'Cruise Circle says'
At the turn of the century, impressionist Paul Gauguin travelled to the tropical shores of French Polynesia to create some of his most renowned masterpieces. Today his namesake, the Paul Gauguin, transports you to the same romantic Tahitian holiday paradise – to explore, experience and escape.
The Paul Gauguin was designed specifically to sail the shallow seas of Tahiti and French Polynesia, 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, Spacious suites and staterooms (more than 70% with private balconies), an onboard water sports marina, a choice of three open-seating dining venues and an extensive spa are among her luxurious attributes.
In February 2021, the m/s Paul Gauguin underwent renovations during dry dock in Singapore. The vision: elegant Polynesian bespoke style visualised through a chic, modern lens. This new décor enriches the guests’ experience while sailing through the multi-hued blue lagoons of Tahiti, French Polynesia, Fiji and the South Pacific. A palette incorporating shades of blue, taupe, green and pearl complements warm wood finishes, woven textiles, Polynesian motifs and stylish gold accents. Also added to the “palette:” complimentary Wi-Fi is the new addition to an already extensive list of all-inclusive ammenities you will enjoy on a holiday in the South Pacific aboard The Gauguin.
Who goes on Paul Gauguin Cruises cruise ships?
Paul Gauguin's passengers are mostly in the 45 to 65 age range, well-traveled and active professionals, though you'll find a fair number of younger honeymooners as well. The ship attracts mostly couples, except in summer and during school vacations, when the ship sees families and multigenerational groups: adult siblings with children, parents with adult children, three generations, etc.
Do I have to dress up on a Paul Gauguin Cruises cruise?
Not during the day, and even at night, men are never required to wear a tie onboard Paul Gauguin. By day, cruisers stick to casual wear, although bathrobes and bathing suits are prohibited in the restaurants and lounges, and shirts and shoes are required in all public areas.
After 6 p.m. the rule is country club casual or elegant resort wear, with no shorts, T-shirts, casual jeans (frayed or with holes), baseball caps, flip-flops or Crocs permitted in the restaurants or lounges. Men do often wear jackets to the Captain's Welcome Reception, but it's not required.
Is everything free on Paul Gauguin Cruises cruises?
No, but it's quite an inclusive package with even round trip airfare from Los Angeles or San Francisco included (unless you opt for a cruise-only fare). Also included are round trip airport transfers, gratuities, all meals in any of the three dining venues, room service and most beverages, including select wines and spirits, beers, soft drinks, bottled water and hot beverages. In-room refrigerators are replenished daily with soft drinks, beer and bottled water.
All shipboard entertainment and presentations by onboard experts are complimentary, as are water sports, including kayaking and paddle-boarding from the ship's marina or beaches at which the ship anchors. The Moana Explorer Program for families is free, along with use of the line's secluded beach in Bora Bora, with bar service, volleyball and snorkeling, in addition to a day on Motu Mahana.
What will cost you extra is shore excursions, Wi-Fi, treatments in the Deep Nature Spa, scuba classes, premium wines and champagnes, laundry and any purchases in the onboard shop.
What are Paul Gauguin Cruises's most popular activities?
Experiencing the South Pacific is really the name of the game here, and besides the shore excursions, cruisers explore with the complimentary waters ports -- kayaks, snorkeling gear, windsurfing and more -- from the ship's marina or on the idyllic beaches. Many take advantage of the PADI Scuba Diving programs. A highlight of every French Polynesia sailing (and the embodiment of everyone's South Pacific fantasy) is a full day at the private island retreat Motu Mahana, off the coast of Taha'a.