Outstanding expedition cruise

L'Austral Cruise Review to South America

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 68

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
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10 Night In The Heart Of Chilean Fjords (Valparaiso To Ushuaia)

Sail date: November 05, 2019

Ship: L'Austral

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 517

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Except for the Ushuia airport and Aerolinas airlines, the cruise itself was outstanding in every respect. The ratio of French speaking to English speaking passengers was 90/10, and the French don't associate themselves with non-french speakers, but the 22 other English speakers were great and so we had out own small group.


1 out of 5
Awful instructions on how to get to ship, had to send many em,ails and phone calls.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5


4 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Excellent in all regards.

Ship tip

Be prepared for 60-90% French passengers, and mostly French spoken on board.

Ports of call

Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile

2 out of 5
Uprising in Chile made it a bit unsafe.

Cruise Chilean Fjords

5 out of 5
Crew went out of their way to visit some remarkable glaciers, visited before on Ponant.

Tortel, Chile

3 out of 5
Nothing remarkable here

Cruise Pio Xi Glacier

5 out of 5


5 out of 5


5 out of 5

Ainsworth Bay & Tucker Islet

5 out of 5

Cruise Garibaldi Glacier

5 out of 5

Cruise Cape Horn

5 out of 5
Such good weather,had the rare opportunity to actually land here.

Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina

1 out of 5
Only at airport to transfer to Buenos Aires, most disorganized, time consuming, long lines airport, I've been to.


2 out of 5
Ponant agent could not help me with extra luggage, almost missed flight to Buenos Aires.
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