In May 2011, l'Austral joinded La Compagnie du Ponant's fleet. This superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L'Austral remains faithful to our philosophy - to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.
A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. Precious materials in smoothing neutral tones are brought to life with splashes of cheerful reds. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.”
You will encounter unique itineraries, calls inaccessible to large ships, chic and elegant yacht-like ambiance, raffined and personalized service as well as gastronomic cuisine.
  • From 224 to 264 passagers
  • Up to 132 outside cabins
  • Length : 142m (466ft) * Beam : 18 m (59ft)
  • Average speed : 16 knots
  • 139 crew members
  • Elevators to all decks
  • Dynamic positioning system
  • « Clean ship » standards
  • French flag
Superior Staterooms (226 sq.ft.)
8 superior staterooms of 226 sq.ft.located on Deck3.
Deluxe Staterooms (200 sq.ft. + 43 sq.ft. private balcony)
16 Deluxe Staterooms of 200 sq.ft.with private balcony.
Prestige Staterooms (200 sq.ft. +43 sq.ft. private balcony)
92 Prestige Staterooms with private balcony.
Deluxe Suites (290 sq.ft. + 54 sq.ft. private balcony)
On Deck 3 you will find 3 Deluxe Suites with private balcony.
Prestige Suites (398 sq.ft. + 86 sq.ft. private balcony)
20 Prestige Suites with private balcony will provide you a sea with in total discretion.
Owner's suite (484 sq.ft. + 97 sq.ft. private balcony)
The Owner's suite is situated on Deck 2. It has been decorated by Franch interior designers and will provide you a breathtakting panoramic sea view.
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds
  • Shower
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery
  • Ipod™ players
  • Video on demand
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet acces wifi
Here you will find a special ambiance, La Companie du Ponant’s signature: a feeling that you are on board your own yacht.
Whether you want to join other guests in the theater or games area (Wii™ consoles, etc), or relax on your own in a quiet corner of the library, L'Austral has been designed to meet the needs of every guest.
Everything has been done to preserve the independence of each guest to suit their personal tastes: lounges for lectures and shows, a spa in partnership with Sothys™, but also more intimate spaces such as the library and internet corner. Comfortable cabins, nearly all with private balcony, are available for families either as triples or as communicating cabins. There is also a games area with Wii™ consoles, children’s menus. Just as if you were on a private yacht, your time is your own to do as you please.
Fitted with the latest equipment (Kinesis Wall, running machine) and in partnership with the famous Sothys™ brand, the Beauty Centre on L'Austral welcomes you for some unforgettable moments of relaxation and pampering (beauty treatments, hairdresser, hammam, balneotherapy).
Between land and sea, all the riches and originality of a cruise
On board… As the mood takes you, enjoy the comfort and facilities on our ships, the peace and quiet in your staterooms, and quite simply the magic of being at sea.
Leisure activities and relaxation.
From the auditorium to the beauty salon, the library to the deckchairs by the pool, everything is there for your pleasure and entertainment. Your cruise will not be long enough to enjoy them all !
Opportunities to socialise as well as relax.
The communal areas provide the perfect ambiance to socialise with other passengers if you wish. However, our spacious yet small capacity ships in terms of number of cabins also offer an ideal setting for a peaceful break.
Ashore… Once ashore, enjoy every port of call alone or in a group. Depending on your wishes, you are free to explore each new port of call, alone or on one of the excursions we organise for you.
Loyal to the great French tradition, the haute cuisine on board is worthy of the finest restaurants, where discreet, attentive service is the hallmark.
Our two restaurants welcome you for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Gastronomic Restaurant, with a capacity of 268 persons, is situated on Pondichéry Deck and serves you French and international cuisine accompagnied by fine wine. On the Grill Restaurant, you will have the opportuniny to eat outside and enjoy buffet lunch and themed dinner.
Compagnie du Ponant
Experience cruising another way, discover the magic of yacht cruises
Our mission is to transport you to mythical destinations and secret ports only accessible to small capacity ships.
To offer the delights of a French-inspired cuisine in an intimate environment - a discreet service where no attention to detail is spared - and unforgettable moments of relaxation on board elegant yachts of character.
To combine sophistication and conviviality, with priority given to authentic experiences, emotions and the ongoing quest for excellence.
Yacht cruises: more than a cruise, a privilege...