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.
Joan & Ron Druett
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 in January 1850 at the age of 24. It was a life-changing experience. Joan’s immediate interest in 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; and resulted in 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 given a New York Public Library Best to Remember Award. She Was a Sister Sailor won the John Lyman Award for Best Book of American Maritime History. Joan’s groundbreaking work in the field of seafaring women was also recognized by an L. Byrne Waterman Award.
Her strong interest in the stories of the Pacific Islanders who sailed on Euro-American ships led next to a biography of an extraordinary Polynesian star navigator, Tupaia, which won the general nonfiction prize in the 2012 New Zealand Post Book Awards and has gone into several editions, including translations into French and Chinese. Her latest book is The Discovery of Tahiti.
Join us aboard The Gauguin as Joan presents four fascinating lectures:
- From Taiwan to Aotearoa: Traces the 4,000-year-old story of the exploration of the Pacific by skilled seafarers, who burst into the ocean from southeast Asia and fanned out to turn Samoa and Tonga into the cradle of Polynesia. Then, learn how their discovery led to the transformation of Tahiti, the Tuamotus, the Marquesas, and finally Hawaii and New Zealand.
- The Voyage of The Dolphin and the Discovery of Tahiti: Reveals the violence and romance of the first contacts between Europeans and Tahitians.
- Tupaia and James Cook: Tells the story of Tupaia, the astonishing Tahitian high priest and star navigator who interceded with the Europeans, and his fateful voyage with Cook on the Endeavour.
- Petticoat Whalers: Hear strange and stirring stories of the wives of whaling captains who sailed the Pacific and explored scandalous tropical ports.
An internationally recognized maritime artist, Ron Druett has created paintings and illustrations that now are held in collections in the United States, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. They also have appeared in international publications and have been featured on television in the United States.
From 1993 to 1996, Ron was Artist in Residence at the William Steeple Davis Trust in Orient, New York. He was accepted as an Artist Member of the American Society of Marine Artists for the duration of his residency in the United States.
At the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Connecticut, his work has been shown in several special exhibitions: “Four Artists“ (featured artist exhibition), 20 “International Exhibitions,” four “Modern Marine Masters,” and “America and the Sea.”
His art history lectures cover the development of maritime art from the time of van de Velde (both Older and Younger), and also focus on Paul Gauguin, with particular relevance to his close connection with Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands.
Born in Kingston-upon-Thames, England, he now resides in Wellington, New Zealand.
Join us aboard The Gauguin as Ron presents four enlightening lectures:
- Gauguin—the Myth of the South Seas Painter: Takes a look at Gauguin’s early life and paintings, and his stormy relationship with Vincent van Gogh, ending with his decision to sail to Tahiti.
- Gauguin in Tahiti: Follows Gauguin’s checkered history in Tahiti and his final years in the Marquesas.
- Painting Ships—The van de Velde Influence: Shows how ship paintings by contemporary marine artists have been influenced by a 17th-century Dutch artist.
- Marine Artists at Work: Offers interesting examples of varying methods of composing and creating works of art.
other guest hosts appearing on the m/s Paul 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.
Richard Somerville is a world-renowned climate scientist and an expert on communicating clearly to the public what scientists have learned about climate change.
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.
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 multiple sailings of The Gauguin to enjoy their performance of a huge mix of music ranging from the 1960s to the present day.
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 Gauguin as this expert in maritime history shares fascinating stories of life on the high seas.
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.
Modern classical soprano Heather Ivy floats effortlessly among Broadway favorites, opera classics, and pop standards, entertaining audiences around the world with her signature shows. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a memorable performance by this talented singer.
June Hargrove, a renowned specialist in the history of 19th-century art, has traveled the globe, sharing her expertise on the art of Paul Gauguin and his contemporaries. Her lectures provide an exciting introduction to Gauguin’s life and art in the context of the islands that The Gauguin will be visiting—as you’ll discover when you join us aboard.
As a NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador since 2003, Greg Redfern has brought the wonder, beauty, and excitement of our universe to audiences for decades. His one-on-one style resonates with his passion and knowledge. Join us aboard The Gauguin as he shares that passion during lectures on astronomy.
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.
Daniel and Sam Baron bring a combined 60 years of grape growing and winemaking experience on three continents to their approach to making Complant wines. Their goal is to use artisanal practices and minimal intervention to produce delicious wines of vibrancy that seamlessly express time, place, and the cultivated vine. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a wine tasting and lecture by these passionate winemakers.
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.
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.
A resident of the Cook Islands since 1969, Helen Henry has been active in the development of the small island nation almost since it first became self-governing. She also operated a tourism company and organized educational programs for travel groups for many years. Now retired, she is happy to share her in-depth knowledge of the Cooks with guests of The Gauguin.
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.
Douglas Peebles has been photographing the South Pacific and Hawaii for about 40 years, and his work has been published in nearly 70 books and several other publications, including National Geographic Traveler, Islands, Travel Holiday, GEO, Hawaii, and the UK’s Traveller magazine. Join us when Douglas comes aboard for photography presentations, small-group excursions, and a critique of your photographs.
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.
As a museum director, scientist, and explorer Edwin Sobey has traveled the world. Along the way, he has lectured and conducted research on seven continents and all the oceans. Join us aboard The Gauguin as Ed presents a series of lectures on marine topics including whales, coral reefs, ocean acidification, plastics in the sea, and renewable energy.
Co-recipient with Al Gore of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 and recipient of a prestigious fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, Professor John E. Hay has devoted his life to studying the environment. Join this distinguished author and scholar aboard The Gauguin, and benefit from his expertise during a special presentation.
A television executive for nearly two decades and later a corporate board member, Chrisopher Kelly has dedicated his retirement to pursuing his lifelong passion for military history. Join us aboard The Gauguin as this award-winning author and presenter provides a lecture series on military history and WWII in the Pacific.
A native of New Zealand, Cluny Macpherson spent 45 years of his professional life living, teaching, and carrying out research in the Pacific. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a series of lectures that summarize the history of the Pacific region, with examples from the islands visited on this cruise.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.