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Ponant has announced its plan to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises, specialists in sailings to exotic ports in French Polynesia and the South Pacific.

“We are pleased to welcome Paul Gauguin Cruises to our Ponant family,” said Jean-Emmanuel Sauvee, founder and president of Ponant in press materials. “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.”

Like Ponant, Paul Gauguin combines exceptional itineraries with luxury hotel services and fine cuisine to create experiences at sea. Following the acquisition, the two cruise lines will keep their management, Diane Moore acting as CEO of Paul Gauguin Cruises with her team still based in Bellevue, WA and Navin Sawhney acting as CEO Americas of Ponant, based in New York.

“With this strategic alliance we look forward to delivering even more unique, luxury, small-ship experiences to our guests,” said Richard Bailey, chairman of Paul Gauguin Cruises in press materials.

Navin Sawhney CEO Americas for Ponant, added in press materials.“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.”