At the turn of the century, impressionist Paul Gauguin traveled to the tropical shores of French Polynesia to create some of his most renowned masterpieces. Today his namesake, the m/s Paul Gauguin, transports discerning guests to the same romantic Tahitian vacation paradise—to explore, experience and escape.
Paul Gauguin Cruises is committed to providing an extraordinary luxury cruise experience uniquely tailored to the unparalleled wonders of Tahiti, French Polynesia and the South Pacific. The company’s numerous “World’s Best” awards demonstrate a dedication to guest satisfaction, excellence, quality and value.
Built in 1998 at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France, the 332-guest m/s Paul Gauguin was designed specifically to allow guests the freedom to discover the exotic ports of the South Pacific without limitation. On January 6, 2010, the luxury ship sailed its first voyage as a member of the Pacific Beachcomber, S.C. portfolio.
The Gauguin hosts voyages ranging from 7 to 20 night itineraries, featuring such exquisite destinations as Tahiti and the Society Islands, Tuamotus, the Cook Islands, Marquesas, Tonga, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia. Each of these exclusive voyages highlights the utter beauty that defines French Polynesia and the South Pacific. Lush rain forests, exotic wildlife and the vibrant culture of this region combine to provide a welcome tropical escape for guests yearning for the ultimate getaway.
In January 2012, the m/s Paul Gauguin completed the largest renovations in the ship’s 14-year history. Taking place during the ship’s 10-night crossing from Tahiti to Brisbane and 11-night drydock in Brisbane, the $7 million renovation featured extensive enhancements to both the interiors and the exteriors of the ship. All suites and staterooms feature new flooring, refinished furniture with new fabrics, and more. Renovations throughout the ship included new flooring, elegant new furniture, new window treatments and decorative wall panels, and new signage, providing a lighter, brighter feel. The renovations also included updates and additions to the ship’s dining venues –La Veranda, Le Grill and L’Etoile – as well as a new built-in banquette and expanded casino in Le Casino.
The Gauguin’s previous renovation, totaling $6 million, was completed in January 2009 to provide updated and more spacious accommodations highlighting the ship’s unique Euro-Polynesian flair. The upgrades included converting 26 oceanview staterooms to balcony staterooms – increasing the number of suites and staterooms featuring private balconies to nearly 70 percent of the ship. Le Grill casual poolside dining experience was significantly upgraded, and La Veranda restaurant’s al fresco dining space was expanded. The Internet and Fitness Centers were improved, watersports activities were enhanced with new sport boats, and all public areas received extensive refurbishments to reflect the luxurious standard that is characteristic of Paul Gauguin Cruises.
In September 2011, Paul Gauguin Cruises announced the acquisition of a second ship, which began sailing under the Paul Gauguin Cruises banner as the m/v Tere Moana in December 2012 with voyages in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe. The ship completed a multifaceted renovation in November 2012 and features 44 staterooms accommodating 88 guests.
As the longest continually operating luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, The Gauguin is one of the most highly awarded luxury cruise ships in the world, regularly receiving top honors for superb luxury, quality, service, itineraries and value. The Gauguin was recognized as one of the “Top 20 Small Cruise Ships” by readers of Condé Nast Traveler for the 15th year in a row in 2013; has earned accolades for cabins, dining, embarkation, entertainment, fitness service, and value in the Small Ship Category in Cruise Critic’s Cruisers’ Choice Awards (2012); and received second place for small-ship cruise lines in Travel + Leisure’s “2012 World’s Best Awards.”
Since 1998, The Gauguin has completed more than 570 South Pacific cruises and served more than 176,250 guests, including more than 15,000 honeymooners.
Headquarters: Bellevue, WA, USA
Web site: http://www.pgcruises.com/