m/s Paul Gauguin
- Condé Nast Rating: Six-Star
- Entered Service: January 1998
- Renovated: 2012
- Ship’s Registry: Bahamas
- Tonnage: 19,200
- Passengers: 332
- Length: 513 feet
- Passenger Decks: 7
- Passenger Elevators: 4
Spacious luxury staterooms, all with ocean views and half with private balconies. All staterooms feature individual temperature controls, queen-size beds (a limited number of which can have twin-bed configuration), marble appointed bathrooms with full-size bathtubs and showers, cotton bathrobes, hair dryers, television, CD/DVD player, personal safes, and telephones.
- Various dining options including open-seating at two fine restaurants, outdoor meals at the grill, and 24-hour room service
- Complimentary select fine wines, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the cruise and an in-cabin refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, beer, and bottled water, replenished daily
- Outstanding service with two crew members to every three guests and personal butler service available
- Spa offering steam room, aromatherapy, facials, massage, thalassotherapy, and full beauty service
- Included shipboard gratuities
- Complimentary watersports — like kayaking, windsurfing, waterskiing, and more! — off the m/s Paul Gauguin's retractable marina
- Polynesian cultural shows in Le Grand Salon
- Piano bar and romantic nightclub featuring jazz-blues singing and dancing in the ship-top observation lounge
- Casino with slots and gaming tables
- Connoisseur Club and Piano Bar
- Special guest lecturers and onboard naturalists
- Polynesian art and artifacts in the Fare Tahiti Gallery
- Outdoor swimming pool, fully equipped fitness center, and sea-level watersports platform
- 24-hour Internet and phone communications
- Duty-free shopping, library, video rentals, and much more!
In today's world of larger ships, the m/s Paul Gauguin reinforces the joys of sailing on a smaller, more intimate vessel.
- Gauguin carries only 332 guests, with a high space-to-guest ratio in fact, one of the highest in cruising today
- Cabins have ocean views, nearly 70% with private balconies, and are spacious and comfortably appointed with amenities
- In-stateroom refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, beer and bottled water, replenished daily. In categories B and above, guests also enjoy included butler service.
- Shipboard gratuities are included
- All shipboard meals and 24-hour room service
- Included select fine wines, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages onboard
- Included watersports such as snorkeling, windsurfing off m/s Paul Gauguin's retractable marina
Cuisine to Dazzle Your Palate
m/s Paul Gauguin's restaurants are designed to complement and enhance the dining experience, not overwhelm it. Dining is unhurried and relaxed! Best of all, while every meal is a special occasion, you need not dress as though you were attending one. Sit where you like and be casual, comfortable, and relaxed. And fully enjoy the finest food served in the entire South Seas, where exotic flavors await you...
- Menus created by talented chefs
- Single, open-seating dining in two fine restaurants: L 'Etoile, serving fine international cuisine with a Polynesian accent, and La Veranda, where you can enjoy breakfast and lunch al fresco, in a sophisticated, relaxed setting. In the evening, this venue is transformed into an elegant, reservations-only French Bistro. L 'Etoile is open lunch and dinner.
- Le Grill for casual poolside breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Included select fine wines, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages served throughout your cruise
- 24-hour room service
- Well-being, kosher, and vegetarian selections upon request
Ocean Futures Society Guest Lectures
Naturalists from Jean Michel Cousteaus Ocean Futures Society will accompany us throughout several sailings and will share their broad knowledge through onboard enrichment programs and a range of captivating shore excursions.
If you're not inclined to do much else, catch the free spirit of Polynesia from your deck chair. Or just relax at the end of a long day with a drink at the La Palette Lounge or the piano bar, located in the observation lounge atop the ship.
Live in the Moment, Every Moment
While on board, you may want to attend a lecture by one of our resident naturalists. Stop by the reading gallery, La Boutique, or the card room where a game of bridge may be underway. Or, you may wish to simply follow whatever the day brings, knowing that the ultimate enjoyment is in the moment.
Enjoy a Sea of Activities
Perhaps you'll take an early morning dip in the pool, enjoy a full range of included watersports at the state-of-the-art retractable watersports platform deck, or exercise your options on the latest fitness machines in the health club. Or, relax in a sanctuary of peace and tranquility at the Spa or hear a talk on the fascinating places you're exploring.
Take in an evening of electrifying entertainment with traditional Polynesian music and dance, or try your luck at the casino. Whatever you decide to do on board, you'll have the freedom to do as much or as little as you like.
Revitalize from Head to Soul
Our onboard Spa remains committed to the vision of the founders, the legendary Carita sisters. Aboard m/s Paul Gauguin, you'll enter a private world where the glow of cool marble and the rejuvenating ministrations of well-trained masseuses create a haven of peace and tranquility. Enter a world of serenity and beauty a realm of physical and emotional indulgence!
Casino and Piano Bar
On any evening, pulses run high in the Le Casino. Or when refreshments are in order, the Piano Bar provides a warmly relaxing environment.
Le Grand Salon
Watch spectacular performances, such as an electrifying Polynesian show featuring the arts of the islands in the main lounge. One night it might be the soaring a cappella harmonies of himene songs. Another might feature a thrilling performance of ote'a - a complex line dance accompanied by drums telling the ancestral legends of the Polynesian people. Later in your cruise, you'll have a chance to learn how to dance in true Polynesian style from our wonderful Gauguines performers.
La Palette Lounge (click here for a 360 degree view)
Sing along at the piano bar in this spectacular observation lounge atop the ship. At night it's transformed into a romantic nightclub where a chanteuse sings the Parisian blues and couples sway on the indoor/outdoor dance floor.
Join us aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin for a series of lectures by our onboard guest presenters. Topics range from history of the South Pacific to conservation, dolphins and other creatures of the deep, the wonders of coral reefs, and much more. Our presenters will be happy to answer questions and speak to our guests after each special presentation. To read more about each presenter, click link on their name.
Bobbie Verdegaal, onboard naturalist (top right): A trained marine biologist and environmental educator with extensive experience in the waters of French Polynesia, our onboard naturalist is well equipped to teach and discuss a wide range of topics associated with the marine environment of the beautiful South Pacific.
Mark Eddowes: Mark is an acknowledged authority and researcher in the field of Polynesian anthropology. On almost every voyage, you will have the opportunity to attend an entertaining and enlightening lecture given by this renowned archaeologist and scholar—and gifted raconteur.
Cécile Gaspar: President of Te Mana O Te Moana, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conservation, education, and research, Cécile will enlighten guests on most sailings about efforts to rehabilitate sick and injured sea turtles and return them to the deep.
Michael Poole: Michael’s passion for marine life has been the driving force of his entire career. Guests on almost every sailing will be delighted by his tales of spinner dolphins, whales, and other enchanting marine mammals.
Denis Schneider: A Ph.D. in marine biology from the University of Aix-Marseille, Denis is the founder of Espace Bleu, an organization that seeks to create and restore coral reefs. You will likely have a chance to learn more about these fascinating efforts.