L'Austral

L'Austral Review and Specifications

Specifications of L'Austral

Year built 2011  /  Age : 6
Flag state Wallis and Futuna
Builder Fincantieri (Ancona, Italy)
Class
Building cost USD 150 million
Owner BridgePoint Capital Group
Operator Compagnie du Ponant Cruises
Speed 16 kn / 30 kph / 18 mph
Length (LOA) 142 m / 466 ft
Beam (width) 18 m / 59 ft
Gross Tonnage 10944 gt
Passengers 224 - 264
Crew 136
Passengers-to-space ratio 54
Decks 7
Cabins 132
Decks with cabins 6

Review of L'Austral

Launched in 2011, L'Austral is the 2nd in a series of four identical Compagnie du Ponant cruise ships, together with Le Boreal, Le Soleal and Le Lyrial. All these vessels feature ice-strengthened hulls, sleek-design superstructures, Zodiacs for ship-to-shore landing and coastal cruising itinerary routes (featuring overnight stays, long port days and late evening departures).

History - construction & ownership

Compagnie du Ponant (CDP is a French cruise ship operator. Ponant company was founded by Jean-Emmanuel Sauvé, Philippe Videau, and other officers of the French Merchant Navy in April 1988 and launched the first French cruise ship. CDP currently operates five ships, all of which under the French flag. Compagnie du Ponant is dedicated to soft adventure cruising. Half of its fleet is based in Antarctica from December to March. It offers offbeat itineraries around the whole world, especially in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Asia.

The 10,944-ton, 264-passenger cruise ship L'Austral has been part of the fleet of Compagnie du Ponant since May 2011. The vessel was built with French style in the well known Italian shipyard Fincantieri, the design was made by Jean-Philippe Nuel. The mega-yacht has 132 cabins and represents the view of the company - unique atmosphere, luxury and intimacy.

Cruise itinerary program

L'Austral itinerary program is based on Alaska and Antarctica cruises. The ship also operates in Asia with departures from Japan and China, and in the South Pacific leaving from French Polynesia/Tahiti, Australia and New Zealand.

Cabins

Most L'Austral staterooms are 200-sq.foot Prestige cabins (92). There are a total of 132 staterooms in 9 categories. The largest aboard L'Austral is the Owner’s Suite (485 ft2). All staterooms have been decorated by French designers, offer individually controlled air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, DVD/CD player, twin beds, minibar and electronic safe.

Dining options - Food & Drinks

L’Austral cruise ship is small enough and provides a truly intimate experience. This special yacht is ideally suited to visit ports of call that bigger ships cannot reach. On board, L’Austral offers two restaurants – the casual Le Grill and the Gastronomic restaurant (the main dining room serving international and French cuisine). 

Follows the complete list of L'Austral restaurants and food bars.

  • Gastronomic Restaurant (“Le Coromandel”, 268-seat, ship’s MDR; serves International upscale cuisine; offers open-seating dining, with buffet-style breakfast and lunch, waiter served dinner)
  • Grill Restaurant (“Le Rodrigues”, offers open-seating buffet breakfast and lunch, served dinner; has an outdoor seating area).

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

L’Austral represents indubitably, luxury, the French style, the combination of tradition and innovations. The vessel is elegant and combines a balance between chic and casual. L’Austral has three lounges which offer bars and evening entertainment. Le Théâtre hosts informative lectures. The yacht has one pool, a library and an internet station. Alongside this, L’Austral also boasts a beauty center, spa and fitness equipment.

