French-based expedition cruise ship operator PONANT is to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises.
Following the acquisition, the two cruise lines will keep their respective management – Diane Moore acting as CEO of Paul Gauguin Cruises with her team based in Bellevue, WA and Navin Sawhney acting as CEO Americas of PONANT, based in New York.
“We are pleased to welcome Paul Gauguin Cruise to our PONANT family,” said Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée, PONANT Founder and President. “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,” he said.
Moore added, “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’.”