m/s Paul Gauguin

m/s Paul Gauguin

Guest Hosts

Joan & Ron Druett

Maritime Experts

Joan & Ron Druett will be on the following sailings:

Joan Druett
Maritime Historian

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.


Ron Druett
Maritime Artist

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.

Joan & Ron Druett will be on the following sailings:

other guest hosts appearing on the m/s Paul Gauguin

Military Historian
April 11, 2020

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.

Singer & Guitarist
Multiple sailings

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.

Acoustic Duo
Multiple sailings

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.

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.

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.

Oceanographer & Maritime Historian
March 28, 2020

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.

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.

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.

Polynesia Destination Speaker
Multiple sailings

An avid traveler and veteran of more than 70 cruises, Eric Ball makes destinations come alive with captivating photographs and stories of the people who shaped world events. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a series of lectures by this seasoned traveler and speaker.

Oceanographer & Meteorologist
March 20, 2019

During a 30-year naval career, Dr. Denny Whitford learned how to drive large ships, flew jet aircraft aboard aircraft carriers, forecast weather and ocean conditions around the world, held multiple commands, and directed several scientific organizations. He is also a distinguished professor. Join us aboard The Gauguin as “Dr. Denny” offers engaging presentations that will change forever the way you experience the ocean.

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.

November 23, 2019

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.

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.

Multiple sailings

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.

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.

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.

Marine Biologist
March 9, 2019

Dr. Mary Hagedorn has worked in aquatic ecosystems around the world from the Amazon to Africa, has taught many university-level classes, lectures frequently to lay audiences, maintains an active laboratory, and is a successful researcher. Join us aboard The Gauguin as Mary presents lectures focusing on coral reef challenges, conservation, and restoration.

Pacific Culture & Arts Speaker
July 20, 2019

Currently the Director of the Pacific Center for Arts and Humanities in Education (PCAHE) at PREL in Honolulu, Lori Phillips has a long résumé in professional development of arts and humanities education. Join us aboard The Gauguin as Lori presents a lecture on Pacific culture and arts in Polynesia.

January 26, 2019

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.

April 13, 2019

Founder of the independent record label TeaPot Records, singer/songwriter Hannah Trigwell has garnered more than 100 million views on YouTube, achieved numerous worldwide Top Ten hit singles, and has released her debut album in August 2018. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a memorable performance by this rising musical star.

Dr. Richard Somerville
Oceanographer & Meteorologist
Multiple sailings

Richard Somerville is a world-renowned climate scientist and an expert on communicating clearly to the public what scientists have learned about climate change.

November 23, 2019

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.

Inspirational Speaker
June 15, 2019

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.

Coral Reef Ecologist
April 13, 2019

Robert Carpenter has been conducting research on coral reefs for the past 30 years in locations throughout the world, including the Caribbean, Hawaii, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Guam, Palau, and French Polynesia. Join us aboard The Gauguin for informative lectures by this leading coral reef expert.

Clinical Psychologist
August 14, 2019

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.

March 9, 2019

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.

Art Historian
November 23, 2019

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.

Motivational Author & Speaker
July 10, 2019

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.

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.

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.

Guest Host Arnaud de Sulle aboard The Gauguin
Art Historian
October 2, 2019

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.

Polynesia Destination Speaker
June 6, 2020

Professor Allan Hanson has been fascinated by the South Pacific for most of his life. His experience in remote parts of French Polynesia inspired several books and an academic career. Join us aboard The Gauguin as this distinguished scholar presents a lecture on the cultures of Polynesia.

Teacher, Translator, and Linguistics & Cultural Expert
January 26, 2019

Jacqueline Hahn is an award-winning teacher, translator, and linguistics and cultural expert specializing in continental art history, social mores, philosophy, and literature. Join us aboard The Gauguin to experience the unique way in which she translates centuries of rich history into consumable pieces of key information—and with an infectious enthusiasm and humor that makes the subject fun for anyone.

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.

Art History Professor
April 13, 2019

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.