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Town Centre Travel celebrates 20 years with lunch at Sapphire

Story & Photo by KIM ZETTERBERG

It is said that the beauty of Helen of Troy’s face was so captivating and alluring that it launched a thousand ships more than two thousand years ago, when the Greeks sailed to bring her back to Sparta, thus sparking the now infamous 10-year Trojan War.  In those days there were no such entities as travel agencies, but had there been, they might have greatly benefited from the expertise of Town Centre Travel of Laguna Hills, celebrating their 20th year of service to our South Orange County communities.

To commemorate the Agency’s 20th Anniversary, owner Kirsten Andersen co-hosted a gala luncheon at the Sapphire Grille in Laguna Beach last Thursday with Eric Graves (Vice President of Marketing) and Leslie Marshall (District Sales Manager) from Crystal Cruises, for her staff and close business associates.  

Owner and Chef Azmin Ghahreman put together a special nine-course menu for the affair, with unique dishes from different parts of the world.  Crystal Cruises has been pleased to have Azmin oversee the menu for the Tastes restaurant aboard their Crystal Serenity for several years now, and even if you aren’t able to travel abroad with the world’s #1-ranked cruise line, you can always drop in at his restaurant at 1200 South Coast Highway.  The establishment is easy enough to find; just locate the Old Pottery Shack and follow the delightful aromas from there with your nose to a great meal!

(L-R): Eric Graves VP of Marketing, Crystal Cruises/ Leslie Marshall, District Sales Manager, Crystal Cruises, Kirsten Andersen, Owner Town Centre Travel and Azmin Ghahreman, Owner/Chef Sapphire Grill celebrate Town Centre’s 20th.

Kirsten took the time to acknowledge her current and former staff after the most amazing meal, and was presented with a special award from Crystal Cruises by Graves, commemorating Town Centre Travel’s twenty-year partnership with the cruise line.  To celebrate this close relationship with Crystal Cruises, Town Centre Travel is offering special rates on Crystal Cruise’s 7-day, 2015 California Dreams Cruise on Crystal Symphony, sailing on Monday, the 18th of May from Los Angeles, and returning there on the 25th.  Also included is an exclusive $250 per couple shipboard credit. Bookings are expected to go quickly, so don’t hesitate to call the agency if you’re interested.

The Town Centre Travel team also works diligently to meet all their clients’ other diverse needs, whether they involve specialized adventure travel, river cruising, sailing the oceans, or exploring any of the continents by other means.  Call or drop in soon to see what they can do for you!

Town Centre Travel is at 23195 La Cadena Drive in Laguna Hills. You can call them at (949) 580-0022.

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