A resident of the Cook Islands since 1969, Helen Henry has been active in the development of the small island nation almost since it first became self-governing. She also operated a tourism company and organized educational programs for travel groups for many years. Now retired, she is happy to share her in-depth knowledge of the Cooks with guests of The Gauguin.
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Journalist Dan Benedict has been writing and lecturing about astronomy aboard cruise ships since being asked to cover an eclipse cruise in 1998, and the intervening years have sent him to astronomical events from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica. He specializes in writing and speaking about items of interest to the casual stargazing passenger that can be easily seen with the unaided eye, such as the appearance of planets, bright stars and their constellations, satellites, meteor showers, and eclipses. He has written astronomy articles for Porthole and shipboard magazines, features for CruiseCritic.com, and a weekly astronomy column for twelve years for The Times of Trenton, New Jersey.
Dan points out that “one of the biggest problems for land-based stargazers is light pollution – unwanted artificial light from buildings, street lights, advertising signs, and other sources – that hides the dimmer sights in the night sky. It’s tough to find a truly dark sky anywhere any more. Many people have never even noticed the Milky Way. But when you are on a ship, you may be hundreds or even thousands of miles away from the nearest sources of light pollution and air pollution, and you get views of the sky like no place ashore.”
Join us aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin’s as this astronomy expert offers three presentations:
- “Captain Cook and the Transit of Venus”
- “Stargazing aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin” (what you’ll see on your specific voyage)
- “Polynesian Wayfinding: Sailing to Tiny Islands in a Great, Big Ocean”
- And a special presentation about astronomy in the Southern Hemisphere
He will also lead 30- to 60-minute nighttime star watches that involve identifying the planets, bright stars and constellations (especially those not visible from most of North America and Europe, such as the Southern Cross and alpha Centauri), and other interesting celestial objects visible to the naked eye.
other guest hosts appearing on the m/s Paul Gauguin
Performing as Colour Blue, Thomas Rowland and Nathan Mills combine harmony, vocals, acoustic guitar, and an African Djembe drum to put their own unique twist on popular music. Join us aboard the April 14 or October 20, 2018, sailing of The Gauguin to enjoy their performance of a huge mix of music ranging from the 1960s to the present day.
A popular guest lecturer aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin for 13 years, Caroline Boyle-Turner returns to The Gauguin for this exceptional sailing. An acclaimed expert on Paul Gauguin and his circle of artists, she will enrich your appreciation of our ship’s namesake when you join us aboard.
A rising star among French magicians, Nicolas del Pozo perfected his skills in Las Vegas, where he met the greatest illusionists in the world. He since has dazzled audiences around the globe. See this mesmerizing show from this master of illusion aboard The Gauguin.
A professional magician since 1998, Brazilian native Gustavo Vierini is skilled in illusion in all its forms. Be sure to be aboard as he brings his unique blend of magic and humor aboard select sailings of The Gauguin.
The Director of Translation and Interpreting at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Scott Homler interprets, translates, and lectures on a variety of subjects and often incorporates art as a primary resource for discussions on cultural identity. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a series of lectures offering insights into the life and work of artist Paul Gauguin.
Performing together since 1996, Tom and Michelle Becker have toured worldwide with a 500+ songlist covering six decades of popular music. Their down-to-earth charm, energetic personalities, and audience interaction bring style and fun to every performance. We know you’ll be singing along when they join us on two very special sailings of The Gauguin.
Minda Larsen has performed in New York City, across the country, and in more than 80 countries across all seven seas. Come aboard select sailings of The Gauguin, and enjoy a performance by the vocalist named “Best Cabaret Singer 2015” in New York City and nominated for “Best Female Vocalist 2015” by Broadway World.
A mainstay of Hawaii’s music scene for more than 30 years, Jamie Lawrence has appeared on Grammy Award-nominated works, recorded CDs of his own, and delighted audiences around the globe.
Swiss-born Heidy Baumgartner Lesage has participated in archaeological excavations throughout French Polynesia since moving to Tahiti in 1986. Join us aboard The Gauguin as this Polynesian enthusiast and expert shares fascinating insights in a series of three lectures.
