Paul Gauguin Expands

Paul Gauguin Cruises, which operates the luxury expedition-cruise ship Paul Gauguin, announced last week that it has a acquired a new ship.

The ship will be christened Moana after extensive renovations are completed in November 2012. She will have 45 staterooms, accommodate 90 passengers and start sailing with Paul Gauguin in December 2012.

“We are monumentally proud to add a second ship to our Pacific Beachcomber portfolio and Paul Gauguin Cruises family,” said Diane Moore, president of Paul Gauguin Cruises. “This is an incredibly huge branding achievement for the growth of our cruise line and I look forward to welcoming fans of the Gauguin onboard our latest addition.”

The company plans to put Moana to work during summer months in the Mediterranean and winter months in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Full details of her 2013 itineraries are to be announced in early 2012.

Can you guess the original name of the vessel Paul Gauguin Cruises has bought?