Ponant has revealed plans to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises, the renowned specialist in sailings to exotic ports in French Polynesia and the South Pacific. Like Ponant, Paul Gauguin combines detailed itineraries with luxury hotel services and fine cuisine to create memorable experiences at sea. Following the planned acquisition, the two cruise lines will keep their management, Diane Moore as CEO of Paul Gauguin Cruises with her team still based in Bellevue, Washington State (WA) USA and Navin Sawhney 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. 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, Diane Moore observed, “As we join the Ponant family, we remain dedicated to our shared passion for authentic experiences, high quality service and sustainable practices. We are excited about introducing our guests to the wider world of Ponant and to welcoming Ponant guests on board Paul Gauguin.”
Locally, Ponant’s Vice President – Asia Pacific, Monique Ponfoort told LATTE that Paul Gauguin was an ideal fit for the cruise company.
“Paul Gaugin already has a very high level of service that has been recognised by the many awards that they have received over the years as well as their positive guest feedback.”
She reiterated that the brands will remain distinct and will retain their individual identity.
“They are of course very close to each other in terms of attribute on the luxury small ship niche market. Our companies share the same philosophy of authenticity, environmental consciousness, amazing destinations, small ships, respect and relationship with locals,” Ponfoort said.
“We have no plan to change in terms of brand or service for Paul Gaugin or for Ponant.”
Questioned by LATTE if Paul Gaugin’s current itineraries would be varied in French Polynesia and the South Pacific going forward, Ponfoort said the region offers a wide range of cruising opportunities.
“We are indeed considering expanding our fleet in this region. However, it is too early to be more specific on this subject,” Ponfoort concluded.