Compagnie du Ponant, French cruise line headquartered in Marseille, has taken delivery of its latest ultra-luxury yachtlike ship, Le Lyrial

The name of the new vessel refers to the Lyra constellation in northern hemisphere. Le Lyrial can accommodate up to 260 passengers in just 122 cabins, 94% of which have a balcony.

The boat’s intimate size means visits to less-visited destinations (think Mljet Island, Croatia and Parga, Greece). Another bonus are the design details. Guests can expect blue decor inspired by the Vega star in Lyra constellation.

According to Fincantieri, the ship is equipped with latest environmentally-friendly technology, such as the energy-saving LED lighting system. Le Lyrial has been categorised as “Comfort Class” by her classification society, Bureau Veritassuch, due to the low levels of vibration and noise.

Starting this month, the new yacht will take to the waters of Aegean and Adriatic Seas. Her inaugural cruise is scheduled in May 2015. Thereafter, Le Lyrial will offer Alaska voyages during summer season and sailings in Australia and New Zealand throughout the winters. Costs start at $3,740 per person for a 7-night cruise.

Le Lyrial is the fourth sister ship in a series including L'Austral, Le Boreal and Le Soleal, delivered May 2010, April 2011, June 2013, respectively.