Follows the complete list of L'Austral lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • The Marina (water sports platform; offers mostly swimming; it is used only when L’Austral is anchored and the sea is calm)
  • L’Austral Atrium (2-deck high open-floor area; features a chandelier with Swarovski crystals)
  • Main Lounge (“Karikal Lounge”, with large-size LED screen and floor-ceiling windows; offers early breakfast, specialty teas and coffees, Afternoon Tea complemented with gourmet cookies and fine chocolates; evening entertainment features live performances by resident singer and pianist and an art auction, once per L’Austral cruise; the outdoor aft terrace is the only one smoking area on board)
  • Boutique Shop (esigner clothing, luxury jewelry, Ponant logo merchandise, special occasion gifts)
  • Theatre (main show lounge for music and dance shows)
  • Wellness Centre (Spa, Balneo Room, Hammam, Massage Room, Beauty Corner, Hair Salon, Shower Room, Relaxation Room, a spacious terrace)
  • The Fitness (gym room with panoramic windows) 
  • Leisure Area (has a small kids playroom, Photo Gallery and Internet stations)
  • Image & Photo Desk
  • Swimming pool’s sunbathing area (with luxury loungers)
  • Panoramic Lounge & Bar (with an Internet corner, grand piano, Library, “Panoramic Terrace” - served by the Panoramic Bar, it is the ship’s late-night “disco”)
  • Sun Deck (open-air sunbathing area, served by the“Le Comptoir”bar, with luxury loungers, padded chairs, showers, deck games - Shuffleboard, Golf Driving Net, 9-hole Mini-Golf)
  • Zodiacs (inflatable boats).

L'Austral wiki

  • Accident reports and news CruiseMinus.com
  • Cabin grades number: 6
  • Total number of cabins: 132 (all of which Outside, 124 Balcony, 4 Suites)
  • Dining Rooms: Gastronomic Restaurant (268-seat).
  • Restaurants and food bars: Grill Restaurant (al fresco, buffet lunch, themed dinner).
  • Lounges & Bars: Panoramic Lounge, Main Lounge.
  • Beauty Corner Sothys: Balneo, Hammam, Massage, Hairdresser, Leisure area, Fitness, Pool, Internet station, Panoramic terrace, Image & Photo desk (partnership with Philippe Plisson), Theater, Shop, Excursion desk, Reception desk, Medical center, Library.
  • L'Austral cruise ship is the second in a three yachts' series commissioned by the Compagnie du Ponant line. Her identical sisters are Le Boreal (2010), Le Soleal (2013), and Le Lyrial (2015).
  • Compagnie du Ponant is originally French-owned, aimed exclusively at the French cruising market. In 2006, the company was acquired by the CMA CGM (a cargo shipping giant) and in 2012 was sold on to Bridgepoint Capital (pan-European equity investor). With the launch of the three new cruise ships, Compagnie du Ponant has been targeting an international market, though the essence of its product remains unchanged, with strong French influence.
  • The L’Austral ship differs from other luxury cruise vessels with adventurous itineraries. The three sisters have ice-strengthened hulls, and can sail in the Arctic and Antarctica regions. Each of them carries a fleet of Zodiacs for sightseeing. The Ponant company emphasizes on coastal cruising, long days in port, and late departures.

L'Austral Itineraries 2017

The below listed L'Austral cruise prices on 2017 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Compagnie du Ponant fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Hong Kong cruise port

11 June 2017 11 nights / 12 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Kota Kinabalu
Prices starting
from $3705
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12 Jun      Departing from Hong Kong, China   
13 Jun     At Sea   
14 Jun     Hai Phong, Vietnam   
15 Jun     Halong Bay, Vietnam   
16 Jun     Da Nang, Vietnam   
17 Jun     Da Nang, Vietnam   
18 Jun     At Sea   
19 Jun 14:00 - 19 Jun     Phu My, Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon, Vietnam (Overnight)   
20 Jun - 12:00     Phu My, Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon, Vietnam   
21 Jun     At Sea   
22 Jun     Bandar Seri Begawan, Muara, Brunei   
23 Jun      Arriving in Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia   
Kota Kinabalu cruise port

22 June 2017 11 nights / 12 days, one-way from Kota Kinabalu to Darwin
Prices starting
from $3926
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23 Jun      Departing from Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia   
24 Jun 10:00 - 24 Jun     Sandakan, Borneo, Malaysia (Overnight)   
25 Jun - 18:00     Sandakan, Borneo, Malaysia   
26 Jun     At Sea   
27 Jun     Pulau Saronde Island, Indonesia   
28 Jun     Pulau Lihaga Island, Indonesia   
28 Jun     Bitung, Sulawesi, Indonesia   
29 Jun     Pulau Ternate Island, Maluku, Indonesia   
30 Jun     At Sea   
01 Jul     Pulau Ambon Island, Indonesia   
02 Jul     Banda Islands, Indonesia   
03 Jul     At Sea   
04 Jul      Arriving in Darwin, NT Australia   
Darwin cruise port

