DOUBLE LUXE – Luxury expedition cruise line Ponant is acquiring French Polynesia expert Paul Gauguin Cruises. Diane Moore of Paul Gauguin and Navin Sawhney with Ponant will continue as CEOs.
Luxury expedition cruise line Ponant has announced plans to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises, a cruise company specializing in sailings to exotic ports in French Polynesia and the South Pacific.
Following the acquisition, the two cruise lines will keep their management, Diane Moore acting as CEO of Paul Gauguin Cruises with her team still based in Bellevue, WA and Navin Sawhney acting as CEO Americas of Ponant, based in New York.
“We are pleased to welcome Paul Gauguin Cruises to our Ponant family,” noted Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée, 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 favourites, on our combined fleet of small ships."
Sauvée highlighted that both cruise lines share the same core values, making Paul Gauguin Cruises a perfect fit for the Ponant brand.
Speaking for Paul Gauguin Cruises, Richard Bailey, Chairman, said, “With this strategic alliance we look forward to delivering even more unique, luxury, small-ship experiences to our guests.”
Ponant is expanding its fleet to 14 ships by 2021, noted Sawhney, and through a partnership with Paul Gauguin and its expertise, it will be able to offer clients even more exotic destinations like Tahiti, French Polynesia and the South Pacific.
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