck
  • Marina deck
  • Zodiac landing craft
  • Library
  • Wii games consoles
  • Videos on demand for cabin
  • UNDER 18
  • Kids club activities
  • OTHER
  • Daily program
  • Laundry service (pay)
  • Elevators
  • Wi-Fi free and unlimited
  • Cabin satellite phone
  • Internet Centre
  • Infirmary and doctor
  • Wheelchair access (with pre-cruise approval)
  • Wheelchair access fair
  • Wheelchair cabins (3)
  • No service animals
  • Cabin power 110/220V
  • EXPEDITIONS
  • May require your medical report > 120 days before departure
  • Check clothing, gear, insurance, visa & vaccination requirements early
  • OCEAN CROSSINGS
  • Submit your medical report > 45 days before crossing

What's included? ▼

  • Accommodation as booked
  • Flight/s and/or transfers as specified
  • All main meals on-board
  • Single sitting, open-seated dining
  • Room service 24 h
  • Gourmet dining with fine wines
  • Coffee, tea & pastries 24 hrs
  • Afternoon tea service
  • Open seating for dining
  • Captain''s welcome champagne, gala dinner
  • In-cabin breakfast, meals, at no charge
  • Open bar & cabin minibar
  • Use of ship facilities - indoor & outdoor
  • Main lounge – live music
  • Lectures by guest experts
  • Cruise Director & bilingual staff
  • Butler service (Suites)
  • Ironing/laundry service (pay)
  • Onboard newsletter
  • Ship-shore-ship transfers
  • Bilingual team leaders on “Expedition” logo cruises
  • Complimentary shore excursions as advertised
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Water sports equipment & marina platform
  • Internet available (Not free)
  • Satellite phone in cabin (pay)
  • Complimentary polar parka

What's excluded? ▼

  • Airfares, accommodation & transfers not specified
  • Shore excursions not marked as complimentary
  • Additional beverages
  • Bar expenses for premium drinks
  • Items & services of a personal nature
  • Medical services, vaccination costs
  • Laundry, hair salon, spa charges
  • Internet (slow), satellite/mobile phone & fax charges
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Taxes
  • Insurances of all kinds
  • Government environmental fees
  • Increases in third party charges or taxes
  • GRATUITIES, SERVICE CHARGES
  • Gratuities suggested €10-12 per guest daily; optional
  • Gratuities to land guides, drivers
  • Enquire directly as charges vary with countries
  • REMINDERS
  • Check passport valid for 6 months after end of voyage
  • Confirm with bank and ship ahead of cruise your credit/debit card intentions
  • Check dress code, health requirements ahead
  • Special needs, dietary requests, arrange at booking
  • Smoking on board in designated areas only
  • Don’t bring an aerial drone
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