03 July 2017 10 nights / 11 days, one-way from Darwin to Broome
Prices starting
from $7539
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Darwin cruise port

23 July 2017 10 nights / 11 days, one-way from Darwin to Broome
Prices starting
from $7161
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Darwin cruise port

12 August 2017 10 nights / 11 days, one-way from Darwin to Broome
Prices starting
from $7161
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Darwin cruise port

01 September 2017 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Jewels of the Kimberley
Prices starting
from $6783
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02 Sep      Departing from Darwin, NT Australia   
03 Sep     Vansittart Bay, Kimberley, Western Australia   
04 Sep     Prince Frederick Harbour, Kimberley, Western Australia   
05 Sep     Kimberley Coast, Western Australia (Freshwater Cove)   
06 Sep     Lacepede Islands, Kimberley, Western Australia   
07 Sep     Montgomery Reef, Kimberley, Western Australia   
08 Sep     Talbot Bay, Kimberley, Western Australia   
09 Sep     Kimberley Coast, Western Australia (Bonaparte Archipelago)   
10 Sep     King George River, Kimberley, Western Australia   
11 Sep     King George River, Kimberley, Western Australia   
12 Sep      Arriving in Darwin, NT Australia   
Darwin cruise port

11 September 2017 11 nights / 12 days, one-way from Darwin to Benoa
Prices starting
from $3926
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12 Sep      Departing from Darwin, NT Australia   
13 Sep     At Sea   
14 Sep     Kaikoura, New Zealand   
15 Sep     Triton Bay, Indonesia   
16 Sep     MacCluer Gulf, Indonesia   
17 Sep     Banda Islands, Indonesia   
18 Sep     Pulau Ambon Island, Indonesia   
19 Sep     At Sea   
20 Sep     Pulau Alor Island, Kalabahi, Indonesia   
21 Sep     Pulau Komodo Island, Indonesia   
22 Sep     Pulau Komodo Island, Indonesia   
23 Sep      Arriving in Benoa, Bali, Indonesia   
Benoa cruise port

22 September 2017 11 nights / 12 days, round-trip Discover Indonesia
Prices starting
from $3926
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23 Sep      Departing from Benoa, Bali, Indonesia   
24 Sep     At Sea   
25 Sep     Makassar, Ujung Pandang, Sulawesi, Indonesia   
26 Sep     Pulau Selayar Island, Benteng, Indonesia (Takabonerate)   
27 Sep     Palopo, Indonesia   
28 Sep     Palopo, Indonesia   
29 Sep     Pulau Selayar Island, Benteng, Indonesia (Takabonerate)   
30 Sep     Pulau Flores Island, Larantuka, Indonesia   
01 Oct     Pulau Komodo Island, Indonesia (Pulau Banta)   
02 Oct     Pulau Rinca Island, Indonesia   
03 Oct     Pulau Sumbawa Island, Sumbawa Besar, Indonesia   
04 Oct      Arriving in Benoa, Bali, Indonesia   
Benoa cruise port

03 October 2017 16 nights / 17 days, one-way from Benoa to Hong Kong
Prices starting
from $5386
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04 Oct      Departing from Benoa, Bali, Indonesia   
05 Oct     At Sea   
06 Oct     Semarang, Java, Indonesia   
07 Oct     At Sea   
08 Oct     Pulau Bangka Island, Indonesia   
09 Oct     Singapore   
10 Oct     At Sea   
11 Oct     Kuching, Borneo, Malaysia   
12 Oct     At Sea   
13 Oct     Bandar Seri Begawan, Muara, Brunei   
14 Oct     Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia   
15 Oct     At Sea   
16 Oct     Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island, Philippines   
17 Oct     Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island, Philippines   
18 Oct - 19 Oct     At Sea   
20 Oct      Arriving in Hong Kong, China   
Phu My cruise port

