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A streamlined sensation with privacy in mind

With her streamlined silhouette, Compagnie du Ponant's L'Austral, which arrived in April 2011, is designed with the spirit of a private yacht in mind.

The 466ft yacht, built at Fincantieri shipyard like its sister ship Le Boréal and designed by Jean-Philippe Nuel, combines chic French style with cutting-edge technology.

It offers a unique ambiance on board, a subtle combination of well-being, sophistication and privacy.

L'Austral of Compagnie du Ponant

Luxuriously decorated in a contemporary style, the interiors are refined but welcoming, favouring natural materials and traditional nautical features.

Two pairs of massive arched windows fore and aft allow for plenty of light and expansive views of the sea from the vessel’s lounges and public spaces.

L’Austral’s ambiance is distinctly nautical with a ‘soupçon’ of French style. Compagnie du Ponant guests will enjoy the best France has to offer: delicious cuisine, tasteful accommodations and a stylish, yet casual setting.

The service is very personalised, and Compagnie du Ponant’s ambition is for guests feel like they are sailing on their own yacht. 

L'Austral of Compagnie du Ponant
A spaceous interior stateroom on L’Austral

L’Austral has an abundance of public spaces

  • A theatre for performances and lectures
  • Main Lounge with a dance floor and live music
  • Panoramic Lounge for more live entertainment
  • Library and an area for Internet access
  • Three bars and two restaurants
  • Serving French and international cuisine, the main restaurant offers three meals a day in an elegant setting. At the more casual grill restaurant, guests can dine inside, or in the open-air, on lighter meals for breakfast, buffet lunch and themed dinners. The yacht also provides 24-hour room service.

    The Sothys™ Spa features a range of therapies and beauty treatments including a hammam and a hydrotherapy room. The Fitness Centre comes with the latest treadmills, bicycles, Kinesis equipment and gorgeous views.
    There is ample room to enjoy the sea air on the expansive Sun Deck, beside the swimming pool, or on the Panoramic Terrace.

    L’Austral’s fleet of zodiacs allow guests to explore private coves and deserted islets.  On a hot summer day in the Mediterranean, guests can enjoy jumping off the marina platform for a refreshing swim.

    L'Austral of Compagnie du Ponant
    The Observatory lounge is the best place to watch the world go by

    All but eight of the 132 suites and staterooms aboard L’Austral have verandahs that range in size from 43 square feet to 97 square feet.

    The suites and staterooms are spacious – measuring from 400 to 200 square feet – and designed in a comfortable, contemporary style with king or twin beds, baths with showers, flat screen satellite TV with on-demand first-run movies and iPod™ players, satellite direct-dial telephone and Wi-Fi.

    Suites also have Nespresso machines and Sothys™ amenities. The yacht has the flexibility to reconfigure 40 staterooms into 20 suites making a total of 24 suites and 88 staterooms.

    Vital statistics

    Operator: Compagnie du Ponant
    Entered service: April 27, 2011
    264 passengers
    140 crew members
    132 cabins and suites (95% with balcony)
    2 restaurants; 3 lounge bars
    1 cinema / theatre hall
    1 beauty and fitness centre with gym, hairdressing salon, massage studio, and hammam
    1 swimming pool, boutique, casino, library
    Wi-Fi access throughout
    Elevators to all the decks
    142m in length
    18m beam
    6 decks (including 1 sun deck)
    ICE class: 1C
    4.7m draft
    16 knot speed when cruising

    Future destinations: Russia, Spitzberg, Greenland, Canada, South America, Antarctic, China, Vietnam.


    Ponant, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2018, is well known for the originality of its itineraries and destinations, its tailor-made/themed cruises, the quality of its services and elegant à la Française way of life. More...

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