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In-Depth Paul Gauguin Cruises Information
In-Depth Paul Gauguin Cruises Information
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 The Fleet:

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 Stateroom and Suite Amenities:

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 Children and Families:

 Private Island:

Overview
Paul Gauguin Cruises is owned by Pacific Beachcomber S.C., a company with over 25 years' experience in the French Polynesian tourism market. A key focus of the company is sustainable development; in addition to the cruise line, they operate 5 award winning hotels whose resorts are all Green Globe certified, and they are the country's largest luxury hotel and cruise operator in the region. Paul Gauguin Cruises is comprised of two ships, the Paul Gauguin, which launched in 1998, and the m/v Terre Moana, which debuted in December 2012.
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The Fleet:
Built specifically to sail the waters of Tahiti, French Polynesia, and the South Pacific, the Paul Gauguin began sailing in 1998. Accommodating 332 passengers with an enviable 1-to-1.5 crew-to-passenger ratio, The Gauguin is the only cruise ship offering year-round itineraries in the Society, Tuamotu, and Marquesas Islands. Cabins are all oceanview, with almost 70% of them having balconies; in addition to the typical amenities found on most smaller luxury cruise ships, The Gauguin also features a watersports marina with windsurfers, kayaks, waterskiing equipment, snorkeling gear and scuba equipment, as well as an onboard naturalist. In 2012 it underwent a $7 million renovation, which included not only physical refurbishments, but also focus on more inventive dining, enhanced spa treatments, and exciting new shore excursion options.

The sleek Tere Moana made her first voyage in December 2012. Originally built for Compagnie du Ponant as Le Levant in 1998, The Moana carries only 90 lucky guests attended to by a staff of 57, keeping up the impressive crew-to-passenger ratio established by The Gauguin. The Moana offers the same upscale experience, specializing in unique itineraries inaccessible to larger vessels, but this ship explores ports in the Caribbean and Latin America during the winter months and Europe during the rest of the year.
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Onboard:
Atmosphere is both luxurious and relaxed, with an emphasis on hospitality and attention to detail provided by warm, friendly staff. Fellow passengers tend to be a mix of well-traveled honeymooners, professionals and retirees from all over the world, averaging in the mid-fifties, but encompassing all ages, with more teens and children aboard during school vacation periods. Announcements are typically made in English and French.

Dress is comfortable during the day with, "country club casual" or resort wear for evening. Ties aren't required, but gentlemen may wish to bring a blazer for the Captain's Welcome Reception. In addition to comfortable public areas, both ships feature a fitness center, luxurious spa, onboard naturalist, onboard watersports marina, and a pool with plenty of room to relax and enjoy the view. Smoking is prohibited in all suites, staterooms and on private balconies, but there are areas on the ships where passengers can smoke.
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Stateroom and Suite Amenities:
Decor is simple but elegant, with fine European linens and feather-down duvets on the beds, and robes, cotton slippers, and luxurious bath products provided. On The Gauguin, most staterooms have queen-sized beds, with a few offering twin bed configuration; bathrooms include a full-size tub, with a few staterooms offering shower only. On The Moana, all staterooms have queen-sized beds that can convert to twins, while the bathrooms include a shower only. Cabins on both ships are all oceanview, some with balconies, and include a safe, hair dryer, flat-screen TV, CD/DVD player, and refrigerator replenished daily with soft drinks, beer, and bottled water.
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Cuisine:
Both ships feature the indoor/outdoor restaurant La Veranda and the main dining room, L?Etoile. La Veranda offers both menu service as well as buffet style breakfast and lunch buffets, with lunch buffets themed to various regional cuisines. In the evening La Veranda transforms into an elegant reservations-only gourmet French bistro with set menu. L'Etoile is open for dinner only, serving French food with a Polynesian influence, in an elegant setting reminiscent of a fine Paris restaurant. Emphasis is on seasonal cuisine and high quality fresh local ingredients. Alternative vegetarian, light and healthy, or no salt added menus are also offered on the dinner menu in addition to the regular items. Nonalcoholic beverages, house wines and some spirits are included, and wines are also available for purchase from an impressive cellar list. On the Paul Gauguin, passengers can also enjoy buffet breakfast and lunch at Le Grille on the pool deck, and reservations-only dinner featuring a Polynesian menu.
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Entertainment and Enrichment:
Entertainment on Paul Gauguin Cruises is low key. Guests can enjoy live music and dancing as well as immersion into the culture, history, and natural beauty of the area through lectures and programs by the onboard naturalist and guest presenters. Watersports are always a highlight of Paul Gauguin cruises, and in addition to the variety of optional shore excursions, The Gauguin also offers onboard Scuba and refresher courses for an additional fee. The Paul Gauguin also features a small casino and piano bar in addition to La Palette Lounge, and guests can enjoy live entertainment and cultural shows at Le Grande Salon. Entertainment aboard Le Salon on The Moana includes live piano music for a relaxing conclusion to the day's activities.
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Children and Families:
During June 1 through mid-August, The Paul Gauguin offers Jean-Michel Costeau's Ocean Futures Society Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Program, a wonderful hands-on interactive program to teach young travelers about Polynesian culture and marine life. The program is an additional fee and parents have an opportunity to join children on eco-excursions and other related activities on shore and onboard the ship. The Moana has no special facilities or onboard programs for children, and babysitting service on both ships is not guaranteed and cannot be confirmed in advance. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times while aboard either ship; the cruise line does not accept infants under 1, and reserves the right to limit the number of children on board a particular cruise.
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Private Island:
A cruise aboard the Paul Gauguin includes a Beach Barbecue day at their private island, Motu Mahana. In addition to the lovely white sand beach, the snorkeling is supposed to be some of the best in the Society Islands and the Marina staff also brings over the ship's kayaks for additional exploration. Guests aboard The Gauguin also have complimentary access to the cruise line's beautiful private white sand beach off the coast of Bora Bora.
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