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About Paul Gauguin Cruises
At the turn of the century, impressionist Paul Gauguin traveled to the tropical shores of French Polynesia to create some of his most renowned masterpieces. Today his namesake, the m/s Paul Gauguin, transports discerning guests to the same romantic Tahitian vacation paradise—to explore, experience and escape.
Paul Gauguin Cruises is committed to providing an extraordinary luxury cruise experience uniquely tailored to the unparalleled wonders of Tahiti, French Polynesia, and the South Pacific. The company’s numerous “World's Best” awards demonstrate a dedication to guest satisfaction, excellence, quality and value.
Built in 1998 at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France, the 332-guest m/s Paul Gauguin was designed specifically to allow guests the freedom to discover the exotic ports of the South Pacific without limitation. On January 6, 2010, the luxury ship sailed its first voyage as a member of the Pacific Beachcomber, S.C. portfolio.
The Gauguin hosts voyages ranging from 7- to 14-night itineraries, featuring such exquisite destinations as Tahiti and the Society Islands, Tuamotus, the Cook Islands, Marquesas, Tonga, and Fiji. Each of these exclusive voyages highlights the utter beauty that defines the South Seas. Stunning islands, white-sand beaches, blue lagoons and the vibrant Polynesian culture of this region combine to provide a welcome tropical escape for guests yearning for the ultimate getaway.
In January 2012, the m/s Paul Gauguin completed the largest renovations in the ship’s 14-year history. Taking place during the ship’s 10-night crossing from Tahiti to Brisbane and 11-night drydock in Brisbane, the $7 million renovation featured extensive enhancements to both the interiors and the exteriors of the ship. All suites and staterooms received new flooring, refinished furniture with new fabrics, and more. Renovations throughout the ship included new flooring, elegant new furniture, new window treatments and decorative wall panels, and new signage, providing a lighter, brighter feel. The renovations also included updates and additions to the ship’s dining venues – La Veranda, Le Grill and L’Etoile – as well as a new built-in banquette and expanded casino in Le Casino.
The Gauguin’s previous renovation, totaling $6 million, was completed in January 2009 to provide updated and more spacious accommodations highlighting the ship’s unique Euro-Polynesian flair. The upgrades included converting 26 oceanview staterooms to balcony staterooms – increasing the number of suites and staterooms featuring private balconies to nearly 70 percent of the ship. Le Grill casual poolside dining experience was significantly upgraded, and La Veranda restaurant’s al fresco dining space was expanded. The Internet and Fitness Centers were improved, watersports activities were enhanced with new sport boats, and all public areas received extensive refurbishments to reflect the luxurious standard that is characteristic of Paul Gauguin Cruises. In 2017, during The Gauguin’s two-week drydock, refurbishments in the ship’s public areas, staterooms and suites took place along with regular maintenance and updates for technical operations.
As the longest continually operating luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, The Gauguin is one of the most highly awarded luxury cruise ships in the world, regularly receiving top honors for superb luxury, quality, service, itineraries and value. Paul Gauguin Cruises was honored on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2016 Gold List, recognized as the “#2 Top Small Ship Cruise Line” in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards, and received “#1 Midsize-Ship Ocean Cruise Line” in Travel + Leisure’s 2016 and 2017 World’s Best Awards. The line has also earned accolades for service, dining, entertainment, fitness, shore excursions, value and best overall in the Small Ship Category in the annual Cruise Critic’s Cruisers’ Choice Awards. Recently, Paul Gauguin Cruises received top honors as the “#1 Cruise Line for Honeymooners” in BRIDES Magazine’s 2017 Honeymoon Awards and “Best French Polynesia Cruise Line” in the 2017 AFAR Travelers’ Choice Awards.
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Paul Gauguin Cruises Awards
Paul Gauguin Cruises has been honored by notable names in the travel and lifestyle industry for our award-winning luxury voyages which some deem the world’s best cruises. To view our awards, please visit our Awards & Accolades section.
About Pacific Beachcomber
With more than 25 years of experience in the French Polynesian tourism market, 678 hotel rooms and 166 cabins, Pacific Beachcomber, S.C. is the country’s largest luxury hotel and cruise operator. In addition to Paul Gauguin Cruises with the 332-guest m/s Paul Gauguin luxury cruise vessel with voyages in Tahiti, French Polynesia, and the South Pacific, Pacific Beachcomber operates seven award-winning hotels: InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa, InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort, InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa, the Maitai Bora Bora, the Maitai Rangiroa, and the Maitai Lapita Village Huahine.
