Celebrating A Decade As A Family

Celebrating A Decade As A Family

For the past 10 years, we’ve been lucky enough to call the cerulean-blue waters of the South Pacific our home. Since her maiden voyage, The Gauguin has fit easily into island life. She gracefully curves around the sandy shorelines and makes scenic lagoons her own personal ports. But what’s luckier than calling this our home? Getting to celebrate every moment with you. Whether it’s sharing Tahitian culture, a lively game of volleyball on the beach, or setting off on a deep-sea adventure, the Paul Gauguin Cruises family has been honored to be a part of your Polynesian experience. Here’s to the next 10 years–Manuia!

Join us as we reflect back on the journey that has made French Polynesia the center of our lives.

2009: Pacific Beachcomber acquires the m/s Paul Gauguin and launches Paul Gauguin Cruises with sailings in Tahiti, French Polynesia, and the South Pacific.
2010: The m/s Paul Gauguin embarks on its first voyage under Paul Gauguin Cruises.
2011: The m/s Paul Gauguin is awarded “Best Dining” in the small ship category in the Cruise Critic 2011 Cruisers’ Choice Awards.
2012: Paul Gauguin Cruises adds the m/v Tere Moana to the fleet which offers sailings in Europe, Costa Rica, and the Caribbean. The m/s Paul Gauguin completes a $7 million renovation–the largest in the ship’s history.
2013: Paul Gauguin Cruises is awarded “# 1 Small-Ship Cruise Line for Families” in Travel + Leisure’s 2013 “World’s Best Awards.”
2014: Paul Gauguin Cruises is awarded “#1 Small-Ship Cruise Line” and “# 1 Small-Ship Cruise Line for Families” in Travel + Leisure’s 2014 “World’s Best Awards.” The m/s Paul Gauguin undergoes refurbishment and launches Australia & Southeast Asia itineraries for the first time in the ship’s history.
2015: Paul Gauguin Cruises wins a Women’s Choice Award for “America’s Most Recommended Brand for Small Ship Cruising” and “America’s Most Recommended Brand for South Pacific Destinations.” The m/v Tere Moana departs Paul Gauguin Cruises fleet.
2016: Paul Gauguin Cruises is awarded “#1 Midsize-Ship Ocean Cruise Line” in Travel + Leisure’s 2016 “World’s Best Awards.”
2017: The m/s Paul Gauguin completes refurbishments and launches Fiji/Bali itineraries. Paul Gauguin Cruises is awarded “#1 Midsize-Ship Ocean Cruise Line” in Travel + Leisure’s 2017 “World’s Best Awards.”
2018: Paul Gauguin Cruises is honored on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 Gold List of “The World’s Best Cruises.
2019: The m/s Paul Gauguin is awarded “Best Service,” “Best Cabins,” “Best Entertainment,” and “Best Embarkation,” for the small ship category in the Cruise Critic 2019 Cruisers’ Choice Awards. Paul Gauguin Cruises celebrates 10 years as a company!
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Learn more about some of our amazing staff who have been here since Paul Gauguin Cruises began—and who make each trip so special. Roll over each photo to read supervisors’, travel advisors' or guest comments about how special each of these professionals is to our organization. Check back often as we continue to add featured staff!

Jose Paraiso, Sr.

Jose Paraiso, Sr.

Chef de Partie

"Jose is an excellent crew member, team player, and an amazing asset to the galley team."

Noel Cervantes

Noel Cervantes

Waiter

"Noel is consistently a great waiter! He always exercises excellent standards of service in the dining room."

Jayson Lacson

Jayson Lacson

Bar Waiter

"Jayson is loved by our valued guests for his outgoing personality."

Paul Gauguin Cruises Francisco Boquiron

Francisco Boquiron

A/B

"Francisco is an expert Sailor, tender driver, Bridge Quartermaster. Also, he is a very hard worker. It is always a pleasure working with him!"

Noel Logronio

Noel Logronio

Assistant Electrician

"Noel started in the Laundry department. Through cross-training and formal education, he was promotoed within 3 years to Assistant Electrician. We enjoy working with him every day."

Paul Gauguin Cruises 10 Year Staff

Ranny Eclarino

Executive Sous Chef

"Ranny works great with the team and is a true asset to the galley. He fills in for other chefs when they are on vacation."

