m/s Paul Gauguin

Guest Hosts

Leslie McGuirk

Astrologer

A professional astrologer with more than 30 years’ experience, Leslie McGuirk is a frequent presenter at Red Mountain spa and the #1 destination spa in the world, Rancho La Puerta in Mexico. Her popular talk on astrology as human design (and not fortunetelling) has been breaking attendance records for years. She has been heard on radio from coast to coast and has been appeared in The Jenny McCarthy Show, Elle magazine, Refinery 29, and Runner’s World magazine. She is also a featured speaker at astrology conferences. Her book The Power of Mercury, published by HarperCollins in 2016, is a fresh take on how Mercury shapes our essence from communication to relationships.  

Leslie will instruct guests of the m/s Paul Gauguin about the evolution of astrology and its place in history. Under the stars of the South Pacific, she will explain how everything in nature has a pattern, from tree trunks to snowflakes—and how we have a pattern as well: an astrology chart. Many great thinkers, including Leonardo da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton, and Hippocrates, were devotees of the subject. Even Carl Jung was known to draw up astrology charts for his patients. Astrology has a rich place in the history of understanding the cosmos.

Join us aboard The Gauguin as Leslie conducts interactive onboard classes, in which each guest gains insights into his or her own personal wiring system.

other guest hosts appearing on the m/s Paul Gauguin

Guest Hosts

Cabaret Singer
June 6, 2020

Minda Larsen has performed in New York City, across the country, and in more than 80 countries across all seven seas. Come aboard select sailings of The Gauguin, and enjoy a performance by the vocalist named “Best Cabaret Singer 2015” in New York City and nominated for “Best Female Vocalist 2015” by Broadway World.

Entertainment
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
Historian
June 6, 2020

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.

Academia
Paul Gauguin Cruises guest host Dave Shelley
Musical Entertainer
June 6, 2020

Dave Shelly started performing professionally before the age of 13 and has not been off the stage since. After a successful run as an entertainer and cruise director on several luxury cruise lines, he relocated to South Florida, headlining shows in his own right and opening for celebrity artists. Clap, sing, and even dance along to what he calls “The Jukebox of Your Life” as Dave performs for you aboard The Gauguin.

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
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
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
Owner/Winemakers, Pfeiffer Winery and Vineyards
July 29, 2020

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
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
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
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
Paul Gauguin Cruises Guest Host John Kincaid
Photographer
October 24, 2020

After 15 years in software development, John Kincaid realized that life shouldn’t constantly be viewed through a computer screen. So he turned to his childhood passion, photography, instead. His idea is simple: take the happiest, most enjoyable moments of a person’s life, and capture them in time forever. Share John’s insights and enthusiasm as he conducts a photography workshop on board The Gauguin.

Arts
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
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
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
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
Distinguished Professor of Cultural Geography
May 22, 2021

The University Distinguished Professor of Cultural 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.