Pacific Beachcomber’s brands have won numerous awards over the years. Paul Gauguin Cruises consistently ranks each year as a top small ship cruise line by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure. Other accolades include a Gold Magellan and three Silver Magellan awards in the small ship category from Travel Weekly, “Best South Pacific Itinerary” from Porthole Cruise Magazine, and recognition for top service, dining, entertainment, staterooms, public spaces, value, and shore excursions from Cruise Critic. The InterContinental Resorts of French Polynesia have been recognized on Condé Nast Traveler’s annual “Readers’ Choice Awards,” in Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best Awards,” as top hotels and for excellence by TripAdvisor, and as French Polynesia’s leading resort in the World Travel Awards.
In July 2014, Pacific Beachcomber opened The Brando, an exquisite luxury resort on French Polynesia’s breathtakingly beautiful private atoll of Tetiaroa, just 30 miles north of Tahiti. Tetiaroa is comprised of a dozen idyllic islands surrounding a spectacular lagoon. Tetiaroa has always been a place of stunning beauty, tranquility and rejuvenation — first for Tahitian royalty, who chose this island above all others for their summer retreat, and later for Marlon Brando who chose it for his personal sanctuary. With access provided by private plane, the resort offers carefree luxury in the midst of pristine nature. The all-inclusive resort features 35 deluxe villas each with its own private beach area and plunge pool, restaurants showcasing Polynesian and French cuisine, a luxurious Polynesian spa, a lagoon-view bar, beach bar, pool, organic garden, library, boutique and water sports. The Brando is unique in concept and scope, combining environmental purity, luxury and Polynesian charm into an enriching experience.
The Brando has earned the prestigious LEED Platinum certification designation based on the resort’s commitment to conservation and sustainability efforts in the development and overall operations. This certification is the culmination of more than six years of work carried out by the resort’s owners, designers and architects, and establishes The Brando as the first project to earn LEED certification in French Polynesia. For environmental efforts, The Brando has also received 2015 Virtuoso’s Best of the Best Sustainable Tourism Leadership Award—Hotels; a Gold Magellan Award for Hospitality Overall: Eco-Friendly “Green” Resort/Hotel from Travel Weekly; and Best Eco-Tourism Property from Luxury Travel Magazine. The Brando was also a finalist in the Earth Changers category of National Geographic’s World Legacy Awards; received a HEC Paris & 1.618 Sustainable Luxury Award; and was honored with two “Gold Turtle Awards,” two “Silver Turtle Awards” and two “Bronze Turtle Awards” for responsible waste management.
Sustainable development is the keynote of Pacific Beachcomber’s projects, and the InterContinental Resorts of French Polynesia participate in IHG's Green Engage program. All the Matai hotels are EarthCheck certified—an internationally recognized environmental management program designed for the tourism industry.
Pacific Beachcomber is also a founding member of Sustainable Travel Leadership Network (STLN) which is a forum convened by Sustainable Travel International to identify and assess key issues and provide opportunities for information exchange on good business practices that facilitate social, environmental, and economic sustainability, both locally and globally. At the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, the company was the world pioneer in the use of Seawater Air Conditioning (SWAC) technology, using deep seawater for all the cooling requirements of the resort. SWAC is a clean, quiet, maintenance-free and fully renewable non-fossil source of environmentally friendly energy that results in electricity savings of more than 90 percent for the resort in comparison to conventional cooling methods. Pacific Beachcomber received the “Race to Save the Planet” award in 2007 from the U.S. Congress for the resort’s SWAC technology. In 2013, Pacific Beachcomber was nominated as a Condé Nast Traveler “World Savers” finalist in the hotels/resorts small chains category which recognizes remarkable initiatives to protect the environment and improve livelihoods around world, transforming luxury travel into a gateway for change.
Richard Bailey, President and CEO of Pacific Beachcomber, is a founding member of Tetiaroa Society and Te Mana O Te Moana (the Spirit of the Ocean), a Tahiti-based nonprofit devoted to the protection of marine wildlife, particularly the green sea turtle. Te Mana O Te Moana also works closely with local authorities on a variety of youth-oriented educational and public outreach programs.2013 he received the “Global First Award,” in the inaugural HotelsWorld First Awards, for achieving a genuine first in the world of guest accommodation. In 2014, the Hawai’i State Senate honored The Brando Tetiaroa and Richard Bailey for enriching the lives of our global community through responsible actions that promote ecological friendly practices that are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable.
