Ship statistics

Cruise Line: Ponant

Entered Service: May 2011

Lifestyle: Premium

Onboard currency: Euros

Passengers (lower berth): 224

Crew: 140

Tonnage: 10,944

Length: 142.0 metres

Beam: 18.0 metres

Draft: 4.7 metres

L’Austral

L’Austral joined Compagnie du Ponant in May 2011, the second in a series of three 264-passenger, 10,600-ton cruising yachts. Her sister ships include Le Boreal, debuted in 2010, and the third sibling, Le Soleal, launched in July 2013.

This superb mega-yacht is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L’Austral was designed to fulfil Compagnie du Ponant’s philosophy which is to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.

What distinguishes Compagnie du Ponant from other luxury lines is their adventurous itineraries. L’Austral and her sisters are all ice-strengthened, so they can sail to Antarctica and the Arctic, destinations that are mixed up with off-the-beaten-track European itineraries, as well as Asia and South America. Each carries a fleet of Zodiac landing crafts for getting ashore and for sightseeing in remote locations. There is a strong emphasis on coastal cruising, with long days in port, overnights and late departures.

Because of the distance from its European source markets, the clientele onboard will tend towards older couples. The majority will be French with a good portion of Americans, British and Germans. Language used onboard are French and English.

In September 2014, Compagnie du Ponant shortened its name to Ponant to make it easier for people to remember as it attempts to grow its international business. L’Austral visits New Zealand for the first time in January 2015.

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