Friday, 29 April 2011

L’Austral’s maiden voyage from Marseille


Four years ago, the founding members of France’s Compagnie du Ponant sat down together to dream up their ideal cruise ship. The result was two luxury mega-yachts: Le Boréal, launched last year, and L’Austral, which made its maiden voyage last night.

I was on board, sipping champagne, as L’Austral drew out of Marseille just before sunset – and discovered that the French ideal of a mega-yacht is just as elegant and sophisticated as you might imagine.

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