Le Lyrial

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Cruise line
Compagnie du Ponant

Currentcruise:
7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Venice to Piraeus
12 Sep, 2017 - 20 Sep, 2017

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Le Lyrial Review and Specifications

Specifications of Le Lyrial

Year built 2015  /  Age : 2
Flag state Italy
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 10700 gt
Passengers 224 - 264
Crew 139
Passengers-to-space ratio 54
Decks 7
Cabins 132
Decks with cabins 6

Review of Le Lyrial

Launched in 2015, Le Lyrial is the newest in a series of four identical Compagnie du Ponant cruise ships, together with L'AustralLe Boreal and Le Soleal. 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 10,700-ton, 264-passenger cruise ship Le Lyrial is named after the Lyra constellation. Its interior decor is inspired by the Vega star (in Lyra constellation). The elegant yacht has 6 decks, casual grill restaurant and chic main dining room, open decks, classy evening entertainment, multiple observation areas (onboard elevators service decks 2 to 6).

Cruise itinerary program

Le Lyrial itinerary program is based on cruises in Europe (the Mediterranean Inaugural season, with departures from Greece and Italy), and Antarctica cruises leaving from Argentina, with Transatlantic repositioning crossings.

Cabins

Most Le Lyrial staterooms are 200-sq.foot Prestige cabins (51). There are a total of 132 staterooms in 8 categories, and 94% of all are with private balconies. The largest aboard Le Lyrial is the Owner’s Suite (590 ft2). All staterooms provide individual air conditioning and twin beds/sofa converting to a queen-size bed. Other amenities include flat TVs with satellite channels, video on demand, electronic safe, mini-bar and iPod docks.

Dining options - Food & Drinks

Le Lyrial 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, Le Lyrial 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 Le Lyrial 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

Following the design of her sisters Le Boreal, L'Austral and Le Soleal, the latest cruise ship in the Ponant's fleet, Le Lyrial, has been specially designed for cruising in yacht style to the most exotic and remote world's areas. The cruise ship is equipped with dozen Zodiac rafts which take the passengers on outings in expedition style. The vessel features a small fitness, three lounges, SPA and a theater.

Follows the complete list of Le Lyrial lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • The Marina (water sports platform; offers mostly swimming; it is used only when Le Lyrial is anchored and the sea is calm)
  • Le Lyrial 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 Le Lyrial 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).

Le Lyrial wiki

  • Accident reports and news CruiseMinus.com
  • Cabin grades number: 8
  • Total number of cabins: 122 (all of which Outside, 114 Balcony, 24 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, Open-Air bar.
  • 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.
  • Le Lyrial cruise ship is the latest addition to Compagnie du Ponant's fleet of luxury cruise yachts. The vessel will be launched in Spring 2015, and is the 4th of the Ponant Cruises yacht-style expedition ships. She will join her similarly designed sisters Le Boreal (2010), L’Austral (2011) and Le Soleal (2013). ms Le Lyrial's Inaugural Cruise was scheduled for April 2015. The new yacht's itinerary visited the Mediterranean before heading to the Antarctica.
  • The "Le Lyrial" name refers to the northern hemisphere's Lyra constellation. The ship's interior designer is the architect Jean-Philippe Nuel. The "luxury yachting” feel aboard is inspired by the blue light of the Lyra constellation's Vega star.
  • The ship is a certified "Cleanship", like her sisters. She boasts a modern marine propulsion system, which provides smooth and quiet voyage by creating reduced engine noise and little vibration. The vessel's hull design prevents contact with seabeds that are much environmentally sensitive.

Le Lyrial Itineraries 2017

The below listed Le Lyrial 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
Venice cruise port

05 September 2017 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip The Best of Croatia
Prices starting
from $3444
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05 Sep      Departing from Venice, Italy   
07 Sep     Korcula Island, Korcula, Croatia   
08 Sep     Sibenik, Croatia   
08 Sep     Split, Croatia   
09 Sep     Dubrovnik, Croatia   
10 Sep     Kotor, Montenegro   
11 Sep     Hvar Island, Hvar, Croatia   
12 Sep     Pula, Croatia   
12 Sep     Rovinj, Croatia   
13 Sep      Arriving in Venice, Italy   
Venice cruise port

12 September 2017 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Venice to Piraeus
Prices starting
from $2895
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12 Sep      Departing from Venice, Italy   
14 Sep     Ancona, Italy   
15 Sep     Brindisi, Italy   
16 Sep     Corfu Island, Greece   
17 Sep     Itea, Greece   
18 Sep     Kusadasi, Ephesus, Turkey   
19 Sep     Delos Island, Greece   
19 Sep     Mykonos Island, Greece   
20 Sep      Arriving in Piraeus, Athens, Greece   
Piraeus cruise port

