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Onboard the ms Paul Gauguin

Palliative CareSurgery

Sailing September 7th, 2019 - September 21st, 2019

Trip Characteristics

Faculty & CME Details

Dr. Nicola Macpherson

Dr. Nicola Macpherson


Palliative Care

About The Speaker

Dr. Nicola Macpherson has been travelling and lecturing with Sea Courses since 2008. She completed Medical School in Ottawa in 1985 followed by a rotating internship at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, BC. Until 1989, she was a medical officer in the Canadian Forces at the National Defense Medical Centre in Ottawa. She finished her anaesthesia residency at UBC and became a Fellow of the Royal College in 1992. She worked for 12 years as an anaesthesiologist in Prince George and Maple Ridge, BC, including a brief stint in the Australian Outback. She returned to training as an R6 in Palliative Medicine in 2004-05. Since then, she has practiced full-time palliative medicine, initially throughout the Fraser Health Authority in BC. In 2014, realizing how hard it was to find locum coverage for palliative physicians in practice, she decided to become a locum in Regina, Calgary and in Fraser Health, so that colleagues can take much needed time off to recharge. She currently has faculty appointments in the Department of Medicine at UBC, and in Anaesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics at UBC, as well as Family Medicine, at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. She developed and helped present three palliative workshops in Ghana (West Africa) in 2013 and 2015.

Dr. Jon Just

Dr. Jon Just


General Surgery

About The Speaker

Dr. Jon Just is a general surgeon in Kamloops, BC with a broad based surgical practice with an interest in endocrine surgery. He has been an associate clinical professor for the University of Alberta, as well as the University of British Columbia, involved in training surgical residents from both universities, as well as Family Medicine residents and medical students from UBC. He enjoys international surgery and has been on over thirty volunteer surgical trips in various sites throughout the world.


CME Topics

Dr. Just
  • Approach to Head & Neck Masses
  • Incidentalomas!
  • Breast Lumps
  • Family Cancer Syndromes
  • "Bottom" Troubles
  • Rectal Bleeding and Screening
  • Abdominal Pain - Who Should I Worry About?
  • Thyroid Lumps
  • Skin Spots
Dr. Macpherson
  • Spotting Palliative Patients in the Wild
  • Nausea, Vomiting and Constipation - The Triple Threat to Compliance
  • Opioid Prescribing Made Ridiculously Simple
  • Respiratory Symptoms in Advanced Disease
  • Delirium at End of Life
  • When Patients want to Withdraw from Treatment
  • Responding to Requests for Hastened Death
  • Final Weeks, Days and Hours
  • Topical Lotions and Potions

This course is designed for family physicians, specialists, and allied health care professionals. The aim is to provide evidence-based material, as well as practical and relevant clinical pearls that will be easy to implement into one’s own medical practice. Conference attendees will be invited to complete a pre-course Needs Assessment to assist the faculty with the development of their presentations.

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FP $1045 $1195
Specialist $1045 $1195
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $845 $995

Venue Information

Over the course of 13 unhurried nights, The Gauguin allows you to discover the South Pacific’s most storied, beautiful, and culturally vibrant islands, towns, and cities. No matter what kind of experience you seek, from soaking in the sun on the Society Islands’ white-sand beaches to immersing yourself in the unique cultures of Fiji and Tonga, when you follow in the wake of the world’s most famous explorers in the South Pacific, there are treasures to discover at every port.