For additional information on Pacific Beachcomber, visit www.pacificbeachcomber.com.
m/s Paul Gauguin Fact Sheet
m/s Paul Gauguin Fact Sheet
Gross Tonnage: 19,170
Length: 504.03 feet (153.63 meters)
Beam: 72.18 feet (22 meters)
Draft: 17.11 feet (5.214 meters)
Cruising Speed: 18 knots
Ship’s Registry: Bahamas
Guest Capacity: 332
Guest Accommodations: Quantity: Square Footage:
Owner’s Veranda Suite-701 (OS) 1 534
Owner’s Veranda Suite- 7002 (OS) 1 588
Grand Suite (GS) 2 529
Veranda Suite (A) 4 358
Veranda Suite 7004 (A) 1 349
Veranda Stateroom (B) 16 305
Veranda Stateroom 7003 (B) 1 303
Balcony Staterooms (C/D) 83 239
Balcony Staterooms- 7006, 763, 764, 765, 766, 767 (C) 6 243-303
Window Stateroom (E) 37 200
Porthole Stateroom (F) 14 200
Total Staterooms: 166
One wheelchair accessible (E415)
2018 Itineraries: 7- to 14-night voyages in Tahiti, French Polynesia, & the South Pacific
2019 Itineraries: 7- to 14-night voyages in Tahiti, French Polynesia, Fiji, & the South Pacific
Accommodations Feature Utmost Luxury:
- All oceanview staterooms and suites, nearly 70% with private balconies
- Queen-size bed (a limited number can have twin-bed configuration)
- Bathroom with full-size bathtub and shower (limited number have shower only)
- Bathrobes, slippers, hair dryer, TV, CD/DVD player, personal safe
- In-suite mini-bar replenished daily with soft drinks, beer and bottled water
- Butler service in categories B and above, including in-suite bar setup and SoundDock® for iPod®
Beyond the Stateroom:
The m/s Paul Gauguin’s onboard atmosphere offers an extension of the informal, relaxing environment of the Tahitian and French Polynesian islands, coupled with extraordinary service and luxury. The beloved troupe of Gauguines—a local Tahitian group serving as cruise staff, entertainers and storytellers—add the unique personality of Tahiti to every cruise. When not enjoying the personal comforts of their own staterooms, guests may also enjoy:
- A variety of dining options, including restaurants L'Etoile, Le Grill and La Veranda
- Onboard leisure activities at the Casino, Piano Bar, Le Grand Salon and La Palette Lounge
- The relaxing Deep Nature Spa by Algotherm and Fitness Center
- Internet Center
- Pool and Pool Bar
- Watersports marina – offering direct access from The Gauguin to the ocean – with complimentary paddle boarding, kayaking and windsurfing in select ports, weather permitting
- Extensive optional shore excursion program
- Onboard PADI dive program and certification (additional charge)
- Partnership with Wildlife Conservation Society on the Wildlife Discovery Series lecture program on select sailings and the Stewards of Nature family program on summer and holidays voyages (additional charge).
An All-Inclusive Experience:
With one crew member for every 1.5 guests, the highest level of personal attention is assured aboard any m/s Paul Gauguin voyage and discerning guests will feel welcomed and pampered in every situation. This rigorous dedication to comfort and well-being is gracefully expressed in every detail of the guest experience both onboard and off, including:
- Complimentary use of an exclusive, private white-sand beach in Bora Bora with bar service, volleyball and snorkeling
- Complimentary day on a private islet, Motu Mahana, off the coast of Taha'a, featuring snorkeling, watersports, lunch barbecue with full bar service, floating bar, and gracious Polynesian hospitality
- Complimentary 24-hour room service or in-room dining
- Complimentary beverages including select fine wines and premium spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, coffee, and tea served throughout the ship
- Butler service in categories B and above
- Well-being and vegetarian selections, and special dietetic menus upon request
- Lecture programs by local naturalists and a variety of special guests
- Complimentary use of snorkeling equipment
- All onboard gratuities included
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2018 m/s Paul Gauguin Sailing Schedule
To view all of our 2018 sailings aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin, please download our sailing schedule.
2019 m/s Paul Gauguin Sailing Schedule
To view all of our 2019 sailings aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin, please download our sailing schedule.
2018 Special Guests Aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin
Paul Gauguin Cruises is pleased to welcome special guests representing a wide variety of interests aboard upcoming sailings of the m/s Paul Gauguin.