PHOTO: Aerial shot of a Paul Gauguin cruise in the South Pacific. (photo courtesy of Paul Gauguin Cruises)
Holding hands with your loved one while gazing out on the open waters makes cruising one of the most romantic ways to travel. Make it a cruise that is also headed to some of the most beautiful island destinations in the world and it becomes a must for any couple’s bucket list.
No wonder then that CNN just named Paul Gauguin Cruises one of the 10 bucket list cruises of a lifetime, especially for couples. It’s on Paul Gauguin Cruises that couples can forget about the stress of everyday life and just tune into each other, while they leisurely sail around romantic Tahiti, the largest island in French Polynesia, the rich and vibrant island of Fiji, or the private luxurious islands of Bora Bora and Moorea. Sit back and cuddle as you take in the breathtaking views of all of these islands.
There are lengthy cruises that also sail to such exotic ports in the sugarcane regions of Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia. Imagine standing arm-in-arm as you tour Rarotonga, a place that was called “Paradise” by the first European explorers.
Both of you can dig your toes in the sand while you lounge on the beach in front of crystal-clear lagoons, with the warm breezes blowing over both of you.
The romance continues on the ship as well, because the two of you will feel pampered with a five-star culinary adventure prepared by Jean-Pierre Vigato, Chef Propriétaire at Paris’ Michelin-starred Restaurant Apicius.
On the ship there’s so much entertainment to enjoy, as you watch the Gauguin’s troupe of Tahitian hosts and entertainers who will bring Polynesian dancing and song to life right in front of you. You’ll learn about local handicrafts with demonstrations and, if you are celebrating a honeymoon or anniversary, you can make your trip even more special by attending a Polynesian blessing ceremony.
If you aren’t already relaxed enough or feeling completely romantic just yet, there are massages waiting for you in the spa on board The Gauguin, as well as body wraps, facials, and beauty treatments. Make your day of pampering even more luxurious by getting an overwater massage for both of you on Motu Mahana, Paul Gauguin’s private South Pacific island.
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When you are both ready to explore again, there are so many romantic excursions that await, including a day on the beach at Motu Pita Aau, where the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa is appropriately located between the “two hearts” of Motu Pita Aau. You can share a kiss on a catamaran sail, watch dolphins and enjoy a Polynesian feast that’s served on Aau, which seems like your own private island, too. When your day of traveling and exploring is over, a romantic interlude awaits at your lanai room where you can relax at night with a champagne toast and a romantic, candlelit dinner for two on your terrace.
The world’s most romantic islands are right outside your cabin door on a Paul Gauguin Cruise. Taking time to explore the islands as a couple makes your cruising adventure even more special and a vacation that the two of you will never forget.