Launched in 2011, L'Austral is the 2nd in a series of four identical Compagnie du Ponant cruise ships, together with Le BorealLe Soleal and Le Lyrial. All these vessels feature ice-strengthened hulls, sleek-design superstructures, Zodiacs for ship-to-shore landing and coastal cruising itinerary routes (featuring overnight stays, long port days and late evening departures).


History - construction and ownership

Compagnie du Ponant (CDP) is a French cruise shipping company founded in April 1988 by former French Merchant Navy officers. All Ponant ships are France-flagged. The company specializes in premium adventure cruise travel targeting the French-speaking source market with all-inclusive deals. Most of CDP's fleet is based in Antarctica (December through March).

All these mega-yachts offer modern amenities, premium service by highly-trained staff and crew, 5-star hotel amenities onboard. Exotic, offbeat itineraries visit popular travel destinations worldwide, including Caribbean, Baltic, Mediterranean, Southeast Asia, South America, Australia.The 10,944-ton, 264-passenger cruise ship L'Austral has been part of the fleet of Compagnie du Ponant since May 2011. The vessel was built with French style in the well known Italian shipyard Fincantieri, the design was made by Jean-Philippe Nuel. The mega-yacht has 132 cabins and represents the view of the company - unique atmosphere, luxury and intimacy.

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· Passengers: 224 -264 
· Staff and crew: 136
· Length: 142m / 466ft 
· Year build : 2011
· Class : Ice - strengthened cruise ship 
· Owner : Groupe Artemis (Financiere Pinault)
· Operator : Compagnie du Ponant Cruises
· Speed : 16 kn / 30 kph / 18 mph 
· Builder : Fincantieri (Ancona Italy)
· Cabins : 132
· Decks :  7