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

Guest Hosts

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
Ryno Van der Berg and Elena Tokarenko
Championship Dancers
Multiple sailings

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.

Entertainment
Astrologer
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.

Science
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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