Paul Gauguin Cruises has joined Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) to help support its presence in Australia and New Zealand.
The partnership brings the Tahiti-based, small-ship operator into CLIA Australasia’s wider community of cruise lines, travel agents and executive partners, joining its parent line Ponant, which acquired the South Pacific operator last year.
CLIA’s Australasian managing director, Joel Katz, said the addition of Paul Gauguin Cruises as a regional member was a sign of long-term confidence and resilience in the cruise industry.
“Across the globe, cruise lines are united around the task of implementing extensive new measures to uphold health and safety in response to COVID-19,” he said.
“Paul Gauguin Cruises joins CLIA at a time when our role has never been more important, and we are delighted to have their expertise and support as we lay new foundations for cruising’s future.”
Paul Gauguin Cruises’ general manager of sales and marketing across the Asia Pacific, Deb Corbett, said the line looked forward to the substantial benefits that CLIA offers to industry members.
“We are delighted that Paul Gauguin Cruises has joined CLIA, our strong industry voice – especially so during these difficult times,” she said.
“We look forward to building awareness of our unique brand with the highly engaged CLIA community. Working together to provide insight through training and education, we see great opportunities to grow our businesses together.”
Paul Gauguin Cruises operates the luxury cruise ship m/s Le Paul Gauguin, offering itineraries from Tahiti to other islands of French Polynesia and across the South Pacific.
Designed specifically for island itineraries, the small-scale ship carries up to 332 guests and is able to visit intimate ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels.