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.
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
Anna Pedersen has lived. on a sailboat, studied marine biology and oceanography, and worked as an educator, combining her passion for working with children with her background in environmental biology Join us as Anna co-leads the Stewards of Nature family program, a Wildlife Conservation Society partnership available during The Gauguin’s summer and holiday sailings.
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.
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.
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.
As the sixth generation of “America’s oldest winemaking family,” Steven Kent Mirassou is dedicated to crafting Cabernets that compete with the finest red wines in the world. Join us aboard The Gauguin as Steven shares his expertise during a lecture and tasting of his wines.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three generations of the Salvestrin family have meticulously and sustainably farmed this historic Napa Valley vineyard for 80 years, creating handcrafted wines that are fruit forward, elegant, balanced, and memorably world class. Learn more about their exceptional wines aboard a fabulous wine cruise, where the family shares their story during a lecture and wine tasting.
A professional magician since 1998 and TV Star Magician in Brazil, 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.
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.
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.
Katie Leonardini and her family have owned Whitehall Lane for more than 25 years. In this short history, the winery has earned a reputation for beautifully made, elegant, world-class wines. Join us aboard The Gauguin for Katie’s presentation and tasting of Whitehall Lane wines.
An experienced marine ecologist and science educator, Meredith Kintzing believes youth involvement and education are key to protecting our ocean. Join us as Meredith shares her passion for the ocean and ocean conservation in the Stewards of Nature family program, a Wildlife Conservation Society partnership available during The Gauguin’s summer and holiday sailings.
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.
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.
Jody Bogle is a third-generation winegrower who, along with her brothers, currently manages the day-to-day operations of Bogle Vineyards & Winery in California. Be sure to be aboard when Jody offers a lecture and a tasting of Bogle wines on The Gauguin.
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.
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.
Lisa Peju was six years old when her family moved to the Napa Valley wine country to found their own estate. Today, she travels the world representing the family’s wines. Learn more about Peju Winery—and taste its delicious wines—as Lisa shares her expertise during a presentation on board The Gauguin.
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!
Hollie Booth has eight years of experience working on complex conservation issues in a variety of countries and contexts, and she is passionate about interdisciplinary approaches to solving conservation challenges. Learn more about the realities and complexities of shark conservation in South East Asia during Hollie’s presentations aboard The Gauguin.
One of only 45 holders of the prestigious Masters of Wine designation residing in the U.S., Peter Marks manages the Constellation Academy of Wine team, which is responsible for Constellation Brands’ diverse wine education programs. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a seminar on blended wines—and the opportunity to taste for yourself whether you prefer a monogamous or polygamous relationship with your wines.
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.
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.
A graduate of the Canadian Opera Company (COC) Ensemble Studio, Canadian tenor Andrew Haji is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after voices on both the operatic and concert stages. Be sure to be aboard The Gauguin for a very special performance by this rising star of the opera world.
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 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.
Italian-Canadian soprano Vania Margani has been praised for her elegant sound and passionate stage presence. In her 2017-2018 season, she made her debut at Koerner Hall in Toronto with Opera for All, singing some of opera’s greatest hits. She has also performed in opera venues throughout Canada and has been recognized with numerous awards. Be sure to be aboard The Gauguin for a very special performance by this rising star of the opera world.
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.
Bertrand Piccard is the initiator behind Solar Impulse—the first airplane to fly around the world powered by solar energy. Trained as a psychiatrist, he has leveraged his dual identities as an explorer and a medical doctor to become an influential voice for progress and sustainability. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a special presentation during which he shares both his vision for clean technologies for the future and his activities in pursuit of it.
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.
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.
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!
Join our special Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands Reunion Cruise that departs April 13, 2019, and ventures to exotic islands that are renowned for their breathtaking scenic beauty, soaring mountain peaks, turquoise lagoons, and friendly, easygoing lifestyle.