Compagnie du Ponant Unveils Details of its New Ship: Le Lyrial

Le Lyrial, the latest addition to French-flagged Compagnie du Ponant’s luxury fleet will be launched in the Spring of 2015, adding a fourth sister ship to Ponant’s Boreal-class fleet.

The state-of-the-art Le Lyrial will join similarly designed sister ships Le Boréal (2010), L’Austral (2011) and Le Soléal (2013) to offer guests an intimate and sophisticated style of sailing aboard one of the newest fleets on the seas. Le Lyrial will sail her inaugural cruise in April 2015.

Le Lyrial refers to the Lyra constellation in the northern hemisphere. Its principal star is the blue Vega, one of the brightest stars in the sky which is on its way to becoming the next northern pole star, a fitting reference for a Five Star Expedition specialist of the polar regions.

The interior design, cozy yet contemporary, has again been entrusted to interior architect Jean-Philippe Nuel.

He will be working closely with Veronique Saadé, Deputy Managing Director of Compagnie du Ponant, to create a “yachting” feel inspired by the dream destinations the company visits and the blue light of the Vega star in the Lyra constellation.

The result will be 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.

To meet its clientele’s expectations, Compagnie du Ponant has redesigned Deck 6 on Le Lyrial to accommodate larger suites, up to 600 sq. ft. for the Owner’s Suite. As a result Le Lyrial will have 122 staterooms and suites compared to the 132 on Le Soléal, L’Austral and Le Boréal.

Certified a CLEANSHIP like her sister ships, this exceptional yacht will be cruising round the Mediterranean for her inaugural season, to Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Greece, Turkey and beyond, before heading to the icy shores of Antarctica.

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