m/s Paul Gauguin

m/s Paul Gauguin

Guest Hosts

Dr. Chris Roelfsema

Coral Reef Geographer

For Dr. Chris Roelfsema, the next best thing to conducting research on coral reefs in the field is exploring and mapping them from space. He can spend hours underwater or in front of Google Earth, traveling over coral reefs of the world and imagining what they really look like. From his love for reefs, he made his work.

Since 1999, he has worked as an academic at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. His teaching focus is on Earth observation of the environment, specializing his research around coral reefs.

Through his work and travels, he has the opportunity to see, smell, and touch magnificent coral reefs throughout the Asia Pacific, collaborating with local communities that depend on them. His research involves creating applications that turn the millions of pixels that make up a satellite or airborne-based image of a coral reef into meaningful and affordable maps characterizing it in time and space. The increasing threats to coral reefs are for Chris a strong motivation to continue his research.

Currently, his research is focused on mapping Australia’s Great Barrier Reef (GBR). The coral reefs of the GBR are an extensive, diverse, and globally unique resource for Australia, but there is no entire map of its 3,000 reefs. Habitat maps of coral reefs are an essential form of environmental information and help us better understand how to manage and sustain this natural wonder today and into the future. As part of this work, he traveled the length of the GBR and witnessed not only mass bleaching events, but also the mind-blowing marine life that depends on the reef.

His previous projects include: the impacts of harbor expansion in the magnificent Aitutaki Lagoon in the Cook Islands, marine park design in Fiji, the effects of sea-level rise in the Solomon Islands, and capacity building of coastal food resource monitoring in Indonesia. Chris is a strong supporter of citizen science projects, and as such organized several award-winning conservation projects with SCUBA divers trained in marine survey techniques. He is also a scientific advisor and trainer with CoralWatch and Reef Check.

Chris was born in the Netherlands and started diving in cold lakes at 15 years of age. After working as a mapping consultant in Holland, he quit his job and left with his long-time partner Diana Kleine to teach SCUBA diving in Jamaica and Malaysia. After 2.5 years, they moved to Australia and enriched their lives with two kids. Chris has various degrees: BsC hydrographic surveying, MsC Geodetic Engineer, PgDip Marine Science, and PhD in coral reef remote sensing. He has been published in various papers and books on monitoring coral reefs underwater and from space. As an active diver, he has logged 3,900 dives globally, certified 1,000 divers at various skill levels, and won several prizes as underwater photographer.

other guest hosts appearing on the m/s Paul Gauguin

Guest Hosts

Maritime Experts
Multiple sailings

The husband-and-wife team of Joan and Ron Druett have devoted their careers to delving into maritime history through literature and art. Join us aboard The Gauguin as this award-winning author and internationally recognized artist each presents a series of lectures that entertainingly showcase their expertise in the field.

Academia
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