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Le Lyrial

Le Lyrial Review and Specifications

Specifications of Le Lyrial

Year built2015  /  Age : 5
Flag state Italy
BuilderFincantieri (Ancona, Italy)
Classice-strengthened cruise ship
Building costUSD 150 million
OwnerGroupe Artemis (Financiere Pinault)
OperatorCompagnie du Ponant Cruises
Speed16 kn / 30 kph / 18 mph
Length (LOA)142 m / 466 ft
Beam (width)18 m / 59 ft
Gross Tonnage10700 gt
Passengers224 - 264
Crew139
Passengers-to-space ratio54
Decks7
Cabins132
Decks with cabins4
Sister-shipsL’Austral, Le Boreal, Le Soleal

Review of Le Lyrial

Launched in 2015, MS Le Lyrial cruise ship is the 4th (last) in a 4-ship series of same-designed Ponant Cruises-owned megayachts, with sisterships L'Austral, Le 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 and ownership

Compagnie du Ponant (CDP) is a French cruise shipping company founded in April 1988 by former French Merchant Navy officers. All Ponant ships are France-flagged. The company specializes in premium adventure cruise travel targeting the French-speaking source market with all-inclusive deals. Most of CDP's fleet is based in Antarctica (December through March). All these mega-yachts offer modern amenities, premium service by highly-trained staff and crew, 5-star hotel amenities onboard. Exotic, offbeat itineraries visit popular travel destinations worldwide, including Caribbean, Baltic, Mediterranean, Southeast Asia, South America, Australia.

MS Le Lyrial cruise ship (Ponant Cruises)

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.

Shipboard dining options - Food and 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, the waiter served dinner)
  • Grill Restaurant (“Le Rodrigues”, offers open-seating buffet breakfast and lunch, served dinner; has an outdoor seating area).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and 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, a SPA, and a theater.

MS Le Lyrial cruise ship (Ponant Cruises)

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 (designer 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, Image & Photo desk via the partnership with Philippe Plisson, and Internet stations)
  • Image and Photo Desk
  • Swimming pool’s sunbathing area (with luxury loungers)
  • Panoramic Lounge and 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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Le Lyrial cruise ship joined Compagnie du Ponant's fleet of luxury megayachts on April 11, 2015, when the shipbuilder Fincantieri officially delivered it as Ponant's 4th ship. Similarly designed are the sisterships Le Boreal (2010), L'Austral (2011) and Le Soleal (2013). MS Le Lyrial's Inaugural Cruise was in May 2015. The itinerary visited Mediterranean ports before heading to 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 vessel is a certified "Cleanship" (like the sisterships), featuring a modern marine propulsion system. It provides smooth and quiet navigation by creating reduced engine noise and little vibration. The modern vessel positioning system eliminates the need for the ship to anchor in order to remain stable, thus preventing contacts with seabeds in environmentally sensitive areas, such as coral reefs.

Antarctica cruises 2020-2021 (Abercrombie & Kent USA)

For winter season 2020-2021 Antarctica, Le Lyrial was time-chartered by the cruise travel company Abercrombie & Kent USA. A&K cruises are designed with families and each voyage is served by a dedicated Expedition Team (of ~18 staff members).

A&K's Early Booking Discount (reservations made through October 31, 2019) offered savings up to USD 4,000 pp plus USD 1,500 flight credit (for flights booked through A&K), while solo cruisers benefit 50% discount on cabin's single supplement. Abercrombie & Kent's Antarctica cruises on Le Lyrial include the themed voyages "Classic Antarctica - Enhanced Photography" ((December 7-19, 2020), "Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands" ((December 17, 2020 through January 5, 2021, and January 13-30, 2021) and "Classic Antarctica - Climate Change" (January 3-15, 2021).

