Paul Gauguin Cruises
Owned by Pacific Beachcomber S.C., French Polynesia’s leading luxury hotel and cruise operator, Paul Gauguin Cruises operates the 5+-star cruise ship m/s Paul Gauguin, providing a deluxe cruise experience tailored to the unparalleled wonders of Tahiti, French Polynesia and the South Pacific.
While The Gauguin sails through Tahiti, French Polynesia and the South Pacific year-round, Paul Gauguin Cruises recently announced the acquisition of a second ship. With plans to sail to the Europe, Caribbean and Latin America, this 90-guest ship will be christened m/v Tere Moana after completing a multifaceted renovation in December 2012.
The Gauguin can accommodate 332 guests with a staff of 217, one of the highest crew-to-guest ratios at sea. The Gauguin has undergone more than $25 million in enhancements, with an additional $7 million completed in January 2012.
The ship’s informal ambience reflects the relaxed nature of the region. A much-loved troupe known as the Gauguines—Tahitians who serve as staff, entertainers and storytellers—add a uniquely South Pacific touch to life on board. Best of all, The Gauguin offers an all-inclusive experience, with airfare from Los Angeles, gratuities, 24-hour room service, bottled water, soft drinks, and select wines and spirits all included in the cruise fare. Voyages range from seven to 14 nights, with fares for 7-night itineraries starting at $4,297.
Highlights of the ship include its three dining venues, with dishes and menus overseen by Paris Chef Jean-Pierre Vigato, Chef Propriétaire of the world-renowned, two-star Michelin-rated restaurant Apicius. The ship was awarded the Cruisers’ Choice Award in 2011 from Cruise Critic for best dining on a small ship. Another top draw, the Deep Nature Spa by Algotherm offers a wide variety of luxurious treatments; relaxing overwater massages are also available on the line’s private motu (small island) off the coast of Taha’a.
As for activities,The Gauguin presents a series of lectures by onboard guest presenters, and offers themed cruises with guest hosts representing a wide variety of special interests. In addition, the ship’s small size allows it to navigate shallow lagoons and narrow channels, giving guests the opportunity to participate in a variety of watersports. From a specially designed retractable platform, guests can descend to sea level, where they can hop aboard a windsurfer, launch a kayak or set out for a SCUBA diving expedition (a SCUBA certification program is offered on board). Through the ship’s youth program—Ambassadors of the Environment, affiliated with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society—guests ages 9 to 17 can participate in daily excursions that reveal the natural wonders and rich culture of Polynesia, both on land and at sea.
The Moana will reflect the high standard of quality and service already established for the cruise line by The Gauguin. Like, The Gauguin, The Moana will specialize in warm-weather destinations, with an emphasis on delivering unique itineraries that larger ships cannot offer and exploring hidden ports throughout these regions. The Moana features spacious, oceanview accommodations, two dining venues, a luxurious spa, fitness center, library, boutique, watersports marina, lounge with live entertainment, onboard naturalist, pool, and pool bar. The Moana’s all-inclusive fare includes gratuities, soft drinks, bottled water, and select wine and spirits. Voyages range from seven to 14 nights, with fares for 7-night itineraries starting at $2,595.
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