The elegant m/s Paul Gauguin was specifically designed to cruise the romantic islands of the South Pacific. Sailing year-round from Tahiti, the Gauguin navigates exotic small ports and azure lagoons as majestically as a yacht. This intimate 332-guest vessel takes its name from the renowned French painter who spent many years in French Polynesia.
m/s Paul Gauguin’s Voyages to the Soul of the South Seas
Scattered like emeralds across the turquoise waters of the South Pacific, the islands and atolls of French Polynesia are unmatched in their allure. Here await sun-kissed beaches, lush rain forests and barrier reefs teeming with Technicolor sea life, as well as intriguing cultures immortalized by novelist James Michener and artist Paul Gauguin. The elegant m/s Paul Gauguin was specifically designed to cruise these romantic islands.
The Gauguin'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 gratuities, 24-hour room service, bottled water, soft drinks, and select wines and spirits all included in the cruise fare.
All suites and staterooms feature ocean views, and nearly 70 percent have private balconies. Guests who book category B suites or higher receive in-suite bar service, an iPod® music system, and the service of a butler who can unpack your bags, make appointments for you at the spa, or arrange a private car or lunch reservation in port. A crew-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.5 also ensures the highest level of personal attention.
The exclusive treatment continues ashore. Guests enjoy a day on the cruise line’s private isle, Motu Mahana, complete with snorkelling, full bar service, and a barbecue with Polynesian entertainment. The ship also features a retractable water sports marina from which you can kayak, windsurf or set out in the Zodiac® for an optional diving excursion. The Gauguin is the only luxury ship in French Polynesia to offer PADI certification on board.
For an afternoon of pampering, head to the Deep Nature Spa by Algotherm for a full range of treatments, from massage and aromatherapy to body wraps, facials, and reflexology. There is also a fitness center on board.
Paris Chef Jean-Pierre Vigato, owner and Chef Propriétaire of the world-renowned, two-star Michelin-rated Restaurant Apicius have created signature dishes and menus to be featured aboard ship. The three dining venues offer open seating dining ranging from elegant traditional to casual al fresco.
Voyages of seven to 14 nights aboard the Gauguin encompass the Society Islands of Tahiti, Raiatea, Bora Bora, Moorea, Huahine and the private island of Motu Mahana, as well as select islands in the Tuamotus, Cook Islands and Marquesas archipelagos.
Ms Paul Gauguin
- Most luxurious ship to sail from Tahiti on a year-round basis
- Only 332 guests
- Crew to guest ratio of 1 to 1.5
- All oceanview accommodations, nearly 70% with balconies
- Space to guest ratio of nearly 58 to 1, one of the highest of any ship serving the North American market
- All on board gratuities included
- Complimentary beverages including fine wines and spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, coffee and tea served throughout the ship
- Butler service in categories B and above, including in-suite bar setup and SoundDock® for iPod®
- In-suite mini-bar replenished daily with soft drinks, beer and bottled water
- State-of-the-art retractable water sports marina
- On board dive program
- On board lecture program
- Two elegant restaurants and one pool-side grill, all with open-seating dining
- Well-being and vegetarian selections and special dietetic menus upon request
- WiFi hotspots throughout the ship
- Complimentary 24-hour room service
- Complimentary in-room dining
- Complimentary in-room movie channels and movies available
Guest Decks: 7
Gross Tonnage: 19,200
Overall Length: 513 feet (156.5 meters)
Beam (width): 71 feet (21.6 meters)
Draft: 16.9 feet (5.15 meters)
Cruising Speed: 18 knots
Propulsion System: Diesel Electric
Ship's Registry: Bahamas