Company Overview Paul Gauguin Cruises was created when it's original cruise line Radisson Seven Seas was acquired by private company Apollo Management. This equity investment firm which also owns Oceania Cruises and a ruling stake in NCl (Norwegian Cruise Lines) decided to spin off the single ship Paul Gauguin solely for logistic reasons. And so, the rest of Radisson became Regent under Prestige Holdings, and Paul Gauguin Cruises became a new, one-ship cruise line. It is currently owned by Pacific Beachcomber which operates four InterContinental resorts in French Polynesia,
The m/s Paul Gauguin was designed specifically to sail the shallow seas of Tahiti and French Polynesia, visiting the lesser-known small ports on these exotic islands that the larger ships can't reach. With spacious suites and more than 70% of staterooms boasting private balconies, the Paul Gauguin is a small luxury ship with an onboard watersports marina, a choice of three open-seating dining venues and an extensive spa. Since the ship is located permanently in the Society islands of Tahiti, and has been her entire life, the atmosphere aboard ship screams Polynesian flair. A beloved troupe of Gauguines - a local Tahitian group who serve as cruise staff, entertainers and storytellers - add the unique personality of Tahiti to every cruise.
The Paul Gauguin Experience: Paul Gauguin is known as the best ship in Tahiti - a reputation it has enjoyed for years, and that entails being the best of a very elite set. Why is it so considered? It was spawned from Regent Seven Seas, retaining many of the crewmembers who made it what it is. Anytime a ship lives in the same location year after year it learns a few tricks and tends to deliver that location beter than any passers-by will ever do.
Fellow Passengers The average is generally well over 55 and well-traveled. The onboard atmosphere is low-key, with few feeling the need to dress to the nines at night. They prefer to dress tastefully yet comfortably. They are worldy in their knowledge and experiences, and look forward to the line's remarkable schedule of guest lectures.
Shore Excursions: Expect a lot of water-related activities from scuba to snorkeling, kayaking and just relaxing in the sunshine. On shore 4-wheel jeeps take you to the interior of this mystifying volcanic island chain.
Taking The Kids: The kids will be your responsibility most of time. This is a small ship and most of the guests are older. The kids will love the islands and watersports, but nightlife might seem a little boring to them.
All cruises from June through August and on select holiday cruises feature a special kids program created by explorer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau and his Ocean Futures Society. Ambassadors of the Environment introduces young travelers aged 9 to 17 direct, hands-on, interactive experience with knowledge of the unique Polynesian marine and island ecosystems. Young Ambassadors will explore coral reefs, hike rainforest trails and visit marae (ancient Polynesian temples). They'll learn how white and black pearls are cultivated, how volcanic islands become atolls, and how to paddle an outrigger canoe. Parents are encouraged to join children on eco-excursions and other activities aboard and ashore.
This program is available on for a nominal fee of $269 per child.
Special Sailing: Jean-Michel Cousteau will join the ship on the May 22, 2010 sailing to Fiji, Tonga, Cook and Society Islands to offer a series of lectures with videos of his work as well as accompany several dives from the ship.
Tipping: Gratuities are included in your fare.