L'Austral Review and Specifications
Specifications of L'Austral
|Year built||2011 / Age : 6|
|Flag state||Wallis and Futuna|
|Builder||Fincantieri (Ancona, Italy)|
|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|
|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.
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).
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- 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.
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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.
01 September 2017 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Jewels of the Kimberley
|01 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|
11 September 2017 11 nights / 12 days, one-way from Darwin to Benoa
|11 Sep||Departing from Darwin, NT Australia|
|13 Sep - 14 Sep||At Sea|
|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|
22 September 2017 11 nights / 12 days, round-trip Discover Indonesia
|22 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|
03 October 2017 16 nights / 17 days, one-way from Benoa to Hong Kong
|03 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|
|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|
28 October 2017 12 nights / 13 days, one-way from Phu My to Yangon
|28 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|
09 November 2017 15 nights / 16 days, one-way from Yangon to Benoa
|09 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|
24 November 2017 14 nights / 15 days, one-way from Benoa to Cairns
|24 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|
|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.
25 April 2018 8 nights / 9 days, one-way from Kobe to Maizuru
03 May 2018 8 nights / 9 days, one-way from Maizuru to Kobe