Whether you’re interested in art, wine, cuisine, Polynesian life and culture, or the wonders of the deep, we have arranged for an expert in the field to join us on the designated cruises shown below, to offer insights, lectures, demonstrations, workshops, and more. Perhaps you'll have dinner with one of these special experts, view a demonstration of their craft, enjoy a wine tasting, and more. We also frequently feature limited-time exhibits of paintings and photography by respected artists.
Jean-Michel Cousteau Oceanographer & Environmentalist: March 12; June 14; August 30; October 25, 2014, Sailings
World-famous oceanographer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau will join several sailings of The Gauguin in 2014. In addition to lectures with videos of his work, he will accompany several dives from the ship. Click here for details.
Gerry & Rosie Wilson, Owners, Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards: March 29, 2014, Sailing
Since acquiring their 20-acre southern California estate in 1996, Gerry and Rosie Wilson have gone from dabbling with making dandelion and rhubarb wine in their Minnesota basement to earning prestigious international awards for their wines. Join us aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin’s March 29, 2014, sailing to Tahiti & the Society Islands for a lecture, Q&A session, and winetasting with these distinguished winery owners. Click here for details.
Arnaud de Sullé, Lecturer: April 12 & October 25, 2014, Sailings
The descendent of a very old and noble family, Arnaud de Sullé has a passion for history and culture that has taken him from the Vatican Library to the film set of Federico Fellini. Today, he is in great demand as an expert speaker on artist Paul Gauguin and singer/songwriter Jacques Brel. Join the m/s Paul Gauguin’s April 12 and October 25, 2014, sailings to the Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands for an insightful and entertaining presentation on each of these great artists. Click here for details.
Professor John E. Hay, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Onboard Lecturer: April 12; May 17; August 4, 18, 30, 2014, 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 m/s Paul Gauguin on select 2014 sailings, and benefit from his expertise during a special presentation. Click here for details.
Helen Henry, Onboard Lecturer: April 12; May 17; August 4, 18, 30, 2014 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 aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin on select 2014 sailings. Click here for details.
Long Shadows Vintners: April 26, 2014, Sailing
Established in 2003, Long Shadows Vintners is a collection of ultra-premium wineries comprised of internationally acclaimed winemakers from the major wine regions of the world. Join founder Allen Shoup, winery president Dane Narbaitz, and Gilles Nicault, director of winemaking and viticulture, aboard The Gauguin’s April 26, 2014 sailing to Tahiti & the Society Islands for a lecture and wine tasting seminar, cocktail party, and more. Click here for details.
Diane Moore, President, Paul Gauguin Cruises: May 3, 2014, Sailing
Recognized as a leading expert in the industry, Diane Moore brings decades of experience with some of the nation’s top cruise lines to her role with Paul Gauguin Cruises. Join Diane for a special cocktail party and “town hall” meeting aboard the m/v Tere Moana’s May 3, 2014, Rome to Venice sailing. Click here for details.
Scott Homler, Cultural Studies Specialist: May 17; November 22, 2014 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 on the m/s Paul Gauguin’s May 17, 2014, sailing to Society Islands, Cook Islands, Tonga & Fiji or November 22, 2014, sailing to the Cook Islands & Society Islands for his insights into the life and work of artist Paul Gauguin. Click here for details.
Richard Bailey, Chairman, Paul Gauguin Cruises: May 31; August 4, 2014, Sailings
With more than 25 years of experience in the French Polynesia tourism market, Richard Bailey today serves as President and CEO of Pacific Beachcomber—French Polynesia’s largest luxury hotel and cruise operator—and Chairman of Paul Gauguin Cruises. He is also a pioneer in environmental protection and sustainability. Join us as Mr. Bailey hosts a special cocktail party and “town hall” meeting for guests on the May 31, 2014 Athens (Piraeus), Greece, to Istanbul, Turkey aboard The Moana, and the August 4, 2014, Southeast Asia & Australia voyage aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin. Click here for details.
