L'Austral Cruise Review by davidc288119
- Sail Date: January 2017
- Destination: Australia & New Zealand
the cruise was poor, accommodation, small and basic, food either good or bad, service mediocre.
I have read salty1000 report and think he must be an employee because this was not what happened on the ship.
This ship charges top 5 star prices and gives 3 star value at best
Expedition staff were knowledgeable but zodiac drivers were poor with no knowledge, most of the time they were dancers from the cabaret, or novice cadets
The ship hit rocks off of the Snares islands and this meant returning to Bluff Harbour for emergency repairs.
The itinerary was now severely shortened and specific Islands such as Antipodes and Bounty were missed, others including Mc Quarrie island went from 3 days to 3 hours or less.
Everything was to blame of course except Ponant, weather, seas, laws and governments,
we paid for a pre cruise tour and we did not get it, instead we stood outside of the ship in the sun waiting for the ship to be ready for embarkation
Our cabins bed was a foldaway and barely adequate.
the food was bland, cold and poorly served most of the time.
The ships design is poor, too many disconnected areas, very little outside spaces of any note
for £8000+ per person we expected more than they gave to us. NO we would not use this cruise line again, even with the on board bribe of _15-25% off of new Poanant cruises.
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attendant was helpful and the room a=was clean