Paul Gauguin Cruises

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About Paul Gauguin Cruises:

m/s Paul Gauguin

The m/s Paul Gauguin was designed specifically to sail the shallow seas of Tahiti, French Polynesia, and the South Pacific visiting small ports that larger ships can’t reach and effortlessly blending into the stunning natural beauty of the South Seas.  She offers an extension of the informal, relaxing environment of the islands, coupled with five-star service, comfort, and luxury.  Spacious suites and staterooms (more than 70% with private balconies), an onboard watersports marina, a choice of three open-seating dining venues, and an extensive spa are among her luxurious attributes.  The atmosphere aboard the ship radiates warmth, informality, and Polynesian flair.  The beloved troupe of Gauguines-local Tahitians who serve as cruise staff, entertainers, and storytellers-add the unique personality of Tahiti to every cruise.

Best for:

Affluent travelers desiring a luxury cruise experience tailored to Tahiti, the South Pacific, French Polynesia, Latin America, and Europe.

Those seeking a private island experience:

The Gauguin visits Motu Mahana, a private islet off the coast of Taha’a.  This lovely island features a delicious barbeque lunch and entertainment, along with music.  There is also snorkeling, kayaking and volleyball available for the sports-minded crowd.

The ship of Paul Gauguin Cruises:

  • m/s Paul Gauguin (332 passengers)

Atmosphere and experience onboard:

Luxury comes in many forms aboard the Paul Gauguin, which was built to sail the shallow waters of French Polynesia and can access ports unavailable to larger vessels. It is the only cruise ship that sails year-round itineraries in the Society, Tuamotu and Marquesas Islands.

A recent $7 million refurbishment included enhancement of the dining experience and the spa offerings. All staterooms have an ocean view, marble baths, full-size tubs and showers, refrigerators stocked with soft drinks and mineral water and complimentary mini-bar setups; almost 70% have private balconies.

The passenger to crew ratio of 1.5 to 1, with 332 passengers and 217 crew makes for excellent personalized service. Crew members know the islands very well and share that knowledge with passengers, as do the archeologists and marine biologists who sail each cruise.

There is no regimentation and no formality aboard the Paul Gauguin. Dining is open seating in two restaurants: L’Etoile, which has a French art deco style and La Veranda, a modern venue with both indoor and outdoor seating. Le Grill, located near the pool, offers a buffet and open-air dining. As the cruise price is all-inclusive, complimentary wine is served at dinner.

The ship has a retractable watersports platform, so guests can kayak, paddle-board or windsurf.

Dress is as relaxed as the atmosphere: Casual attire by day and elegant resort wear by night – men in trousers and shirts with collars (not golf shirts) and skirts or slacks with blouses for women. On Tahitian night, women are encouraged to wear pareos and men wear Polynesian shirts.

Announcements are made in English and French. The U.S. dollar is the onboard currency.

Destinations served:

  • Tahiti, Fifi, and The South Pacific

Clientele:

On the Paul Gauguin, though the average age of passengers is 50+, you’ll also find honeymooners, young professionals and retirees. During school vacations, families with children will be onboard. The line attracts guests from all over the world.

On the Terre Moana, you’ll find a sophisticated well-traveled adults, 50+, some older who prefer the ease of an intimate yachting experience.

Policies regarding children onboard:

Paul Gauguin Cruises is unable to accommodate infants less than 1 year of age.  Paul Gauguin Cruises offers a unique program that introduces young travelers (ages 9 to 17) to the extraordinary natural wonders of French Polynesia with direct, hands-on, interactive experiences with marine and island ecosystems through the Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Program.  Young Ambassadors explore coral reefs, hike rainforest trails and visit marae (ancient Polynesian temples).  They also learn how black pearls and vanilla are cultivated, how volcanic islands become coral atolls and how to paddle an outrigger canoe.  Parents are encouraged to join children on Eco-excursions and other activities aboard and ashore.

http://allthingscruise.com/cruise-planning/cruise-lines-childrens-programs/paul-gauguin-cruises-childrens-programs/

Consumer reviews:

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Alcohol beverage policies:

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About Weddings at Sea or Vow Renewals at Sea:

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