Herbert Nitsch, Champion Freediver: June 14 & 25, 2014, Sailings (top center)
Hailed as the “Deepest Man on Earth,” Herbert Nitsch has set 32 world records in the sport of freediving—that is, staying underwater in deep water for as long as possible without the use of SCUBA tanks—and can hold his breath underwater for more than nine minutes. Join us aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin’s June 14, 2014, Fiji to Australia sailing or June 25, 2014, Australia to Southeast Asia voyage for lectures and demonstrations by the recognized master of the sport and one of the greatest divers in the world. Click here for details.
Jean Francois Detaille, “Extreme Artist”: June 14 & 25, 2014, Sailings
The creator of “Extreme Art”—a style that combines stand-up comedy, speed painting, and audience participation—Jean Francois Detaille is a classically trained fine artist with a flair for performance art. Join us on the m/s Paul Gauguin’s June 14, 2014, Fiji to Australia sailing or the June 25, 2014, Australia to Southeast Asia, sailing for a performance of this true original’s one-of-a-kind, one-man show. Click here for details.
Caroline Boyle-Turner, Art History Professor: June 14, 25; August 4, 2014, Sailings
A popular guest lecturer aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin for 13 years, Caroline Boyle-Turner returns to The Gauguin for the June 14, 2014, sailing to Fiji & Australia; June 25, 2014, sailing to Australia & Southeast Asia; and August 4, 2014 sailing to Southeast Asia & Australia. 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. Click here for details.
Françoise Krief, Soprano: June 25, 2014, Sailing
Fluent in English, German, and Italian, as well as her native French, soprano Françoise Krief has performed in leading art centers throughout Europe, as well as with major travel providers and luxury cruise lines. Join us on the m/s Paul Gauguin’s June 25, 2014, Australia to Southeast Asia sailing for two performances by this exceptionally talented musician. Click here for details.
Jean-Pierre Vigato, Parisian Celebrity Chef: June 25, 2014, Sailing
Chef Propriétaire of one of the finest restaurants in Paris, the two Michelin-starred Restaurant Apicius, Jean-Pierre Vigato has inspired signature menus for Paul Gauguin Cruises for several years. Join the m/s Paul Gauguin’s June 25, 2014, Australia & Southeast Asia sailing, and enjoy an exceptional culinary program led by this acclaimed chef. Click here for details.
Mick Fogg, Expedition Consultant: August 4, 18, & 30 2014, Sailings
A destination expert for Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Indonesia, and Australia, Mick Fogg has been able to combine his passion for exploration and travel with a desire to educate people about the myriad wonders in some of the world’s most remote and spectacular destinations. Join us aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin’s August 4, 2014, Southeast Asia & Australia sailing; August 18, 2014, Australia to Fiji sailing; or August 30, 2014, sailing to Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands, as this award-winning wildlife photographer and adventurer shares his expertise in a series of lectures. Click here for details.
Seth Taylor & Monica Ripamonti, Musicians: August 18, 2014, Sailing
Paul Gauguin Cruises is pleased to welcome violinist Seth Taylor and pianist Monica Ripamonti aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin’s August 18, 2014, Australia to Fiji sailing. Join us for live performances by these talented musicians who have performed together in concerts and recitals in their adoptive Germany and around the world. Click here for details.
Aaron Meyer, Concert Rock Violinist: August 18 & October 25, 2014, Sailings (top right)
A student of the violin since the age of five, Aaron Meyer developed his unique musical style during a life-changing journey into some of the most remote regions of Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. Come hear a live performance of his original blend of world, contemporary progressive rock, and classical influences when you join us aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin’s August 18, 2014, Australia to Fiji sailing or the October 25, 2014, Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands sailing. Click here for details.
Dr. Chris Roelfsema & Diana Roelfsema-Kleine, Coral Experts: August 30, 2014, Sailing
Dr. Chris Roelfsema has traveled the world—both literally and with Google Earth—studying coral reefs and imparting his knowledge to students at The University of Queensland in Australia. A project manager for CoralWatch, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conservation and education, Diana Roelfsema-Kleine also educates the public about these vital yet delicate ecosystems. Join the m/s Paul Gauguin’s August 30, 2014, sailing to Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands for on-site lectures at the islands’ beautiful coral reefs. The couple will also accompany dives from the ship. Click here for details.
