Ponant is a world leader in modern small-ship expedition cruises, with L'Austral and her sister ships Le Boreal and Le Lyrial specialising in luxury cruises to Antarctica and the most remote corners of the globe


The sleek, innovative design of Ponant's Sisterships enables manoeuvring through narrow, icy passages with minimal environmental impact, ideal for expedition cruise itineraries in the Arctic, South America and Antarctica. With elegantly styled interiors, personalised service and the right balance of intimate and social spaces, L'Austral and Le Boreal accommodate up to 264 guests in relaxed luxury comfort (Le Lyrial accommodates 244 guests). The ensuite staterooms are beautifully appointed, with most featuring a private balcony, perfect for watching the world go by with a drink from your personalised minibar. Between offshore excursions, relax in the onboard spa or share stories with new-found friends in one of the guest lounges. The two onboard restaurants offer all-inclusive dining options from all-day casual bites to refined French-inspired cuisine.

Ponant L'Austral suite François Lefebvre
Ponant L'Austral Ushuaia Clement Louineau
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What's Included
  • Gourmet meals on board including freshly baked pastries for the early risers, breakfast, morning and afternoon tea, lunch and dinner
  • Captain’s cocktail welcome reception and farewell gala dinner
  • Open bar including free-flowing Charles Heidsieck Champagne, wine, beer, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Complimentary in-room mini bar restocked daily, and 24-hour room service
  • Small group Zodiac® excursions and landings with Expedition Guides
  • Informative lectures, talks and entertainment in theatre
  • Complimentary access to wellness area: fitness room, sauna and heated pool
  • Butler Service in select Suites
4Getting here
Location & Access

Ponant's Antarctica itineraries embark from Ushuaia on the southern tip of Argentina, with many itineraries incorporating pre-cruise accommodation in Buenos Aires with return flights to Ushuaia. Flights can also be arranged from Chile. Your Journey Designer will confirm the best all-inclusive option for your chosen itinerary and dates. Extension options are available in Southern Patagonia pre or post-cruise if you'd like to extend your journey.

WIL MAP SOUTH AMERICA Southern Patagonia
6Insider Advice
What You Need to Know
Best Room

The luxurious Owner's Suite features a bathtub, separate living room and a private balcony

Suitable For

Couples, families, solo travellers

Best Nearby Walk

Guided outings and landings on the ships' Zodiacs will allow you to explore the landscape further

Best Nearby Park

There are many, depending on your chosen itinerary

Best Food & Wine Experience

French-inspired dining in the onboard restaurants

Best Place for Relaxation

The onboard spa and wellness centre



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