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Paul Gauguin Cruises is owned by Pacific Beachcomber, under the leadership of entrepreneur Richard Bailey, who serves as chairman and CEO of the cruise line. Bailey, an American, has been living in Tahiti since the mid-1980s. Pacific Beachcomber is a major player in hotels in French Polynesia. It purchased the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa and InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa in 1998, and InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort in 1999. The company opened its fourth hotel, InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa in 2006. In July 2014, the company opened the new eco-luxury resort, The Brando, on Tetiaroa, an atoll in French Polynesia.
Paul Gauguin Cruises was actually created by its previous owner, Vantage Deluxe World Travel, in January 2009. Vantage created the new subsidiary cruise line when Regent Seven Seas, which had operated the ship for more than a decade, announced it would not renew its contract in 2010. Vantage tapped David Giersdorf to head up Paul Gauguin Cruises. Giersdorf, a veteran cruise line executive who was an executive vice president at Holland America and president with Ambassadors Cruise Group (which formerly owned Windstar), stayed on as president and CEO of Paul Gauguin Cruises during the transition before stepping down.
Diane Moore is president of Paul Gauguin Cruises, joining the line in 2010. She was previously president of Windstar Cruises.
The m/s Paul Gauguin, which has been managed by Regent Seven Seas since its debut, has had numerous owners since its launch in 1997. The first to own it was the French firm Societe Services et Transport. Boston-based Grand Circle Travel and Vantage Deluxe World Travel (the owners of Grand Circle and Vantage are brothers) jointly acquired Paul Gauguin in 2004 but soon after Vantage Deluxe World Travel took sole ownership of the cruise ship. Pacific Beachcomber is the current owner.
The 88-passenger Tere Moana joined Paul Gauguin Cruises in December 2012. Built for French line Compagnie du Ponant in 1998 as Le Levant, the rebranded ship gained new decor, signage and furnishings, as well as updates to public areas and restaurants.