Friday, 23 August 2019

Mason's Travel News

Mason’s Travel introduces Le Cerf to Seychelles tourism community

Mason’s Travel hosted representatives from across the Seychelles tourism and business community aboard the newest addition to its fleet of leisure catamarans,
Le Cerf, for the first time on Friday 16th August.

The 33.5-metre vessel hosted more than 100 guests onboard comprising hoteliers, suppliers, associates and other partners of Mason’s Travel, for a cruise out to the Ste Anne Marine Park.

The evening offered Le Cerf an opportunity to display its comfort, space and versatility, hosting a casual evening celebration with gourmet food and wine selections catered by ISPC, followed by music and dancing – complete with an onboard DJ – late into the night.

Addressing the guests onboard, Mason’s Travel Managing Director Alan Mason explained the significance of the vessel’s name, noting that Le Cerf is a new and larger iteration of a 40-passenger vessel that began operating excursions from Mahé to Praslin and La Digue in 1979.

“From the day she arrived, our day excursions to Praslin and La Digue became an instant hit and the original concept is still the basis of the experience we offer our guests today,” Mason said. “This year marks exactly 40 years since our original Le Cerf arrived in Seychelles and whilst this new version is much larger and different in design, I am confident that she will be as ground breaking as her predecessor and befitting of the same name.”

The new vessel, constructed by Two Oceans Manufacturing in Cape Town, South Africa, is the largest of its kind to be built in southern Africa. Its capacity of 160 seated passengers or 240 standing will provide much greater flexibility to accommodate not only passengers of the company’s Praslin/La Digue excursion, but a wide range of special events and custom excursions for groups and incentive trips as well as cruise ship clients.

Le Cerf’s 3,000 nautical mile voyage from Cape Town took nearly three weeks and about 380 hours at sea. Two Seychellois were onboard for the delivery of the vessel: Stephane Monthy and Harold Maillet.

During his remarks, Mason noted that Maillet had developed his skills and reputation on the original Le Cerf and was its primary skipper for many of those years: “I am extremely proud that (Maillet) was instrumental in delivering her replacement and namesake.”