Part of the Compagnie du Ponant’s fleet since 2011, L’Austral is a majestic mega-yacht, designed by Jean-Philippe Nuel to hold up to 264 passengers and generate a sophisticated and luxurious ambience on-board. This sleek and intimate vessel combines the both elegant and casual aspects to present guests with a unique experience, as if they were aboard their own private yacht.
L’ Austral boasts a range of superb on-board facilities and great entertainment for travellers to enjoy as they sail to a variety of fascinating and exotic international destinations. The vessel also incorporates an amazing selection of suites and staterooms, designed to keep travellers in supreme comfort during their voyage with Compagnie du Ponant.
A fantastic range of spacious and tastefully decorated suites and staterooms are vacant to book on-board L’Austral. Available accommodation includes comfortable Superior, Deluxe and Prestige Staterooms as well as opulent Deluxe, Prestige and Owner’s suites. Every suite or stateroom comes equipped with a fantastic variety of useful features and amenities including flat screen satellite televisions, DVD and CD players, internet access and 24 hour room service, as well as a range of complimentary items such as bath robes and French bathroom products. The majority of accommodation also includes access to a private balcony from which to observe breath-taking ocean views. Each suite or stateroom is also fitted with soft, comfortable furnishings and modern bath or shower facilities.
The vessel holds two excellent main restaurants serving passengers breakfast, lunch and dinner whilst at sea. The Gastronomic Restaurant, located on the Pondichéry Deck of L’Austral, is a huge but refined establishment where up to 268 people can sit and enjoy a variety of delicious French and international cuisine prepared by professional chefs. The size of this eatery does not reduce its intimate charm and passengers are guaranteed to appreciate its warm and welcoming ambience as well as attentive serving staff. The other dining option on-board L’Austral is the Grill Restaurant, an outdoor eating experience serving a selection of buffet style courses and themed meals. Alternatively, guests can take advantage of the vessel’s 24 hour room service and choose to eat some of their meals in the privacy of their room.
Guests can unwind with a drink in the vessel’s bars, lounges and communal areas, which serve a variety of delectable cocktails, fruit juices and fine wines. Also, the on-board Gastronomic and Grill Restaurants serve a selection of tea, coffee and pastries outside of their normal opening hours.
Whilst on the open water, the vessel offers passengers the opportunity to purchase items at the Boutique, an on-board shop selling a variety a fantastic gifts and souvenirs to take home as mementos of time spent aboard L’Austral.
The mega-yacht also contains a fabulous communal swimming pool for travellers to cool off in, as well as the chance for guests to participate in several different sport activities including golf, tennis and scuba diving.
Guests on L’Austral will have access to a range of wonderful entertainment at the vessels on-board theatre and across the rest of the yacht. Superb performances from musicians and other entertainers thrill crowds of passengers at the vessel’s theatre in the evenings as well as the Panoramic Lounge which also offers a selection of live entertainment. The Main Lounge contains a dance floor and live music to keep guests amused at night.
Passengers will also be able to play on ship’s collection of excellent games console and computers in their spare time, which have a range of fun video games to choose from.
Travellers hoping for a relaxing cruise have many options available to them aboard L’Austral. The vessels tranquil spa offers a range of rejuvenating treatments including massage therapy and a hydrotherapy room. Spending time in this elegant spa treatment centre is a brilliant way for tired travellers to reinvigorate the body and mind. The vessel also boasts a fabulous beauty salon, where passengers can choose to receive haircuts and colouring as well as indulgent manicures and pedicures to help them feel confident and refreshed.
Alternatively, another great way to relax is to obtain a book or DVD from the vessel’s extensive library. Guests can then read in the comfort of their spacious accommodation or relax on the sun deck and work on their tan.
L’Austral has a games console area aimed specifically at children and young people. The on-board restaurants also have a children’s menu with a range of kid’s meals.
Medical and Accessibility
L’Austral has a dedicated on-board medical centre with at least one trained doctor on-call at all times. Passengers with specific medical requirements should inform a member of the crew before embarkation.