Le Lyrial Itineraries

The below listed Le Lyrial cruise prices on 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.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2020 Feb 09 16 days, round-trip 16 Night Beyond the Polar Circle Cruise Ushuaia $22263
2020 Mar 18 6 days, one-way from Cape Town to Durban Cape Town $5084
2020 Mar 25 14 days, one-way from Durban to Mahe Island Durban $10121
2020 Apr 09 13 days, one-way from Mahe Island to Port Louis Mahe Island $11362
2020 Apr 22 12 days, one-way from Port Louis to Mahe Island Port Louis $10327
2020 May 15 7 days, one-way from Aqaba to Piraeus Aqaba $5583
2020 May 22 7 days, one-way from Piraeus to Venice Piraeus $5573
2020 May 29 7 days, round-trip 7 Night The Best of Croatia Cruise Venice $6129
2020 Jun 05 7 days, round-trip 7 Night The Best of Croatia Cruise Venice $6822
2020 Jun 12 7 days, round-trip 7 Night The Best of Croatia Cruise Venice $6837
2020 Jun 19 7 days, round-trip 7 Night The Best of Croatia Cruise Venice $6831
2020 Jul 10 7 days, one-way from Istanbul to Piraeus Istanbul $5576
2020 Jul 17 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Treasures of the Peloponnese Cruise Piraeus $5585
2020 Jul 24 7 days, one-way from Piraeus to Venice Piraeus $5078
2020 Jul 31 7 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia Venice $4813
2020 Aug 07 7 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Piraeus Civitavecchia $4562
2020 Aug 14 9 days, one-way from Piraeus to Venice Piraeus $6848
2020 Aug 28 7 days, round-trip 7 Night The Best of Croatia Cruise Venice $5571
2020 Sep 04 7 days, round-trip 7 Night The Best of Croatia Cruise Venice $5586
2020 Oct 02 7 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia Venice $6069
2020 Oct 16 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Lisbon Barcelona $4360
2020 Oct 23 16 days, one-way from Lisbon to Montevideo Lisbon $4550
2020 Nov 09 20 days, one-way from Montevideo to Ushuaia Montevideo $21901
2020 Nov 29 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Emblematic Antarctica Cruise Ushuaia $12454
2021 Jan 30 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Emblematic Antarctica Cruise Ushuaia $13883
2021 Feb 09 10 days, round-trip 10 Night Emblematic Antarctica Cruise Ushuaia $14608
2021 Feb 19 16 days, round-trip 16 Night Beyond the Polar Circle Cruise Ushuaia $22023
2021 Mar 07 21 days, one-way from Ushuaia to Cape Town Ushuaia $12921
2021 Mar 29 6 days, one-way from Cape Town to Durban Cape Town $4496
2021 Apr 05 16 days, round-trip 16 Night The Scattered Islands and Madagascar Cruise Durban $9994
2021 Apr 21 8 days, one-way from Durban to Walvis Bay Durban $4494
2021 Apr 30 14 days, one-way from Walvis Bay to Praia Walvis Bay $13045
2021 May 14 13 days, one-way from Praia to Palermo Praia $7506
2021 Jun 04 7 days, round-trip 7 Night The Best of Croatia Cruise Venice $9847
2021 Jun 11 7 days, round-trip 7 Night The Best of Croatia Cruise Venice $5550
2021 Jun 18 7 days, round-trip 7 Night The Best of Croatia Cruise Venice $5568
2021 Jun 25 7 days, round-trip 7 Night The Best of Croatia Cruise Venice $5003
2021 Jul 02 7 days, round-trip 7 Night The Best of Croatia Cruise Venice $5272
2021 Jul 09 7 days, round-trip 7 Night The Best of Croatia Cruise Venice $11158
2021 Jul 16 7 days, one-way from Venice to Piraeus Venice $5556
2021 Jul 23 7 days, one-way from Piraeus to Istanbul Piraeus $4277
2021 Jul 30 7 days, one-way from Istanbul to Piraeus Istanbul $4263
2021 Aug 06 8 days, round-trip 8 Night Secrets of the Greek Islands Cruise Piraeus $4861
2021 Oct 07 6 days, one-way from Barcelona to Lisbon Barcelona $5275

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