26 September 2017 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Piraeus to Civitavecchia
Prices starting
from $3548
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26 Sep      Departing from Piraeus, Athens, Greece   
28 Sep     Delos Island, Greece   
28 Sep     Patmos Island, Greece   
29 Sep     Santorini Island, Greece   
30 Sep     Corinth Canal, Greece   
30 Sep     Itea, Greece   
01 Oct     Katakolon, Olympia, Greece   
02 Oct     Giardini-Naxos, Sicily, Italy   
03 Oct     Naples, Italy   
04 Oct      Arriving in Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy   
Civitavecchia cruise port

03 October 2017 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Piraeus
Prices starting
from $3548
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03 Oct      Departing from Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy   
05 Oct     Naples, Italy   
06 Oct     Catania, Sicily, Italy   
07 Oct     Siracusa, Sicily, Italy   
08 Oct     Pylos, Greece   
09 Oct     Mykonos Island, Greece   
10 Oct     Syros Island, Greece   
11 Oct      Arriving in Piraeus, Athens, Greece   
Piraeus cruise port

10 October 2017 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Piraeus to Civitavecchia
Prices starting
from $3548
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10 Oct      Departing from Piraeus, Athens, Greece   
12 Oct     Corinth Canal, Greece   
13 Oct     Katakolon, Olympia, Greece   
14 Oct     Valletta, Malta   
15 Oct     Trapani, Sicily, Italy   
16 Oct     Palermo, Sicily, Italy   
17 Oct     Salerno, Italy   
18 Oct      Arriving in Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy   
Lisbon cruise port

29 October 2017 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Lisbon to Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Prices starting
from $2648
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29 Oct      Departing from Lisbon, Portugal   
30 Oct 23:00 - 15:00     Lisbon, Portugal   
31 Oct 23:00 - 23:00     Cadiz, Spain   
01 Nov 23:00 - 23:00     Casablanca, Morocco   
02 Nov 23:00 - 23:00     At Sea   
03 Nov 23:00 - 23:00     Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal   
04 Nov 23:00 - 23:00     Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands   
05 Nov      Arriving in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands   
Ushuaia cruise port

03 December 2017 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Emblematic Antarctica
fly-cruise (Buenos Aires)
Prices starting
from $8583
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03 Dec      Departing from Buenos Aires (flight)   
03 Dec      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
05 Dec     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
06 Dec     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
07 Dec     Neko Harbor, Antarctica   
08 Dec     Pleneau Island, Antarctica   
09 Dec     Wiencke Island, Port Lockroy, Antarctica   
10 Dec     Half Moon Island, Antarctica   
10 Dec     Deception Island, Antarctica   
11 Dec     Weddell Sea   
12 Dec     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
13 Dec     Drake Passage, Antarctica   
14 Dec     Ushuaia, Argentina   
14 Dec      Arriving in Buenos Aires (flight)   

Le Lyrial Itineraries 2018

The below listed Le Lyrial 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
Ushuaia cruise port

03 March 2018 21 nights / 22 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Cape Town
fly-cruise (Buenos Aires)
Prices starting
from $7578
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03 Mar      Departing from Buenos Aires (flight)   
03 Mar      Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina   
05 Mar     At Sea   
06 Mar     Jason Islands, Falkland Islands   
06 Mar     New Island, Falkland Islands   
07 Mar     Saunders Island, Falkland Islands   
08 Mar - 09 Mar     At Sea   
10 Mar     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Fortuna Bay)   
11 Mar     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica   
12 Mar     South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica   
13 Mar - 16 Mar     At Sea   
17 Mar     Tristan da Cunha Island, UK   
18 Mar     Nightingale Island, UK   
19 Mar     Gough Island, UK   
20 Mar - 23 Mar     At Sea   
24 Mar     Cape Town, South Africa   
25 Mar      Arriving in Cape Town, South Africa   
Cape Town cruise port

24 March 2018 8 nights / 9 days, one-way from Cape Town to Durban
Prices starting
from $5248
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24 Mar      Departing from Cape Town, South Africa   
26 Mar 01:00 - 01:00     Cape Town, South Africa   
27 Mar 01:00 - 01:00     At Sea   
28 Mar 01:00 - 01:00     Port Elizabeth, South Africa (Overnight)   
29 Mar 01:00 - 01:00     Port Elizabeth, South Africa   
30 Mar 01:00 - 01:00     At Sea   
31 Mar 01:00 - 01:00     Richard's Bay, South Africa   
01 Apr 01:00 - 01:00     Durban, South Africa (Overnight)   
02 Apr      Arriving in Durban, South Africa   
Venice cruise port

23 August 2018 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip The Best of Croatia
Prices starting
from $4724
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23 Aug      Departing from Venice, Italy   
25 Aug     Korcula Island, Korcula, Croatia   
26 Aug     Sibenik, Croatia   
26 Aug     Split, Croatia   
27 Aug 07:00 - 27 Aug     Dubrovnik, Croatia (Overnight)   
28 Aug - 08:00     Dubrovnik, Croatia   
28 Aug     Kotor, Montenegro   
29 Aug     Hvar Island, Hvar, Croatia   
30 Aug     Pula, Croatia   
30 Aug     Rovinj, Croatia   
31 Aug      Arriving in Venice, Italy