From the Canals of Venice to the Stones of Athens
* Subject to availability
- The magician Alain Choquette will be on board.
- A kid-friendly, family cruise, with specific entertainment.
- A cruise crossing three countries (Italy, Croatia, Greece) and three seas (Adriatic, Ionian and Aegean), to discover the emblematic treasures of the Mediterranean.
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the lagoon of Venice, the Old City of Dubrovnik, the Straits of Kotor, the Acropolis from the disembarkation port in Athens.
- An unforgettable crossing of the Corinth Canal.
- Three charming Greek ports of call, all with a different character: Parga, Mykonos and Hydra.
- Staterooms & Suites
- LE LYRIAL
- Port of call & excursions
- Kid's Club
- Guest(s) Lecturer(s)
- Pre/Post & Overlands
Staterooms & Suites
Superior Stateroom $3,380 Available Deluxe Stateroom $3,640 Available Prestige Deck 4 $4,050 Available Prestige Deck 5 $4,240 Available Prestige Deck 6 $4,430 Available Deluxe Suite $6,120 Available Prestige Deck 5 Suite $8,240 Available Privilège Suite $8,650 Available Grand Deluxe Suite $9,910 Available Grand Privilege Suite $12,530 Available Owner's Suite $16,690 Available
Fourth ship in this superb series loyal to the PONANT spirit, Le Lyrial like her sisterships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is PONANT’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 122 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.
We have been inspired by the destinations we visit and decided to create a subtle variation around a palette of blues. Ranging from the luminous delicate grey-blue of the Polar ice to splashes of the vivid turquoise blue found in Mediterranean coves, it also includes the blue light of the future pole star.
Port of call & excursions
VeniceEmbarkation 05/08/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 05/08/2019 at 18H00 .
Proud and eternal, Venice has reigned on its lagoon ever since the 6th century. You may think you know this city before even setting foot here. You will inevitably fall in love with the charm of the innumerable treasures of the Serenissima: Saint Mark’s square, the basilica, Doges palace, the Grand Canal and the gondolas. Yet, secret Venice is also waiting for you to explore its little interlacing streets and canals, to ramble through its squares and to push open the doors of its churches. The city’s extraordinary heritage shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a glass of Spritz and a few tramezzini.
6 August 2019 – BolArrival 06/08/2019 at 13H15 . Departure 06/08/2019 at 18H00 .
Bol is a destination in the Dalmatian archipelago, best kept secret. This picturesque village is located on the southern coast of Brac Island. Its traditional architecture has unbelievable charm: little houses with white facades and red tiled roofs provide the perfect setting for laid-back meanders. Beyond the port, the waterfront promenade leads onto the beaches which are shaded by pines and cypresses. The most famous of them is Zlatni Rat, “the golden horn”. From the belvedere on Vidova Gora mountain, you can see its unusual contours and get an eyeful of the other Adriatic islands.
7 August 2019 – DubrovnikArrival 07/08/2019 at 07H00 . Departure 07/08/2019 at 12H30 .
Emblem of the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik is magnificently positioned on a rocky spur. History is sovereign here, in this ancient city, now a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. You will perhaps be surprised by the proportions of La Placa, the central drag through the city. The sheer width of it can be explained by the fact that it straddles a former lagoon. The elegant houses along La Placa are built in the legendary travertine stone. At Pile gate, you will be greeted by the statue of the patron saint of Dubrovnik, and you can admire the coastline as you walk along the ramparts. But what’s inside Fort Saint John, adjoining the outer walls? A maritime museum and an aquarium featuring rare fish from the Adriatic.
7 August 2019 – Sailing Bay of KotorArrival 07/08/2019 . Departure 07/08/2019 .
The long walls of the fortified city of Kotor unfurl before your eyes as you admire this medieval construction enclosed between the sea and the rugged cliffs from the decks of your ship. The still, deep waters of the bay plus the clouds of mist floating here and there create a surreal and magical atmosphere. Small islands with churches and fortresses built on them remind us that a proud maritime people has lived here for centuries, in this bay that forms a perfect natural harbour, used by sailors since ancient times. At the crossroads of Latin and Byzantine cultures, you will have the pleasure of observing the natural treasures of Montenegro during an unforgettable journey.
8 August 2019 – PargaArrival 08/08/2019 at 14H00 . Departure 08/08/2019 at 23H00 .
An ancient port in the Epirus region, picturesque Parga is located on the western coast of the Greek mainland. Ancient classical ruins and the Venetian citadel bear witness to the town's colourful history and the diverse influences that shaped it. In a swoon of orange flower and lemon blossom scents, you can walk up steep streets lined with houses generously bedecked with flowers on your way to Ali Pasha castle. Here, youﾒll be rewarded by splendid views of the old fishing village and wild neighbouring creeks.
9 August 2019 – Crossing the Corinth CanalArrival 09/08/2019 . Departure 09/08/2019 .
The Corinth Canal cuts through the Isthmus of Corinth, turning the Peloponnese into an island as it separates the region from the Greek mainland. Inaugurated in 1893, the canal is a little over six kilometres long and enables merchant vessels and passenger to avoid a long 400-km detour around the peninsula. The two sides of the canal reach a height of approximately fifty metres. From the exterior decks, don’t miss this unique opportunity to watch the ship as it navigates along the narrow strip of water encased between tall, ochre cliffs. What an experience !