Ignacio Vanta, Jr.

Ignacio Vanta, Jr.

Laundryman

"Ignacio has a very positive attitude! He is passionate about sports and loves to travel."

Francisco Ong

Francisco Ong

Bartender

"Francisco is always well-organized and proactive when it comes to providing service to our guests."

Paul Gauguin Cruises Ante-Toni Mirkovic

Ante-Toni Mirkovic

Captain

"Ante-Toni is the overall Commander on board and is in charge of safe and smooth ship operations."

Paul Gauguin Cruises 10 Year Staff

Patti O'Hara

Cruise Specialist

"Patti is a terrific cruise specialist! She has me so spoiled that I call her with every booking. She's very responsive to both voicemail and emails. Nothing I request is too much! What a pleasure it is for me to work with her."

Paul Gauguin Cruises 10 Year Staff

Dick Matthews

Senior IT Manager

"Dick is one of our most valuable assets. I don't think we'd be where we are today without his programming knowledge, business perspective and commitment to getting the job done."

Herbert Forsthofer

Herbert Forsthofer

Baker

"Herbert is a traditional baker and creates all the delicious breads and pastries for the pleasure of the guests."

Paul Gauguin Cruises Heiata Piquet

Heiata Piquet

Maritime Agency Manager

"Heiata fulfills the management of the maritime agency with great enthusiasm, professionalism, and dedication to the vessel m/s Paul Gauguin."

Paul Gauguin Cruises 10 Year Staff

Abner Gomez

Butler

"Abner is a very experienced Butler and consistently demonstrates personal integrity, honesty, and trustworthiness. He always gives amazing advice, shares knowledge, and guides his colleagues with confidence."

Alfred Cinco

Alfred Cinco

Room Service Supervisor

"Excellent room service standards are Alfred's expertise which he knows truly by heart. He is also an active member of the Crew Appreciation committee."

Liz Coleman

Liz Coleman

Director of Sales, Northeast & Midwest

"Liz exemplifies the title of Director of Sales. She is the consummate professional and the best possible representative of Paul Gauguin Cruises. We are very lucky to have her."

Paul Gauguin Cruises Alexander Francisco

Alexander Francisco

Printer

"Alex is very dedicated to his work and gives extra attention to the details. He is proactive and always prompt with his task, even for a last-minute request. Alex always goes the extra mile and is happy to assist all department heads. He is very respectful to all and is a pleasant person to work with. Alex is very loyal and loves working aboard The Gauguin."

Dante Maqueda

Dante Maqueda

Executive Sous Chef

"Dante loves his work! He is truly dedicated to customer service and pleasing our guests."

Kerry Jewett

Kerry Jewett

VP, Passenger Operations & Administration

"Kerry is eager to tackle any challenge given to her to offer a better experience for our guests."

Paul Gauguin Cruises Alandale Ablir

Alandale Ablir

Carpenter

"Alandale is an expert Carpenter and a very hard worker. It is always a pleasure working with him!"

Paul Gauguin Cruises 10 Year Staff

Larry Red Garcia

Asst. Chef de Partie

"Larry works a variety of galley stations with great success. He is a very hard worker on our galley team."

Paul Gauguin Cruises Richard Bailey

Richard Bailey

Chairman & CEO, Paul Gauguin Cruises

"Mr. Bailey is the visionary behind Paul Gauguin Cruises and Pacific Beachcomber brands and is a pioneer in sustainability initiatives. He leads a team that is passionate about sharing French Polynesia with the world."

Paul Gauguin Cruises 10 Year Staff

Jonathan Torio

Storekeeper

"Jonathan is very flexible and knowledgable in his work. He works as the Hotel and Food & Beverage Storekeeper as well as Provisions Master relief on every contract he has completed aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin."

Paul Gauguin Cruises 10 Year Staff

Tania Turina

Casino Manager, Croupiere

"Tania has an excellent work ethic and her social skills are perfect for the job. She is very responsible and self-motivated!"

Rey Amor Antopina

Rey Amor Antopina

Bartender

"Rey Amor is always at service with his winning smile."

Paul Gauguin Cruises 10 Year Staff

Rolando Relata

1st Galley Utility

"Rolando does great work in the galley. He has amazing attention to detail, works well with others, supports his supervisor, and successfully works other galley utility positions when others are on vacation."

