The French luxury cruise line Ponant has confirmed its planned purchase of the Tahiti-based Paul Gauguin Cruises, which will continue to operate as a separate brand. Paul Gauguin Cruises has been sailing the South Pacific since 1997.
Ponant currently has a fleet of 9 ships with plans to expand to 14 ships by 2021. Paul Gauguin has one ship which holds 332 passengers with itineraries in French Polynesia, Fiji and other South Pacific islands. Each company will retain its current management structure.
“We are pleased to welcome Paul Gauguin Cruises to our Ponant family,” noted Jean-Emmanuel Sauvee, founder and president of Ponant. “Our guests can now select from a wider range of iconic destinations and become enriched by cultural and expedition cruises of their choice, that literally travel to the ends of the earth from the most remote ports to more perennial favorites, on our combined fleet of small ships. We share the same core values. The synergy between our operations makes this the perfect collaboration while preserving the unique DNA of both brand experiences.”
Speaking for Paul Gauguin Cruises, chairman Richard Bailey, noted: “With this strategic alliance we look forward to delivering even more unique, luxury, small-ship experiences to our guests.” Monique Ponfoort, vice president with Ponant said, “These two brands are of great value, and very close to each other in terms of attributes on the luxury small ship niche market.”
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