Le Lyrial


Cruise line
Compagnie du Ponant

Current cruise:
10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Emblematic Antarctica
04 Dec, 2016 - 15 Dec, 2016

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Le Lyrial Review and Specifications

Specifications of Le Lyrial

Flag Italy
Year built 2015
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 an elegant yacht, the newest vessel in the fleet of du Ponant, with six decks, casual grill restaurant and chic main dining room. She boasts open decks access and evening entertainment. Le Lyrial also features multiple observation areas – the 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.


Most Le Lyrial staterooms are 200-sq.foot Prestige cabins (51). There are a total of 132 staterooms in 8 categories. 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-screen 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

Year built 2015

Last refurbished (scheduled refurbishment) -

Passenger capacity / crew capacity 224 (264 max) / 139

Dimensions (Gross tonnage weight / LOA length) 10,700 tons / 468 ft (142 m)

Flag State (registered in) France (Wallis and Futuna)

Ship builder Fincantieri (Italy)

Building cost USD 150 mill

Ship owner Bridgepoint Capital

Operator Compagnie du Ponant (CDP)

Christened by -

Official website link en.ponant.com

  • Passenger decks: 6
  • 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 related cruise news

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.

Itinerary ports
12 February 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Emblematic Antarctica
Prices starting
from $11830
13 Feb        Departing from Buenos Aires, Argentina
13 Feb        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
14 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
15 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
16 Feb        Neko Harbor, Antarctica
17 Feb        Pleneau Island, Antarctica
18 Feb        Wiencke Island, Port Lockroy, Antarctica
19 Feb        Half Moon Island, Antarctica
19 Feb        Deception Island, Antarctica
20 Feb        Weddell Sea
21 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
22 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
23 Feb        Ushuaia, Argentina
23 Feb        Arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina
22 February 10 nights / 11 days, round-trip Emblematic Antarctica
Prices starting
from $10683
23 Feb        Departing from Buenos Aires, Argentina
23 Feb        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
24 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
25 Feb        Drake Passage, Antarctica
26 Feb        Neko Harbor, Antarctica
27 Feb        Pleneau Island, Antarctica
28 Feb        Wiencke Island, Port Lockroy, Antarctica
01 Mar        Half Moon Island, Antarctica
01 Mar        Deception Island, Antarctica
02 Mar        Weddell Sea
03 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
04 Mar        Drake Passage, Antarctica
05 Mar        Ushuaia, Argentina
05 Mar        Arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina
04 March 21 nights / 22 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Cape Town
Prices starting
from $13148
05 Mar        Departing from Buenos Aires, Argentina
05 Mar        Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina
06 Mar        At Sea
07 Mar        Jason Islands, Falkland Islands
07 Mar        New Island, Falkland Islands
08 Mar        Saunders Island, Falkland Islands
09 Mar - 10 Mar        At Sea
11 Mar        South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica (Fortuna Bay)
12 Mar        South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica
13 Mar        South Georgia Island, Grytviken, British Antarctica
14 Mar - 17 Mar        At Sea
18 Mar        Tristan da Cunha Island, Edinburgh of the Seven Seas
19 Mar        Nightingale Island, UK
20 Mar        Gough Island, UK
21 Mar - 24 Mar        At Sea
25 Mar        Cape Town, South Africa
26 Mar        Arriving in Cape Town, South Africa
25 March 8 nights / 9 days, one-way from Cape Town to Durban
Prices starting
from $4644
26 Mar        Departing from Cape Town, South Africa
27 Mar 01:00 - 01:00        Cape Town, South Africa
28 Mar 01:00 - 01:00        At Sea
29 Mar 01:00 - 01:00        Port Elizabeth, South Africa
30 Mar 01:00 - 01:00        Port Elizabeth, South Africa
31 Mar 01:00 - 01:00        At Sea
01 Apr 01:00 - 01:00        Richard's Bay, South Africa
02 Apr 01:00 - 01:00        Durban, South Africa
03 Apr        Arriving in Durban, South Africa
02 April 15 nights / 16 days, one-way from Durban to Mahe Island
Prices starting
