Thursday, 28 April 2011

L'Austral - new luxury cruise yacht launches

What a fantastic ship! We were there for the historic launch of l'Astral, sister ship to l'Boreal from Compagnie du Ponant.

It was great to see these two super yachts depart side by side from Marseilles port with the fanfare of fireworks, delicious food and champagne like only the French know how.

Both ships offer a contemporary, intimate luxury cruise experience and a wonderful French flair. Itineraries range from scenic sailings around the Mediterranean to expedition cruises to Antarctica.

Some of the cabins have wonderful spaces, including a corner bath and shower...they really do not seem like cruise ship cabins at all.

There are the usual facilities on both l'Boreal and l'Astral including a pool and sundeck, theatre, bar, restaurants and spa. However as these are not super liners they are on a small scale offering a much more intimate and personal experience.

Stay tuned for more details about the launch of Compagnie du Ponant's latest luxury yachts.

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Monday, 25 April 2011

Arrived in Marseilles...

Seamless experience at Gatwick using mobile check in...a must from now on!! I am aiming to make this whole trip paperless! This is going ok so far: Sofitel Gatwick: check, Mobile BA check in: check, Sofitel Marseilles: check...maybe I should print the invites for l'Astral tomorrow night...that might be a all this way to witness the launch of one of the worlds most luxurious yachts and get turned away for being too green and not printing a ticket. Best not take any chances!!

We had a great start to our visit to Marseilles with the Sofitel allowing us to check in to the room first 1030am, now that's service.

This hotel is in a great spot, more well known for being slightly away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre (still only a 10/15 min walk) and offering stunning views of the harbour...

Marseilles is easily explored on foot. With a number of cultural sights mixed with a real mix of shopping and tacky tourist offerings you could easily fill a couple of days. The old town is great, easy to walk around and interesting to learn about the history of the city. The old town also offers stunning views...

This part of the city is preparing for the opening of a new Intercontinental Hotel housed in one of the cities great historic landmark buildings looking down onto the harbour.

For those who have got used to seeing European cities by bicycle, there are Marseilles's own version of London's 'Barclays' bikes available to hire, however the cities main attractions are easily explored on foot.

For those looking for somewhere a little different to shop till you drop, Marseilles won't disappoint. However we need to make a trip back tomorrow as most of the city was shut down for the Bank Holiday. From new high street brands such as 'Cos' (much more selection than in their London branches), to old names such as C&A, to an eclectic mix of local traders and market stalls, you will need a good rest at the end of the day!

So far, so good in Marseilles. More exploring to do tonight and tomorrow morning before we head to the port for our exploration of l'Astral, Compagnie du Ponant's new luxury yacht.

Oliver signing off from Marseilles for now...

Location:Boulevard Voltaire,Marseilles,France

Off to Marseilles

And we are off to Marseilles. As the sun starts to creep over Gatwick Airport on a clear Bank Holiday Monday, we look forward in anticipation to our first Luxury Yacht Experience!

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Sunday, 24 April 2011

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Nathan & Oliver collecting our Awards...

Here is a photograph of our Director's; Nathan & Oliver collecting one of the three Agent Achievement Awards that we won last Thursday evening. Thanks again to all those who made this possible.

Friday, 15 April 2011

We did it...and it's a Hattrick !!

Last night the great and the good of the travel industry gathered at the Lancaster Hotel in London for the 15th Agent Achievement Awards. This national awards ceremony recognises excellence in travel distribution.

For a number of years we have been nominated and then become finalists in the awards. Last year for the first time we won Top Central England Agent as well as Top Luxury Agent in the UK.

Managing Director Alan Broad, Directors; Nathan Collins and Oliver Broad as well as Dave Archer, Specialist Sales & Business Development attended the awards last night along with a number of other AITO Specialist Travel Agents and larger travel companies in the UK.

We were nominated for 3 awards:
- Top Central England Agent
- Top Luxury Agent in the UK
- Top High Street Agent

And we did it ! We swooped all 3 !!!

"It was a fantastic evening, not only because we won all 3 awards we were up for, but to see so many colleagues with whom we know work very hard, and who were recognised for their contribution to the industry." comments Director Oliver Broad.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our team for working hard to provide our clients with the 'award-winning' service we have been recognised for. To our suppliers for providing us with excellent quality holidays and of course to all of our clients who have shown superb commitment to us, many of whom have been booking their holidays with our family since we opened 26 years ago, and some even further back than that with my Father at our previous family business!"

This is the 2nd year running that Robert Broad Travel have won Top Luxury Agent and Top Central Agent of the Year.

Oliver adds "I remember my Mum and Dad traveling down to London quite a number of years ago, a few years on the trot in fact as we were finalists - but unfortunately never won. And so I would like to dedicate the National High Street Award in my Mothers memory as I am sure she is looking down with great delight!"

Robert Broad Travel is also a member of AITO Specialist Travel Agents. "It is great to see that we have been recognised once again for our hard work. But I must also congratulate the fellow AITO Specialist Travel Agent winners and finalists." adds Oliver.

If you would like to take advantage of our award-winning service call one of our travel experts now on 01543 258631. For more details about Robert Broad Travel click here.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011