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The Paul Gauguin Cruises is an award-winning luxury medium cruise company that operates the 19,200 ton luxury cruise liner The Gauguin, around the beautiful islands of the Cook Islands and French Polynesia.
The Gauguin, being purpose-built to be smaller and shallower than the huge cruise liners, can get you closer to, and moor at, many of the smaller islands, lagoons and bays, giving you a closer interaction with the local communities and their culture, and the most beautiful scenery all around you. Itineraries include Tahiti and the Society Islands (Bora Bora (private motu for guests), Ta'haa, (private island for guests), Huahine, Moorea), the Tuamotus (Fakarava, Rangiroa), the Marquesas (Fatu Hiva, Hiva Oa, Tahuata, Nuku Hiva), the Cook Islands (Rarotonga, Aitutaki), Tonga, Fiji (Viti Levu, Beqa Island, Vanua levu) Vanuatu, and Indonesia (Bali,Lembok). See Below for Itineraries.
With a maximum capacity of 332 guests, the crew ratio is 1 crew to 1.5 guests, service is attentive and professional, and many of the friendly crew are from some of the islands you may be visiting.
The ship is modern and spacious, and every cabin has an ocean view, with almost 70% of those cabins also having a private balcony. There are 7 categories of staterooms on board; Porthole Staterooms, Window Staterooms, Balcony Staterooms, Verandah Staterooms, Verandah Suites, the Grand Suites and the Owners Suites. All the Staterooms and Suites offer similar amenities to each other, with mainly their location making the difference. They all offer a queen bed (some can be split into 2 singles), ensuite bathroom with bath/shower (a few cabins have a shower cubicle only), complimentary toiletries, hairdryer, cotton bathrobes and slippers, a sitting area (some staterooms have a sofa bed), wardrobes and dressing table, flat-screen TV with DVD/CD player, small fridge stocked with a selection of complimentary beverages, in-room safe, telephone and air conditioning.
Almost everything is included in your cruise price on the Gauguin (except premium brand spirits/wines) and dining is one of the biggest pleasures. There are 3 diverse restaurants on board, as well as 24 hr Room Service. Le Veranda restaurant serves a frequently changing breakfast and lunch buffet, plus a la carte options. In the evening it transforms into an elegant, gourmet dining room (smart dress), with a fine dining French bistro menu. L'Etoile is the main dining room (smart casual dress) and serves a French/Polynesian-inspired menu, paired with complimentary international wines. Le Grill is open all day and serves a varied breakfast buffet, casual grill menu and salads for lunch, afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, desserts and pastries, and an evening menu of Polynesian specialities (casual dress). 24 Hour Room Service is also available, and includes menu options from L'Etoile during restaurant hours. Special meals and dietary requirements can be catered for on request. Most beverages are complimentary, including select wines and spirits (except premium wines and spirits), beer, water, soft drinks, juices and tea and coffee.
Entertainment on board is varied and includes Tahitian entertainers, 'to bring the spirit of Polynesia alive' with song, dance, storytelling and local crafting. Le Grand Salon has live music and shows, and during the day, you can play a game of table tennis or catch an interesting talk by visiting experts on a variety of topics. La Pallette Lounge is an open air bar and lounge on the prow of the ship, great for morning coffee and snacks, or a nightcap under the stars. The Pool Bar is a great spot for a cold cocktail whilst swimming or sunning on the Pool Deck, and the Le Casino and Piano Bar, open every night (except when port restrictions don't allow) will add a bit of excitement to your evening.
There is a well-equipped fitness centre, and for the really dedicated, there is a sunrise Polynesian-style zumba class. For the more leisurely fitness fans, you can do a 1 mile walk or jog around decks 8 and 9. The Deep Nature Spa offers a range of body, beauty and pampering therapies, and you can even enjoy a massage on their private island when moored nearby. At the stern of the ship is an impressive watersports platform, where you can step aboard a windsurfer, paddleboard or kayak, and explore the surrounding turquoise waters, plus several Zodiaks/RIB's to shuttle you ashore. Snorkelling equipment can be checked out either daily, or for the duration if you want to snorkel everywhere you stop. Water access is easy from the platform, and if you want to learn to dive, there is an on-board PADI team to show you the delight of the underwater world. And if you're really lucky, you might be on a cruise with Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of the famous Jacques Cousteau, as a special guest expert.
