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Anyone Cruise with Ponant?

Old Jul 23, 16, 11:11 pm
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Anyone Cruise with Ponant?

I'm thinking of cruising on the Ponant L'Austral, and wondered whether anyone has sailed on this line or on this L'Austral?

If so, I'd really appreciate benefiting from your insights on this line and ship.

Thanks!
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Old Jul 23, 16, 11:55 pm
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L'Austral is also sometimes chartered/etc by other operators (who resell cabins)

also has 32-cabin http://us.ponant.com/le-ponant-po-4 (smallest besides crystal)
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Old Jul 25, 16, 8:38 am
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We've never been on a Ponant ship or cruise but were docked next to the Le Lyrial last year in Kotor. Even though we were on the relatively small Silversea Spirit, something like 600- passengers, our ship looked like a bus next to the 240 +/- passenger Le Lyrial that looked like a sports car. Beautiful ship that was only on her fourth or fifth cruise when we saw her. So far we've only cruised with one other couple who have been on a Ponant cruise and they didn't like the service but thought everything else about the ship was great. They were a German couple on basically a French cruise line and there may have been something there. So far Ponant has not caught on with many Americans so hard to get much input or comparisons to better known lines.

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Old Jul 25, 16, 9:29 am
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Will this help?

http://www.cruisecritic.com/reviews/...cfm?ShipID=578

http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberre...hip&ShipID=578
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Old Jul 25, 16, 11:18 am
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Originally Posted by Randyk47 View Post
So far Ponant has not caught in with many Americans so hard to get much input or comparisons to better known lines.
I've noticed a couple of US university sailings on Ponant (I noticed because my alumni magazine was promoting one - it's when I first noticed the line a couple years ago) So maybe they're expanding into the US market slowly. Don't they have relatively new ownership too?
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Not jaded responses can be found on Cruise Critic.
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Old Jul 25, 16, 1:01 pm
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US market does have awareness of the ships because they are used by other operators (package tour operators) especially to antarctica for example

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Old Jul 25, 16, 1:11 pm
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I sailed on a ship run by a company that once used to own Ponant though that's in a dfferent league (very boutique and exclusive, fewer than 1,000 pax a year). Ponant's since been purchased by the Pinaults.

As for CC, it's very english-oriented so any cruise lines that are not primarily english language are not well covered (e.g., Aida).
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Old Jul 25, 16, 5:30 pm
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Yep, Antarctica is why the line caught my eye at first as well, and then we saw it on Mighty Cruise Ships (we like small boats, but many are out of our budget and/or have mostly long itineraries that don't work for us at this stage of life). I have a wish list a mile long ;-) Knocking it out as we can....
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Old Jul 26, 16, 3:42 pm
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Many thanks to all for their insights, links, etc.
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Old Jul 26, 16, 3:47 pm
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Took L'Austral to Antarctica in December/January. Amazing ship, crew and experience. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

Let me know any specific questions you may have.
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Old Aug 24, 17, 2:08 pm
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I'm booked on Le Soleal next spring (Dublin - Southampton), via Tauck. I speak decent French, my mother and brother do not. How are the meals? Breakfast a typical buffet? Dinner assigned seating at a larger table?
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Old Aug 24, 17, 3:29 pm
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Originally Posted by Points Scrounger View Post
I'm booked on Le Soleal next spring (Dublin - Southampton), via Tauck. I speak decent French, my mother and brother do not. How are the meals? Breakfast a typical buffet? Dinner assigned seating at a larger table?
You might check reviews an threads on Cruise Critic. They were bad enough that I canceled my planned Japan itinerary.
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I've read those, not putting much stock in the opinions.
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Old Aug 24, 17, 9:22 pm
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Originally Posted by Points Scrounger View Post
I've read those, not putting much stock in the opinions.
Why?
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