The all business-class boutique airline La Compagnie has introduced flights between London (LTN) and New York (EWR) starting at £1100 per round-trip.The French startup company is wanting to revolutionise business-class air travel by offering luxury services at premium economy prices. Previously only offering flights between Paris and New York, co-founders Frantz Yvelin and Peter Luethi anticipate finding their competitive edge through low prices. Inflight features include 74 spacious lie-flat seats, délicieux French cuisine and exceptional personal service. With the loyalty programme, MyCompagnie, passengers earn points with every flight.
- McNeese’s Piancastelli, Nicholls’ LaBure Claim Softball Weekly Awards
Honorable Mention: Micaela Bouvier, Northwestern State; Makayla Sikes, Stephen F. Austin; Rachel Hayes, Southeastern Louisiana; Ashley Koncir, McNeese. Softball Pitcher of the Week – Alexis LaBure, Nicholls – Fr. – Port Neches, Texas The Carlsbad, Calif., product batted .667 with a .692 slugging percentage and a 1.444 on base percentage this past week. She began the week by recording the only Cowgirl hit against No. 14 LSU. She continued her hitting against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi by ending the series with a .714 batting average and a 1.571 slugging percentage. Piancastelli became the McNeese career hit leader and the Southland career RBI leader with her hit and RBI to end game three and complete the series sweep. She went 6-for-9 in the series with seven RBIs, two doubles, three walks and four runs. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. Honorable Mention: Moriah Strother, Nicholls; Shelby Henderson, Lamar; Kaitlyn St. Clair, Northwestern State. FRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Erika Piancastelli and Nicholls’ Alexis LaBure are the Southland Conference Softball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Softball Hitter of the Week – Erika Piancastelli, McNeese – C/3B – Sr. – Carlsbad, Calif. This is Piancastelli’s second hitter award of the season after winning the award on Feb. 13. LaBure claims the Colonels’ fourth pitcher accolade of the season and second consecutive. The freshman from Port Neches, Texas, racked up 19 strikeouts in 16.2 innings last week, going 3-0 with a 1.68 ERA. In two games against Abilene Christian on Friday, LaBure recorded 13 strikeouts out of her first 15 Wildcats retired, capped by an 11-strikeout effort in a five-inning complete game victory. She came back the next day to toss a seven-inning complete game to keep Nicholls tied for first place. Piancastelli broke a McNeese and Southland record en route to a 3-1 week for the Cowgirls (27-12, 10-5 SLC), sweeping Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (9-28-1, 1-14 SLC) to move into a game back from first place. LaBure added three wins to her name to help the league-leading Colonels (26-11, 11-4) to a 3-1 week, including a 2-1 series victory over Abilene Christian (13-20, 7-8 SLC) after dropping the opening game that went 15 innings. McNeese and Nicholls meet this weekend for the first time since the 2017 Southland Conference Tournament championship that saw the Cowgirls win 8-0. First pitch for this weekend is scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m. CT in Lake Charles.
- Crystal Cruises voted Worlds Best for Record Seventeenth Year
Source = Crystal Cruises Crystal Cruises has yet again claimed the crown as World’s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line in the annual Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards readers’ survey — making the win Crystal’s seventeenth consecutive triumph. The ultra-luxury holiday company is the only cruise line, hotel, or resort to win its category every year since the awards began. Crystal’s winning score for 2012 reflects thousands of jet-setting readers’ ratings across six areas: service, itineraries/destinations, activities, accommodations, food, and value. The results are published in the renowned magazine’s August issue.“While we have delighted travellers this year with newly designed spaces, new services, and new value-conscious pricing, we have offered a consistency of experience that is unmatched in our industry,” says Crystal President Gregg Michel. “Travel + Leisure’s discerning readership clearly recognises the best when they see it, and I couldn’t be prouder of our staff for their generous service, creativity and attention to detail.”In recent months, Crystal has spent US$40 million on stylish redesigns of its award-winning Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, and US$100 million in a little over five years. Its Six-Star service, quality, and choices were also enhanced by introducing “All Inclusive” fine wines, premium spirits, and gratuities; partnering with renowned organisations like USC’s School of Cinematic Arts for a complimentary sophisticated filmmaking curriculum; crafting dozens of innovative, maiden port calls and itineraries, including more local overnights and shorter voyages; helping travelers get to and from ships more easily via Crystal’s new Fast Track Check-In and VIP Airport Services; and adding Bistro tapas and casual evening Chinese Comfort Food to a range of gourmet dinner options that includes Nobu Matsuhisa and Piero Selvaggio cuisines. Local European entertainment and experts on board, Elton John and Diva-homage shows, Facebook and iPad classes, 360-day previews of shore excursions, and a new marketing campaign entitled “Begin a New Story” were also introduced to the Crystal landscape this year.The Travel + Leisure 2012 World’s Best Award joins several other high-profile honours bestowed upon the luxury line since the end of 2011, including Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Service (Large-Ship); Condé Nast Traveller’s Best Mid-Sized Cruise Line (18th year), Cruise Ships (#1 and 2), and Spa; and ground-breaking design awards, including Hospitality Design magazine’s first-ever Distinctive Cruise Design award.