L'Austral cruise review
Is Compagnie du Ponant right for you?
But seriously, folks...
Compagnie du Ponant offers a delightful cruising experience for travelers who enjoy mingling with other nationalities, dining on fine food without having to endure "formal nights," and being in a minority on a ship where English is spoken but French is the primary language.
To put it another way, if you love French movies or vacations in Paris, a cruise on L'Austral or one of its sister ships should be on your bucket list.
Fares, more information, and bookings:
Compagnie du Ponant is a luxury line, and a cruise on L'Austral is likely to cost more per day than a cruise with a mainstream cruise line such as Princess, P&O, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, or Holland America.
Still, special offers can bring the cost down considerably, and cruises early or late in the season may be cheaper than high-season itineraries. (It's also worth remembering that Compagnie du Ponant's fares include wine at meals and, in some cases, bar drinks and crew tips.)
To check fares and special offers--or to learn more about L'Austral and Compagnie du Ponant's other ships--visit the cruise line's Web site at www.ponant.com.
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