Grand Circle Corporation and Vantage Deluxe World Travel of Boston have jointly acquired the Paul Gauguin, a 320-passenger luxury cruise ship that had been operating in the Radisson Seven Seas Cruises fleet. The sales price was not disclosed, but the two parties completed the deal with Centre Group Holdings, a subsidiary of the Zurich Insurance Group, which owns the vessel. For 2005, Radisson Seven Seas will continue to manage the Paul Gauguin, which will continue to sail in French Polynesia through the end of 2005. The ship will serve Radisson Seven Seas customers, as well as customers of both Grand Circle Travel and Vantage Deluxe World Travel. In 2006, however, the Paul Gauguin will be repositioned to offer cruises, based on the season, throughout South America, the Mediterranean, the Baltics, and Antarctica. The ship will be marketed, operated and staffed by Grand Circle Corporation and Vantage Deluxe World, which together own or charter more than 60 small ships throughout Western and Eastern Europe, Egypt, Asia, the Pacific Rim, the Galapagos and South America. Grand Circle is known as a direct marketer that generally does not pay agency commission.
Another poster sent a note to the CEO of RSSC who assured her there would be no
change in the top shelf service on the PG for the next year...and that RSSC is in
talks with the Governement of FP this week to get approval to put a new ship
there in 2006.