Le Lyrial

Le Lyrial Review and Specifications

Specifications of Le Lyrial

Year built2015  /  Age : 3
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
Passengers-to-space ratio54
Decks with cabins6

Current itinerary of Le Lyrial

Le Lyrial current cruise is 7 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia. Prices start from USD 4983 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 20 Sep, 2018 and ends on 27 Sep, 2018.

Date / TimePort
20 Sep      Departing from Venice, Italy   
21 Sep     Ancona, Italy   
22 Sep 12:00 - 18:00     Bari, Italy   
23 Sep     At Sea   
24 Sep 07:00 - 18:00     Valletta, Malta   
25 Sep 07:00 - 14:00     Catania, Sicily, Italy   
26 Sep 07:00 - 17:00     Salerno, Italy   
27 Sep      Arriving in Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy   

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'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-traned 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.


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, 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, 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 (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, Image & Photo desk via 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).

Le Lyrial wiki

  • 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 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.

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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
2018 Jul 05 8 days, round-trip Secrets of the Greek Isles Piraeus$7920
2018 Jul 13 8 days, round-trip Secrets of the Greek Isles Piraeus$6585
2018 Jul 21 8 days, one-way from Piraeus to Venice Piraeus$5114
2018 Aug 07 8 days, one-way from Piraeus to Venice Piraeus$5114
2018 Aug 15 8 days, round-trip In the heart of the Adriatic Venice$4605
2018 Aug 23 7 days, round-trip The Best of Croatia Venice$5100
2018 Aug 30 7 days, round-trip The Best of Croatia Venice$5100
2018 Sep 13 7 days, round-trip The Best of Croatia Venice$21144
2018 Sep 20 7 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia Venice$4983
2018 Oct 11 8 days, one-way from Lisbon to Santa Cruz de Tenerife Lisbon$3522
2018 Oct 19 15 days, one-way from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Montevideo Santa Cruz de Tenerife$3417
2018 Nov 03 15 days, one-way from Montevideo to Ushuaia Montevideo$12522
2018 Nov 18 10 days, round-trip Emblematic Antarctica Buenos Aires$10605
2019 Feb 21 10 days, round-trip Emblematic Antarctica Buenos Aires$10605
2019 Mar 03 21 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Cape Town Buenos Aires$10917
2019 Mar 24 8 days, one-way from Cape Town to Durban Cape Town$3756
2019 Apr 01 15 days, one-way from Durban to Mahe Island Durban$8595
2019 Nov 19 21 days, one-way from Montevideo to Ushuaia Montevideo$16892
2019 Nov 19 21 days, one-way from Montevideo to Ushuaia Montevideo$16892
2020 Feb 09 17 days, round-trip Beyond the Polar Circle Ushuaia$17022
2020 Feb 25 21 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Cape Town Buenos Aires$9848