m/s Paul Gauguin

Guest Hosts

Jean-Michel Cousteau

Oceanographer & Environmentalist
Jean-Michel Cousteau

Explorer. Environmentalist. Educator. Film Producer. For more than four decades, Jean-Michel has dedicated himself and his vast experience to communicating to people of all nations and generations his love and concern for our water planet. Paul Gauguin Cruises is proud of our 14-year association with Mr. Cousteau and honored to welcome him aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin.

Join us and enjoy an opportunity to meet Mr. Cousteau in person. As our special guest, he will offer a series of lectures with videos of his work in the world’s oceans, as well as accompany several dives from the ship. About Jean-Michel Cousteau In 1999, Jean-Michel Cousteau's passion for the sea led him to found the Ocean Futures Society, whose mission is to explore the world’s oceans, inspiring and educating people throughout the world to act responsibly for its protection, documenting the critical connection between humanity and nature, and celebrating the ocean’s vital importance to the survival of all life on our planet.

Mr. Cousteau serves as president and chairman of the board. Reaching millions of people globally through this organization, Mr. Cousteau has produced environmentally oriented adventure programs and television specials, public service announcements, multi-media programs for schools, web-based marine content, books, articles for magazines, and public lectures. As Chairman of the Board and President of Ocean Futures Society, he also travels the world, meeting with leaders and policymakers at the grassroots level and at the highest echelons of government and business, lending his reputation and support to energize alliances for positive change. In addition to these milestones, Mr. Cousteau has produced more than 80 films and received numerous prestigious awards, including the Emmy, Peabody, 7 d’Or, and Cable Ace Awards. Since 1989, Mr. Cousteau has also served as a syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times. In this capacity, his articles have appeared in more than 60 newspapers worldwide. In the course of these activities, Mr. Cousteau has been recognized for a number of “firsts” in a variety of arenas. For example, in February 2002, he became the first person to represent the Environment in the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, joining luminaries including Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Africa), John Glenn (The Americas), Kazuyoshi Funaki (Asia), Lech Walesa (Europe), Cathy Freeman (Oceania), Jean-Claude Killy (Sport), and Steven Spielberg (Culture).

In another “first,” on Earth Day 1997, he led the first undersea live, interactive video chat from the coral reefs of Fiji, celebrating the International Year of the Reef and answering questions from “armchair divers” throughout the world. And in 1998, he participated in a live downlink from the Space Shuttle Columbia to CNN to highlight the International Year of the Ocean, discussing NASA’s contribution to ocean awareness with astronaut and marine biologist, Rick Linnehan. Not surprisingly, Mr. Cousteau has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the Environmental Hero Award, presented to him in 1998 by then-Vice President Gore, and in 2003 he was inducted into the International SCUBA Diving Hall of Fame. An architect by training, Mr. Cousteau began his career by founding Living Design, an architectural firm that specialized in marine architecture and has a long history of innovative design in the field of architecture and the ocean. More recently, he has been involved with the Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort, an environmentally and culturally oriented family resort, conceived as a model to prove to the business community the economic benefits of environmental concern and design.

He is the son of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau.

Jean-Michel Cousteau

other guest hosts appearing on the m/s Paul Gauguin

Guest Hosts

Classical Musicians
January 22, 2022

Kai Gleusteen and Catherine Ordronneau have established themselves as one of the most important European violin and piano duos since they began working together in 1999. 

Art History Professor
Multiple sailings

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.

Owner/Winemakers, Pfeiffer Winery and Vineyards
June 25, 2022

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
Dr. Lindsay Whaley and Dr. Charles Urbanowicz, Smithsonian Journeys
September 7, 2022

Join the Tuamotus & the Society Islands itinerary on September 7, 2022, to experience two very special Smithsonian Journeys Experts on language and anthropology in the South Pacific. when Dr. Lindsay Whaley and Dr. Charles Urbanowicz join us aboard The Gauguin.

Distinguished Professor of Cultural Geography
September 24, 2022

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.