L'Austral Cruise Review by peterlm
- Sail Date: January 2017
- Destination: South Pacific
Excursion crews generally were good .
This cruise was all about the intinerary . Due to the incompetent captain he hit a rock on our first excursion day . No quite Cosa Cordia but could have been .
So we then spent two days getting back to Bluff for 48 hours of underwater welding and then another wasted three days trying to get back down . Ever been to Bluff ?
End result only 5 out of 12 intinerary landings .
Lot more I could say but Ponants response to the incompetance was to come up with every excuse, even to the extent of a wonderful term " we touched a rock "
Food was average .
Mind you this was after a previous cruise we had paid to go on on Boreal 2016 was cancelled because the crew had a fire in the engine room while on an Antractic cruise in 2015 . You might say travelling with them is a health hazard . Also Austral only weeks later touched another rock in Milford Sound and has more recently been dry docked in Asia for another lot of urgent repairs from their many misadventures .
Pity because their intineraries are good but two class - French and the rest and poor range of food and bad seamanship spoil what could be a good line .
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