PONANT To Acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises

French luxury cruise line PONANT has announced plans to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises, a specialist in sailings in French Polynesia and the South Pacific.

Like PONANT, officials say Paul Gauguin combines “exceptional itineraries with luxury hotel services and fine cuisine to create memorable experiences at sea.”

Following the acquisition, the two cruise lines will keep their management, Diane Moore as CEO of Paul Gauguin Cruises with her team based in Bellevue, WA and Navin Sawhney as CEO, Americas, for 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. 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, Richard Bailey, chairman, observed, “With this strategic alliance we look forward to delivering even more unique, luxury, small-ship experiences to our guests.”

Navin Sawhney, CEO, Americas for PONANT, added, “PONANT is proud to be at the forefront of small ship exploration. We are expanding our PONANT fleet to 14 ships by 2021. Now, through Paul Gauguin and its expertise, we will be able to offer our clients and partners yet another bucket list destination visiting the exotic islands of Tahiti, French Polynesia and the South Pacific.”