Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the highest rated and longest continually-sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, today announced that industry veterans Joyce Simon and Christine Anderson will join the company’s deeply talented sales team, each bringing invaluable and trusted expertise in promoting the best that French Polynesia has to offer. Recently acquired by luxury resort expert Pacific Beachcomber, Paul Gauguin Cruises also has joined forces with David Morris International (DMI) to enhance the cruise line’s worldwide sales and distribution efforts, and the addition of Simon and Anderson will be an incredible asset in further strengthening Travel Agent relationships.

“We are very pleased to announce the appointment of these two top professionals and to demonstrate our commitment to providing our Travel Agent partners with the highest levels of expertise, relationship and support,” said David A. Giersdorf, President and CEO of Paul Gauguin Cruises.

Ms. Simon, well-known for her intimate involvement in the start-up of industry greats Crystal Cruises and Silversea Cruises, will serve as Director of the Northwestern Region and Vice President of International Sales for Paul Gauguin, bringing more than 20 years of experience in the luxury cruise sector. Having most recently served as the Vice President of Sales/Western Region for Regent Seven Seas Cruises, she is very familiar with the Paul Gauguin product.

Originally from New Zealand, Ms. Anderson will now serve as the company’s Director of the Southwest Region and Vice President of National Accounts. Beginning her career as a Sales Manager for the Hotel Tahara’a and Hotel Bora Bora, and then serving as an Account Executive at Air France/UTA French Airlines, she then moved on as Director of National Accounts for Crystal Cruises. Most recently the Director of Sales and National Accounts for the Western Region at Silversea, Ms. Anderson brings with her incredible experience in national and international sales and marketing for numerous six-star cruise lines, luxury resorts and airlines.

Ms. Simon and Ms. Anderson join an already seasoned Paul Gauguin sales team, which includes: Jim Applebaum, Director of Sales for the Southeast Region; Liz Coleman, Director of Sales for the Northeastern Region; and Michael Beale, Director of Charter and Incentive Sales.

Reservations are now open for the 2010 season, which features 38 extraordinary itineraries ranging from 7 to 15 nights, highlighting such exquisite destinations as Tahiti, the Society Islands, Tuamotus, the Cook Islands, Marquesas, Tonga, Fiji and New Zealand – spectacular cruises that cater to the tastes of discerning travelers seeking a legendary, multiple-award-winning cruise experience.