From the Serenissima to the City of gods
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- A kid-friendly, family cruise, with specific entertainment.
- Discover the Adriatic Sea and the Aegean Sea, featuring exceptional cultural sites, beautiful landscapes and ports with a unique charm.
- Numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the lagoon of Venice (embarkation port), the old towns of Dubrovnik and Kotor, Delphi from Itea, the Acropolis of Athens (disembarkation port).
- The city of Lecce (from Brindisi), a major site for Baroque architecture.
- Visit Hvar, Dubrovnik and Kotor, three unmissable spots in the Adriatic.
- Sail in the Bay of Kotor.
- Cross the Corinth Canal.
- The possibility of visiting Venice (before your cruise) and Athens (after your cruise).
Staterooms & Suites
Superior Stateroom €2,850 Available Deluxe Stateroom €3,080 Available Prestige Deck 4 €3,430 Available Prestige Deck 5 €3,590 Available Prestige Deck 6 €5,240 Not Available Deluxe Suite €5,240 Available Prestige Deck 5 Suite €7,090 Available Privilège Suite €7,440 Available Grand Deluxe Suite €8,540 Available Grand Privilege Suite €15,380 Not Available Owner's Suite €15,530 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 16/07/2021 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 16/07/2021 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.
17 July 2021 – HvarArrival 17/07/2021 early afternoon. Departure 17/07/2021 evening.
Off the coast of Split, Hvar will surprise you by its traditions that haven’t changed since Antiquity. The country’s oldest town, Stari Grad, is here on this Dalmatian Island. The town nestles by a cove on the north-west coast, surrounded by dry stone wall structures on the Stari Grad plains. These have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site because they were built in the time of the Ancient Greeks. From these parcels of land come wines and olive oil manufactured manually. In the upper part of town, it is possible to discover hams and cheeses made by local producers. The picturesque village of Vrisnik is also a good place to try some of local produce.
18 July 2021 – DubrovnikArrival 18/07/2021 early morning. Departure 18/07/2021 late evening.
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.
19 July 2021 – KotorArrival 19/07/2021 early morning. Departure 19/07/2021 late afternoon.
Situated in one of Montenegro’s most beautiful bays, the medieval city of Kotor is a small town full of charm, truly imbued with the traditions and stories of another time. Built between the 12th and 14th centuries, this village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has preserved many historical monuments from this epoch. During your stop, be sure to admire the impressive castle that dominates the town, and let yourself fall under the charm of its maze of small streets and intimate squares on which folk festivals featuring magnificent colourful costumes are often organised.
20 July 2021 – BrindisiArrival 20/07/2021 early morning. Departure 20/07/2021 early evening.
Located on the “heel” of the Italian boot, Brindisi has been famous since Antiquity for its huge natural harbour, which is amongst the most sheltered in the Adriatic. The position of the city, turned towards the Orient, explains the commercial trade and the bonds established from the outset with Greece and other eastern Mediterranean countries. Brindisi is an ideal starting point for visiting the villages of the Puglia region, such as Alberobello and its famous trulli, the traditional dry stone dwellings with conical roofs, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or Ostuni with its immaculate façades dominated by a majestic cathedral. The masseria, fortified farmhouses typical of the region, punctuate an ancient landscape of olive groves, vineyards and orchards.
21 July 2021 – Fiskardo, CephaloniaArrival 21/07/2021 midday. Departure 21/07/2021 evening.
We know you’ll be won over by the charm of this fishing village located north-east of the island of Cephalonia. A best kept secret of the Ionian archipelago, Fiskardo gives onto the coasts of Ithaca, home of legendary king Odysseus. To see the coasts, just walk out onto the jetty. While you’re there, look back at the colourful houses along the quaysides: they have surprising architecture with evidence of Italian influence. Unwind at the café terraces along the water’s edge, in the shade of gazebos. While you watch the boats in the harbour, you can savour some local specialities like kreatopita, small meat pastries.
22 July 2021 – IteaArrival 22/07/2021 early morning. Departure 22/07/2021 midday.
Tucked away in the Gulf of Corinth, this little port is situated in continental Greece, north-west of Athens. Take an easy stroll along the old cobblestone quays, while gazing at the summits encircling the Bay of Itea. We wouldn’t be surprised if you are tempted by a visit to the Delphi Sanctuary. The sanctuary is located on a plateau on the slope of Mount Parnassus, just ten kilometres from Itea. A listed UNESCO World Heritage site, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The ancient ruins are surrounded by steep mountains, and their Archaeological Museum is chock-full of cultural delights.
22 July 2021 – Crossing the Corinth CanalArrival 22/07/2021. Departure 22/07/2021.
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!
AthensDisembarkation 23/07/2021 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. The National Archaeological museum and the Cycladic Art Museum are also some of the city’s key attractions and allow visitors to discover Athens’ cultural past.
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.
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.
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.
Children aged 4 to 17 can take part in age-appropriate activities organised aboard the ship by the PONANT Kid’s Club activity leaders: manual, physical or cultural activities, board games, DVD evenings, or discovering the occupations on board during dance, photo or cooking workshops (depending on staff availability and the number of children signed up).
These activities are held in the mornings, afternoons and evenings until 9.30 pm (10.30 pm on gala evenings). The times can fit in with your excursion schedule: please check with the activity leaders beforehand.
Thanks to outings and shore excursions near the ship under activity leader supervision, children aged 6 and over can also enjoy the beach, have a swim, stroll through town or go fishing!
Each day, the Kid’s Club programme will be added to the standard daily programme to inform you of the details and times of activities planned for the young seafarers the next day!
As a souvenir of your cruise, a CD will be made and available for purchase on board.
The activities on offer will depend on the number children signed up, their respective ages, and the weather conditions.
During the shore excursions with the kids aged 6 and over, the younger children will not be able to attend the Kid’s Club aboard the ship.
Parents/grand-parents must read the “General information about the PONANT Kid’s Club” document and sign a permission slip authorising the child/children in their care to be looked after by the Kid’s Club on board and during outings.
Francis Huster is an actor, stage director, author, screenwriter and director.
His career on stage began when he finished the French National Conservatory, to be admitted to the Comédie-Française, where he became a member.
Recipient of the Gérard-Philipe Prize in 1980, he left this Institution in 1981, and he set up his own company. Pleased audiences resulted in some unforgettable shows: Lorenzaccio by Musset (1976), Hamlet by Shakespeare (1984), Le Cid by Corneille (1985), Crime et Châtiment by Dostoïevski (2001)…
Since 2012, he has often worked with Steve Suissa on plays such as Bronx by Chazz Palminteri, Le Joueur d’Échecs by Stefan Zweig, Avanti ! by Samuel Taylor and Horowitz, le pianiste du siècle. Le théâtre, ma Vie, the latest creation of the duo, allows Francis Huster to tell his own story.
Early on, he’d directed and produced classical playwrights and in 1990, he was the recipient on Prix du Brigadier for the adaptation, direction and interpretation of La Peste by Camus.
Francis Huster is an Officer of the Legion of Honour, a Commandeur of the National Order of Merite and a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters.
He directed 3 films himself, and notably Un homme et son chien (2009) with Jean-Paul Belmondo.
At the same time, he has pursued a film career, in which he has worked under Claude Lelouch, Andrzej Zulawski, Francis Veber et Steve Suissa, among others. Television has confirmed his popularity. In 2003, he received a “Sept d’Or” for his interpretation of Jean Moulin, a famous member of the French Resistance.
Language spoken: French
Photo credit: Pascal Ito