Anchored off the luxury Cheval Blanc luxury resort island of the Maldives this week, was the spectacular cruise ship, “The World.” The next stop for this cruise line is the Seychelles, and it was Alain St.Ange, the island’s Minister of Tourism and Culture, who was invited to deliver a lecture about the Seychelles islands. This is in advance of The World’s scheduled visit in Port Victoria in the Seychelles next week.
The Seychelles Minister responded to a request made by the island’s destination management company (DMC) 7⁰South to present the destination to over 150 residents on board. 7⁰South has been selected as the handling agent for The World® when it stops in the Seychelles next Thursday, February 26. It was Mrs. Anna Butler-Payette, the Managing Director of 7⁰South, who personally approached the Seychelles Minister to request his support to address the residents of “The World.”
The World’s daily activity program for Friday, February 20, publicized that Minister Alain St.Ange of the Seychelles would be on board the cruise ship to offer a “Port Talk” on Victoria, Mahe, La Digue, and Praslin. The Seychelles Minister, who was on a working visit out of Seychelles, diverted his voyage to the Maldives where he boarded an amphibious twin-otter plane to the Cheval Blanc island to catch a tender to the cruise ship, “The World,” for a night’s stay and to deliver an address to the residents.
The World is scheduled to be stopping in the Seychelles from February 26-28 where it will dock first on Mahe. The residents will be invited to join in many activities on the island including excursions to various landmarks and 5-star hotels. They will proceed to La Digue island on the 27th, followed by a visit on Praslin island on the 28th where not only 7⁰South will benefit from this visit but also a diverse range of service providers in the tourism industry. “The World” was launched in 2002, and it is the largest privately-owned residential yacht with 165 residences on board.
The Seychelles Minister St.Ange did what he does best when he took to the podium in the amphitheatre on “The World” and presented the Seychelles as he played the island’s promotional DVD in the background. In an ad-lib address, the Minister for Tourism and Culture of the Seychelles presented the history of the islands before moving to the unique selling points of the Seychelles and ending with a list of what to do in the islands as tourists.