I speak french so that's not an issue for me...
Thanks in advance..
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Why would one like a ship EXCEPT for the Europeans on board? Doesn't one travel to meet people from other countries and different cultures?We do travel to different countries to meet the people, learn about their cultures and dine on various types of food.. . . but, do not necessarily want to sail on a ship where English is a second language. One criteria we use when selecting a cruise line is the mix of passengers (international is good) and the fact that English is the language spoken on board by Officers and crew. I could be wrong, but if I spoke German, Italian, Japanese or any language other than English, I would prefer to be amongst guests on board that could at least speak my language to some extent
Why would one like a ship EXCEPT for the Europeans on board? Doesn't one travel to meet people from other countries and different cultures?Why would one want to travel on a ship where you can't communicate with your fellow passengers? The issue is not whether one is traveling with persons from other countries and cultures but whether they speak English. Obviously, if one speaks fluent French, this is not a problem on these ships, but if one doesn't and is limited to conversing with people that speak English, the percentage of non-English speaking people on board is a legitimate factor. Otherwise you don't really get to "meet people from other countries and different cultures" you will just be watching them as they interact with each other. (Which might be fine if you go on cruises to enjoy some relaxing time with friends/family (or alone), see the various sights off the ship, enjoy some gourmet cuisine--all good reasons for cruising that have nothing to do with meeting other passengers.)
I am seriously considering a trip on l'Boreal or l'Austral and I have found this thread very helpful and hope more people who have sailed on either ship write about their experiences, including any factors they consider significant, including the language used by fellow passengers and the make-up of the passengers--the more information the better.OK, then, since language is part of your topic, and you say "the more information the better," I assume you will want to get the names of the ships correct. The reason L'Austral has an apostrophe in the name is because the ship name begins with a vowel. The other doesn't, so it's Le Boreal.
We were on Le Boreal last winter, from Manta(Ecuador) to Miami. We really appreciated the cruise. It's european luxury...Nice cabin...French cuisine...Ideal for people like you who speaks french otherwise....well the crew speaks english but no US/UK passengers. La Compagnie du Ponant is a french owned cruise company....
Jimini, is there a difference between European luxury and American luxury, in terms of style, features or amenities? Very curious! How would you compare Ponant against, say, Seabourn? Anyway, any details would be appreciated.... Thanks.I think the main difference is style and overall approach to the experience. Our 2 luxury cruises have both been expedition cruises - June 2010 Arctic cruise on the Silversea Explorer (then the PA II) and December 2011 Antarctic cruise on L'Austral. Both European companies, but with a very different approach.
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