Additional Noteworthy Features

Our specially designed watersports platform turns the ship into your headquarters for all kinds of adventures on the water. It’s as easy as descending to sea level and hopping aboard a windsurfer or paddleboard or launching a kayak. Our watersports equipment is also
available when we call upon our private beaches. Plus, if you plan on snorkeling in multiple ports, you’re welcome to check out snorkeling gear from the marina for the duration of your cruise.
Les Gauguins & Les Gauguines - On every voyage of The Gauguin, we’re accompanied by our own troupe of Tahitian hosts and entertainers that bring the spirit of Polynesia to life. Enjoy a retelling of ancestral legends through dance, delight in traditional songs onboard and on our private motu, and learn local handicrafts during hands-on demonstrations. Couples
celebrating a honeymoon or anniversary can even attend a Polynesian blessing ceremony.
La Veranda - Dine al fresco or enjoy wraparound ocean views from the dining room of La
Veranda, where we offer an ever-changing selection of buffet breakfast and lunch items and a la carte options, many of which are inspired by the destinations we visit. In the evening, La Veranda is transformed to a reservation-only dining venue serving Jean-Pierre Vigato’s
gourmet cuisine.
L’Etoile - Our exquisite main dining room is dressed to impress with perfectly appointed décor, fine table linens, and delicate china. Join us every evening for dinner and sample a tantalizing array of expertly prepared dishes, perfectly paired with complimentary wines.
Le Grill - When your day’s plans call for a more casual dining experience, join us at Le Grill, located by the pool and offering a buffet breakfast, grilled lunch favorites, salads, and fresh tropical fruit. In the afternoon, stop by for tea with finger sandwiches, fresh fruit, desserts, pastries, and petit fours. Return in the evening to sample Polynesian specialties in a relaxed atmosphere. Reservations required for dinner.
This ship 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. Life onboard also reflects the beauty and rich cultural heritage of the islands she calls upon, with a warm, friendly feel, informal setting, and even a beloved troupe of Gauguines and Gauguins—local Tahitians who serve as cruise staff, entertainers, and storytellers.
  • Only 332 guests for an intimate cruising experience and “small ship feel”
Crew to guest ratio of 1 to 1.5
All ocean view accommodations — nearly 70% with balconies
Space to guest ratio of nearly 58 to 1, one of the highest of any ship
All onboard gratuities included
Complimentary beverages including fine w ines & premium spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, coffee & tea served throughout the ship
Butler Service in categories B and above, including in-suite bar setup plus SoundDock® for iPod®
In-suite minibar replenished daily w ith soft drinks, beer & bottled w ater
Onboard dive program offering PADI certification for novices & classes at all levels
Onboard informative lecture program (special guest lecturers & port of call infor- mation)
Two elegant restaurants plus one pool-side grill, all with easy open-seating dining
Well-being and vegetarian selections & special dietetic menus upon request
WiFi hotspots throughout the ship
Complimentary 24-hour room service
Complimentary in-room dining (order 5 star cuisine from L’Etoile Restaurant menu)
Complimentary in-room movie channels & DVD library available
  Top 10 Reasons to Sail With Paul Gauguin
  1. Small, intimate, and award winning
  2. Extraordinary value in luxury cruising
  3. Exceptional service
  4. Exclusive retreats
  5. Luxurious accommodations
  6. Three fine-dining venues and 24-hour room service
  7. Watersports
  8. Enrichment program
  9. Longer port stays
  10. Stewards of Nature Family Program

Itinerary & Schedule

Date Port / Location Arrival Time Departure Time Notes / CME Details
September 7th Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands 11:55 pm
September 8th Moorea, Society Islands 8:00 am 6:00 pm
September 9th Taha'a, Society Islands 9:00 am
September 10th Bora Bora, Society Islands 8:00 am 6:00 pm
September 11th At Sea 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
September 12th Aitutaki, Cook Islands 8:00 am 6:00 pm
September 14th At Sea 8:00 am - 12:00 pm; 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
September 15th At Sea 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
September 16th Vava’u, Tonga 8:00 am 5:00 pm
September 17th At Sea 8:00 am - 12:15 pm
September 18th Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji 8:00 am 6:00 pm
September 19th Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji 8:00 am 6:00 pm
September 20th Beqa Island, Fiji 8:00 am 5:00 pm
September 21st Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji 6:00 am

