What's New For Paul Gauguin Cruises In 2017

05 Apr 2016

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Few cruise lines know the South Pacific like Paul Gauguin Cruises. Renowned as the leaders in luxury sailing experiences across Tahiti and Fiji, this resplendent line offers an unparalleled distinction of luxury and destination expertise in the South Pacific. In 2017, Paul Gauguin is set to indulge cruisers like never before, so block out some dates in your diary and book that annual leave. Here’s what to expect.

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The Ship

Renowned 5-star The Gauguin was built specifically to sail the waters of Tahiti, French Polynesia and the South Pacific. Launched in 1998, The Gauguin is the longest continually operating year-round luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific. No other luxury ship has offered this level of single-destination focus on a year-round basis for such an extended period.

The Gauguin is a small-ship cruiser's dream, delivering pleasure seekers to intimate ports otherwise inaccessible by large cruise ships. Onboard, it's luxury all the way. Think spacious suites and staterooms with prime ocean views. In fact, more than 70 per cent of staterooms feature private balconies.

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The All-Inclusive Experience

Life onboard comes easy and unhurried with Paul Gauguin's all-inclusive experience. You'll barely have to lift a finger or open your wallet with the vast onboard inclusions.

  • Butler service, in-suite bar setup, and iPod in suite/stateroom category B and above
  • Choice of three dining venues
  • Complimentary 24-hour room service, including selections from L’Etoile restaurant during regular dining hours
  • Complimentary beverages, including bottled water, soft drinks and select wines and spirits
  • Shipboard gratuities
  • Casino with poker machines
  • Spa and beauty services
  • Watersports marina for kayaking, windsurfing, and paddle boarding (Zodiacs® for optional dive excursions)
  • A day at Motu Mahana, Paul Gauguin Cruises’ exclusive retreat off the coast of Taha’a,
  • Access to an exclusive, private beach located on a motu off the coast of Bora Bora
  • Fully-equipped fitness centre
  • Presentations by local naturalists
  • Outdoor pool
  • Wi-Fi hot spots throughout the ship to cover most suites/staterooms and common areas

Your time onboard also reflects the rich cultural heritage of the islands The Gauguin visits, with an informal ambiance paired with an adored cast of Gaugines and Gauguins – local Tahitians who serve as staff, entertainers and storytellers.

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New Itineraries

Beyond the South Pacific, The Gauguin is setting its course for Asia, with the new 16- and 17-night Fiji to Bali itinerary.

The 16-night Fiji to Bali voyage departs April 29, 2017, from Lautoka, Fiji, and visits Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu; Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands; Samarai Island, Papua New Guinea; Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea; Merauke, Indonesia; Dili, Timor-Leste; Komodo Island, Indonesia; Lembar, Lombok Island, Indonesia; and Benoa, Bali, Indonesia. If you'd prefer to travel in reverse, the 17-night itinerary departs June 7, 2017.

The new year will also see the return of the most sought-after cruises, the seven-night Tahiti & the Society Islands; seven-night Tahiti, the Society Islands & Tuamotus; 10-night Society Islands & Tuamotus; 11-night Cook Islands & Society Islands; 14-night Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands; and 12- and 13-night Society Islands, Cook Islands, Tonga and Fiji.

For returning Paul Gauguin cruises, the ship will present its third Reunion Cruise on July 26, 2017. The 10-night Cook Islands and Society Islands voyage, complete with two visits to the private island of Motu Mahana, will reunite past cruisers and welcome newcomers. A host of unique events will feature, including a lively dinner and block parties.

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Collaboration With The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

In support of a healthy and sustainable planet, Paul Gauguin Cruises is collaborating with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in 2017.

In the hope of saving wildlife and wild places, WCS activities will feature extensively onboard with educational programmes for adults and kids alike. The exclusive series – due to amp up during the summer months and peak holiday periods – is set to include lectures and an experiential family program about marine life, marine science and conservation practices in the South Pacific and beyond.

Anna Howard

I thrive on discovering hidden gems and local haunts wherever I travel, from hole-in-the-wall cafes and dive bars, to antique stores and eclectic markets. I feel just as content in a cosy cabin in the wilderness as I do lost in the crowd of a buzzing city.