Mediterranean Nature & Culture
* Subject to availability.
- The magician Alain Choquette will be on board.
- A kid-friendly, family cruise, with specific entertainment.
- The Amalfi Coast, listed with UNESCO as world heritage.
- Charming port of call: Hydra, the St Tropez of Athenians.
- The marvellous Greek theatre of Taormina, overlooking the waves.
- An unforgettable crossing of the Corinth Canal.
- Sailing by the Stromboli volcano.
- The possibility of visiting Athens and Rome, before and after your cruise.
- Staterooms & Suites
- LE LYRIAL
- Port of call & excursions
- Kid's Club
- Guest(s) Lecturer(s)
- Pre/Post & Overlands
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 12/08/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 12/08/2019 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. 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.
13 August 2019 – HydraArrival 13/08/2019 early morning. Departure 13/08/2019 midday.
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 caïques along the quays. Further along the shore, you will discover the Historical Archives Museum. Collections from Athens National History Museum are exhibited in the elegant villa Koundouriotis.
13 August 2019 – Crossing the Corinth CanalArrival 13/08/2019. Departure 13/08/2019.
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!
14 August 2019 – Fiskardo, CephaloniaArrival 14/08/2019 early morning. Departure 14/08/2019 midday.
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.
15 August 2019 – Taormina, SicilyArrival 15/08/2019 early morning. Departure 15/08/2019 early afternoon.
Located on Sicily’s eastern coast, in the province of Messina, the seaside town of Taormina is Sicily’s Saint-Tropez, boasting heritage sites, secluded beaches and luxury shopping. You can visit its medieval centre, suspended 300 metres above sea level, where terraces offer a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Sea. Another vestige from its past are the ruins of the Greco-Roman theatre. This extremely well-preserved site attracts visitors who are fascinated by the natural beauty of the area which overlooks a turquoise bay.
15 August 2019 – Sailing in front of StromboliArrival 15/08/2019. Departure 15/08/2019.
Like Ulysses during his Odyssey, you will have the opportunity to admire the Stromboli, the capricious volcano that looms over the Aeolian Islands. Its activity, uninterrupted for thousands of years, has earned it the nickname the “Lighthouse of the Mediterranean”.
16 August 2019 – Lipari, Aeolian IslandsArrival 16/08/2019 early morning. Departure 16/08/2019 early afternoon.
Of the seven Aeolian islands, this is the largest and the most populated. Lying off the north coast of Sicily, in the Tyrrhenian sea, Lipari is one of UNESCO’s marvellous World Heritage sites. Its lava stone quarries and obsidian flow of Rocce Rosse are indications of its volcanic nature. The town, the largest urban area in the whole archipelago, proudly houses its citadel and its castle, both rooted in Antiquity. If you head further into the centre, you’ll be surprised to come across a Norman cathedral, complete with a magnificent baroque façade.
17 August 2019 – AmalfiArrival 17/08/2019 early morning. Departure 17/08/2019 midday.
The little town of Campania gives its name to the region containing the magnificent, UNESCO World Heritage listed, Amalfi coast. And for good reason. Located at the foot of Mount Cerreto, against a rock face of a gorge that opens onto the sea, Amalfi’s absolutely splendid natural scenery alone is enough to feast your eyes on before making for the medieval streets to explore some of its history. The mix of cultural influences from the Mediterranean Rim is omnipresent here. Don’t miss the dome of Saint André the Apostle and its beautiful cloister, before sipping a delicious lemon juice made from locally grown lemons at a terrace bar.
17 August 2019 – Sailing along CapriArrival 17/08/2019. Departure 17/08/2019.
You will sail past the Sorrento Peninsula off the coast of Capri and discover the steep and craggy coast of the romantic “blue island”, jewel of the Bay of Naples. The charming flowery landscapes, the light and the mild weather have made the island a popular destination since ancient Roman times, attracting big celebrities from all over the world looking for a taste of la “dolce vita”. In the island’s north, the colourful village of Capri clings to the Marina Grande heights, at the foot of Mount Solaro.
18 August 2019 – Bonifacio, CorsicaArrival 18/08/2019 early morning. Departure 18/08/2019 late afternoon.
The spectacular town of Bonifacio located on the very tip of southern Corsica, clings to a narrow promontory of white rock overhanging the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. You can admire its limestone cliffs hewn out by the wind, before setting off on a cultural tour of its cultural treasures. From the little paved streets in the ancient Haute Ville, to the promenade on the open-air medieval chemin de ronde, this stunning town will take you on a journey back in time. Frequented or secluded, there are numerous beaches to choose from, all in keeping with the high standards of the “Île de Beauté”.
Civitavecchia (Rome)Disembarkation 19/08/2019 at 07H00 .
Built on an Etruscan site, between the Tyrrhenian sea and the Monti della Tolfa, Civitavecchia respires the dolce vita. This very modern and easy going town combines art and history with panache. You can also visit superb historical sites like Fort Michelangelo or the Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi. Just 80 kilometres from Rome, the town is a beautiful first step to the Italian capital.
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.
Born in Quebec, Alain Choquette dreams of becoming a famous magician from his earliest age. Specialised in “close-up magic”, he handles card tricks with skill and bases his shows on a close collaboration with his audience. With humour and poetry, Alain Choquette offers another approach to magic while collaborating with renowned artists like the famous magician David Copperfield.
In his early stages, Alain presented his close-up magic tricks to the most popular talk show in Quebec television "Ad Lib". Starting from 1993, he multiplied performances in Quebec and in the United States. His first show “Première apparition” was a great success in Montreal with 200 performances within two years.
This dazzling celebrity brought him then to the American stages. He was invited to participate in the TV special "World's Greatest Magic" broadcast by NBC and watched by over 26 million viewers, and then to join the American tour 50th anniversary of the prestigious Radio City Music Hall in New York.
In 2003, he presented “Alain Choquette et compagnie” at the Casino of Montreal, and mystified Montrealers with “La Disparition des Douze” in which he removed 12 randomly selected people within the public. This trick gave him a worldwide reputation.
Alain Choquette crossed the Atlantic in 2013 to seduce the French audience through his participation at the Comedy Magic Show of Arturo Brachetti. He came back to France in late 2014, and since then has been presenting his new show “Drôlement magique” across the country.
Languages spoken: French, English
Photo credit: Michel Cloutier
Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.
Pre/Post & Overlands
After your cruise
Before your cruise
12/08/2019 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Panoramic Tour of Athens Before Being Transfered to the Port of Piraeus (Pre) + Direct Transfer from the Port of Civitavecchia to Rome Fiumicino Airport (Post)490.00 € **
11/08/2019 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Discover Athens 1N (Pre) + Direct Transfer from the Port of Civitavecchia to Rome Fiumicino Airport (Post)870.00 € **
** Prices per person, based on double occupancy