CT Partners get a taste of Charcot and Christchurch

Advisors experience the world's first luxury icebreaker and Emirates A380 biz cabin

CT Partners spent three days in Christchurch, New Zealand last week with 11 members from the consortia enjoying a famil hosted by PONANT and Emirates.

Participants had the opportunity to step aboard and inspect the world’s first luxury icebreaker, Le Commandant Charcot, whilst the vessel was in port at Lyttelton, just outside Christchurch. The 270-passenger hybrid electric polar exploration ship – powered by liquified natural gas – was in port on its annual turnaround after a semi-circumnavigation of Antarctica.

Le Commandant Charcot is now making its way back to Ushuaia on a nearly month-long voyage encompassing the Antarctic Peninsula, Ross Island and Drake Passage, arriving at the Argentine port on 3 March 2024.

With Le Commandant Charcot as a backdrop in Christchurch's port town of Lyttelton, pictured are PONANT's Kristina Sambaher, BDM; Julie Rogers, Director of Sales APAC; and Deb Corbett, General Manager, Sales & Marketing, APAC with CT Partners' Nicole Boyer, GM Supplier Relationships (second from left) and Matt Masson, CEO.

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Lunch at The George Hotel, hosted by George

The CT Partners’ travel advisors also visited The George, one of only a few members of Small Luxury Hotels of the World in New Zealand and the only property in Christchurch, where they toured the five-star hotel and enjoyed a hosted lunch.

Their trip included a scenic road trip to the small French-influenced seaside village of Akaroa, 1.5 hours out of Christchurch on the Banks Peninsula.

Flying to New Zealand with Emirates, the advisors also had the opportunity to sample EK’s increasingly popular Premium Economy cabin and a quick movie from the extensive i.c.e. inflight entertainment system. On the return leg, the advisors travelled in the luxurious retrofitted Business class cabin, also experiencing the A380 Business Bar towards the rear of the upper-deck cabin.

CT Partners pack the retrofitted bar aboard the Emirates A380 on the hop across the Tasman

Judy Tanner, Managing Director, Aurora Travel commented: “You have done it again – thanks for a fabulous few days.”

“It was great to see the Ponant product and fabulous to have such a high-level meeting with Rocio from Emirates. And how good was the International Antarctic Exhibition yesterday – definitely a must on any South Island visit.”

“Importantly, getting to know more of the CT members helps reinforce to me how professional and friendly the group is,” Tanner added. 

More on the International Antarctic Exhibition at iceberg.co.nz/

Triple trouble at the bar onboard Le Commandant Charcot - Mandy Dwyer, Main Beach Travel; and Judy Tanner, Aurora Travel and Gabrielle Thackray, Wentworth Travel.
Deck 9 outdoor pool aboard Le Commandant Charcot

Next month, CT Partners will celebrate its 20th anniversary with an event in Sydney.

Lead image: Back row, from left: Nik Diamataris, Frontier Travel; Claire Winnel, ATPI Travel & Cruise; Melanie Ford, TTFN; Nik Young, Anywhere Travel; Darren Partridge, TAG; Hayley Serebro, FBI Travel; Fiona Stephens, Benalla Travel; Judy Tanner, Aurora Travel; Gabrielle Thackray, Wentworth Travel; Mandy Dwyer, Main Beach Travel and Matt Masson, CT Partners. Front row: Kristina Sambaher, PONANT; Nicole Boyer, CT Partners; Rocio Fernandez, Emirates and Hanh Hua, Bay Travel.

Brunch stop in Akaroa.
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