Ponant and Paspaley to launch boutique expedition yacht

Ponant M/S Paspaley Pearl
Ponant will launch boutique M/S Paspaley Pearl in the Kimberley next year. Image supplied.

Ponant’s M/S Paspaley Pearl, a 30-guest boutique expedition yacht in collaboration with the luxury pearling company, is set to launch in the Kimberley in 2024

The French luxury expedition cruise line Ponant and Australian pearling brand Paspaley have announced that they will launch a boutique yacht that will set sail in Western Australia’s remote Kimberley region in June 2024.

M/Y Paspaley Pearl will delve into the region’s rich pearling heritage, drawing on both brands’ extensive experience exploring the region. Established in the 1920s, Paspaley remains one of few companies to dive for wild pearl oysters, operating across 2,500 kilometres of Australia’s north-west coast.

“Sharing the routes that my crew and I pioneered in the 1970s onboard our pearl luggers will provide wonderful opportunities for guests,” says Paspaley Executive Chairman Nicholas Paspaley AC. “An in-depth immersion into and understanding of the pearling industry will enrich many.”

The yacht is set to be fitted with leading environmental and technical systems for its size and will be the only boutique expedition motor yacht with private balconies, according to Ponant.

“With our long-term relationship and vast combined experience, this venture is a testament to our joint commitment to sharing unique and exclusive experiences to discerning travellers,” added Sarina Bratton AM, Ponant Chairwoman Asia Pacific.

As well as exploring the Kimberley, she will offer year-round 10-, 12-, and 14-night itineraries through Indonesia’s Raja Ampat and Spice Islands, and Papua New Guinea.

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