The highest-rated and longest continually sailing cruise ship in the South Pacific is cultured, intimate, and award-winning. The m/s Paul Gauguin will take you on an ultimate trip to experience the Polynesian Islands.
Why sail to Polynesia onboard Paul Gauguin? For starters, she was designed and created specifically to cruise this amazing destination. Carrying just 332 guests and outfitted with a shallow draft to get into remote ports, she also has expansive open decks for guests to soak up the sunshine and take in the spectacular views. Here is a look at what a cruise onboard Paul Gauguin brings.
Your all-inclusive experience begins with a flight from Los Angeles. Then, step aboard The Gauguin and prepare for extraordinary value in lavish cruising. Just about everything is included, from gourmet dining, around-the-clock snacks, and tea and beverages—including select wines and spirits—to water sports, all entertainment, a fitness center, and more. All-inclusive pricing means a carefree environment onboard.
With nearly one crew member for every guest, service is among the highest at sea and includes a beloved, one-of-a-kind troupe of Tahitians who serve as cruise hosts, entertainers, and storytellers. Within hours after boarding the ship, the crew will address you by name and know your favorite drinks and preferences.
On all sailings, you will receive complimentary access to Paul Gauguin Cruises’ two exclusive retreats. Off the coast of Taha’a lies the islet of Motu Mahana, where you can enjoy a day of water sports, Polynesian activities, a sumptuous barbecue feast, and cocktails from floating bars. In Bora Bora, relax on a private, white-sand beach and enjoy refreshments, a game of volleyball, and snorkeling or paddle boarding in crystal-clear waters.
When you want some private time, you can retire to luxurious accommodations. Your spacious suite or stateroom has an ocean view and nearly 70 percent have private balconies. Elegant furnishings include marvelously comfortable queen-size beds (some twin beds available), refrigerators stocked daily with soft drinks, mineral water, and beer, as well as bathrooms with full-size tubs.
Adorned with Accolades
Recognized as the gold standard of cruising, Paul Gauguin Cruises was recently awarded “World’s Best Small-Ship Cruise Line” winner as voted by readers in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2019. The line was also the recipient of a coveted Gold Travvy Award for Best Cruise Line Australia/New Zealand/South Pacific 2018, the second year in a row in the top-ranking position.
Paul Gauguin’s trademark itinerary is the seven-night Tahiti & Society Islands, offered year-round. Begin your journey in capital city Papeete, where the Gauguin is docked steps away from the bustling market, shops, and restaurants. And because you have a late departure, there is time to sample delicious fare at Les Roulottes – a caravan of food trucks serving everything from chow mein, fried fish, to steak.
Wake up the next morning in Huahine, a lush and hilly island with a population of just over six thousand. It’s a day for swimming, snorkeling, or shopping for handicrafts. Strewn across the village of Maeva are over 200 stone structures said to have been used for cultural and religious purposes by ancient chiefs. And along the lake, several ancient fish traps can be seen. Don’t miss feeding the sacred blue-eyed eels in Faie village.
Motu Mahana - your first Paul Gauguin exclusive retreat is next on the agenda. Spend the entire day lounging, swimming, and indulging in a delicious barbecue or a seaside spa treatment. It’s a perfect picture of paradise! Excursions are also available to Taha’a, famous for its vanilla farms.
Your second exclusive retreat is found on Bora Bora, with its iconic turquoise lagoon and jagged Mt Otemanu piercing the sky. With two full days to explore, there’s plenty of time to chill at the Gauguin’s deserted beach where you’ll feel like a true castaway. When you are ready for action, see the rest of the island by bicycle or 4WD, or explore beneath the surface with snorkel and dive excursions.
Before your journey ends, spend two more days in paradise on the island of Moorea to enjoy tropical gardens, black pearl shopping, and breathtaking views of the island’s twin bays. Arrive back in Papeete by nightfall, just in time for one last round of tasty dining at Les Roulottes before disembarking the next morning.
The Paul Gauguin is truly the best way to see Tahiti, in comfort and luxury. Make 2020 the year you sail to paradise – contact your Vacation Consultant today!