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Paspaley Pearl by Ponant gears for January launch

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Deb Corbett, centre, with Wendy Macfarlane and Alex Stragalinos
Ponant promoted Alex Stragalinos to the newly created role of marketing and sales manager for Paspaley Pearl by Ponant.

Stragalinos, who has been with the company five years, will report to Deb Corbett, Ponant’s GM sales & marketing Asia Pacific.

Corbett also appointed Wendy Macfarlane to the new job of yacht concierge and Jamie Van Jones joins the Paspaley Pearl by Ponant team as expedition sales executive. 

Paspaley Pearl by Ponant, the former Island Escape operated by New Zealand’s collapsed Island Escape Cruises, is a partnership between Ponant and Paspaley Pearls.

Months of development

‘After months of development work, our new team is in place to support our valued trade partners in offering this incredible 30-guest boutique expedition motor yacht to their clients,’ Corbett said.

‘It’s an exciting chapter of growth as we continue to lead the way in innovation,’ she said.

‘I look forward to working with Alex and the team as we blend the legacies of two globally renowned names, Paspaley and Ponant.’

January 10 inaugural voyage

Paspaley Pearl by Ponant will sail on her inaugural 10-night expedition on January 10 next year from Dili in Timor Leste to Bali.

A highlight of this ‘Encounter with Whale Sharks, Dragons and Mystic Culture' voyage will be a visit to Komodo National Park to see  Komodo dragons.