French small ship luxury company Ponant has joined the Cruise Lines International Association (Clia) as its 28th global cruise line member.
This follows river cruise line CroisiEurope signing up as a global cruise line member.
Ponant and CroisiEurope are both a part of the Clia specialty cruise collection, a group of 17 lines representing small ship, river, coastal, luxury, adventure and sailing ship companies.
Clia global chairman Adam Goldstein, president and chief operating officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises, said: “It is evident that the cruise industry is continuing to flourish and we are thrilled to see prestigious cruise lines around the world, such as Ponant, recognize the benefits of joining Clia as a global member.
“Global cruise line members take advantage of access to thousands of Clia travel agent and agency members as well as tap into vast marketing and promotional activities across Clia’s 15 global offices.”
“As the only French cruise line that specializes in luxury cruises and a world leader in Polar Expeditions, we are thrilled to move our CLIA membership to a global level and join its Specialty Cruise Collection,” said
Ponant founder and chief executive, Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée, said: “With the development of our sales offices in the USA and Australasia, we look forward to engage fully with Clia’s office and Clia travel agent and agency members around the world over the coming years.”
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