m/s Paul Gauguin

m/s Paul Gauguin

Guest Hosts

Joan Druett

Maritime Historian & Writer

Joan Druett will be on the following sailings:

Call it destiny. In 1984, while exploring the tropical island of Rarotonga, Joan Druett slipped into the hole left by the roots of a large uprooted tree, and at the bottom discovered the grave of a young American whaling wife, who had died at the age of 24 in January 1850. It was a life-changing experience for Joan. Her immediate interest in the subject of whaling captains’ wives at sea was encouraged by a Fulbright fellowship, which led to five months of research in New Bedford and Edgartown, Massachusetts; Mystic, Connecticut; and San Francisco, California. The result was her study of whaling captains’ wives under sail, Petticoat Whalers.

The success of this book and a companion volume, She Was a Sister Sailor, was followed by Hen Frigates: Wives of Merchant Captains Under Sail, which was researched and written during a William Steeple Davis Residency at Orient, Long Island, New York. This last book was given a New York Public Library “Best to Remember” Award, while She Was a Sister Sailor won the John Lyman Award for “Best Book of American Maritime History.” Another study, She Captains, Joan’s groundbreaking work in the field of seafaring women, was also recognized by a L. Byrne Waterman Award. 

While on Long Island, Joan Druett was also a consultant for an exhibition called “The Sailing Circle: 19th-Century Seafaring Women from New York,” which was co-sponsored by the Three Village Historical Society and Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, New York, and which received substantial funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This project won the Albert Corey Award, which is infrequently granted by the American Association for State and Local History for works “that best display the qualities of vigor, scholarship, and imagination.”

The Stout Fellowship at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, that followed, led to Joan’s study of a disastrous whaling voyage that was commanded by officers from Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, and crewed by Pacific Islanders. The book that resulted, called In the Wake of Madness: The Murderous Voyage of the Whaleship Sharon, inspired a strong interest in the Pacific Islanders who sailed on Euro-American ships. This led to further research in Australia, the United States, Europe, and the East Indies, funded by Creative New Zealand and the Stout Trust. Her biography of an extraordinary Polynesian star navigator, Tupaia, the Remarkable Story of Captain Cook’s Polynesian Navigator, which resulted from this, won the general nonfiction prize in the 2012 New Zealand Post Book Awards, and has been translated into Chinese and French.

Her latest publication is The Notorious Captain Hayes: The Remarkable Story of William Henry “Bully” Hayes, Pirate of the Pacific.

Joan is married to Ron Druett, a highly regarded maritime artist.

Join us aboard the July 18, 2018, sailing of The Gauguin when this distinguished maritime historian and author presents a fascinating series of lectures on:

  • Tupaia and Captain Cook
  • The Discovery of Tahiti by Europeans
  • Shipwrecks and Castaways
  • The Mutiny on the Bounty

Joan Druett will be on the following sailings:

other guest hosts appearing on the m/s Paul Gauguin

Acoustic Duo
October 20, 2018

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.

Stewards of Nature Naturalist
Multiple sailings

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.

Art History Professor
October 20, 2018

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.

Grant McCall
Social Anthropologist
November 28, 2018

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.

Archaeological Restorer & Conservator
October 20, 2018

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.

Salvestrin Winery
Salvestrin Winery
July 10, 2019

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.

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.

Hawaiian Singer
October 20, 2018

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. 

Guest Host Arnaud de Sulle aboard The Gauguin
Art Historian
August 11, 2018

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.

November 17, 2018

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.

Katie Leonardini
Vice President of Operations, Whitehall Lane Winery
July 10, 2019

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.

Stewards of Nature Naturalists
Multiple sailings

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.

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.

Wildlife Discovery Series Merry Camhi Onboard The Gauguin
Director, New York Seascape Program, WCS New York Aquarium and Global Marine Programs
December 15, 2018

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.

August 11, 2018

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.

Jody Bogle with Bogle Winery
Director of Public Relations, Bogle Vineyards & Winery
February 23, 2019

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.

Founding President of the French and of the European Maritime Clusters
Founding President of the French and of the European Maritime Clusters
October 20, 2018

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.

July 7, 2018

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.

Owner, Peju Winery
July 27, 2019

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.

Jacques Rougeria, Architect & Academician
Architect & Academician
October 20, 2018

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!

Multiple sailings

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

WCS Sharks & Rays Advisor for South East Asia
October 6, 2018

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.

Peter Marks, Vice President of Wine Education, Constellation Brands and Robert Mondavi Winery
Vice President of Wine Education, Constellation Brands and Robert Mondavi Winery
October 13, 2018

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.

Opera Singer
July 18, 2018

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.

Conservationists, Naturalists & Photographers
July 7, 2018

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.

Motivational Author & Speaker
July 7, 2018

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.

Opera Singer
July 18, 2018

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.

Co-Founder, Gauguine Wines
June 23, 2018

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.

Multiple sailings

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.

Psychiatrist, Aviator & Explorer
August 11, 2018

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.

August 11, 2018

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 group of guests stand against a railing, looking out at the Marquesas islands.
Hosted by Diane Moore
April 13, 2019

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.

Owner/Winemakers, Pfeiffer Winery and Vineyards
April 13, 2019

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.

September 8, 2018

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.

Inventor, Historian, Descendant of "Captain" Bligh
November 17, 2018

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!

Steve Kent
Owner, Lineage Wine Company & The Steven Kent Winery
April 27, 2019

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.