Chic companies to operate independently

Paul Gauguin plies paradise

Stylish French cruise line Ponant just revealed plans to purchase Paul Gauguin Cruises.

According to a Ponant press release, the two companies will continue to operate as separate entities. The marriage will allow for more diversity for passengers.

Nautical bliss

“It’s with great pleasure we welcome Paul Gauguin Cruises to our Ponant family,” says Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée, Ponant founder and president.

“The synergy between our operations makes this the perfect collaboration while preserving the unique DNA of both brand experiences,” adds Jean-Emmanuel. “It also adds to the diversity of destinations and expeditions.”

Praising Ponant

Ponant provides elegant expeditions to pristine, hidden areas accessible only to small ships.

Bora Bora photo by Richard Pietschmann

Paul Gauguin gives passengers peeks  into the paradisaical landscapes of French Polynesia and the South Pacific.

While I haven’t yet sampled Ponant, I have been on  Paul Gauguin. Each cruise proved exceptional. Great food, French ambiance, ports, service and entertainment by locals in many ports.

Ponant was founded in 1988 by Jean Emmanuel Sauvée and a dozen officers from the French Merchant Navy. It offers a unique, upscale style of cruising with its small ship and exotic itineraries.

The French cruise line currently operates nine ships. For bookings or information contact a Pavlus Travel specialist or  visit

Paul Gauguin in French Polynesia by Richard Pietschmann


A leader in French Polynesia cruises

The ultra chic, thoroughly French-flavored,  332-passenger Paul Gauguin provides a luxurious way to soak in many magical splendors of the Tahiti and the South Pacific.

Again to learn more check with a Pavlus Travel specialist or visit

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