Paul Gauguin Sells Tere Moana
PHOTO: Paul Gauguin Cruises is selling the 88-guest Tere Moana. (Courtesy of Paul Gauguin Cruises)
Paul Gauguin said it will continue to operate all the ship’s scheduled voyages through May 14, 2016, with the same service, operations, itineraries, and staffing.
“It’s hard to part with the Tere Moana,” said Richard Bailey, chairman and CEO of Paul Gauguin Cruises. “But we received an attractive offer to purchase the vessel and decided to take this opportunity to refocus in our home territory of French Polynesia and provide an even higher level of service to the award-winning operations of the Paul Gauguin cruise ship and our renowned South Pacific cruises.”
Paul Gauguin Cruises has operated the 332-guest Paul Gauguin in French Polynesia since 2009, when the ship was acquired by Pacific Beachcomber, a leading resort operator in the island. In December 2012, Paul Gauguin Cruises introduced its second ship, the 88-passenger Tere Moana, which was built in 1998 and formerly operated as Le Levant by the French company Compagnie du Ponant.
The Tere Moana allowed Paul Gauguin to cruise in more regions of the world. The size of Tere Moana also made it a perfect size for groups, so it was often chartered most of the year.
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