Reunion Cruise: September 10, 2014, Sailing
Gather with fellow past guests of the m/s Paul Gauguin on a specially designed reunion itinerary to the Society Islands & Tuamotus. As you sail to two very different tropical island groups, enjoy the convivial ambiance of The Gauguin and a variety of special events. Paul Gauguin Cruises Chairman Richard Bailey and President Diane Moore will be on board to host the September 10, 2014, cruise. Click here for details.
Dick Arlett, Television Executive Producer: September 20, 2014, Sailing
For more than 50 years, Dick Arlett has rubbed elbows with some of the best-known personalities in television history, as he produced award-winning programming for millions of television viewers—including two TV Specials produced entirely in French Polynesia. Join us aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin’s September 20, 2014, sailing to Tahiti & the Society Islands as this internationally known television professional offers talks with video highlights of his long and illustrious career, as well as question-and-answer sessions. Click here for details
Jon Whittle & Lori Barbely, Staff Photographers, Islands Magazine: September 27, 2014, Sailing
As staff photographers for Islands magazine, Jon Whittle and Lori Barbely have traveled the world, honing the art of shooting, selecting, and perfecting the ultimate destination photographs. Join us aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin’s September 27, 2014, sailing to Tahiti & the Society Islands as Jon and Lori provide photography seminars, lead shore excursions, and offer photography assistance, tips, and techniques throughout the voyage. Click here for details.
Juli Kagan, M. Ed., Mindful Body Expert & “Essence of Your Life” Instructor: October 18, 2014, Sailing
The mind-body connection is essential to mental, physical, and spiritual wellness. Juli Kagan is an expert in helping others leverage that connection for better health, deeper spirituality, and greater peace of mind. Join us aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin’s October 18, 2014, sailing to Tahiti & the Society Islands, as she shares her learnings from a lifetime of research and experience, leads morning yoga or meditation sessions, and helps you discover the essence of your life through holistic wellness. Click here for details.
Maud Fontenoy, Oceanographer & Adventurer: October 25, 2014, Sailing
The first woman to row across the North Atlantic alone, without assistance, Maud Fontenoy now devotes herself to inspiring others to act for the protection of the planet and the sea. Join us aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin’s October 25, 2014, sailing to the Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands as Maud shares her expertise and her passion for the oceans of the world. Click here for details.
Guy Buffet, Fine Artist: October 25, 2014, Sailing
People who love food and wine are likely to own at least one of Guy Buffet’s famous whimsical portraits of chefs, waiters, and restaurant scenes that are loved by so many. Join Mr. Buffet on The Gauguin on the October 25, 2014, sailing to the Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands, and enjoy a lecture, art demonstrations, and a special reception. You will also have an opportunity to purchase artwork signed by the artist while onboard. Click here for details.
Jamie Lawrence, Hawaiian Singer: August 30 & November 22, 2014, 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. Join us on the m/s Paul Gauguin’s August 30, 2014 voyage to Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands or November 22, 2014, sailing to the Cook Islands & Society Islands for a performance by this talented singer. Click here for details.
Daniel Baron, Winemaker, Silver Oak Cellars: December 3, 2014, Sailing
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 winemaker for the Napa Valley’s prestigious Silver Oak Cellars. Join Daniel aboard The Gauguin’s December 3, 2014, sailing to the Society Islands & Tuamotus, and enjoy a lecture and wine tasting, cocktail party, and more. Click here for details.
Jim Morris, Singer/Songwriter: December 3, 2014, Sailing
In the mid-1990s, Jim Morris gave up a successful corporate career to pursue his dream of making a living from his music. Today, he is a songwriter, solo artist, band leader, and record label executive with a passionate fan base. Join us on the m/s Paul Gauguin’s December 3, 2014, sailing to the Society Islands & Tuamotus for a series of performances by this talented musician. Click here for details.
Jazzdagen, Jazz in Exotic Tahiti: December 27, 2014, Sailing
Based in California, Jazzdagan has been providing high-quality musical entertainment to major cruise lines around the world since 1984. Ring in the New Year with the sounds of smooth jazz when you join us aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin’s December 27, 2014, sailing to Tahiti & the Society Islands. An accomplished ensemble of musicians from the U.S., Australia, and Italy will provide two performances daily throughout the cruise. Click here for details.