L’Austral by Ponant

L’Austral by Ponant

Length: 142m
Kimberley Season: July-Sept Accommodation: 132 staterooms & suites, 95% with private balcony
KCC Comment: One of the world’s leading expedition companies has now arrived into the Kimberley. Experience a refined adventure on board L’Austral with Sophisticated Cuisine & Fine Wines and the facilities of a 5-star yacht including a pool.


For years Ponant has consistently delivered exceptional adventures in some of the most remote corners of the globe. Now is your opportunity to experience an expedition of an international standard both ashore and on board right here in the Kimberley.

In May 2011, l’Austral joined 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 Ponant’s 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. A welcoming atmosphere of relaxed sophistication revolves around shades of grey, taupe, white and ivory enlivened by touches of cinnamon, caramel and tan. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.”

Restaurants and Bars

Loyal to the great French tradition, the haute cuisine on board is worthy of the finest restaurants, where discreet, attentive service is the hallmark. L’Austral’s 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 accompanied by fine-and all inclusive – wine. On the Grill Restaurant, you will have the opportunity to eat outside and enjoy buffet lunch and themed dinner.

Life on board

Here you will find a special ambiance, PONANT’s signature: a feeling that you are on board your own yacht. Kimberley itineraries will feature lectures and discussions in the theatre highlighting the sights and experiences being enjoyed ashore. Outside of those times, relax by the pool and let the scenery come to you or enjoy one of the ships many public rooms or lounge areas. L’Austral really has been designed to meet the needs of every guest.

There is a spa and gym on board 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).



Spacious and comfortable cabins, nearly all with private balconies, allow you to also enjoy peace and solitude and yet not miss a moment of what’s passing you by. Roooms are designed and furnished to the highest calibre and is complimented by 24 hr room service.


Superior Staterooms

Deluxe Staterooms

Prestige Staterooms

8 superior staterooms of 226 sq.ft. located on Deck 3. Cabin layout: king-size bed, or twin beds. 16 Deluxe Staterooms of 200 sq.ft. with private balcony. Cabin layout: king-size bed, or twin beds. 92 Prestige Staterooms with private balcony. Cabin layout: king-size bed, or twin beds.
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Deluxe Suites

Prestige Suites

Owner’s Suite

On Deck 3 you will find 3 Deluxe Suites, each with private balcony. Cabin layout: king-size bed, or twin beds. 20 Prestige Suites with private balcony. Cabin layout: king-size bed, or twin beds, communicating cabins available (children welcome). Situated on Deck 2. This Suite has been decorated by French interior designers provides a breathtakting panoramic sea view. Cabin layout: king-size bed, or twin beds, communicating cabins available (children welcome).
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