L’AUSTRAL Launched

Artists impression L'AUSTRAL, courtesy Compagnie du Ponant

Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard launched L’ AUSTRAL, the second of two luxury cruise ships for France’s Compagnie du Ponant. Florence Rousset served as Godmother  of the soon-to-be French registered ship while Jean-Emmanuel Sauvee, Director General of Compagnie du Ponant, Véronique Saade, Ponant’s  Deputy Managing Director and Fincantieri’s Ancona Shipyard Director,  Antonio Quintano, were all present for the April 8 occasion. L’AUSTRAL measures 142 meters long (466 ft) and 20 meters wide (65 ft). Passenger capacity is for over 260 guests, accommodated in 132 cabins and suites, all with a sea view, 94% of which have a private balcony. At 10,700 gt, L’ AUSTRAL will be delivered in May 2011 and followed by her sister, LE BOREAL.  Compangie du Ponant is headquartered in Marseilles with a fleet of three super-luxury market cruise ships. Founded in 1988, the company is a member of CMA-CGM Group, the world’s third largest container shipping conglomerate.

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