Le Lyrial

year built
crew members
466 feet
59 feet
15.3 feet
cruising speed
14 knots
ice class

Le Lyrial is a graceful expedition ship that accommodates up to 244 guests (200 on Antarctica cruises) on her global itineraries. Le Lyrial reflects an understated trio of extravagance, community and comfort. Her refined exterior and interior lines make her an innovative small ship. Le Lyrial is one of four sister ships with Le Boreal, Le Soleal and L’Austral. Her palette reflects the destinations she cruises within, including the soft, luminous grey-like tones of polar ice and the vivid turquoise notes of Mediterranean inlets and coves.

Le Lyrial Review

AdventureSmith Explorations’ Le Lyrial review includes a detailed description of the small ship including deck plans and a photo gallery, along with a dedicated Le Lyrial Ship Review written by one of our specialists.Our expedition ship experts have been aboard Le Lyrial firsthand. Please read our Le Lyrial review below then contact our experts to compare Le Lyrial with other Antarctica shipssmall cruise ships and polar expedition ships offering Antarctica cruises, Arctic cruises, Svalbard cruises, Greenland cruises and East Coast cruises.

Choose Le Lyrial for her blend of luxury, gastronomy, wellness, entertainment and active programming. Experience expedition cruising paired with French-inspired elegance and European sensibility and craftsmanship aboard this 7-deck, modern ship. A plethora of public spaces, combined with 95% of staterooms and suites offering a private balcony, create opportunities for close connections and exceptional moments. For these, and many other reasons, Le Lyrial is among our top choices for passengers seeking Antarctica luxury cruises.

Safety, Sustainability & Accessibility Aboard Le Lyrial

Le Lyrial has been carefully designed to offer the highest standards of comfort and safety, both for her guests and for her surrounding environment. Le Lyrial and her sister ships are the only ones in their class to be certified “Clean Ships” by Bureau Veritas, one of the world’s foremost stewards of ecologically sound travel. Le Lyrial’s silent electric propulsion system helps cut carbon emissions by 40%. Onboard Dynamic Positioning, a sophisticated GPS and propulsion system, keeps the ship in a fixed location without need of an anchor. Wastewater is treated and recycled by advanced filtration systems. Recycling materials are compacted on board and stored for later recycling ashore. The ship’s CFR and LED lighting uses only 10% of the electrical power of older, more traditional systems. And advanced sonar provides the captain and officers with rolling 3D views of the ocean floor, icebergs and ice floes, enabling Le Lyrial to maintain a safe distance from marine animals. Le Lyrial is fully ADA compliant, with 3 accessible staterooms, 4 elevators and lifts up and down stairways for easy access to all decks and public areas of the ship.

Common Areas Aboard Le Lyrial

A nautical atmosphere of relaxed sophistication welcomes guests with shades of grey, blue, white and ivory. Panoramic windows throughout the ship’s many common areas display the beautiful areas that only a small expedition ship can access. Le Lyrial’s Lobby offers a constantly-staffed concierge lounge, including reception, guest relations, concierge service and an excursions desk. A library in the Panoramic Lounge engages passengers in reference materials reflecting the global destinations visited by Le Lyrial; an Internet desk ensures guests remain connected while at sea. The Theater acts as the main venue for conferences and live entertainment on named evenings, featuring state-of-the-art audio and video technology. Le Lyrial’s infirmary is available around the clock and is equipped to treat non-emergency matters. A doctor is available for a nominal fee.

Dining Aboard Le Lyrial

Every day, the Gastronomic Restaurant invites guests into an elegant main dining room for breakfast, lunch and dinner highlighting both French and international gourmet cuisine, including local specialties of the various ports that Le Lyrial visits. Early-birds and late-risers alike can enjoy daily coffee, tea, fruit juices and a selection of pastries from 6:30am to 10:00am, in the Main Lounge. The Ducasse Conseil-trained chefs create a special menu offered aboard Le Lyrial, including special menus for groups or guests with dietary restrictions. A fine wine cellar rounds out the experience. The Grill Restaurant provides a casual eating venue for breakfast, buffet lunch and occasional themed dinners. Alfresco dining may also be available at certain times. The Main Lounge and Panoramic Lounge each access an outside terrace, creating a space for afternoon tea and specialty drinks from cocktail bars. The open-air bar on Deck 7 is an ideal setting for a sunset drink overlooking the pool.

Activities Aboard Le Lyrial

Every day aboard Le Lyrial is a new opportunity for amazing experiences, engaging relationships and refined relaxation. A variety and abundance of onboard activities, offered each day, engage guests while the ship moves to her next excursion site. Live jazz, piano melodies, karaoke and dance performances entertain music and theater enthusiasts. Guided workout, yoga and dance classes keep active travelers moving. Organized card games create community. Focused photography workshops offer tips to both beginner and advanced photographers. And wine, spirits and specialty foods tastings can be savored by any food connoisseurs on board.

The Main and Panoramic lounges welcome passengers to celebrate the day with live music and dancing on select evenings. The Leisure Area’s Wii™ and board games entertain while the ship is at sea; a children’s area on Deck 5 also provides books and games. The Fitness room’s Kinesis wall, weight training gym equipment, treadmills, elliptical machines and stationary bikes encourage guests to maintain their strength routines. And with its hairdressing salon, two massage rooms, Balneotherapy room, Hammam (Moroccan steam spa), relaxation room and herbal tea bar, the SOTHYS™ Spa/Beauty Corner provides opportunities for relaxation and rejuvenation during each cruise departure. Provided stationery in each stateroom and suite can be mailed via the Reception desk. The open Bridge policy invites passengers to observe the captain and crew during their navigations (weather permitting), and learn about the ship’s top-of-the-line technology.

Le Lyrial is equipped with a fleet of Zodiacs which comfortably transport guests to shore and allow for remarkable discoveries of wildlife and coastal landscapes. Zodiacs enable exploratory excursions along coastlines as well as access shallow water ports. Zodiac launches are conducted from the stern via the ship’s steady marine platform.

Crew & Guides Aboard Le Lyrial

Le Lyrial’s impeccably trained staff focus on guest comfort with thoughtful and attentive service that global travelers appreciate. Cruising aboard Le Lyrial is enhanced by her sophisticated crew who help create the feeling of being aboard a private yacht. Multi-lingual guides offer lectures on various specialty topics throughout each departure.

Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard Le Lyrial

All Le Lyrial accommodations are spacious, with touches of luxury throughout. Each stateroom or suite features the option of one king-size bed or two twin beds, individually-controlled air-conditioning, minibar, flat-screen satellite TV, desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, on-demand video, a safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, a 110/220-volt outlet, French bath products, 24-hour room service, complimentary WiFi Internet access and added-cost satellite direct-line telephone. Laundry and ironing service is available for a fee.