French Cruise Company PONANT Signs GAC UK
PONANT Yacht Cruises & Expeditions has appointed GAC UK as its agent for all United Kingdom and Ireland port calls in 2016.
PONANT’s 142m and 132 cabin megayachts Le Boréal and L’Austral will cruise around the British Isles and Ireland, including the Scilly Isles, Shetlands, Dublin, Liverpool and Scottish Highlands in May and June next year.
Fergus Poole, GAC UK’s newly appointed Cruise Manager, said the high prestige business is a boost to GAC’s growing cruise operations in and around the UK and Ireland.
Marc Berberian, PONANT’s Port Operations Manager, said GAC’s recently enhanced support for the cruise sector in and around the British Isles, and its well established port agency infrastructure, were key factors in the selection of the company.
Poole, who was appointed to drive GAC UK’s cruise business in May, added that GAC’s value-added services such as shore expeditions and other related support have been well received by clients throughout Europe. These services, amongst others will be showcased at Seatrade in Hamburg next month, where GAC’s pan-European team of cruise experts from northernmost Norway to the southern Mediterranean will be in attendance.