The enchanting islands of French Polynesia and the South Pacific are graced with 118 islands and atolls and countless motus, each with its own distinct beauty, atmosphere, and myth.
The Society Islands, which include Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, and Huahine, offer crystal-clear waters teeming with technicolor fish, palm-lined beaches, and majestic emerald-green mountains towering over turquoise lagoons.
The most populous island is Tahiti. Located on the island is Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia. The city’s famous, bustling downtown market sells everything from fresh produce to brightly colored pareos, monoi oils, and black pearls.
Graced with crystalline aqua lagoons, pristine white-sand beaches, and jagged volcanic peaks, Bora Bora appears like a postcard. Circle the island by waverunner or jetboat, traverse the interior by off-road safari, dive beneath the surface for a chance to swim with reef fish and moray eels.
Rugged peaks, volcanic craters, and lush interiors thick with tropical fruit, fragrant flowers, and forests of gigantic maple, or chestnut trees, make Moorea’s mountain scenery nothing short of spectacular. The island also features two picturesque bays on the north shore—Cook’s Bay and Opunohu.
Coined the “Garden Island” for its lush interior, Huahine is home to more than 200 stone marae site. The island’s diverse geography includes small villages and untouched beaches which dot the coast, and azure lagoons brimming with thousands of colorful fish.
Rugged islands rising sharply from the sea, intricate wood carvings, ancient culture and wild horses running free are just a few of the unique features in the Marquesas Islands that inspired renowned French painter Paul Gauguin to call home.
The diving mecca of the Tuamotus islands features fascinating marine species among coral reefs and canyon passes, drawing divers from around the world.
The Gauguin is the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the region. The Polynesian spirit of welcome, warmth, and geniality is embodied aboard. This luxury, small ship offers five-star amenities, first-class hospitality, elegant oceanview staterooms and suites with nearly 70 percent featuring a private balcony, a variety of shipboard entertainment, and a pool.
The Gauguin offers complimentary 24-hour room service, complimentary beverages including select wines and spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, and hot beverages served throughout the ship, along with an in-stateroom refrigerator replenished daily with soft drinks, beer, and bottled water.
The ship also features a retractable watersports marina for complimentary kayaking, paddle boarding, windsurfing, in select ports. Optional SCUBA excursions designed for all levels of experience, refresher courses and PADI certification for novices are also available.
Dining aboard The Gauguin offers a sumptuous array of tempting specialties, presented in refined surroundings and accompanied by exceptional service in choice of three venues.
Elegant décor, crisp linens, and a choice of culinary creations await in our exquisite main dining room of L’Etoile. Open for dinner only, L’Etoile features expertly prepared cuisine presented on china by our solicitous staff, ever ready to top off your glass when needed.
Warm ocean breezes, expansive views, and the tantalizing trademark fare fill your senses in our indoor/outdoor dining venue La Veranda for breakfast and lunch. In the evenings, La Veranda features signature dishes designed by Jean-Pierre Vigato, Chef Propriétaire of the Michelin-starred Restaurant Apicius in Paris.
Enjoy more casual dining in Le Grill, where breakfast and lunch are served buffet style with additional items available to order from a menu. For dinner, Polynesian-inspired delights set the table amid lively conservation and attentive service. A reservation-only dinner option is available in the evenings featuring Polynesian specialties.
All guests aboard The Gauguin can bask in the deluxe amenities and exquisite, Polynesian-style hospitality while spending the day doing exactly as the please, exploring the islands, the lagoons, or simply the natural beauty of the surroundings.
Naturalists, lecturers, and the Gauguines and Gauguins—a troupe of Tahitian entertainers—provide enriching experiences of the destinations throughout each voyage. Special guests representing a wide variety of interests are on select voyages of The Gauguin. Experts in the fields of art, the culinary arts, music, magic, Polynesian life and culture, and the wonders of the deep will join designated cruises to offer insights, lectures, performances, workshops, and more.
Special guests joining the November 19, 2017, Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands sailing include: Jean-Michel Cousteau, oceanographer and environmentalist; Carolyn Boyle Turner, art history professor and Paul Gauguin expert; Nancy Gregory, fine artist; Pascale Guertin, singer; and ¿Qué Bolá? Magic.
With its unrivaled approach to beauty and rejuvenation, the ship’s Deep Nature Spa by Algotherm combines the art of gentle pampering with services that are uniquely tailored to the needs and wishes of each individual. The spa offers an extensive range of services, enveloped in an atmosphere that both tranquil and luxurious. Shipboard treatments that can be booked include skin care therapies, skin exfoliation, massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, body wraps, facials, beauty treatments, nail services, and hair styling. Relaxing overwater massages are available during the day at Motu Mahana, Paul Gauguin Cruises’ private South Pacific paradise.
The Gauguin’s fitness center is outfitted with the latest fitness equipment, including Lifecycles, treadmills, stair climbers, and weight machines. Other onboard fitness opportunities include a morning mile-long walk around decks 8 and 9 and a sunrise Polynesian-inspired Zumba class, both hosted by Les Gauguines.
With a crew-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.5—one of the highest at sea—you can be sure that everyone aboard The Gauguin, from our friendly hospitality and wait staff and experienced concierge team to our expert dive instructors and guests lecturers, are dedicated to ensuring that the experience is nothing short of exceptional.
In the evenings, enjoy live entertainment in Le Grand Salon or the piano bar, or just relax at La Palette lounge with a cocktail under the stars.
Paul Gauguin Cruises offers a wide variety of optional shore excursions including waverunner adventures, treks with an archaeologist, island tours, cultural tours, snorkeling experiences, underwater walks, jetboat excursions, helicopter flightseeing, dolphin watching expeditions, ATV guided tours and many more.
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