With one ship dedicated to Polynesia all year round, nobody knows the South Pacific better. Fiji. Tahiti. Tonga. Marquesas. Bali. Bora Bora. The Cook & Society Islands. Explore paradise with the cruise line that perfected it.
Spend the day on Paul Gauguin's exclusive island—Motu Mahana—off the coast of Taha'a, featuring idyllic white-sand beaches, a floating bar, overwater massages, watersports, Polynesian hospitality and an evening BBQ feast.
Relax in paradise, take a dip in the pool or enjoy the ship's watersports platform to swim, surf, scuba, snorkel, or stand up paddleboard. The iconic waters of French Polynesia and the South Pacific offer a world of wonders above the sea and below.
Designed specifically to glide through the shallow seas of the South Pacific, The Gauguin is a small-ship cruiser's dream. Access intimate, idyllic ports in paradise, all while enjoying a casual onboard experience that is nothing short of luxurious.
Does Paul Gauguin include snorkeling or SCUBA gear on board?
Yes, snorkel gear is complimentary for the duration of the cruise. You will pick up the gear on Day 1.
Though not available for daily recrational use, SCUBA diving gear is included in the price of all supervised SCUBA excursions. They can also store SCUBA gear, should you prefer to bring your own. Both single- and double-tank excursions may be available, depending on your itinerary.
What options are there if I am celebrating a special occasion?
Paul Gauguin Cruises is also the specialist in creating memorable celebrations. There simply is not a more romantic setting for a new beginning or personal milestone than aboard this luxurious ship, and Paul Gauguin is renowned for the extra touches and attention to detail that make every occasion special.
If you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary, renewal of vows, honeymoon, or other special occasion during your cruise, your CruiseInsider will advise Paul Gauguin of such occasions on your Guest Information Form between four and six weeks prior to departure.
There are also special optional packages for wedding receptions, anniversaries, and renewals of vows. Commemorate a marriage or anniversary with a gathering featuring a unique Polynesian blessing ceremony and a specially prepared chocolate cake.
Honeymooners receive a complimentary package featuring a celebratory bottle of sparkling wine and more, or you can upgrade to an optional package with many extras, including a private dinner with the Captain or Hotel Director. These complimentary amenities are included:
Are children allowed on Paul Gauguin?
Though most Paul Gauguin cruises are geared for adults, couples or large groups and not necessarily recommended for small children, there are select sailings that are ideal for children!
Select sailings feature the Stewards of Nature Family Program, created in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society. This flexible program lets parents and children pick and choose from a suite of onboard activities and daily excursions that reveal the natural wonders and rich culture of Polynesia by land and sea. Please ask your CruiseInsider advisor for details.
In general, Paul Gauguin is unable to accommodate infants less than one year of age and may even restrict the number of children on board. Children under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult over the age of 21.
Are shore excursions included in the fare?
The only included shore excursions is a day at Motu Mahana, Paul Gauguin's own islet off the coast of Taha’a, and access to their private beach on a motu off the coast of Bora Bora.
Reasonably priced optional shore excursions are available at every port and can be booked in advance through CruiseInsider or purchased on board. Operation of these shore excursions is subject to weather conditions, flight schedule changes, and local conditions.
What watersports are available?
The waters of French Polynesia and the South Pacific offer a world of wonders with translucent lagoons, rainbow-colored coral reefs, and a myriad of tropical fish. A highlight of the Paul Gauguin Cruises’ experience is watersports and there are many opportunities to explore these seas including:
* The watersports marina is available in select ports and subject to weather conditions and local restrictions. Swimming from the watersports marina is prohibited.
Will Paul Gauguin be adding more ships or itineraries in the future?
Paul Gauguin Cruises offers luxury, cruise vacations aboard the 332 guest m/s Paul Gauguin. This award-winning ship sails Tahiti, French Polynesia, Fiji, and the South Pacific year round with an emphasis on delivering unique itineraries and incredibly personalized service that larger ships cannot offer. Currently, there are no plans to add another vessel to the fleet.
Can I bring a drone aboard to film the destinations?
Unfortunately no. For a variety of safety and security reasons, drones are not permitted to be brought aboard the ship.
What is "open seating"?
"Open seating" means you can dine whenever, wherever, and with whomever you choose during regular dining hours anywhere onboard the ship.
What is the dress code aboard Paul Gauguin?
Country Club Casual, or elegant resort wear, is appropriate dress for all evenings aboard The Gauguin. Country Club Casual consists of a dress, or skirt or slacks with a blouse or sweater for ladies, and slacks and collared shirts for gentleman. No ties are required at any time, although gentlemen may opt to wear a jacket to the Captain’s Welcome Reception. Please note that casual wear such as shorts, t-shirts, casual jeans (frayed and/or with holes), baseball caps, flip-flops, and Crocs are not considered appropriate after 6 p.m. in restaurants and lounges. Bathrobes and bathing suits are not appropriate in the ship’s restaurants and lounges, and shirts and shoes are required in all public areas at all times.