L'Austral Cruise Review by carolb1
- Sail Date: February 2017
- Destination: South Pacific
The shore excursions were excellent, especially the ports in Vanuatu. Being exposed to different cultures is important to me and the islands seemed very authentic and much more exotic than I expected.
My only criticism was the use of the naturalists. On other cruises we have always enjoyed lectures by professors and experts on the area, that included historians as well as naturalists. Some of the lectures were quite good, others were almost insultingly basic. And there was almost no information given about the history of the islands and their place in the world today. I also would have appreciated more information on the people of the islands from an anthropologic viewpoint. With a couple of exception, the naturalists were not very visible on the excursions, it would have been good to have more direct contact with them.
One of the things I appreciated most was the organization on board, you did an excellent job at that, from the lifeboat drills on.
The food was quite good in the second floor restaurant, not so much on the 6th floor. But the wait staff was terrific.
We also had contact with the medical staff, sadly, but they were very responsive and helpful
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