Travel Agents are the first to experience Compagnie Du Ponant's luxury mega yacht L'Austral on Australian Waters

Compagnie du Ponant's mega yacht, L'Austral, visited Australian waters for the first time with Travel the World offering more than 20 agents the chance to sail onboard. Travel the World conducted numerous ship inspections in Northern Queensland and Darwin whilst hosting client lunches onboard in conjunction with Louis Vuitton, Paspaley and Callaway Golf. The overwhelming feedback from those lucky enough to have experienced the ship was that the French have brought a new sophistication and elegance to cruising. Compagnie du Ponant will be launching a third sister ship next year and are planning to bring the ship to Australian waters in 2013.

Feedback from leading Australian Travel Agents on their experiences onboard:

"Ponant's latest mega-yacht, L'Austral, sets an exceptionally high standard in both luxury and eco-friendliness, combining sleek lines with ultra-chic décor. This is 5-star expedition cruising. It feels like you are on your own private yacht." Phil Hoffmann, Managing Director, Phil Hoffmann Travel.

"Every now and again cruising throws up a very pleasant surprise. Ponant's L'Austral did just that. Just embarking the sleek mega yacht makes you feel special and when you get onboard the experience continues with great food in the restaurants and great service from the staff. Anyone looking for a smaller ship experience with the added bonus of Zodiac excursions would be delighted with what L'Austral has to offer. And she sails like a dream!" Carol and Alan Smethurst, Bicton Travel

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