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Ponant receives government approval to recommence luxury expeditions in New Zealand for New Zealanders

December 24, 2020 Cruise News, Headline News No Comments

Ponant and sister company Paul Gauguin Cruises have operated over 60 expeditions and cruises over the past 6 months, with 8 of their 11 small ships operational in France, Iceland, the Arctic, Russia, Corsica, Sardinia and French Polynesia, with no other tourism company having had their health and sanitary protocols so robustly tested by multiple jurisdictions.

Sarina Bratton AM, Chairman Asia Pacific for Ponant broke the news saying, “Our excitement is two-fold.” “Firstly, to have the opportunity and privilege to offer ‘Bubble Expeditions’ for Kiwis, enabling exploration of some of the most remote and inaccessible parts of that country, so rich in natural beauty and extraordinary wildlife.” “ And secondly, to support our partners and deliver economic benefit to New Zealand.”

Sarina added, “Kiwi travel agents, tour operators, ground operators, airlines, port authorities, food and beverage suppliers, technical suppliers, fuel suppliers, service and waste suppliers all benefit from our small ship operation”, and “Whilst presently in Australia we cannot travel internationally, I am so pleased that Ponant is once again able to offer Kiwis local expeditions to visit remote and often difficult to get to parts of New Zealand.” “Ponant’s relaxed, refined and French-inspired style complements this extraordinary experience.”

Sarina concluded, “This is an important step forward and it takes us closer to the time when borders re-open and cruising resumes in Australia – and to when we will be able to confirm the return of our luxury expedition small ships,”.

An edited report by John Alwyn-Jones

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