from $8714
03 Apr        Departing from Durban, South Africa
04 Apr - 05 Apr        At Sea
06 Apr        At Sea (Eparses Islands)
07 Apr        At Sea
08 Apr        At Sea (Eparses Islands)
09 Apr        At Sea
10 Apr        Nosy Komba Island,Madagascar
11 Apr        At Sea (Eparses Islands)
12 Apr        At Sea
13 Apr        Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles
14 Apr        Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles
15 Apr        At Sea
16 Apr        Seychelles
17 Apr        La Digue Island, Seychelles
18 Apr        Arriving in Mahe Island, Victoria, Seychelles
03 May 6 nights / 7 days, one-way from Marseille to Piraeus
Prices starting
from $2270
04 May        Departing from Marseille, France Riviera
05 May        At Sea
06 May        Salerno, Italy
07 May        Siracusa, Sicily, Italy
08 May        Pylos, Greece
09 May        Nafplio, Greece
10 May        Arriving in Piraeus, Athens, Greece
16 May 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip The Best of Croatia
Prices starting
from $3692
17 May        Departing from Venice, Italy
18 May        Korcula Island, Korcula, Croatia
19 May        Sibenik, Croatia
19 May        Split, Croatia
20 May        Dubrovnik, Croatia
21 May        Kotor, Montenegro
22 May        Hvar Island, Hvar, Croatia
23 May        Pula, Croatia
23 May        Rovinj, Croatia
24 May        Arriving in Venice, Italy
23 May 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip The Best of Croatia
Prices starting
from $3692
24 May        Departing from Venice, Italy
25 May        Korcula Island, Korcula, Croatia
26 May        Sibenik, Croatia
26 May        Split, Croatia
27 May        Dubrovnik, Croatia
28 May        Kotor, Montenegro
29 May        Hvar Island, Hvar, Croatia
30 May        Pula, Croatia
30 May        Rovinj, Croatia
31 May        Arriving in Venice, Italy
30 May 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip The Best of Croatia
Prices starting
from $3692
31 May        Departing from Venice, Italy
01 Jun        Korcula Island, Korcula, Croatia
02 Jun        Sibenik, Croatia
02 Jun        Split, Croatia
03 Jun        Dubrovnik, Croatia
04 Jun        Kotor, Montenegro
05 Jun        Hvar Island, Hvar, Croatia
06 Jun        Pula, Croatia
06 Jun        Rovinj, Croatia
07 Jun        Arriving in Venice, Italy
06 June 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Venice to Istanbul
07 Jun        Departing from Venice, Italy
08 Jun        Brac Island, Sumartin, Croatia
09 Jun        Dubrovnik, Croatia
10 Jun        Paxos Island, Greece
11 Jun        At Sea
12 Jun        Mykonos Island, Greece
13 Jun        Lesbos Island, Greece
14 Jun        Arriving in Istanbul, Turkey
13 June 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Istanbul to Venice
Prices starting
from $3444
14 Jun        Departing from Istanbul, Turkey
15 Jun        Canakkale, Troy, Turkey
16 Jun        Mykonos Island, Greece
17 Jun        At Sea
18 Jun 14:00 - 18 Jun        Dubrovnik, Croatia (Overnight)
19 Jun - 10:00        Dubrovnik, Croatia
19 Jun        Kotor, Montenegro
20 Jun        Hvar Island, Hvar, Croatia
21 Jun        Arriving in Venice, Italy
20 June 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Venice to Piraeus
Prices starting
from $2895
21 Jun        Departing from Venice, Italy
22 Jun        Split, Croatia
23 Jun        Dubrovnik, Croatia
24 Jun        Kotor, Montenegro
25 Jun        Parga, Greece
26 Jun        Pylos, Greece
27 Jun        Gythion, Greece
28 Jun        Arriving in Piraeus, Athens, Greece
27 June 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Piraeus to Istanbul
Prices starting
from $2895
28 Jun        Departing from Piraeus, Athens, Greece
29 Jun        Patmos Island, Greece
30 Jun        Milos Island, Greece
01 Jul        Folegandros Island, Greece
02 Jul        Syros Island, Greece
03 Jul        Delos Island, Greece
03 Jul        Mykonos Island, Greece
04 Jul        At Sea
05 Jul        Arriving in Istanbul, Turkey
01 August 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Istanbul to Piraeus
Prices starting
from $2895
02 Aug        Departing from Istanbul, Turkey
03 Aug        Lesbos Island, Greece
04 Aug        Nisyros Island, Greece
05 Aug        Karpathos Island, Greece
06 Aug        Amorgos Island, Greece
07 Aug        Kythira Island, Greece
08 Aug        Sifnos Island, Greece
09 Aug        Arriving in Piraeus, Athens, Greece
08 August 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Piraeus to Civitavecchia
Prices starting
from $2895
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09 Aug        Departing from Piraeus, Athens, Greece