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  • Ponant-Lyrial2.jpg - It's all about comfort, style, and relaxation in the staterooms on Ponant's Le Lyrial.
  • Ponant-Lyrial-suite.jpg - Relax in the comfort of your suite on Le Lyrial, a Ponant luxury ship.
  • Ponant-Lyrial-cabin.jpg - Your cabin on Ponant's Le Lyrial is light and airy, and designed for comfort and style.
  • Ponant-Venice.jpg - Sail on Le Lyrial to take in the romantic ports of the Adriatic Sea, including Venice.
  • le-lyrial-ponant.jpg - Le Lyrial from Ponant offers a wide range of itineraries that stop at small, exotic ports.
  • Ponant-Venice.jpg - Sail on Le Lyrial to take in the romantic ports of the Adriatic Sea, including Venice.
  • Ponant-Yacht-Cruise-poolside.jpg - Relax poolside as your Ponant ship slips into small bays and secluded coves.
  • le-lyrial-dining.jpg - Dine in style on French dishes, cheeses and desserts on Ponant's luxury ship Le Lyrial.
  • Ponant-Lyrial.jpg - Take in the sweeping views on Ponant's luxury ship Le Lyrial.
  • Le-Lyrial-theater.jpg - The Theatre is the main show lounge for small-scale music and dance productions on Ponant's ship Le Lyrial.
  • Ponant-al-fresco-dining.jpg - Enjoy refreshing sea and land views during al fresco dining on your Ponant cruise.
  • Ponant-dining.jpg -  Dine on French fusion cuisine, such as carpaccio of yellow fin tuna or pan-fried filet steak and finish your meal with panna cotta with red berry fruits on your Ponant sailing.
  • le-lyrial-dining.jpg - Dine in style on French dishes, cheeses and desserts on Ponant's luxury ship Le Lyrial.
  • le-lyrial_dining2.jpg - Dine in a casual, stylish setting aboard Ponant's Le Lyrial.
  • Ponant-dining-alfresco.jpg - Enjoy exquisite foods and well paired wines when dining al fresco on a Ponant cruise.
  • Ponant-Le-Lyrial-dining.jpg - Dine in style during a luxury expedition cruise on Ponant's Le Lyrial.
  • Ponant-Lyrial-wine.jpg - The sommelier on Ponant's Le Lyrial can offer suggestions for the perfect wine to accompany your meals.
  • Ponant-Lyrial-chef.jpg - The head chef can assist with menu choices during your luxury cruise on Ponant's Le Lyrial.
  • Le-Lyrial-top-deck.jpg - View of the sun deck on the luxury expedition ship Le Lyrial.
  • Ponant-champagne.jpg - Sunset and a perfectly chilled glass of champagne make for a perfect vacation escape on a Ponant cruise.
  • le-lyrial-meditation.jpg - Find your perfect state of bliss on a luxury cruise aboard Ponant's Le Lyrial.
  • Le-Lyrial-theater.jpg - The Theatre is the main show lounge for small-scale music and dance productions on Ponant's ship Le Lyrial.
  • Le-Lyrial-cocktail-lounge.jpg - Relax with a cocktail and meet new friends on Ponant's Le Lyrial.
  • Le-Lyrial-pool-deck-fun.jpg - Having fun on Le Lyrial's sun deck.
  • Ponant-LeLyrial-deck-sunset.jpg - Watch the sun go down over a glass of Champagne on the deck of Le Lyrial, a Ponant yacht.
  • Ponant-butler-on-deck.jpg - Have a butler pamper yourself on a Ponant cruise with canapes on deck.
  • Ponant-Le-Lyrial-onboard.jpg - A look at a stylishly furnished stateroom on Ponant's Le Lyrial.
  • Ponant-fitness.jpg - Stay fit while exploring new vistas on a Ponant cruise.
  • Ponant-Yacht-Cruise-poolside.jpg - Relax poolside as your Ponant ship slips into small bays and secluded coves.
  • Ponant-Lyrial.jpg - Take in the sweeping views on Ponant's luxury ship Le Lyrial.
  • Ponant-Lyrial-lounge.jpg - Socialize in the main lounge of Ponant's luxury ship Le Lyrial.
  • Ponant-Lyrial-snack.jpg - Enjoy good conversation and a light snack the lounge of Le Lyrial on your Ponant sailing.
  • nightfall-venice-italy - Nightfall at St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy.
  • Acropolis-Athens-distance - View of the iconic Acropolis set atop a hilltop in Athens, Greece.
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La Caleta beach, in the historical center of the port of Cádiz in southwestern Spain, is popular with locals and travelers during the summer months. Cádiz, capital of Cádiz province, boasts a scenic coastline and rich culture.
  • Portugal-Sintra-Palace - Palácio Nacional de Sintra as seen from Castelo dos Mouros near Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Ponant-LeLyrial-Croatia.jpg - See Croatia and other charming destinations from the deck of the Ponant luxury yacht Le Lyrial.
  • Ponant-Argentina-snows-pano.jpg - A panoramic shot of Ponant's Le Lyrial during a sailing from Argentina to Antarctica.
  • Ponant-Antarctica-Bongrain-Pt.jpg - See the wonders of Antarctica on Ponant's Le Lyrial. Here's Bongrain Point on Pourquoi Pas Island.
  • Ponant-Antarctica-penguins.jpg - Cruise Ponant to Antarctica and get up close and personal with some king penguins.
  • Ponant-Antarctica-whale.jpg - See whales close up on your Ponant cruise to Antarctica.
  • Ponant-Antarctica.jpg - Sail on a Ponant luxury expedition ship from Ushuaia, Argentina, to  Antarctica.
  • Ponant-Argentina-cliffs-snow.jpg - Sail from Argentina to Antarctice on Ponant's luxury expedition ship Le Lyrial.
  • Ponant-Argentina-King-Penguin.jpg - View king penguins on your Ponant cruise from Argentina to Antarctica.
  • Ponant-Argentina-King-Penguins2.jpg - Get up close and personal with king penguins on your Ponant cruise to Antarctica.
  • Ponant-Argentina-orca.jpg - Watch orcas from the deck of a Ponant luxury expedition cruise from Argentina to Antarctica.
  • Ponant-Argentina-penguin-beach.jpg - Come see majestic Magellanic penguins on a Ponant cruise from Argentina to Antarctica.
  • Ponant-Argentina-penguin-sea.jpg - Frolic along with the penguins on a Ponant cruise from Argentina to Antarctica.
  • Ponant-Argentina-penguin-young.jpg - A penguin checking on her chicks, seen on a Ponant cruise.
  • Ponant-Argentina-seal-chill.jpg - Chill out, like this seal, during a Ponant cruise to Antarctica.
  • Ponant-Argentina-whale-tail.jpg - Watch whales from the deck of a Ponant luxury expedition cruise from Argentina to Antarctica.
  • Ponant-Croatia-Dubrovnik.jpg - Step back in time in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on your Ponant cruise.
  • Ponant-Croatia-Rovinj.jpg - Visit lovely smaller ports on your Ponant cruise such as Rovinj, Croatia, known as Little Venice.
  • Ponant-Le-Lyrial-Croatia.jpg - Cruise the Dalmatian Coast on Le Lyrial, a Ponant sailing yacht.
  • Ponant-Manhattan6.jpg - A Ponant ship passes by Freedom Tower and Lower Manhattan.

