m/s Paul Gauguin

m/s Paul Gauguin

Guest Hosts

Denny Whitford

Oceanographer & Meteorologist

Dr. Denny Whitford has a love for our oceans that was kindled as a young teenager when he sailed aboard a large oil tanker voyaging along the East Coast of the United States. That first encounter with life at sea was a memorable one because he subsequently applied to, and graduated with honors from, the U.S. Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degree in oceanography.

After graduation, Denny learned how to drive large ships and fly jet aircraft aboard aircraft carriers. He then pursued his love of the oceans by attending graduate school and earning a master’s degree in oceanography and meteorology, and a Ph.D. in physical oceanography. He subsequently used his knowledge and experience to locate hostile submarines during the Cold War, lead a one-year scientific expedition to map uncharted waters of the Indonesian archipelago, and forecast weather and ocean conditions for naval operations around the world. 

In his naval career, Denny held multiple commands and directed several scientific organizations. As Professor and Chairman of the U.S. Naval Academy Oceanography Department, he led the largest undergraduate physical oceanography program in the U.S. After a successful 30-year U.S. Navy career, Denny retired with the rank of Navy Captain. A former NASA astronaut candidate, Denny is currently a Professor at the University of Maryland, where he has been honored as Professor of the Year. “Dr. Denny” now uses his years of practical experience in oceanography and meteorology to teach his students about the oceans and atmosphere. He is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

Join us aboard The Gauguin for Denny's engaging presentations, which will both educate and entertain … and change forever the way you experience the ocean. Possible topics include:

  • Coral Reefs
  • Whales…Giants of the Sea
  • Tropical Cyclones
  • Tsunami
  • Sea Turtles, Seabirds, and Sea Snakes

other guest hosts appearing on the m/s Paul Gauguin

Guest Hosts

Magician & Mentalist
Multiple sailings

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.

Entertainment
Ryno Van der Berg and Elena Tokarenko
Championship Dancers
Multiple sailings

Accomplished Latin and ballroom dancers Ryno Van Den Berg and Elena Tokarenko have won high scores in prestigious competitions in Hong Kong, Russia, England, Taipei, South Africa, France, and beyond. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a performance by these highly accomplished and charismatic entertainers.

Entertainment
Maritime Experts
Multiple sailings

The husband-and-wife team of Joan and Ron Druett have devoted their careers to delving into maritime history through literature and art. Join us aboard The Gauguin as this award-winning author and internationally recognized artist each presents a series of lectures that entertainingly showcase their expertise in the field.

Academia
Astrologer
February 22, 2020

A professional astrologer with more than 30 years’ experience, Leslie McGuirk has appeared on radio and television and in magazines, and is a popular presenter and author. Join us aboard The Gauguin to discover the evolution of astrology, its place in history—and how it pertains to you.

Science
Illusionist
Multiple sailings

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.

Entertainment
Marc Otway and Abi Uttley Guest Host Image
Musicians
Multiple sailings

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.

Entertainment
PGC Guest Hosts Jeff and Daleen Steichen
Owners, Batch 206 Distillery
June 17, 2020

Jeff and Daleen Steichen are the creators and owners of Batch 206 Distillery located in downtown Seattle, Washington. Batch 206 Distillery is a true, small-batch artisan facility, handcrafting products in small batches on a 1,000 liter, handmade custom Kothe still. They will join The Gauguin on the June 17, 2020, Society Islands & Tuamotus voyage and present seminars and tastings of their Pacific Northwest handcrafted spirits.

Food & Wine
Chef Jean Robert de Cavel
Chef
July 11, 2020

Award-winning chef Jean-Robert de Cavel has maintained a Mobil 5-star restaurant, opened several restaurants in the Cincinnati area, served as Chef-in-Residence at the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State, and been named a Master Chef by Maîtres Cuisiniers de France. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a lecture and culinary demonstration by this acclaimed chef and entrepreneur.

Food & Wine
Teri Sowell Portrait
Pacific Island Cultural Arts Expert
Multiple sailings

A dynamic speaker who specializes in Pacific Island cultural arts, Dr. Teri Sowell is a distinguished researcher, author, and teacher. She also has curated many art exhibitions nationwide. Join us aboard The Gauguin as Teri weaves together threads of past and present traditions in a series of lively lectures that will enrich your cultural experience.

Arts
Singer
August 29, 2020

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.

Entertainment
Singer & Guitarist
August 29, 2020

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.

Entertainment
Musicians
Multiple sailings

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.

Entertainment
Kim Stare Wallace & Don Wallace
President & Partner, Dry Creek Vineyard
October 14, 2020

Kim Stare Wallace has been passionate about the wine industry since her father founded Dry Creek Vineyard in 1972. Don quickly learned every aspect of the business upon marrying Kim. Join us aboard The Gauguin for the couple’s presentation on Dry Creek Vineyard and a tasting of their excellent wines.

Food & Wine
Art History Professor
November 21, 2020

Acclaimed academic, Fulbright scholar, author, teacher, lecturer, and art historian and curator Caroline Boyle-Turner is a perennially popular guest host aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin. Join us aboard as she enriches your appreciation for our ship’s namesake and his circle of friends.

Arts