Paul Gauguin Cruises 10 Year Staff

Rosenita Dondon

Stewardess

"Rosenita is a very skilled Stewardess. She is a hard worker that strives for excellence, is dedicated, reliable and focused on the job at hand. Rosenita is a real gem in the team!"

Paul Gauguin Cruises Romea Liegard

Romea Liegard

Maritime Agent

"Romea is dedicated to the ship and the crew in their daily shore side requests."

Apolinario Pelegrino

Apolinario Pelegrino

Head Waiter

"Apolinario goes above and beyond in making sure his dining venue is ready each meal and makes each dining experience special to our guests."

Christian Espiritu

Christian Espiritu

Head Waiter

"Christian is committed to his work and is well organized and proactive at work."

Randy Santella

Randy Santella

Head Waiter

"Randy knows how to recognize and reward hard work and is skilled in training and motivating staff."

Paul Gauguin Cruises 10 Year Staff

Nelson Binuya

Bartender

"Nelson is an excellent bartender! He is always smiling and always has a positive attitude towards his work and our guests."

Michael Sarmiento

Michael Sarmiento

A/B

"It is a pleasure working with Michael. He is an excellent Bosun who is a dedicated and hard worker."

Goran Cimera

Goran Cimera

Chief Engineer

"Goran is an exceptional Chief Engineer. His knowledge and attitude have a significant impact on the well-maintained condition of our ship and the relationships between the engine crew."

Paul Gauguin Cruises 10 Year Staff

Ryann Evangelista

Head Waiter

"Ryann provides great service! He is always helpful, caring and is proactive when providing service to our guests."

Ricardo Felix

Ricardo Felix

Bar Manager

"Ricardo is always proactive and sharp in serving our guests."

Danilo Suarez

Danilo Suarez

Carpenter

"Danilo is an expert Carpenter and a hard worker. It is a pleasure working with him."

Francis Bermejo

Francis Bermejo

Second Officer

"Francis is an expert sailor and a hard worker. He was recently promoted from A/B to Second Officer. It is a pleasure working with him."

Paul Gauguin Cruises Florence Courbiere

Florence Courbiere

Chief Operating Officer, Paul Gauguin Cruises

"Since Paul Gauguin Cruises began, Florence has done an amazing job overseeing recruitment, manning, purchasing, maritime operations, and the vessel dry docks."

Rodolfo Blanco

Rodolfo Blanco

Asst. Waiter

"Rodolfo is always friendly and courteous!"

Joey Amarilla

Joey Amarilla

Waiter

"Joey is a dedicated waiter who exercises personalized service at its best."

Paul Gauguin Cruises 10 Year Staff

Ricardo Mangalonzo

Waiter

"Ricardo has rendered reat personal service to our guests—his name is always mentioned in the comment cards."

Paul Gauguin Cruises 10 Year Staff

Quirino Ramos

Night Auditor

"Quirino always goes the extra mile and provides wonderful service for our guests. He is trustworthy and handles all duties as Night Auditor effortlessly. Quirino has a good team spirit and is very professional. He is very loyal and loves working aboard The Gauguin."

Paul Gauguin Cruises 10 Year Staff

Jovito Calimlim, III

Cook

"Jovito is a great cook and works a variety of galley stations with great success."

Paul Gauguin Cruises 10 Year Staff

Mario Villapando

Laundry Master

"Mario is a great asset to the company. He always provides a high standard of service to the passengers and crew."

Paul Gauguin Cruises Clement Casadei

Clement Casadei

Marina Supervisor

"Clement is on top of any challenge in his profession. He is well-liked by all his colleagues and by our guests."

Paul Gauguin Cruises 10 Year Staff

Alfredo Abenoja

Storekeeper

"Alfredo meets and exceeds the company's performance requirements. He is very experienced in his work and always keeps inventories accurate."

Ellery Speckhals

Ellery Speckhals

Supervisor, Reservation Services

"Whether she’s training new employees, helping our senior cruise specialists or taking on special projects, Ellery does it all with a smile and a commitment to succeed."

Paul Gauguin Cruises 10 Year Staff

Roberto Brezo

Cook

"Roberto is a great cook! He has an amazing knowledge of cooking and is always working well with others and has a positive attitude."