10 August 2019 – MykonosArrival 10/08/2019 at 08H00 . Departure 10/08/2019 at 23H30 .
Nicknamed “little Venice”, Mykonos is famous for its Alefkandra district where houses are built right on the water’s edge. Their multi-coloured loggias are emblematic of this Cyclades island, as are the pelicans and windmills. You can get close up to the birds on the quaysides of the old port. Up on the hillside, you can see the windmill sails turning. In the cobbled streets of the pedestrian centre, bougainvillea bedeck immaculate facades. As you weave in and out of the little streets, snatches of coastline will undoubtedly call you to the island’s beaches, the quietest of which can be found on the northern coast.
11 August 2019 – HydraArrival 11/08/2019 at 12H00 . Departure 11/08/2019 at 21H00 .
This unusual gem belonging to the Saronic islands is located to the east of the Peloponnese. There are no cars here. Named after the island, the harbour town is layered up the slopes of a mountainous bay. You may be surprised to see beautiful stone mansions. These are traditional here, as are the multi-coloured caïquesalong the quays. Further along the shore, within the walls of the “Monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary” is a museum of Byzantine art. Collections from Athens National History Museum are exhibited in the elegant villa Koundouriotis.
AthensDisembarkation 12/08/2019 at 07H00 .
The Greek capital city is located on the edge of the Saronic gulf, in the east of the country. It bears a plural name in reference to the first villages that surround the Acropolis. You will be enchanted by the rocky plateau presided by its monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage. In the city below, you can visit some of the liveliest districts in Athens: Plaka, with its maze of colourful streets, and where, in the evenings the drifting aroma of moussaka and garlic prawns will tickle your taste buds. Don’t miss anything of the city’s cultural past. Pay a visit to the National Archaeological museum, or the Cycladic Art Museum.
The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.
Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, PONANT will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.
Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.
Especially for this cruise, a team of trained children’s activity leaders(1) will be aboard, running the Kids’ Club.
The Kids’ Club allows children from four years old, older children and teenagers to enjoy activities that are adapted to their age. Each child can learn at their own pace and develop their knowledge whilst having fun, enjoying a range of cultural and sporting activities including:
- Manual and creative activities, some of which are related to the destinations or ports of call on the itinerary
- Board games
- Exhibitions of items created
- Dance, with the help of the staff aboard
- Fishing (minimum number of participants required)
- Sports and games (darts (minimum number of children required, swimming – depending on weather conditions...)
- Photo workshops (minimum number of children required)
Aboard, accompanied by the activity leaders and with the help of crew members(2), they will be able to enjoy cookery workshops, to visit the Bridge, have their photo taken with the Captain and take group photos. Outings / walks with the activity leaders (subject to a minimum number of participants) near the ship (beach & swimming) will be organised. Evening entertainment led by the activity leaders or crew members will be organised on one or two evenings during the parents’ evening meal (7pm or 9.30pm), such as a DVD screening for example.
Useful information about the Ponant Kids’ Club:
- No fixed timetable
- Opens half an hour before excursions, closes half an hour after excursions
- Times are given each day in the onboard newspaper
- The Kids’ Club will close if no-one turns up within the first half hour after it opens.
Attendance sheet and waiver to be signed by parents / guardians in order for the child to become a member of the Club. As a cruise souvenir, a CD will be made and sold aboard the ship and a daily Kids Club newsletter will be added as a supplement to the usual daily onboard newspaper.
(1) Experienced and qualified professional youth activity leaders: service providers – number of activity leaders based on number of children registered for the club.
(2) As far as possible, other activities will be organised with staff aboard the ship, related to the life on a ship and the various professions involved for example.
Happy parents, happy children...
Born in Quebec, Alain Choquette early dreams of becoming a famous magician from his earliest age. Specialized in “close-up magic”, he is handling card tricks with skill and he bases his shows on a close collaboration with his audience. With humor and poetry, Alain Choquette offers another approach to magic while collaborating with renowned artists like the famous magician David Copperfield who borrows some of his spectacular acts as “La Disparition des Douze”.
In his early stages, for seven years, Alain presented his close-up magic tricks to the most popular talk show in Quebec television "Ad Lib". Starting from 1993, shows are coming one after another as he multiplies performances in Quebec and in the United States. His first show « Première apparition » is a great success in 1993 in Montreal with two hundred performances within two years.
This dazzling celebrity brought him then to the American stages between 1994 and 1998. He was invited to participate in the TV special "World's Greatest Magic" broadcast by NBC watched by over 26 million viewers, to join the American tour 50th anniversary of the prestigious Radio City Music Hall in New York and then to participate in the "The Champions of Magic" program broadcast by ABC. In 1998 he came back to Quebec to present a new show « Jeux de vilain » conquering an even wider audience. In October 2003, he presented « Alain Choquette et compagnie » at the Casino of Montreal, which had a great impact on the illusionist throughout his life.
He mystified Montrealers with « La Disparition des Douze » in which he removed 12 randomly selected people within the public which gave him a worldwide reputation. Very impressed, David Copperfield took his show for his own show and is still presenting it in Las Vegas in 2014. With a career of over twenty years in the illusionism on the North American continent, Alain Choquette crossed the Atlantic in 2013 to charm the France through its participation at the Comedy Magic Show of Arturo Brachetti in 2013. He came back to France in late 2014 to present his new show « Drôlement magique » written in collaboration with Ludovic -Alexandre Vidal.
Language spoken: French
Photo credit: Michel Cloutier
Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.
Pre/Post & Overlands
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