Most shore excursions are optional, and as such, are charged separately. There are an extensive range of day and half day tours you can book, from lagoon cruises, guided walks and treks, and off-road adventures, to canoe excursions, waverunner and catajet trips and underwater helmet walks. The excursions vary to each itinerary, so please contact us for more information regarding the sailing of your choice.
Below is a selection of itineraries (subject to change without notice) around the South Pacific.
Children of all ages are welsome and children under but only certain cruises/dates will have activities specifically tailored for children. All other cruises, no special facilities provided for children.
Roundtrip Airport transfers can be included on request
Check-in details may vary depending on each itinerary and port. Please contact us for further information regarding your preferred cruise.
Although there are frequent
international flights into Tahiti, French Polynesia's international
gateway to the World, there are limited airports of embarkation to
choose from, with currently only Paris, Los Angeles, Auckland and
Tokyo offering single plane air service to Tahiti.
The international airline for French Polynesia. is Air Tahiti Nui, who operate daily flights from Paris and Los Angeles to Tahiti, and on some days there are additional fights to/from Los Angeles. In addition, they operate two weekly flights to/from Auckland and they serve Tokyo twice a week. Their services to New York and Sydney have been suspended at this time.
Air France currently offer a service from Paris, three times a week via Los Angeles
Air New Zealand operates twice a week from/to Auckland with it's own aircraft, it also operates a codeshare arrangements with Air Tahiti Nui providing seats on their two weekly fights from Tahiti to Auckland.
Air Calin, operate a weekly flight between Noumea, in New Caledonia, and Tahiti.
Hawaiian Airlines, provide a weekly service between Honolulu and Tahiti, currently operating on a Saturday/Sunday schedule.
LANChile, operate a flight once a week from Santiago to Tahiti via Easter Island, providing the availability to do a great side trip from Tahiti to Easter island.
Air Tahiti is French Polynesia's domestic airline, which operates an extensive domestic flight network covering all the country's main islands, with at least a daily service. With the main Society islands receiving a number of flights a day, since Air Moorea stopped operations between Tahiti and Moorea, the flight connections now to Moorea have become limited, most connections between the two are now done by ferry boat.
The less populated and outer islands have a restricted service, so sometimes a night stop in Tahiti may be required when connecting to these islands.
Air Tahiti provide the only air service between Tahiti and the Cook islands, which they currently do once a week on a Thursday, an extra high season flight is operated between June and August
There are a number of aircraft and helicopters available for private charters, but they all tend to be based in Tahiti so arranging charters between the outer islands can be expensive as the aircraft will originate and terminate in Tahiti.
Airline Seat Maps
For most airlines, we can pre-reserve seats for you once your flight booking is confirmed, and will do so as a matter of course. If you would like to have a look at a seat plan for your aircraft, check the airlines' own website, or one of the best independent websites for this information is SeatGuru.com, which is part of the Tripadvisor group. Click Here to find information on your particular airline.
Prices are based on a per person, per cruise basis (based on 2 guests sharing a cabin) on an all-inclusive basis.
Inclusions: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, snacks, all hot, cold, alcoholic and soft beverages (except premium brand wines, champagne and spirits), 24 hour room service, in-room beverages, live entertainment, expert presentations and lectures, gratuities for room stewards, dining and bar staff, Access to fitness centre, casino, disco and Spa (fee apply for treatments), pool and pool sundeck, all watersports from the marina or private beaches (kayaking, snorkelling equipment, paddleboards, windsurfers), private beach bar service, beach games, beach barbecue and Polynesian hospitality.
If you have any questions regarding the islands of the Pacific Ocean or you would like us to provide a quote for your planned itinerary, then please contact us, we will be more than happy to help.
Phone: 01342 840555
Fax: 01342 841623
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