The Paul Gauguin, operated by Paul Gauguin Cruises, is a fantastic choice for passengers looking for an intimate, luxury cruise experience. Built in 1998 and refurbished in 2012,
it caters to 332 guests. With a staff to guest ratio of 1:1.5, the Paul Gauguin promises premier service and a lavish vacation.
Popular itineraries range from 7 to 14 nights, visiting destinations across the Cook and Society Islands. Ports of call, such as Bora Bora, Papeete, Rarotonga and Moorea offer shore excursions including snorkeling, off-road safaris, aquabike adventures and visits to plantations to sample local cuisine.
There are a variety of cabins to choose from onboard, 70 percent of which have private balconies. All cabins provide an ocean view, temperature control, TVs, premier bath products and safes. For extra luxury, Grand Suites offer wrap-around verandahs, while Owner’s Suites have balconies and separate sitting areas. Butler service is also a feature of luxurious suites.
Dining options are varied in premium-quality restaurants, including L’Etoile, La Veranda and Polynesian cuisine at Le Grill. Entertainment options ensure there’s plenty to do onboard the Paul Gauguin, with lecturers, naturalists, a library, a casino, Tahitian entertainers, a spa, a fitness centre, a watersports marina and pool area.
A cruise on the Paul Gauguin is best suited to mature guests and couples. It’s a popular choice for honeymooners, given the luxurious atmosphere and paradise island destinations. The dress code on board is casual by day and elegant resort wear by night to match the tropical environment, with Tahitian nights once per cruise for costumed fun.