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.
m/s Paul Gauguin
The Cook Islands became self-governing in 1965. After the country’s first general election, the late Sir Albert Henry became the first Prime Minister. Helen’s late husband, Hugh, was the second son of Albert Henry, and the couple decided at that time to return to the Cook Islands to participate and assist in the development of the small island nation.
Helen and Hugh arrived in August 1969, along with four young sons, and quickly became involved in the local community. Helen was a founding member of a pre-school learning center, a member of the local primary school committee, President of the Hospital Comforts Committee, and Patron of the Cook Islands Breast Cancer Foundation.
As the family grew older, her interests also evolved. She became the Secretary of the Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce, President of the Business and Professional Women’s Association, and a member of the international organization PPSEAWA (Pan-Pacific & South-East Asia Women’s Association).
For many years, Helen and Hugh operated an inbound tourism company and also organized ongoing Cook Islands’ educational programs for Elderhostel and Pacific Island Travel Groups.
Now retired, Helen retains an interest in her sons’ lovely resort, Tamanu Beach, located on the island of Aitutaki, with its world-famous lagoon. If you visit the resort, you may find Helen somewhere in the tropical garden, weeding and pruning. Early in 2013, Helen published her memoir, My Kotuku of the South Seas: Living and Loving in Rarotonga.
Helen is proud to say her four sons all live and work in the Cook Islands. Her daughter Katherine lives in Portland, Oregon, but returns annually to become an “island girl” again. Helen has 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren and is now happily married to John Hay. They share a love of travel, particularly in the Pacific. Helen and John reside on Rarotonga, the capital island of the Cook Islands. Helen says everyone should come to the Cooks and visit “heaven while they are still on Earth.”
Helen is delighted to share her experiences with guests of a special sailing/select special sailings of The Gauguin in her talk entitled “Reflections on 40 Years of Living in the Cook Islands.”
other guest hosts appearing on the m/s Paul Gauguin
Emily Darling is a guest scientist and speaker for the Wildlife Discovery Series, in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Emily is Canadian and resides in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Magic, illusion, and comedy are delightfully combined in spectacular performances by this talented duo.
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.
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.
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.
World-famous oceanographer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau will join The Gauguin. In addition to lectures with videos of his work, he will accompany several dives from the ship.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pianist Erik Berchot has been dazzling audiences with his virtuosity throughout his native France and abroad for nearly 40 years. His career as a performer, composer, collaborator, and educator has earned him the prestigious “Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite,” a national order that is second only to the Legion of Honor in France. Join us aboard The Gauguin, for live performances by this accomplished musical artist.
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.
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.
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.
A specialist in the arts of the Pacific region and North America, Steven Hooper serves as Professor of Visual Arts and Director of the Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania & the Americas at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. He is also President of the Pacific Arts Association. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a series of three lectures by this distinguished expert.
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/entrepreneur offers a food-related lecture and Q&A session, a cocktail party, and opportunities to mingle with him throughout the week and during a special dinner on board.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In his career with the United States Armed Forces, his service to the Smithsonian Institution, his publications, and more, Dan Hagedorn has devoted himself to expanding public awareness of aviation history. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a series of four fascinating presentations on World War II history by this distinguished aviation expert.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Paul Gauguin Cruises is pleased to welcome Kristin Clayton, a distinguished musician who has performed on prestigious stages around the world.
Paul Gauguin Cruises is pleased to welcome Catherine Cook, a distinguished musician who has performed on prestigious stages around the world.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Sangeeta Mangubhai is a guest scientist and speaker for the Wildlife Discovery Series, in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Sangeeta resides in Fiji, where she also grew up.
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.
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.