m/s Paul Gauguin

Guest Hosts

David Keeling

Distinguished Professor of Cultural Geography

David Keeling will be on the following sailings:

Dr. David Keeling is the Distinguished Professor of Cultural Geography at Western Kentucky University and recent recipient of the Alan Hay Award for transportation research from the Royal Geographical Society. His research interests include the geography of exploration and discovery, geopolitics, regional cultures, and socio-economic change in global communities. He provides a physical and cultural context for each expedition destination, focusing on its unique characteristics and highlighting key themes both during lectures and in conversations throughout the journey.

David has published many books and articles on geography, development, and culture, and he has lectured on over 40 expeditions across the globe since the early 1990s, including small-ship cruises and luxury jet expeditions. His recent research includes cultural identity in Argentina; the aviation industry; and the geography of rock-and-roll music. He has visited over 2,000 unique destinations for study, research, work, life, and lectures.

Born in England, he spent 12 years in Australia before arriving in the U.S. in 1981. He has lived in Bowling Green, Kentucky, since 1993.

Join us aboard The Gauguin as David shares his expertise in a series of fascinating lectures:

  • Island Geographies: Resources and Geopolitics – Examines the cultural and physical properties of the Pacific islands, with a specific focus on our cruise destinations – Tonga and the Cook Islands. The lecture will also highlight the colonial and post-colonial context of exploration and settlement in the Pacific region, including the Society Islands.
     
  • Law of the Sea: Why do Countries Have More Territory than Just Land? – Explains how exclusive economic zones work, why islands have more political and resource territory than just land, and how this system evolved after 1945.  Also examines the role of the U.S. and the United Nations in establishing a framework for managing the resources of the oceans.
     
  • Hot Spots, Island Arcs, and Volcanic Chains in the Pacific Ocean – Details how the islands of the Pacific Ocean support biodiversity that has evolved in the context of diverse and complex geological forces.  Examines how the Pacific Ocean was formed, why current island groups are where they are, and how changing climates are reshaping the region.
     
  • Voyages of DiscoveryIn the Footsteps of Polynesians, Iberians, and Gauguin – Follows early explorers as they embarked on voyages of discovery around the world and across the Pacific Ocean. Explains how politics and technology motivated early explorers. Examines what motivated artists like Paul Gauguin to travel to the South Pacific in the 19th century and others thereafter.
     
  • Fiji and Geographies of the Indian Diaspora – Explores the dynamic culture of the Fijian islands, the migration of South Asians over the past 200 years, and the modern economic structure of the Fijian archipelago.
     
  • Myths and Legends of the South Pacific - Cyclones, Ocean Currents, and Rogue Waves – Explores the physical properties of the southwestern Pacific Ocean and the beauty of the region’s seascapes. Highlights some of the South Pacific myths associated with the ocean and its islands, including the Myth of the Shark God and the Legend of the Octopus Lure.

David Keeling will be on the following sailings:

other guest hosts appearing on the m/s Paul Gauguin

Guest Hosts

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
Paul Gauguin Cruises Guest Host Josh Young
Broadway Star
Multiple sailings

A star of musical stages across North America, Josh Young has charmed audiences and won numerous awards for his work. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a thrilling performance by this acclaimed Broadway star.

Entertainment
Magician
Multiple sailings

A strolling magician and elite member of the Magic Castle—the legendary private club for magicians in Hollywood—Patricia Magicia delights audiences with her skill and charm, always with French flair. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a dazzling demonstration of Patricia’s unique talents.

Entertainment
Inventor, Historian, Descendant of "Captain" Bligh
August 29, 2020

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!

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
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
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
Motivational Author & Speaker
August 29, 2020

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.

Special Interest
Allie Mooney
Inspirational Speaker
October 3, 2020

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 Gauguin.

Special Interest
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
Clinical Psychologist
October 14, 2020

A healing, resilience, and optimal performance expert, Dr. Stephen Sideroff has developed a new and more comprehensive model of resilience that helps you achieve success while maintaining optimal health. Join us aboard The Gauguin, for a series of presentations designed to help you integrate the most advanced scientific and behavioral technologies with ancient traditions for optimal mind and body functioning.

Special Interest
Journalist
November 11, 2020

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.

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
Paul Gauguin Cruises guest host George S. Losey Jr.
Marine Biologist
November 21, 2020

After receiving his Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, George S. Losey, Jr., left Florida for the warmer waters of the Hawaii and remained as a Professor and Researcher in Zoology at the Institute of Marine Biology. Over the course of his career, he has lived underwater as an aquanaut, dived in purse seines of the East Pacific fishing fleet, and visited marine labs from Israel to Australia. Join us aboard The Gauguin as George shares his expertise in a series of lectures—as well as relaxing, informal conversation.

Science
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
A group of guests stand against a railing, looking out at the Marquesas islands.
January 23, 2021

Come sail with us on our 2021 Reunion Cruise—a reunion for past guests of Paul Gauguin Cruises and a gala welcome for newcomers which presents a number of unique events, including special guests, a festive dinner, cocktail and block parties, opportunities to mingle with senior staff and crew, and more. This 11-night Tuamotus & Society Islands voyage includes two visits to Motu Mahana,  Paul Gauguin Cruises’ private islet.

Entertainment
Paul Gauguin Cruises guest host and winemake, Scott Harvey.
Winemaker
March 6, 2021

A native of California’s Sierra Mountains region, Scott Harvey developed a keen interest in wine as a high school foreign-exchange student in Germany. Between the two continents, he was fueled by an insatiable curiosity that they both could deliver, and he began developing a unique, signature style that blends influences of Old World Europe and New World California. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a presentation and tasting of his Amador Barbera and Zinfandel.

Food & Wine
Chef Jean Robert de Cavel
Chef
March 13, 2021

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
Owner/Winemakers, Pfeiffer Winery and Vineyards
March 27, 2021

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.

Food & Wine