According to Ponant’s Chair Asia Pacific, Sarina Bratton AM, the company’s recent partnership with pearling company Paspaley to launch the new Paspaley Pearl (“marks a milestone in the development of boutique expedition travel”). Bratton, in announcing the 30-passenger luxury vessel, said the ship would offer a “new and different standard of excellence in this pristine region.” “This venture is a testament to our joint commitment to sharing unique and exclusive experiences with discerning travellers, given our long-standing relationship and vast combined experience.”
Nicholas Paspaley AC, Paspaley Executive Chairman, said, “Sharing the routes that my crew and I pioneered in the 1970s onboard our peal luggers will provide wonderful opportunities for guests.” Ponant and Paspaley have a combined 85 years of experience in the Kimberley region and remote maritime experiences.”
Formerly sailing with the now-defunct Island Escape Cruises, the Paspaley Pearl will be the first boutique expedition motor yacht in the Kimberley with private balconies.
For about $5.5 million, or approximately a tenth of the estimated price of the ship that was delivered in 2021, Paspaley won the auction. Offering journeys to the Kimberley, Raja Ampat, the Spice Islands in Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea, Paspaley Pearl will operate locally all year round.
The ship’s debut season in the Kimberley will begin in June 2024, and bookings will open in November.