The Gauguin Experience Marks Significant Milestone


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New York, NY – January 31, 2023 – In 2023, The Gauguin Experience – enchanting, carefree and award-winning – is celebrating 25 years of sailing in French Polynesia. Exploring the Society Islands, Tuamotus, Marquesas, and beyond to the Cook Islands, Fiji, and Bali, the m/s Paul Gauguin takes center stage as she is purposefully designed to navigate the region’s fabled lagoons and, along with her beloved crew and Les Gauguins and Les Gauguines – a local troupe of Tahitian hosts who live on the ship -- delivers an immersive and expert experience unmatched in the cruise industry.

Launching the year-long celebration is a commemorative video capturing the essence of the ship and her intimate connection to The Islands of Tahiti, followed by soon-to-be-announced exclusive anniversary offers and special events both ashore and on board. 

The Gauguin continues to charm travelers from all over the world, enticing couples, honeymooners, families, nature-lovers and adventure-seekers to discover the wonders of French Polynesia with one-of-a-kind expertise, artful authenticity and all-inclusive excellence,” said Navin Sawhney, CEO Americas for Paul Gauguin Cruises and PONANT (the line’s parent company). “As we celebrate this 25th year, we are incredibly grateful to our loyal guests and valued travel partners for their continued devotion to Paul Gauguin Cruises and look forward to a year of nostalgic celebration and new discovery.”

Sawhney added, “The Gauguin remains the region’s gold standard in small-ship luxury cruising with her beautifully reimagined décor, her carefree ambience, and most especially her exceptional crew who bring the enriching experience to life every day with heartfelt passion and hospitality.” 

Completely at home in these islands, the cruise line has established long-standing relationships with the local communities throughout the archipelagos, translating to deeply personalized and expertly hosted guest experiences both on land and above and below the water line. 

“On this very special 25th Anniversary occasion, we are delighted to celebrate The Gauguin as the longest continually operating luxury ship in Tahiti—one that has become an extension of our islands and is a beautiful destination unto herself,” said Jean-Marc Mocellin, Director General/CEO of Tahiti Tourisme. “Paul Gauguin Cruises is a wonderful partner and through thoughtfully planned itineraries and long-established relationships, The Gauguin’s year-round presence in French Polynesia continues to weave the unique personalities of each archipelago into a beautiful tapestry of Tahitian culture, lore, and breathtaking beauty.”

The Gauguin was recently reimagined with a contemporary, chic ambience boasting a relaxed, easy elegance with indulgent suites and spacious staterooms – many with a private balcony – exceptional cuisine, authentic explorations ashore, a commitment to sustainability, and genuinely hospitable service.

Paul Gauguin Cruises offers all-inclusive voyages of 7- to 16-nights throughout French Polynesia and the South Pacific. Itineraries feature multiple overnights in legendary isles such as Bora Bora, Moorea, and Tahiti. Voyages through 2024 are available to reserve with fares starting at $2,990 per person. 

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About Paul Gauguin Cruises 

Paul Gauguin Cruises operates the 330-guest m/s Paul Gauguin, providing a luxury cruise experience tailored to the unparalleled wonders of Tahiti, French Polynesia, and the South Pacific. Paul Gauguin Cruises has been recognized by notable publications in travel and lifestyle including voted most recently as theWorld’s Best Small-Ship Ocean Cruise Line” in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2022; one of the “Top 2 Small Cruise Lines” in the Condé Nast Traveler 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards as well as named on the publication’s 2021 “Gold List.” The line was also recognized for the 4th time for having the “Best French Polynesia Cruises” in the AFAR Travelers’ Choice Awards. In September 2019, Paul Gauguin Cruises joined PONANT’s family, a designer of inspiring voyages on board small exploration ships.