28 October 2017 12 nights / 13 days, one-way from Phu My to Yangon
Prices starting
from $4264
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29 Oct      Departing from Phu My, Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon, Vietnam   
29 Oct 23:00 - 23:00     Phu My, Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon, Vietnam   
30 Oct 23:00 - 23:00     At Sea   
30 Oct 23:00 - 06:00     Phu My, Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon, Vietnam   
31 Oct 23:00 - 23:00     At Sea   
02 Nov 11:00 - 23:00     Singapore   
02 Nov 23:00 - 18:00     Singapore   
03 Nov 23:00 - 23:00     Malacca, Malaysia   
04 Nov 23:00 - 23:00     Klang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   
05 Nov 23:00 - 23:00     Pulau Penang Island, Georgetown, Malaysia   
06 Nov 23:00 - 23:00     Phang Nga Bay, Thailand   
07 Nov 23:00 - 23:00     At Sea   
09 Nov 09:00 - 23:00     Yangon, Rangoon, Myanmar   
09 Nov      Arriving in Yangon, Rangoon, Myanmar   
Yangon cruise port

09 November 2017 15 nights / 16 days, one-way from Yangon to Benoa
Prices starting
from $7083
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10 Nov      Departing from Yangon, Rangoon, Myanmar   
11 Nov     At Sea   
12 Nov     Mergui Archipelago   
13 Nov     Mergui Archipelago   
14 Nov     At Sea   
15 Nov     Belawan, Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia   
16 Nov     Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia   
17 Nov     Pulau Simeulue Island, Sinabang, Indonesia   
18 Nov     Pulau Nias Island, Indonesia   
19 Nov     Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia   
20 Nov     Bengkulu, Sumatra, Indonesia   
21 Nov     Krakatoa, Krakatau, Indonesia   
22 Nov     At Sea   
23 Nov     Pulau Madura Island, Sumenep, Indonesia   
24 Nov     Probolinggo, Java, Indonesia   
25 Nov      Arriving in Benoa, Bali, Indonesia   
Benoa cruise port

24 November 2017 14 nights / 15 days, one-way from Benoa to Cairns
Prices starting
from $6822
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25 Nov      Departing from Benoa, Bali, Indonesia   
26 Nov     Pulau Komodo Island, Indonesia   
27 Nov     Pulau Komodo Island, Indonesia   
28 Nov     Pulau Flores Island, Larantuka, Indonesia   
29 Nov     At Sea   
30 Nov     Banda Islands, Indonesia (Banda Neira)   
01 Dec     Kei Islands, Maluku, Indonesia   
02 Dec     Triton Bay, Indonesia   
03 Dec     At Sea   
04 Dec     Asmat Region, New Guinea Island, PNG (Agats)   
05 Dec     At Sea   
06 Dec     Cape York Peninsula, Queensland Australia   
07 Dec     At Sea   
08 Dec     Lizard Island, Queensland Australia   
09 Dec      Arriving in Cairns, Queensland Australia   

L'Austral Itineraries 2018

The below listed L'Austral cruise prices on 2018 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Compagnie du Ponant fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Kobe cruise port

25 April 2018 8 nights / 9 days, one-way from Kobe to Maizuru
Prices starting
from $5192
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26 Apr      Departing from Kobe, Osaka-Kyoto, Japan   
27 Apr     Okayama, Japan   
28 Apr     Hiroshima, Japan   
29 Apr     Uwajima, Japan   
30 Apr     Kagoshima, Japan   
01 May     Nagasaki, Japan   
02 May     Busan, South Korea   
03 May     Sakaiminato, Japan   
04 May      Arriving in Maizuru, Japan   
Maizuru cruise port

03 May 2018 8 nights / 9 days, one-way from Maizuru to Kobe
Prices starting
from $5192
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04 May      Departing from Maizuru, Japan   
05 May     Sakaiminato, Japan   
06 May     Busan, South Korea   
07 May     Nagasaki, Japan   
08 May     Kagoshima, Japan   
09 May     Uwajima, Japan   
10 May     Hiroshima, Japan   
11 May     Okayama, Japan   
12 May      Arriving in Kobe, Osaka-Kyoto, Japan