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
  • Tsunami
  • Who Owns the Oceans?

Denny Whitford will be on the following sailings:

other guest hosts appearing on the m/s Paul Gauguin

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.

Acoustic Duo
Multiple sailings

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.

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 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.

Illusionist
Multiple sailings

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.

Mentalist
Multiple sailings

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.

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.

Onboard Lecturer
December 2, 2017

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.

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. 

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

Cabaret Singer
Multiple sailings

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.

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.

Archaeological Restorer & Conservator
October 20, 2018

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.

Coral Reef Geographer
November 18, 2017

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.

Photographer
May 26, 2018

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.

Marine Citizen Science Educator
November 18, 2017

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.

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.

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.

Inspirational Speaker
April 14, 2018

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.

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.

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.

Musicians
Multiple sailings

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.

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.

Musicians
September 8, 2018

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.

Journalist
Multiple sailings

A journalist and educator specializing in astronomy, Dan Benedict has been introducing cruise passengers with an interest in stargazing to the wonders of the night sky since 1998. Join us for a series of presentations and nighttime star watches led by this fascinating expert.

Motivational Speaker
August 11, 2018

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.”

Professor of Marine Biology, Oceanography & Marine Policy
January 17, 2018

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.

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.

Maritime Historian & Writer
July 18, 2018

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.

Inventor, Historian, Descendant of "Captain" Bligh
November 17, 2018

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!

Nobel Peace Prize Winner & Onboard Lecturer
December 2, 2017

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.

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.

Co-owner/Winemaker, 3 Steves Winery
July 10, 2019

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.

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.

Singer
July 7, 2018

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.