Douglas Peebles has been photographing the South Pacific and Hawaii for about 40 years, and his work has been published in nearly 70 books and several other publications, including National Geographic Traveler, Islands, Travel Holiday, GEO, Hawaii, and the UK’s Traveller magazine. Join us when Douglas comes aboard the May 26, 2018, sailing of The Gauguin, for photography presentations, small-group excursions, and a critique of your photographs.
Tom O’Neil has helped a wide range of people, from students to CEOs, achieve their goals through his best-selling books, motivational speeches, and one-on-one coaching. Let this internationally recognized expert in personal development and career management inspire you with his live presentations on board the m/s Paul Gauguin.
The University Distinguished Professor of Geography at Western Kentucky University, Dr. David Keeling has visited more than 185 countries and studied a wide range of topics, from the geography of exploration and discovery to socio-economic change. Join us aboard The Gauguin as he shares his expertise in a series of fascinating lectures.
The authors and photographers of 30 books, Jonathan and Angela Scott are passionate about nature and conservation. They have also contributed to several wildlife series on TV. Don’t miss a very special sailing of The Gauguin, as the couple offer a series of lectures on conservation, nature, and wildlife.
For Dr. Chris Roelfsema, the next best thing to conducting research on coral reefs in the field is exploring and mapping them from space. He can spend hours underwater or in front of Google Earth, traveling over coral reefs of the world and imagining what they really look like. From his love for reefs, he made his work. Join us aboard The Gauguin as Chris shares his fascinating expertise.
Allie Mooney knows what makes people tick. And long experience as a successful “people interpreter” proves it. Find out for yourself how this internationally respected speaker and author can transform your life when you join her aboard the April 14, 2018, sailing of The Gauguin.
Diana Roelfsema-Kleine has been exploring the underwater world for most of her life and is a coral reef expert. Learn about these delicate living organisms and the efforts that are being made to preserve them when you join us aboard The Gauguin, as Diana offers informative lectures and explains how you can help collect valuable Coral Health Chart data while snorkeling or SCUBA diving.
Expect an extremely fun evening of dancing and singing when Marc and Abi come aboard! Don’t miss very special sailings of The Gauguin, as this talented duo performs an exciting musical explosion of upbeat classics through the decades.
One of the foremost authorities on Italian cooking—and also the only child of Marcella Hazan, the doyenne of Italian cooking—Giuliano Hazan is an award-winning cookbook author and acclaimed teacher of Italian culinary arts. Join us aboard The Gauguin as he shares recipes and techniques during onboard cooking demonstrations.
The Rolling Keys Duo (Sarah Watson and Will Stead) are two session musicians who have crafted a sound that has proven successful all over the world. Join us aboard select sailings of The Gauguin for a toe-tapping performance of popular classics from the Fifties to current chart hits.
British-born singer Angie Lang travels throughout the U.K. and Europe performing music from all genres, from musical-theater showstoppers to an eclectic mix of songs from the ’50s to the present day. Join us aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin for live evening performances by this talented performer.
Simone Osborne and Gordon Bintner are acclaimed emerging stars of the opera and concert stage. These two exciting young talents will present love songs, ballads, operatic arias, and duets in two private concerts performed exclusively for guests of The Gauguin.
When he was studying sports psychology, John Shackleton learned how to help people improve their performance in their personal and professional lives using the same techniques athletes use to raise their game. Now, as an award-winning motivational speaker, he is in high demand, offering keynote speeches and workshops all over the world. Experience his humorous but hard-hitting style and recipe for success when you join us aboard The Gauguin for a special presentation called “Play Your Cards Right.”
A University of Maine professor, marine ecologist, research expedition leader, and author of more than 160 scientific papers, Bob Steneck, PhD, is an expert in lobsters, sea urchins, fish, corals, calcareous algae, historical ecology, global climate change, and the science of managing marine resources. Join us aboard the January 17, 2018, sailing of The Gauguin for an enlightening presentation by this distinguished ocean scholar.
Maurice Bligh is a man with mission: to set the record straight about his famous forebear, who is widely known as “Captain Bligh” of the legendary HMS Bounty. Join Maurice aboard The Gauguin as he reveals historic truths about Admiral William Bligh — and explains how Hollywood got it all wrong: there never was a ship called HMS Bounty!
