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.
m/s Paul Gauguin
Paul Gauguin Cruises is pleased to welcome Simone Osborne and Gordon Bintner, acclaimed emerging stars of the opera and concert stage.
One of the youngest winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition, Canadian soprano Simone Osborne has been hailed as “a joy to hear” by the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times has acclaimed her “sweet and clear sound, sensitive phrasing and gleaming sustained high notes.”
Celebrated for her resplendent vocal timbre, exceptional musicality, and dramatic instincts, Simone has made debuts on concert and opera stages around the world. Recent debuts include performances at Carnegie Hall, the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Paris Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, the Toronto Symphony, and the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan.
She is a graduate of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio, and she has made more than a dozen leading role debuts with the company in the lyric and coloratura soprano repertoire. She has been called “a tour-de-force” by the Edmonton Journal, “simply astonishing” by Stage Door, and “a miracle” by The Globe and Mail.
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.
other guest hosts appearing on the m/s Paul Gauguin
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.
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.
Ken Kassem’s career has taken him to tropical marine conservation projects around the world. In his current role with the Wildlife Conservation Society, he focuses on the Coral Triangle and making fisheries sustainable through community engagement. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a series of fascinating lectures about marine conservation in the heart of the Coral Triangle in Indonesia by this distinguished expert.
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.
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.
An expert in coral health assessment, design, data analysis, mapping, and more, Yashika Nand holds a post-graduate degree in Marine Science and is currently pursuing a Masters’ degree in coral reef ecology, focusing on coral disease. Delve further into conservation challenges and opportunities in the South Pacific and threats to coral reefs during Yashika’s presentations aboard The Gauguin.
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.
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.
A trained economist, Ravaka Natacha Ranaivoson has 16 years’ experience in conservation finance, natural resources management, and community development in Madagascar, the Indian Ocean, and the African region. Join us aboard The Gauguin to learn more about the conservation of Madagascar's marine biodiversity.
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.
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.
The Director of WCS’s New York Seascape Program since its inception in 2010, Merry Camhi has enjoyed a distinguished career in marine science and conservation. Much of her work has been focused on domestic and international conservation and management of large ocean fishes, and sharks in particular. Gain a new appreciation for these fascinating creatures of the deep during her presentations aboard The Gauguin.
During a 30-year naval career, Dr. Denny Whitford learned how to drive large ships, flew jet aircraft aboard aircraft carriers, forecast weather and ocean conditions around the world, held multiple commands, and directed several scientific organizations. He is also a distinguished professor. Join us aboard The Gauguin as “Dr. Denny” offers engaging presentations that will change forever the way you experience the ocean.
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.
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.
A distinguished international ship owner for 30 years, Francis Vallat remains involved at the highest level in several important national, European and international files and forums. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a series of lectures in which Francis discusses some of the most crucial and fascinating aspects of the incredibly accelerating “maritimization” of our world.
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.
The Allegrini family has played a leading role in the history of Fumane and Valpolicella wines since the 16th century and has passed on the culture of winemaking from one generation to the next. Marilisa Allegrini has been responsible for marketing for the family enterprise since 1980, promoting Allegrini wines and the Valpolicella area throughout the world. Join us aboard The Gauguin as Marilisa shares her passion for wine during a lecture and tasting.
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.
A visionary architect who is passionate about the sea, Jacques Rougerie has built underwater habitats and laboratories, marine research centers, vessels with see-through hulls, and sub-aquatic museums, and he imagines major projects that always are linked to the ocean. Aboard The Gauguin, Jacques will discuss maritime projects he has been involved in, including the Sea Orbiter project. Join us for this fascinating presentation!
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.
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.
Grant McCall is a social anthropologist who specializes in the peoples and cultures of the Pacific Islands, most especially those in Eastern Polynesia. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a fascinating presentation by this world-class expert to the region.
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.
In 1846, Henry Kaleialoha Allen’s great-grandfather immigrated to Hawaii to lead what would one day become the Royal Hawaiian Band. Henry has followed in his great-grandfather’s footsteps, forging a career as an entertainer, songwriter, producer, ukulele and steel guitar player, and vocalist. Join us aboard The Gauguin as Henry introduces you to the Golden Age of Hawaiian music.
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.
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.
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. Join us, and discover why he is in great demand as an expert speaker on artist Paul Gauguin and his connection to music as well as art.
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.
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.
Based in California, Jazzdagen Tours has been providing high-quality musical entertainment to major cruise lines since 1984, enhancing guests’ experience with meticulous orchestrations that harmonize the love of music with the love of travel. Put on your dancing shoes and join us aboard The Gauguin for daily performances by the Pieter Meijers Quartet featuring Juliarna Clark.
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.
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.
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!
A powerful performer, Sylvana Bonacci has been delighting audiences for more than 39 years and is one of the most exciting cabaret performers on the circuit today. Join us aboard The Gauguin, for an evening of delightful entertainment by this talented singer.
Natalia A. Rossi has been involved with coastal and crocodile conservation in Cuba since 2009 and has worked with local governmental and non-governmental organizations to promote biodiversity conservation on the island. Discover more about biology and the conservation of sea turtles during enlightening presentations aboard The Gauguin.
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.
Michelin-starred Chef 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.
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.
Jason Patlis has 30 years of experience in nonprofit management, environmental law, public policy, and finance, working internationally and domestically, in public and private sectors. He currently oversees WCS’s global marine conservation portfolio across 25 countries. Benefit from his deep and wide-ranging expertise in all aspects of natural resource management during his presentations aboard The Gauguin.
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.