Pacific cruise specialist Paul Gauguin Cruises has acquired a second unnamed small ship to expand operations to the Mediterranean and Caribbean.

The 90-passenger vessel will be re-named Moana after a renovation in November 2012 and enter service the following month.

The luxury company plans to deploy the vessel in the Med in summer and the Caribbean and Latin America in winter with an emphasis on destinations that larger ships cannot reach.

Details of the 2013 cruises are due to be announced early next year.

Company president Diane Moore said: “We are monumentally proud to add a second ship to our Pacific Beachcomber portfolio and Paul Gauguin Cruises family.

“This is an incredibly huge branding achievement for the growth of our cruise line and I look forward to welcoming fans of The Gauguin onboard our latest addition.”

Paul Gauguin Cruises is owned by Pacific Beachcomber, French Polynesia’s largest luxury hotel operator.