Polynesian native Jessica Vaitiare Chin Foo has developed a high-quality wine brand that speaks to the elegance of diverse women, while also paying tribute to Paul Gauguin's journey in French Polynesia and his passion for women and art. Join us aboard The Gauguin as Jessica recounts her journey through the wine industry in Davis, California, and offers a tasting of Gauguine Wines and her sister winery, Putah Creek Wines.
Joan Druett’s accidental discovery of the grave of a young American whaling wife sparked her interest in the history of life at sea and inspired her to write several acclaimed books on the subject. Join us aboard the July 18, 2018, sailing of The Gauguin as this expert in maritime history shares fascinating stories of life on the high seas.
One of the UK’s most in-demand singers, Jonny Ross performs a varied repertoire designed to delight audiences of all ages. Join us aboard The Gauguin for live performances by this talented singer.
Co-recipient with Al Gore of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 and recipient of a prestigious fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, Professor John E. Hay has devoted his life to studying the environment. Join this distinguished author and scholar aboard The Gauguin, and benefit from his expertise during a special presentation.
Italian-born Massimo Capra is now a celebrity chef in his adopted homeland, Canada, having become the head of a restaurant empire, award-winning cookbook author, and popular TV personality. Join us aboard The Gauguin as this celebrated chef offers a food-related lecture and Q&A session, along with opportunities to mingle with him throughout the week. To learn more about Chef Massimo Capra, please visit www.SapphireTalentLab.com.
The 3 Steves were home winemakers with the same desire: to one day turn their hobby into a career. Their dream was realized when the three strangers coincidentally invested in the same winery as silent partners and soon decided to branch out on their own. Today, Steve Burman heads up the winemaking. Join us aboard The Gauguin as he shares his story, his expertise—and a tasting of his wines.
A native of Montréal, Canada, Pascale Guertin is a well-rounded musician who was born to sing. Join us aboard The Gauguin, as this talented artist performs Remembering Edith Piaf and From Argentina with Love.
Twenty years ago, Steve Reynolds decided to quit his day job and transform a dilapidated chicken ranch into a Tuscan-inspired winery. Today, Reynolds Family Winery is a successful Napa Valley estate, producing roughly 7,000 cases of wine a year. Enjoy a wine lecture and a tasting of Reynolds Family Winery wines when Steve joins us aboard The Gauguin.
Dr. Alexander Tewfik is a guest scientist and speaker for the Wildlife Discovery Series, in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Alexander resides in Belize City, Belize. He was born in Germany and frequently travels to Canada, where he grew up.
Gordon Bintner and Simone Osborne are acclaimed emerging stars of the opera and concert stage. These two exciting young talents will present love songs, ballads, operatic arias, and duets in two private concerts performed exclusively for guests of The Gauguin.
Dr. Stacy Jupiter is a guest scientist and speaker for the Wildlife Discovery Series, in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Stacy resides in Suva, Fiji, and is originally from Massachusetts.
Winemaker Nick Goldschmidt perfected his craft over decades of experience in California, Chile, Australia, Argentina, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and his native New Zealand. To date, he has more than 200 wines scoring 90 points or above, and every bottle he produces reflects his desire to grow the best grapes and make only the finest wines. Join us aboard The Gauguin as this internationally renowned winemaker shares his expertise—and a tasting of his wines.
Dr. Martin Robards is a guest scientist and speaker for the Wildlife Discovery Series, in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Martin resides in Fairbanks, Alaska, and is originally from England.
Robin and Danuta Pfeiffer are the owners and winemakers of Pfeiffer Winery and Vineyards, an ultra-premium, sustainable, 70-acre vineyard with an international reputation for producing world-class Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Enjoy a wine lecture and a tasting of Pfeiffer Winery wines when Robin and Danuta join us aboard The Gauguin.
During a 30-year naval career, Dr. Denny Whitford learned how to drive large ships, flew jet aircraft aboard aircraft carriers, forecast weather and ocean conditions around the world, held multiple commands, and directed several scientific organizations. He is also a distinguished professor. Join us aboard The Gauguin as “Dr. Denny” offers engaging presentations that will change forever the way you experience the ocean.
A marine biologist known for her work on ocean hazards and marine ecosystem conservation, Deborah Brosnan works globally on habitats ranging from tropical coral reefs to the temperate Pacific. Join us aboard The Gauguin, as she shares her expertise during a series of lectures.