Paul Gauguin Cruises pauses vessel expansion plans

Dual new-builds flagged for 2022 delivery deferred indefinitely

Render credit: Stirling Design International

Paul Gauguin Cruises has shelved plans to add new ships to the fleet of the French Polynesian-based cruise line.

Owner PONANT, inked a Memorandum of Understanding with Fincantieri’s Vard shipyard for the fleet expansion nearly two years ago to the day. The MOU included two firm orders and one option.

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The next-generation ships were to be stenciled on Ponant’s EXPLORER fleet, accommodating around 230 passengers. The first two newbuilds were slated to be delivered in 2022 and would operate in the South Pacific alongside Le Paul Gauguin.

“In this period of uncertainty and with our additional capacity arrived on the market, we decided to put this project on stand-by,” Herve Bellaiche, Group chief commercial, marketing and comms officer reportedly said.

A render of the planned Paul Gauguin Cruises newbuilds | Credit: Stirling Design International

“We are focussing on the very promising success of Le Commondant Charcot and our other new ships – Le Bellot and Le Jacques Cartier,” Bellaiche added.

A new launch date for the fleet expansion is yet to be advised.

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