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Paul Gauguin Cruise

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.


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Child Policy

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.

Airport Transfers

Roundtrip Airport transfers can be included on request

Check-in Details

Check-in details may vary depending on each itinerary and port.  Please contact us for further information regarding your preferred cruise.

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Pricing Policy

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.

PRICING INFORMATION

Porthole and Window Stateroom

Porthole Staterooms are on Deck 3, the lowest passenger deck, and have 2 porthole windows, 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, wall unit with flat-screen TV with DVD/CD player, small fridge stocked with a selection of complimentary beverages, in-room safe, telephone and air conditioning. The 37 Window Staterooms are on Deck 4 and are the same as the Porthole Staterooms but have a large picture window.
Price per person per cabin On request
Bed configuration

1 Queen or 2 Single beds +

Sofa bed in some cabins

Sleeps up to 2-3 Adults
Extra person rate On request
Number available

Porthole Staterooms  - 14

Window Staterooms   - 37

 

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Category C & D Balcony Staterooms

Category D Balcony Staterooms are on Deck 6, located in the front third of the ship, and Category C Balcony Staterooms are on Deck 7. They both offer the same amenities as the Porthole Staterooms but have the extra space of a spacious balcony.
Price per person per cabin On request
Bed configuration

1 Queen or 2 Single beds +

Sofa bed in some cabins

Sleeps up to 2-3 Adults
Extra person rate On request
Number available

Cat C Deck 7 -  63

Cat D Deck 6  - 26

 

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Veranda Stateroom

The Verandah Staterooms are on Deck 8 and are slightly larger than other cabins and have a larger balcony.
Price per person per cabin On request
Bed configuration

1 Queen or 2 Single beds +

Sofa bed in some cabins

Sleeps up to 2-3 Adults
Extra person rate On request
Number available 17

 

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Veranda Suite

The Veranda Suites are on Deck 7, and are larger than other cabins at around 300 sqft, with a 58 sqft balcony, a larger sitting area with double sofabed (sleeping up to 4 guests) and complimentary Butler Service. Veranda Suite No. 7004 is slightly smaller than the other 4 suites, but only by 4sqft.
Price per person per cabin On request
Bed configuration

1 Queen Bed

Sofa bed in some cabins

Sleeps up to 2-4 Adults
Extra person rate On request
Number available 5

 

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Grand Suite

The 2 Grand Suites are on Deck 8 at the front of the ship, directly over the bridge, and have a side and wraparound balcony and a large front facing picture window. They are larger than other cabins at around 332 sqft, with a 197 sqft balcony, a larger sitting area with double sofa bed/rollaway bed (sleeping up to 4 guests) and complimentary Butler Service.
Price per person per cabin On request
Bed configuration

1 Queen Bed

Sofa bed in some cabins

Sleeps up to 2-4 Adults
Extra person rate On request
Number available 2

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Owners Suite

The 2 spacious Owners' Suites offer a separate bedroom and living area, double length balcony, separate bath tub and walk-in shower, dressing area, luxurious fixtures and fittings and complimentary butler service.
Price per person per cabin On request
Bed configuration

1 Queen Bed

Sofa bed in some cabins

Sleeps up to 2-4 Adults
Extra person rate On request
Number available 2
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Tahiti, Society Islands & Tuamotus

7 nights cruise visiting Tahiti, Huahini, Ta'haa, Fakarava, Rangiroa, Bora Bora, Moorea, Tahiti. Optional shore excursions available available at every port except Papeete, Tahiti.

 

Day 1.  After embarkation from 3.00pm, the ship departs around 11.30 and sails overnight to the first island stop, Huahine.

Day 2. You arrive in Huahine before breakfast, and have the morning to explore. The ship sails around 1.00pm en route to Fakarava in the Tuamotus.

Day 3.  You arrive mid morning and can spend the day with some spectacular diving or exploring the island villages.  You depart around 6.00pm en route to Rangiroa.

Day 4.  You arrive in Rangiroa just after breakfast. The ship departs around 3.00pm and heads back to the Society Islands, and Ta'haa.

Day 5.  Arriving a little after breakfast, you have the hard choice of relaxing on the private Motu Mahana, or taking one of the shore excursions and exploring the main island and its gorgeous lagoon.  The Gauguin departs at 5.00pm for Bora Bora.

Day 6.  You have the whole day and evening at this gorgeous island and lagoon.  Chill on the beaches, swim, snorkel or kayak the turquoise lagoon or take 1 or more of the exciting excursions available here. The ship sails after dinner at 9.30pm to Moorea.

