PONANT's L’Austral is the first French cruise ship to take to sea after confinement

   July 21, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

The first French cruise ship taking to the seas since confinement due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis returned to Port Marseille-Fos France after a 7-day roundtrip along France's Atlantic coast.

PONANT's ship L’Austral took only 40 passengers on this voyage - for the first time since the lockdown ended.

L'Austral cruise ship

The premium brand PONANT is also running cruises with roundtrips out of Bordeaux, Nice (Villefranche-sur-Mer), Le Havre-Paris and Saint-Malo.

Strict Coronavirus-related onboard health protocols were in place, including guests being asked to take tests prior departure, having their temperature taken, social distancing measures.

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