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.
m/s Paul Gauguin
Dr. Chris Roelfsema
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
Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Pierre Vigato has inspired signature menus for Paul Gauguin Cruises for several years. Sail with one of the world’s great chefs aboard The Gauguin, and enjoy an exceptional culinary program.
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.
Hailing from the United Kingdom, The Northern House has entertained audiences around the world with their stunning vocals. Join us aboard The Gauguin as they present a nostalgic celebration of music’s biggest hits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vocalists Pat O’Leary and Gabrielle Stravelli have performed with some of the great jazz and contemporary artists of our time. Join us aboard The Gauguin as these dynamic entertainers perform a variety of material, including jazz standards, selections from the Great American Songbook, original compositions, and fresh arrangements of pop and theatrical classics.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Modern classical soprano Heather Vichevich 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.