Greek and Croatian treasures
* Subject to availability
Staterooms & Suites
There are no staterooms available for booking. Please contact our cruise advisors.
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
AthensEmbarkation 26/07/2016 from 16H30 to 17H30 . Departure 26/07/2016 at 18H00 .
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.
26 July 2016 – Corinth Canal crossingArrival 26/07/2016 . Departure 26/07/2016 .
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 !
27 July 2016 – Zakynthos Navagio BeachArrival 27/07/2016 at 12H00 . Departure 27/07/2016 at 19H00 .
Navagio, also known as Shipwreck Cove, is one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. Situated at the foot of an imposing cliff, it can only be reached by sea, if the weather conditions are favourable. Or it can be admired from above, from a vertiginous headland. But the Ionian island of Zakynthos is home to many other riches, like the town of Zante and its post-Byzantine museum. A pleasant walk along the seafront and through the town’s streets will lead you to the Saint Dionysios Church and its campanile, dedicated to the patron saint of the island.
28 July 2016 – Paxi IslandArrival 28/07/2016 at 08H00 . Departure 28/07/2016 at 19H00 .
Paxos is one of the Ionian islands’ best kept secrets, only reachable by boat. You will be lured in by the port of Gaios and the colourful houses surrounding the orthodox church of Analipsi. On the northern tip of the island, you’ll want to dive straight into the translucent waters of the Lakka bay. After that, you can climb into a caïque and head for the little island of Agios Nikolaus, where the Venetian fort awaits your visit.
29 July 2016 – CavtatArrival 29/07/2016 at 12H00 . Departure 29/07/2016 at 23H00 .
30 July 2016 – KotorArrival 30/07/2016 at 08H00 . Departure 30/07/2016 at 18H00 .
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.
31 July 2016 – MljetArrival 31/07/2016 at 07H00 . Departure 31/07/2016 at 12H00 .
This splendid, pristine island is located off the Pelješac peninsula. Untouched nature awaits you in the protected forests of Mljet National Park. A hike up the hills brings you to the bays linked to two salt water lakes. On the larges lake, Veliko Jezero, you can see an old Benedictine monastery.
31 July 2016 – KorculaArrival 31/07/2016 at 14H00 . Departure 31/07/2016 at 23H00 .
This harbour town has a very special location, presiding on a spur on the north-eastern coast of the island of Korçula. The ramparts in its medieval district provide perfect vantage points over the Pelješac peninsula. To get there, you can take the monumental staircase in the Revelin Tower.Another way is to climb the steps in the shade of palm trees from the MorskaVrata (Marine portal). As you make your way through the little streets, you’ll see the bell-tower of Saint-Mark’s cathedral rise above you. This landmark will help you locate the house where Marco Polo was born. The island also has some of its own famous wines like the red Plavac and the white Posip.
1 August 2016 – Lopud IslandArrival 01/08/2016 at 08H00 . Departure 01/08/2016 at 12H00 .
An intimate destination among the Elaphiti islands, the harbour village of Lopud will win your heart with its picturesque waterfront. In the higher areas, is the Sutvra? belvedere where you can visit the ruins of a Spanish fort. Here, you can gaze at amazing views of the hillsides and coastline. Below, on an isolated promontory, stands the Franciscan monastery. The monastery nestles among maritime pines and cypresses announcing Šunj beach. This cove is famous for its fine sand and translucent waters. You won’t be able to resist taking a dip on your walk on the coastal paths.
1 August 2016 – Dubrovnik - at anchorArrival 01/08/2016 at 13H30 . Departure 01/08/2016 at 23H00 .
Carefully restored and a UNESCO World Heritage site, the city formerly known as Ragusa was a republic that rivalled Venice in the 15th Century, monopolising the trade in salt in the Balkans. Of this rich heritage, the Pearl of the Adriatic, nestled in its fortifications, still boasts harmonious façades topped with their famous tiled roofs, and monuments such as the Rector’s Palace, combining a refined Gothic style and Baroque sections, as well as the emblematic cloister of the Dominican monastery and its collection of Renaissance paintings. Undoubtedly, one of the highlights of your cruise will be touring the ramparts as the rays of the setting sun set the stones on fire.
Dubrovnik Gruz Port - dockedDisembarkation 02/08/2016 at 06H00 .
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.
Especially for this cruise, a team of trained children’s activity leaders 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...
Broadway en Mer
You loved their shows Mamma Mia and Beauty and the Beast, now they propose you to share their passion for musicals.
Just for you, some of the members of the French cast will be coming aboard Le Lyrial to lead you into the world of musicals. Le Lyrial’s theatre will come alive to the sound of the greatest musical successes for two exclusive shows. Be ready to live to the rhythm of the 70’s and the greatest stages of Broadway.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for the show !