Fort Lauderdale, FL — March 16, 2009 — Paul Gauguin Cruises has become the newest member of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), bringing the total number of cruise line members to 24 and providing the association’s 16,000 travel agents a unique opportunity to sell luxury cruises in Tahiti, French Polynesia and the South Pacific.
“We are delighted to welcome Paul Gauguin Cruises to CLIA at a time when the entire world is dealing with serious economic challenges. Their joining us speaks to the inherent strength and resiliency of the cruise industry, and to the value CLIA itself provides to its cruise line members, travel agents and industry partners,” said Terry L. Dale, CLIA’s president and CEO.
Paul Gauguin Cruises, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale , operates the 332-guest 5-star-plus m/s Paul Gauguin, the most luxurious ship to sail in the South Pacific year-round. Designed specifically to sail the waters of Tahiti, French Polynesia and the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin has been the longest continually operating year-round luxury cruise ship in the region since its maiden voyage in 1998. With a crew to guest ratio of 1 to 1.5, the ship offers oceanview accommodations (70 percent with balconies), a state-of-the-art retractable Watersports Marina, two elegant restaurants and a poolside grill and complimentary beverages including fine wines and premium spirits among its many amenities.
“We are pleased to continue the long-established relationship with CLIA that the m/s Paul Gauguin has enjoyed over the years and to demonstrate our strong support for, and confidence in, the professional Travel Agents who are CLIA members,” said David A. Giersdorf, President & CEO of Paul Gauguin Cruises.
Currently sailing year-round in Tahiti and the South Pacific with Regent Seven Seas Cruises, the Paul Gauguin, in January 2010, will sail as Paul Gauguin Cruises’ flagship, offering itineraries in Tahiti, the Society Islands, Cook Islands, Fiji , the Marquesas, Tonga , the coral atolls of Tuamotu and New Zealand .
For more information about Paul Gauguin Cruises, visit www.pgcruises.com.