Ponant plans to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises

Ponant plans to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises
The 332-guest Paul Gauguin sails in French Polynesia and the South Pacific (Image: Pacific Beachcomber/Paul Gauguin Cruises)

France-based cruise operator Ponant is to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises, which has one 332-guest ship that sails to ports in French Polynesia and the South Pacific.

Following the acquisition, both Ponant’s and Paul Gauguin Cruises’ guests will have a wider choice of ships and itineraries.

“We are pleased to welcome Paul Gauguin Cruises to our Ponant family,” said 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 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.”

Paul Gauguin Cruises’ management team will remain in place, with Diane Moore acting as CEO of the company. Moore’s team will remain at its base in Bellevue in Washington, US. Meanwhile, Navin Sawhney will remain as CEO of Americas at Ponant.

“As we join the Ponant family, we remain dedicated to our shared passion for authentic experiences, high-quality service and sustainable practices,” said Moore. “We are excited about introducing our guests to the wider world of Ponant and to welcoming Ponant guests onboard Paul Gauguin.”

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
Friday, August 9, 2019