Small Ship Cruising



466 ft. / 142 m.
224 - 264
Crew Members

Welcome Aboard L'Austral

Step on board L'Austral and begin a journey to some of the most awe-inspiring destinations the world has to offer. Whether you sip cocktails as the sun sets along the ocean horizon or simply relax in the company of loved ones and new friends, L'Austral offers lasting memories on a truly intimate cruising experience.

L'Austral sports 6 decks that include Le Restaurant Gastronomique, the elegant main dining room serving French and international cuisine; the casual Le Grill Restaurant; three lounges offering evening entertainment, bars and access to the open decks; Le Théâtre hosting informative lectures and entertainment; a Fitness and Beauty Corner; a Medical Center; and multiple observation areas. Elevators serve all passenger decks. Staterooms (ranging in size from 200 to 210 sq. ft.) and suites (ranging in size from 301 to 398 sq. ft.) have ocean views; 95% have private balconies. Staterooms are decorated by French designers, offering individually controlled air conditioning, twin beds converting to a queen-size bed (or one queen-size bed), DVD / CD player, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, electronic safe and minibar.


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Le Théâtre

Enjoy entertainment in Le Théâtre

L'Austral's onboard theater, Le Théâtre, hosts informative lectures, discussions and entertainment for guests to enjoy.


No question goes unanswered...

The staff aboard L'Austral is here to answer all your questions and concerns during the course of your Tauck journey!

Ship Lounge

Wind down after a day of adventure alongside fellow passengers at one of L'Austral's onboard lounges.

The sounds of the piano radiates throughout the lounge as Tauck guests relax in the company of one another, forming lasting friendships and relaxing at the end of a long day.

Aboard L'Austral

Your getaway to places unknown...

A sleek yacht, L'Austral is small enough to provide an intimate cruising experience and her size makes her ideally suited for visiting ports that bigger ships can’t reach.

Ship Specifications
Built 2011
Air Conditioned Yes
Elevator Yes
Length 466 ft. / 142 m.
Guests 224 - 264
Draft 15 ft. / 4.5 m.
Crew Members 140
Beam 59 ft. / 18 m.
Ship Registry France
Tonnage 10,700 gross tons
Crew Nationality French / International
Cruising Speed 14 knots
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Key Features

One of the Ponant fleet's four sister ships (LeBoréal, Le Soléal, Le Lyrial, L’Austral), L’Australs six-deck layout provides a truly intimate cruising experience for passengers. L’Austral’s inviting staterooms and suites are designed with a sophisticated French touch and offer incredible views of the surrounding ocean.

Elegant public spaces including a sun deck, pool and outdoor open bar help create the feel of an upscale hotel. A panoramic room complete with library, Internet connection and access to the panoramic terrace is available to all guests.

A choice of two on-board restaurants; Le Restaurant Gastronomique and The Grill Restaurant. Le Restaurant Gastronomique offers French and international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Maximum seating capacity of 268. Grill Restaurant offers a casual eating environment for breakfast and a buffet lunch and themed dinner. Seating options for The Grill available both inside and outside.

Staterooms (approximately 199 to 226 sq. ft.) and suites (290 to 591 sq. ft.) offer individually controlled air conditioning, twin beds that convert to a queen-size bed or a sofa that converts to a queen-size bed, video on demand, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, electronic safe, iPod deck and minibar. 95% of the rooms have private balconies.

  • Fitness and beauty corner featuring Kinesis weight training, treadmills, bikes, hairdressing salon, massage rooms and Hammam
  • State of the art, 250-person capacity theatre for onboard lectures and entertainment
  • All-included bar and restaurant beverages available throughout the day aboard ship, including house wines and spirits
  • Special menus available for guests with specific dietary requirements
  • 24-hour room service available to all passenger cabins and suites
  • Onboard Medical Center
  • Leisure area fitted with a Wii-entertainment system

Deck Plans

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Deck 7

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Deck 6

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Prestige Stateroom

Prestige Suite

(Two Prestige Staterooms combined)

Deluxe Suite

Deck 5

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Prestige Stateroom

Prestige Suite

(Two Prestige Staterooms combined)

Deck 4

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Prestige Stateroom

Deck 3

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Deluxe Stateroom

Superior Stateroom

Deck 2

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Onboard Experience

Wake up aboard L'Austral in a stateroom custom-made for your cruising comfort with a host of sophisticated amenities …. sink-in-soft luxury bedding, fully stocked minibar, a bathroom boasting a shower with a view, pampering French toiletries. Breakfast tempts… enjoyed à la carte in your room, on deck in the open air or in our elegant gourmet restaurant with a decidedly French twist… from croissants and café as you like it to a buffet of freshly prepared delights. After breakfast, you may venture off the ship for a morning of guided sightseeing ashore on a choice of included excursions, or indulge in onboard pleasures that are the mainstay of the yachting set. If the spa calls, you can sign up for a massage, a steam bath, aromatherapy treatment or a facial for that “good life glow.” Or exercise your options in the fitness center. Lunch as you choose… in the casual Le Grill, in the more formal setting of Le Restaurant Gastronomique, or perhaps staying ashore to sample the local fare in today’s port of call. Beverages, from soft drinks to house wine and spirits, complement your mood and are always complimentary aboard ship. Afternoon invites more exploration ashore… or relaxation onboard, whether it’s lounging at the pool, cuddling up with a good book, enjoying a cocktail with a friend or two, or attending an insightful lecture by a naturalist, historian or other onboard expert. This evening, dine with new friends in your choice of restaurant, or sneak away for a romantic dinner, candlelit, out on deck. Nighttime brings out the stars – be they in the sky above, or the pianist in the lounge, or the singers and dancers onstage in Le Théâtre. And when it’s time to turn in, your bed will be turned down… often with a sweet treat on your pillow, along with tomorrow’s itinerary. You’ll close your eyes and sleep to the rhythm of the seas, enjoying the reverie that’s inherent on every Tauck cruise aboard Ponant's elegant small ship, L'Austral. Read Less


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