Paul Gauguin cruises are the ultimate way to holiday! They have all the ingredients of the perfect getaway: luxury accommodation, gorgeous tropical setting, no-pressure activities and watersports available, and of course beaches galore. A sailing on the MS Paul Gauguin could certainly be considered a splurge, but one that is well worth it.
The line is known for great service, gourmet dining experiences, and of course a beautiful destination which is legendary among holidaymakers of all kinds: French Polynesia, A.K.A Tahiti. You can't replicate that kind of South Pacific paradise!
The line operates just one luxury cruise vessel, the MS Paul Gauguin. Carrying just 332 passengers at full capacity, she is an intimate boutique ship and was purpose built for the region. While French Polynesia is the star of any Paul Gauguin cruise, the ship is also a wonderful place to spend time. Her top features include:
The first thing that most PG passengers will notice is the stellar service. The ship's staff and crew are cheerful, friendly, professional and always willing to go the extra mile. Many have been with the line for a long time so are well acquainted with the ins and outs of cruising, and there is around a 1:1.5 crew to passenger ratio.
Dining on a Paul Gauguin cruise is quite the experience - like the service, the line has focused on perfecting this important aspect of cruising. Despite the relatively small size of the ship, there are three separate dining venues which all serve up amazing dishes.
L'Etoile is the exquisite main dining room, where you can get the whole fine dining adventure from crisp tablecloths to wine pairings. For an al fresco meal, there is La Veranda with plentiful and delicious buffet choices, which is transformed in the evenings into a reservation-only dining venue by chef Jean-Pierre Vigato. Le Grill offers casual poolside fare, including buffet breakfasts, grilled lunch options, afternoon teas and Polynesian specialties in the evenings.
Beverages at the open bars and served with meals are included in the cruise fare. In-cabin mini bars are also replenished daily with soft drinks, beer and bottled water
The primary activities enjoyed by Paul Gauguin cruisers are relaxing and making the most of the beautiful Polynesian islands. However, as mentioned above the ship has several facilities to keep you busy including the fabulous Watersports Marina. In the evenings, Le Grand Salon puts on performances which cover everything from broadway-style productions to traditional local dance and music shows.
Onshore, the line offers some adventurous shore excursions (at an extra charge) including an off-road safari, an "underwater walk" canoeing, catamaran sailing, firewalking shows, trekking, scenic flights and more. However, solo explorations and beach time are just as fabulous for passing the days on the gorgeous beaches and isles the ship visits.
Although the vast majority of Paul Gauguin cruise itineraries take place within Tahiti and the islands of French Polynesia (7-10 night cruises are very popular), the line makes the occasional journey to Fiji and even as far as Bali in Southeast Asia. These mean longer cruises with more sea days, but offer amazing experiences to those who undertake them.
Common ports of call for the ms Paul Gauguin include Bora Bora, Moorea, Taha'a (Motu Mahana), Huahine, Nuku Hiva and many other idyllic isles. The ship is based out of Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia.
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