Detailed Port Descriptions

Papeete, Tahiti—A gorgeous collection of volcanic islands strewn across the blue Pacific, Polynesia paints a stunning picture. And, as the capital city on the largest of all 118 islands, Papeete offers endless opportunities for exploration and relaxation. Dynamic dining, nightlife, and shopping can be found around every corner, and Papeete serves as a departure and arrival port for most cruises in the South Pacific. Moorea, Society Islands—Moorea, often likened to James Michener's mythical island of Bali Hai, is worth a visit just to experience its spectacular vistas. Volcanic peaks, reflected in the waters of Cook's Bay and Opunohu Bay, rise like a shark's jaw above palm tree-lined beaches. The underwater world is just as enchanting, with sharks, tuna, dolphins, and tropical fish—no wonder it’s a popular destination for divers. Taha’a, Society Islands—Enclosed in a common lagoon with Raiatea and accessible only by boat, Taha’a is an ideal island for a relaxing getaway. A sleepy island that boasts only a handful of guesthouses and small hotels, Taha’a maintains an authentic Polynesian flavor. And speaking of flavors, it produces about 80% of French Polynesia’s world-renowned vanilla, a must-buy during a visit to the island. Taha’a is also home to Motu Mahana, Paul Gauguin Cruises’ private island. Guests are welcomed with traditional music performed by Les Gauguines, a beachside barbecue, and ample opportunities for watersports, swimming, and relaxation. Bora Bora, Society Islands—The dream destination of Bora Bora just begs to have its picture taken, with lush peaks, white sand beaches, and romantic lagoons. But perhaps Bora Bora’s most iconic image that of Mount Otemanu, with its jagged, emerald-hued peaks rising high above the shoreline. With only 4,225 inhabitants and a laid-back, island vibe, visitors to this beautiful corner of the world can’t help but just relax and take it all in. Aitutaki, Cook Islands— It is believed that this island was settled around 900 AD by legendary Polynesian explorer Ru. Today, the island is a wealth of cultural tradition, with inhabitants keeping their history alive through song, dance, legends and crafts. If outdoor pursuits are more your speed, consider taking the easy hike to the highest peak on the island, Maunga Pu, where you’ll be rewarded with 360-degree views. Vava’u, Tonga—One of the easternmost countries in the world, nudging the International Date Line, the Kingdom of Tonga was never colonized by Europeans, a distinction it shares with no other South Pacific nation. As a result, today it is the oldest and last remaining Polynesian monarchy, and its culture remains strong, even in the face of modernization. In addition to being a cultural capital, it is a fantastic place to view a wide array of wildlife, especially in the crystal-clear lagoon, where divers can see to a depth of 130 feet. Species include giant clams, manta rays, sea turtles, spinner dolphins, more than 100 species of colorful tropical fish, and—between July and October—humpback whales.A climb to the top of Mt. Talau, the highest point on Vava’u, offers unparalleled views of the surrounding Tongan islands. Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji—The island of Vanua Levu in northern Fiji remains largely undeveloped, making it a charming, unspoiled haven. It is the second largest of Fiji’s 300 islands, and, because of its remoteness, it is reminiscent of the South Seas before its colonization by Europeans. Nestled among lush green hills and surrounded by coral reefs, Savusavu is sometimes called the “Hidden Paradise of Fiji,” with its half-mile main street facing a beautiful bay.  The 19th-century Copra Shed Marina, the centerpiece of the town, now houses the Savusavu Yacht Club. Hot springs bubble up throughout the town; in the afternoon, you can see pots on top of steaming fissures as women prepare the evening meal. Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji—Suva is perched on a hilly peninsula between two harbors and boasts a fascinating mix of modern and colonial architectural, as well as an easygoing yet sophisticated ambiance. As the largest urban area in the South Pacific outside of Australia and New Zealand, Suva is a great place to experience Fijian culture, with visits to the Fiji Museum, the Municipal Market, or the Handicraft Center, where weavers practice their traditional art. Beqa Island, Fiji—In Fiji, virtually everyone you’ll meet will be smiling—and when you view the high mountains, lush vegetation, shimmering waters, and pristine white-sand beaches of this island nation, you’ll understand why. A British colony for nearly a century before gaining its independence in 1970, Fiji remains English speaking and today boasts a multinational population, among whom the majority are of Melanesian descent. As you mingle with the locals, you’ll see why Melanesians are reputed to be among the friendliest people in the world. Located about six miles off the coast of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu, Beqa Island measures less than six square miles in territory—yet it looms large among those seeking a paradise by the sea. Surrounded by one of the largest barrier reefs in the world, the island offers exceptional snorkeling at high tide, with an abundance of colorful tropical fish teeming among the coral blooms. Or bask on a golden-sand beach shaded from an azure sky by swaying palms. Inland, the island is carpeted with lush rainforest laced with waterfalls and streams and dotted with villages known for their tradition of firewalking and joyous hospitality. Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji—In Fiji, virtually everyone you’ll meet will be smiling—and when you view the high mountains, lush vegetation, shimmering waters, and pristine white-sand beaches of this island nation, you’ll understand why. A British colony for nearly a century before gaining its independence in 1970, Fiji remains English speaking and today boasts a multinational population, among whom the majority are of Melanesian descent and reputed to be among the friendliest people in the world. Lautoka is known as “Sugar City” for the green-gold sugarcane that surrounds it on three sides, with the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean forming its western border. Travelers enjoy shopping along its palm-lined main thoroughfare, exploring Koroyanitu National Heritage Park, and experiencing life in traditional villages.  

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