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Luxury Expedition Cruise Ship - ‘L’Austral’
Experience Wonders of Japan and the rarely visited Ryukyu Islands aboard all-balcony and exclusively chartered 'L'Austral,' among the most luxurious expedition cruisers plying eastern waters today. Expect luxurious, all-balcony staterooms and suites on a commanding expedition cruiser helmed by the unequivocal experts at A&K.
On other cruises to different destinations, 'L'Austral' carries around 250 passengers; on voyages with A&K, we limit her capacity to just 199 guests. Fewer passengers in turn allows for more shore excursions each day and cabins with private balconies for every guest.
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Experience Luxury on the Water
Strength and Style
- Sophisticated design, innovative marine technology and a convenient layout aided by three passenger elevators are among ‘L’Austral’ many features.
- On A&K voyages, we limit her capacity to just 199 guests, allowing for more shore excursions each day and cabins with private balconies for every guest.
- Safety is first and foremost on board sturdy ‘L’Austral.’
- The ship features the latest communication, navigational and safety equipment.
- A&K’s English-speaking staff is readily available to assist and instruct on safety at all times during your cruise.
Environmentally Sound Operations
- In keeping with A&K’s longstanding commitment to environmental conservation, ‘L’Austral’ is equipped with the most eco-friendly technology available today.
- Our expeditions exceed all environmental protocols, including those set by the National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency and Antarctic Treaty Party nations.
Rest and Relaxation Redefined
- Among the most comfortable available on any expedition ship, all 108 cabins are fully equipped and feature bedding configurations that range from king-size beds to two single beds.
- Premium and Deluxe Two-Room Suites feature a pull out sofa that converts to a king-size bed, and the option to convert into a two-room cabin – perfect for families.
- ‘L’Austral’ is outfitted with a technologically advanced stabilizing system to minimize the effects of rough conditions and help keep passengers comfortable at all times.
Space to Meet and Mingle
- Spacious and elegant, ‘L’Austral’s common areas invite casual conversation with fellow guests as well as private reflection and views in quiet corners.
- The Panoramic Lounge and Terrace offer spacious areas ideal for social gatherings, afternoon tea or just relaxing with ocean views.
- The Club offers an elegant atmosphere in the evening, with live music and dancing, while the Theatre is the ideal venue for nightly entertainment, enrichment lectures and movies.
- The Restaurant offers gourmet and international cuisine while The Compass Grill delivers casual indoor and outdoor dining for breakfast, lunch and themed dinners.
- There is always a selection of light fare and vegetarian dishes, and most special diets can be accommodated with advance notice.
- In-cabin room service is available 24/7.
Ship Details & Amenities
- Onboard language: English
- All outside staterooms and suites with private balcony when chartered by A&K
- Butler service for Deck 6, categories 6-8
- Sun deck and multiple outer deck observation areas
- Outside heated pool
- Library with extensive selection of books and reading areas
- Two restaurants offering exquisite dining experiences
- Panoramic lounge and terrace
- Three bars and a boutique
- Three passenger elevators
- Fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment
- Hairdresser offering full-service hair styling, manicures and pedicures
- Spa and hammam (steam room)
- 24-hour on-board medical facilities with certified doctor
- 24-hour room service and laundry services
- The Club lounge for live music and dancing
- Open bar (excluding premium wines, premium liquors and champagne)
- The Theater with unobstructed seating for more than 200 guests
- Wireless Internet access throughout the ship
- Electricity: 110/220 volts
- All gratuities on-board are included
- Dynamic positioning system
- "Clean" ship standard (meets or exceeds all IMO, EPA and IATO operating standards)
- Overall length: 466 feet
- Beam: 59 feet
- Draft: 15.3 feet
- Average speed: 16 knots
- Ice class: 1C
- Passenger decks: 6
- Passenger capacity: Limited to 199 on A&K cruises
Crew: 142 (crew-to-guest ration of 1 to 1.4)
- Gross tonnage: 10.700 GRT
- Electric Motors: 2 x 2.3 MW
- Standards: U SPHS - U.S. Coast Guard's Rules Comfort Class 1 - "Clean" Ship Certification
- Flag: French