Day 7.   This morning you wake up in Moorea, where you have all day to explore. The ship departs at 5.00pm and will arrive back in Papeete around 7.30pm, but there is no rush to pack, as you get 1 more night on board to enjoy your last night.

Day 8.  You disembark around 8.00am at Papeete Dock.

Tahiti and Society Islands

7 nights cruise visiting Papeete, Tahiti; Huahini; Ta'haa; Bora Bora (overnight mooring); Moorea (overnight mooring); Papeete, Tahiti. Optional shore excursions available available at every port except Papeete.

 

Day 1.  After embarkation from 3.00pm, the ship departs around 11.30 and sails overnight to the first island stop, Huahine.

Day 2. You arrive in Huahine before breakfast, and have the day to explore. The ship sails again around 5.00pm en route to Ta'haa.

Day 3.  Today is spent at relaxing in Ta'haa, on Motu Mahana, a private islet just for cruise guests.  The ship departs early evening en route to Bora Bora.

Day 4 & 5.  Two days are spent at fabulous Bora Bora, enjoying the turquoise lagoon from their private beach with the ship moored just off-shore. Again, the ship departs early evening sailing towards Moorea.

Day 6 & 7.  Spend 2 days exploring the beautiful island of Moorea.  You sail early evening of day 7 and arrive back in Papeete around 7.30pm this evening, but get to stay on board 1 more night, so no rushing to pack and go.

Day 8.  You disembark around 8.00am in Papeete Dock.

Marquesas, Tuamotus and Society Islands

A 14 night cruise that visits Fakarava in the Tuamotus, Fatu Hiva, Hiva Oa, Tahuata and Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas Islands, and Huahine, Bora Bora, Ta'haa, Moorea and Tahiti in the Society Islands.

 

Day 1.  Boarding at Papeete Dock from 3.00pm.

Day 2.  Day at sea.

Day 3. The ship arrives in Fakarava at 8.00am and you spend the whole day exploring this   designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.  The ship sails around 5.00pm.

Day 4.  Day at sea.

Day 5.  You arrive it Omoa, Fatu Hiva, by breakfast time, and, again have the whole day to explore this tiny paradise island, until anchors away at around 6.00pm.

Day 6.  Hiva Oa is the next stop, the famous resting place of Paul Gauguin himself.

Day 7.   Today you get to explore the smallest island in the Marquesas, Tahuata, until the 6.00pm sailing.

Day 8.  The last stop in the Marquesas, Nuku Hiva, is known as the 'Mystic Island'. Spend all day unravelling the island's mysteries, before departing early evening.

Day 9.  Day at sea.

Day 10.  Day at sea.

Day 11.  First port in the Society Islands is Huahine, 'the Garden Island' due to its lush green and rugged landscape.  Early evening sailing to Bora Bora.

Day 12.  Today, you have the day and evening to enjoy beautiful Bora Bora and The Gauguin's private beach.

Day 13.  Ta'haa is your stop for today, and a private white sand island to enjoy.

Day 14.  After breakfast, you can explore Moorea and the ship sails around 5.00pm, and will arrive in Papeete, Tahiti, at around 7.30pm for an overnight mooring.

Day 15.  Disembarking in Papeete from 8.00am.

Other Cruise Itineraries

There are a number of other itineraries that The Gauguin sails. A few more are outlined below.

 

Cook Islands and Society Islands. A 10 or 11 night option taking in Rarotonga and Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, and Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Ta'haa and Huahine in the Society Islands.

 

Society Islands, Cook Islands, Tonga and Fiji. A 13 night cruise stopping at Papeete Tahiti; Moorea; Ta'haa; Bora Bora; Aitutaki, Cook Islands; Vava'u, Tonga; Vanua Levu, Beqa Island and Viti Levu, Fiji.  There is also a 12 night cruise that is the reverse of this trip.

 

Fiji to Bali. A 16 night sailing starting at Viti Levu, Fiji, and visiting Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu; Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands; Samarai Island and Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea;  Thursday Island, Australia; Dili, Timor-Leste; Komodo Island, Lombok Island and Bali, Indonesia.  There is also a 17 night cruise that is the reverse of this itinerary.

 

Society Islands and Tuamotus. A 10 or 11 night cruise including Huahine, Bora Bora, Ta'haa and Moorea, Society Island; Rangiroa and Fakarava, Tuamotus.

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