m/s Paul Gauguin

m/s Paul Gauguin

Guest Hosts

Denny Whitford

Oceanographer & Meteorologist

Denny Whitford will be on the following sailings:

Dr. Denny Whitford has a love for our oceans that was kindled as a young teenager when he sailed aboard a large oil tanker voyaging along the East Coast of the United States. That first encounter with life at sea was a memorable one because he subsequently applied to, and graduated with honors from, the U.S. Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degree in oceanography.

After graduation, Denny learned how to drive large ships and fly jet aircraft aboard aircraft carriers. He then pursued his love of the oceans by attending graduate school and earning a master’s degree in oceanography and meteorology, and a Ph.D. in physical oceanography. He subsequently used his knowledge and experience to locate hostile submarines during the Cold War, lead a one-year scientific expedition to map uncharted waters of the Indonesian archipelago, and forecast weather and ocean conditions for naval operations around the world. 

In his naval career, Denny held multiple commands and directed several scientific organizations. As Professor and Chairman of the U.S. Naval Academy Oceanography Department, he led the largest undergraduate physical oceanography program in the U.S. After a successful 30-year U.S. Navy career, Denny retired with the rank of Navy Captain. A former NASA astronaut candidate, Denny is currently a Professor at the University of Maryland, where he has been honored as Professor of the Year. “Dr. Denny” now uses his years of practical experience in oceanography and meteorology to teach his students about the oceans and atmosphere. He is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

Join us aboard The Gauguin for Denny's engaging presentations, which will both educate and entertain … and change forever the way you experience the ocean. Possible topics include:

  • Coral Reefs
  • Whales…Giants of the Sea
  • Tropical Cyclones
  • Shipwrecks
  • Who Owns the Oceans?

Denny Whitford will be on the following sailings:

other guest hosts appearing on the m/s Paul Gauguin

Oceanographer
July 5, 2017

From an early age, Dr. Andrew Babbin was entranced by the romance and wonder of being at sea. Today, he is a distinguished oceanographer dedicated to the study of the chemical landscape of the ocean and its implications for the planet. Join us aboard the July 5, 2017, sailing of The Gauguin, as this distinguished scientist introduces guests to his fascinating field of research in a series of lectures.

Onboard Lecturer
Multiple sailings

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.

International Winemaker, Goldschmidt Vineyards
January 27, 2018

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.

Ariel Morales & Rochelle Allison
Ariel Morales & Rochelle Allison
Multiple sailings

Magic, illusion, and comedy are delightfully combined in spectacular performances by this talented duo.

Magician
Multiple sailings

A native of Brazil, Gustavo Vierini Engl 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.

Singer & Guitarist
Multiple sailings

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.

Nobel Peace Prize Winner & Onboard Lecturer
Multiple sailings

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.

Vocalists/Musicians
Multiple sailings

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

Owner/Winemakers, Pfeiffer Winery and Vineyards
April 7, 2018

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.

Opera Singer
July 5, 2017

Paul Gauguin Cruises is pleased to welcome Kristin Clayton, a distinguished musician who has performed on prestigious stages around the world.

Conservationists, Naturalists & Photographers
July 7, 2018

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.

Opera Singer
July 5, 2017

Paul Gauguin Cruises is pleased to welcome Catherine Cook, a distinguished musician who has performed on prestigious stages around the world.

Novelist, Journalist, Biographer, Poet & Teacher
July 26, 2017

Dubbed “The Interviewer’s Interviewer” by Playboy, Lawrence Grobel has written 25 books, many of which have appeared on best-seller lists and earned prestigious awards and fellowships. He has also written for magazines, taught at leading universities, and appeared on broadcast media. Join us aboard The Gauguin, for two evenings of video presentations and discussions of interviews he’s conducted with icons of page and screen, an evening presentation on the arc of his own career—including ten days spent in French Polynesia with actor Marlon Brando—and an interactive writing workshop.

Historian
Multiple sailings

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.

Clinical Psychologist
July 15, 2017

A healing, resilience, and optimal performance expert, Dr. Stephen Sideroff has developed a new and more comprehensive model of resilience that helps you achieve success while maintaining optimal health. Join us aboard The Gauguin, for a series of presentations designed to help you integrate the most advanced scientific and behavioral technologies with ancient traditions for optimal mind and body functioning.

