Ponant receives conditional approval to cruise in New Zealand
Ponant reported that, after months of engagement with the New Zealand Ministry of Health, it had obtained conditional approval for its Le Lapérouse to begin operations exclusively in New Zealand waters for New Zealanders from February 2021.
Ponant reported that over the past six months, it and its sister company, Paul Gauguin Cruises, have jointly conducted more than 60 expeditions and cruises, with eight of their 11 small vessels operating in France, Iceland, the Arctic, Russia, Corsica, Sardinia and French Polynesia. No other tourism corporation has been so robustly tested by several jurisdictions for its health and sanitary protocols.
“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," commented Sarina Bratton, Chairman Asia Pacific for Ponant.
“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," she added.
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