Le Lyrial: Upscale small-ship cruising from Ponant

Have you sailed on Le Lyrial? We'd love to hear your take and see your photos. The following information was curated by Cruiseable.

Snapshot

Le Lyrial, which debuted in April 2015 from the French cruise line Ponant, is one of a handful of vessels that can rightly be called a luxury expedition ship. The intimate yacht , with no more than 264 passengers, visits exquisite ports of call around the world while guests revel in her lean, modern design and welcoming atmosphere.

Like her sister ships — Le Boreal, L'Austral and Le Soleal — Le Lyrial has been built for upscale, yacht-like cruising to exotic destinations around the globe. She also has been specially outfitted for the icy terrain of Antarctica, where she spends several months a year. The ship carries a dozen Zodiacs used to take passengers on expedition-like outings.

Fully 95% of Le Lyrial's 122 staterooms and suites have private balconies. Throughout the ship you'll find a contemporary decor inspired by the ship's destinations. The experienced crew has a reputation for solicitous, personal service, and you can coordinate excursions in port with the port excursions manager. Socialize in the lounges or on deck, or carve out some quite time and read in the library or while enjoying the salt air.

Language spoken on board, you ask? English and French. The crew is bilingual, with many  service staff from Asia.

Having fun on Le Lyrial's sun deck.
Courtesy of Ponant Having fun on Le Lyrial's sun deck.

Where Le Lyrial sails

Le Lyrial offers a wide range of itineraries that stop at small, exotic ports. Cruise from Lisbon to Cadiz, Casablanca , Funchal (on Madeira) and Arerecife (Canary Islands). Or sail from Athens to Katakolo (Greece), Lipari and Salerno (Italy), Bonifacio and Calvi (France), then on to Marseille. Or have the experience of your life and cruise to Antarctica

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Observation lounge
  • Where: Deck 6

  • What: The Theatre
  • Where: Deck 4

  • What: Ephesus
  • Where: Exotic destinations
  • Exquisite, exotic destinations on this luxury expedition ship
  • Top-rate French-inspired cuisine

Top dining options on board

The Restaurant

  • Style: French-inspired & international cuisine
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Fast facts

264 Passengers [?]
139 Crew
7 Decks
2015 Maiden voyage
10,944 Tonnage [?]
465 Length in feet
59 Width in feet (max beam)
18 mph [?]

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