Friday, September 27, 2019

Vive Le France! L'Austral bids adieu to Prince Rupert for this season

Yesterday marked the final port call of the year for the Ponant Cruise line as the French flagged vessel L'Austral, sent its passengers ashore shortly before 3 PM for a short nine hour stop over in the city.

Many of the 264 passengers that came ashore were easy to spot, the high end cruise offering tour jackets for those aboard.

The bright red jacket clad travellers were spotted around the the city for much of the afternoon, when they weren't ducking inside to get out of some of our unpredictable weather of Thursday.

Visitors from the cruise L'Austral were spotted around the city on Thursday

The current travels of L'Austral are part of the Ponant Polar Expedition tours, which take travellers from Vancouver to points North in Alaska.

It's a fifteen day expedition that explores the British Columbia coast and travels as far as Nome, Alaska before the journey comes to an end.

You can explore some of the comforts of travel at the top end of the cruising experience  from this virtual tour of the vessel.

Yesterday's stop was the second of two visits to the city for Ponant line vessels this month.

The L'Austral's sister ship Le Soleal called on Prince Rupert for a short two hour visit on September 1st, the vessel was charting much the same course and offering a similar itinerary for its 264 guests.

There is one final port call for Prince Rupert this year, with the Seabourn Sojourn making one last stop over on Saturday, October 5th. 

The ten hour visit to the city will bring 450 guests ashore before the North Coast brings the curtain down on the 2019 Cruise season.

For more items of interest on the Cruise industry in the city see our archive page here.

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