Photographers
July 26, 2017

The husband-and-wife team of Jerry Dallons and Zelle Olson has a passion for photography and French Polynesia. Join us aboard The Gauguin for two informative workshops in which they will reveal how to get the best picture possible from your camera. Jerry will also be available at select times to help you personally with your photography needs.

Art History Professor
October 20, 2018

A popular guest lecturer aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin for 13 years, Caroline Boyle-Turner returns to The Gauguin for select sailings. 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.

Senior Zoologist, WCS Kenya
August 12, 2017

Dr. Tim McClanahan is a guest scientist and speaker for the Wildlife Discovery Series, in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Tim resides in Mombasa, Kenya, and is originally from the United States.

Italian Cooking Teacher & Cookbook Author
May 26, 2018

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.

Hawaiian Singer
Multiple sailings

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. 

Distinguished Professor of Geography
June 6, 2018

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.

Marine Director, WCS Kenya
August 12, 2017

Dr. Nyawira Muthiga is a guest scientist and speaker for the Wildlife Discovery Series, in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Nyawira resides in Kenya, where she also grew up.

Co-Founder, Gauguine Wines
June 23, 2018

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.

Musicians
Multiple sailings

Expect an extremely fun evening of dancing and singing when Marc and Abi come aboard! Don’t miss a very special sailing of The Gauguin, as this talented duo performs an exciting musical explosion of upbeat classics through the decades.

Conservation Scientist, WCS Belize
October 7, 2017

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.

Chef
September 23, 2017

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.

Coral Expert
November 18, 2017

Learn from this expert about these delicate living organisms and the efforts that are being made to preserve them.

Motivational Author & Speaker
July 7, 2018

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.

Director, WCS Melanesia
November 11, 2017

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.

Hypnotist
August 26, 2017

Dominick DeCarlo, the “David Copperfield of Hypnosis,” is one of the world’s most talented multimedia stage hypnotists, with impressive academic and entertainment credentials. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a thrilling performance by this master of the art.

Fine Artist
July 15, 2017

A contemporary artist who has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe, Nancy Gregory is also a gifted speaker and teacher. Join us as she presents lectures and workshops during the m/s Paul Gauguin’s sailings.

Concert & Opera Singer
July 18, 2018

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.

Director, WCS Arctic Beringia
December 23, 2017

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.

Presenter
August 26, 2017

Following a screening of the highly-acclaimed Marlon Brando "Listen to Me Marlon" biography/documentary, daughter Rebecca Brando will discuss the making of it which tells the screen legend's story.

Singer
April 14, 2018

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.

Historian
October 18, 2017

A historian whose field of expertise is the effects of Western exploration and expansion on the cultures of the Americas, Africa, and Asia, Dr. Robert Gallacher is particularly interested in the impact America and European nations have had on creating worldwide empires. In his studies, he takes a multi-disciplinary look at the importance of religion and culture, as well as the political events that have helped shape our Eurocentric world of today.

Marine Biologist
November 18, 2017

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.

Winemaker, Reynolds Family Winery
February 10, 2018

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.

Winemaking Consultant
July 26, 2017

From the vineyards of California’s Sonoma County and Central Coast to the great estates of Bordeaux, France, Daniel Baron has learned the importance of the pursuit of excellence in winemaking. Today, he serves as winemaking consultant. 

Director of Winemaking, Beaulieu Vineyard
July 15, 2017

Inspired by legendary winemakers such as Andre Tchelistcheff and Georges de Latour, Jeffrey Stambor has traveled the world to gain a comprehensive understanding of the philosophy and practice of winemaking. Join us aboard the July 15, 2017, sailing of The Gauguin, as this viticultural and winemaking expert engages guests in a lecture and wine tasting.

Concert & Opera Singer
July 18, 2018

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.

Parisian Celebrity Chef
July 26, 2017

Chef Propriétaire of one of the finest restaurants in Paris, the Michelin-starred Restaurant Apicius, Jean-Pierre Vigato has inspired signature menus for Paul Gauguin Cruises for several years. Sail with one of the world’s great chefs aboard The Gauguin, and enjoy an exceptional culinary program.