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Ponant or Backroads Le Lyrial July 29th out of Venice

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Hi there, family of four on Ponant Le Lyrial to Croatia out of Venice July 29th wondering if anyone on the ship on this site?  Also, has anyone been on Le Lyrial on a Croatian cruise, wondering if the waters are rough in August.  Ly Lyrial is not a big ship only about 250 passengers but does say it heads into a lot of bays along the Croatian coast so hoping it isn't too rough.  Anyone have an experience with Adriatic at that time of year so advise if it is typically calm or not?  Thanks everyone.

 

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HI mdroho34:

We've been on Lyrial a few times and a number of other Ponant ships.  On Lyrial July 2018 from Athens to Venice, all along the Croatian coast.  The waters were absolutely flat.  Even if the Med kicks up a bit, because you are relatively close to shore and in between islands, the seas are very small.  We have been on Le Boreal (a sistership) through the backside of a hurricane in the Berring Sea, and still all quite manageable.  No worries!

 

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Oh thanks very much.  I had trouble finding any boards or groups for this sailing so thrilled I found someone that has been on the ship.  One last question, we will be with an 18 year and 20 year old.  They say it is country club casual, do you think they will be fine in nice dress shorts and a colored shirt in the dining room?  They say they have switched to gratuities included in our booking price but wonder if tipping is still common over and above that?  Any other advice would be much appreciated.  Thanks so much.

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We had tips included by Backroads but we did give some extra to a waiter who went out of his way for us.  

 

We were dressed country club casual and we were over dressed.  I do not remember if shorts were allowed in the dining room.  It was cool when we were there but aside from that issue,  you will be fine.  Backroads people tend to be a lot more casual than the rest of the cruisers.  There are Gala nights.  They are dressier but some will not dress up no matter what.  

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