Specials : Prestige Deck 5 from $17,040

Exceptional 11-Day Expedition Cruise

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Emblematic Antarctica on Ponant L’Austral

Cruise ID 32191
Book By 18Dec19
Embarkation Ushuaia, Argentina
Disembarkation Ushuaia, Argentina
Departure Dates 18Feb20
Duration 10 nights
Arrival Dates 28Feb20
Region Polar Regions, South America
Cruise Line Ponant
Cruise Ship L'Austral
Cruise Type Ocean
Cruise Package Type Cruise Only
Ports of Call Ushuaia, Neko Harbour, Port Charcot, Weddell Sea, Port Lockroy, Deception Island, Drake Passage, Ushuaia

PONANT proposes an exceptional expedition cruise into the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula’s ice floes. Set sail on an unforgettable 11-day journey aboard L’Austral and fall for the charms of the dreamlike landscapes, inhabited by rich and uncommon wildlife.  

In Neko Harbour, a magnificent bay surrounded by mountains and ice, you will perhaps be lucky enough to see seals, whales, leopard seals and gentoo penguins.  

On Pleneau Island, you’ll be amused by the original gait of the gentoo penguins going about their daily lives with a backdrop of magnificent icebergs. Don’t miss out on the visit to nearby Port Charcot. Jean-Baptiste Charcot, the famous French explorer who led many polar expeditions at the beginning of the 20th century, gave this name to the island as a tribute to his father.

Your ship will then head north before arriving on the volcanic Deception Island, which was long an emblematic whaling site. Its sheltered bay also served as a refuge for sailors during heavy storms. 

Before you return to UshuaiaL’Austral will clear a path through the impressive tabletop icebergs of the Weddell Sea, leaving you with an unforgettable memory of your Antarctic crossing.

Subject to ice and weather conditions. The expedition highlights and itineraries described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

  • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
  • Hiking opportunity: Neko Harbour, Port Charcot, Port Lockroy, Deception Island.
  • Visiting research stations and former whaling stations.
  • Landscapes: a multitude of drifting icebergs, ice floe, imposing icebergs, tall snow-covered mountains.
  • Wildlife: Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, Minke and humpback whales, Weddell seals, sea leopards and sea birds.
  • Educational discovery in the respect of environment.
  • Exclusive 4-night programme before the cruise Patagonia, a land of contrast
  • Drinks are complimentary and unlimited.
  • Choose from a selection of fine wines, champagnes, spirits, mineral waters and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • You maybe eligible to earn Qantas frequent flyer points with this purchase.
Important Terms
  • Prices are based on best available cruise fare per person, inclusive of all discounts.
  • All prices based on cash or cheque payment - credit card fees may apply.
  • Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply.

Cabin Name
Price per person twin share from
Superior Stateroom
Wait List
Prestige Deck 5 Suite
Wait List
Prestige Deck 4
Wait List
Deluxe Stateroom
Wait List
Prestige Deck 5
Prestige Deck 6
Deluxe Suite
Prestige Deck 6 Suite
Owner's Suite

Date Port of Call Arrives Departs
17/02/2019 Ushuaia 18:00
18/02/2019 Drake Passage
19/02/2019 Drake Passage
20/02/2019 Neko Harbour
Paradise Bay
21/02/2019 Pleaneau Island
Port Charcot
22/02/2019 Port Lockroy
24/02/2019 Weddell Sea
25/02/2019 Drake Passage
26/02/2019 Drake Passage
27/02/2019 Ushuaia 07:00



With its pure silhouette, the ever-so-discreet elegance of its interior design, L’AUSTRAL recreates a cruising mood with a “yachting” style.
Precious materials and a perfect balance between chic and casual combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht.
On-board the ship, 132 opulent staterooms and suites, two restaurants, lounges, a library, a theatre and a myriad of intimate nooks and alcoves, an invitation to cosiness, delicacy and harmony.


This ship has 2 restaurants

  • Gastronomic Restaurant
  • Grill Restaurant 


  • Main Lounge
  • Theatre 
  • Panoramic Lounge 
  • Panoramic Terrace

Onboard Activities

  • Main Pool
  • Shop 
  • Lotus Day Spa
  • Fitness Area
  • Library
  • Internet Station 
  • Massage
  • Hairdresser
  • Leisure Area

CLICK HERE to watch video on L’Austral


Ship facts

Ship Details
Gross Tonnage 10 944 UMS
Star Rating 5
Size/Style of Ship Small/Yachting
Entered Service Apr 2011
Registry French
Former Name None
Length 142 metres
Beam 17.98 metres
Draft 4.6 metres
Propulsion/Propellers 2 x 2300kW
Maximum Cruising Speed (knots) 16
Passenger Capacity (twin) 264
Crew 139
Nationality of Officers French
Nationality of Crew French
Total Cabins 132
Total Inside cabins 0
Total Outside cabins 132
Cabin/Suites with Balcony 95%
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins 3
Passenger Decks 6
Cabin Electricity 110/220v
Elevators 3
Self-Service Laundry no
Onboard Currency (subject to change)  


Ponant is a French cruise ship operator. It was founded in April 1988 by Philippe Videau, Jean-Emmanuel Sauvé, and other officers of the French Merchant Navy and launched the first French cruise ship.

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