Angel Cuenca

Angel Cuenca

Motorman

"Angel is kind and very experienced in his duties. He joined the ship as a wiper and after two years was promoted to the Motorman position. Together with the 2nd Engineer, he takes care of all of the ship equipment into the night."

Paul Gauguin Cruises Captain Davor Ljutic

Davor Ljutic

Captain

"Davor is the Commander onboard, in charge of overall safety and smooth operation of our vessel."

Mark Joson

Mark Joson

Head Waiter

"Mark is a decisive and true leader. He is effective at proposing and executing alternative solutions to day to day challenges."

Florizel Nierva

Florizel Nierva

Waiter

"Charlie or Flo is what our guests call him. Florizel truly stands out in giving personalized service to our guests. His interactions with our guests really make a lasting impression."

Nicole Williams

Nicole Williams

Director, Reservation Services

"Nicole is supportive to all departments, is loyal and always keeps her cool in the most challenging situations."

Shawna Orendorff

Shawna Orendorff

Group, Charter & Incentive Sales Coordinator

"I’d like to extend my appreciation for all the effort and support given to me by PGC's group representative Shawna Orendorff. Groups require special attention and time and Shawna excels in both."

Paul Gauguin Cruises 10 Year Staff

Ivy Patalinjug

Spa Manager

"It is always a great pleasure working with Ivyher positive attitude and friendliness make daily operations very easy."

Oscar Abello

Oscar Abello

VP, Product Planning & Revenue Management

"Oscar has been with the company since the ship was built! No one knows French Polynesia better than Oscar!"

Paul Gauguin Cruises 10 Year Staff

Dorina Shea

Cruise Specialist

"Dorina answered endless questions, called me back, and navigated me through cruise options by providing me with viable alternatives and helpful suggestions. She was patient, thorough, and informative. Dorina is a huge asset to PGC, and her expertise and customer service was instrumental for me in securing my first booking!"

Paul Gauguin Cruises 10 Year Staff

Joel Panaligan

Asst. Chef de Partie

"Joel is a wonderful Asst. Chef de Partie! He works a variety of galley stations with great success."

Paul Gauguin Cruises 10 Year Staff

George Fadul

Asst. Chef de Partie

"George is a hard worker and an excellent Asst. Chef de Partie who is always on time for production, and a real team player."

Anthony Galimba

Anthony Galimba

Cook

"Anthony is an excellent crew member, great cook, works well with others, and is always happy!"

Paul Gauguin Cruises 10 Year Staff

Glenn Nievales

Bar Waiter

"Glenn is a very energetic Bar Waiter. He is very kind and always willing to go the extra mile. Glenn is always helpful, sharing his knowledge, and can be trusted with training the new crew members in the Bar Department. He is well respected by all his colleagues for his contributions to the Bar Team."

Paul Gauguin Cruises 10 Year Staff

Larry Calangian Samson

2nd Officer

"Larry is a great Deck Officer and a hard worker. It is a pleasure working with him."

Virgil Elefane

Virgil Elefane

Cook

"Virgil is an excellent crew member, who works with his colleagues very well and is always happy!"

Arvin Cabaneles

Arvin Cabaneles

Asst. Chef de Partie

"Arvin is an excellent crew member and works with his colleagues very well. He is an asset to the galley team and always cooks with passion!"

Nenito Sarcilla

Nenito Sarcilla

Waiter

"Humble and always polite, Nenito is a team player and always possesses a positive attitude towards his work."

Paul Gauguin Cruises Pia Neekzad

Pia Neekzad

Travel Concierge

"Very well organized, reliable and efficient – Pia is a true ambassador for Paul Gauguin Cruises."

Paul Gauguin Cruises 10 Year Staff

Marivic Alburo

Stewardess

"Marivic is a skilled Stewardess dedicated to the service of our guests. She always displays professionalism, is very loyal, and loves working aboard The Gauguin."

Paul Gauguin Cruises 10 Year Staff

Corina Powers

Business Solutions

"Corina's work ethic speaks for itself. She is motivated and always able to overcome any obstacles thrown her way!"

Our annual book each year ... it’s been quite an evolution!

2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019

m/s Paul Gauguin
Sailings: 543
Guests: 123,273
m/v Tere Moana
Sailings: 147
Guests: 8,476