m/s Paul Gauguin

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Built In 1997 | Registry Bahamas | Total Staterooms N/A

Designed specifically to glide through the shallow seas of the South Pacific, The Gauguin is the flagship of Paul Gauguin Cruises and a small-ship cruiser's dream. She delivers travelers to intimate ports inaccessible to larger cruise ships, all the while providing an onboard experience that is nothing short of luxurious. Guests aboard our luxury cruises enjoy spacious suites and staterooms (more than 70% with private balconies), an onboard watersports marina, three dining venues, an extensive spa, and five-star service. Life onboard also reflects the beauty and rich cultural heritage of the islands she calls upon, with a warm, friendly feel, informal setting, and even a beloved troupe of Gaugines and Gauguins-local Tahitians who serve as cruise staff, entertainers, and storytellers.

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Life Onboard

Owner's Suite
Can accommodate up to 4 guests by adding 2 berths with a queen-sized sofa bed.
Bathroom includes a full-size tub and dressing area.
Owner's Suite includes Butler service.

GS Grand Suite
Grand Suites can accommodate up to 4 guests by adding 2 berths with cribs or roll-aways.
Grand Suites includes Butler service

A Veranda Suite
Veranda Suites can accommodate up to 4 guests by adding 2 berths with cribs or a sofa bed.

Balcony Stateroom
Balcony Staterooms can accommodate a third guest in a loveseat convertible.
Features a very small bathroom with shower only.

Window Stateroom
With picture window can accommodate a third guest in a loveseat convertible.
Stateroom 415 is slightly larger, is wheelchair accessible, and can accommodate a third guest by adding a roll-away.


From the moment you are greeted at L’Etoile, you know you’re in for an exquisite dining experience. Open for dinner only, the elegant main dining room surrounds you with a perfectly appointed décor, crisp linens, and an array of tempting specialties, expertly prepared.

La Veranda 
La Veranda's floor-to-ceiling windows, indoor and al fresco seating, and refined atmosphere make it the perfect place to enjoy buffet breakfast and lunch, often featuring international themes. À la carte menus are also available. In the evening, La Veranda is transformed into an elegant, reservation-only dining venue featuring gourmet cuisine (on The Gauguin only. La Veranda is only open for breakfast and lunch on The Moana.)

Le Grill 
For a more casual dining experience, join us at Le Grill. Greet the sun with a buffet breakfast, or enjoy lunch by the pool on a choice of grilled favorites, salads, and fresh tropical fruits. At night, make new friends at dinner, as you savor Polynesian specialties in a relaxed atmosphere.

The culinary creations of Jean-Pierre Vigato, Chef Propriétaire of the world-renowned, Michelin-starred Restaurant Apicius in Paris, are featured aboard both vessels. Enjoy Chef Vigato’s signature cuisine in L’Etoile aboard The Moana. Aboard The Gauguin, Chef Vigato’s cuisine will be featured in La Veranda.

Paul Gauguin Cruises offers a unique program for children on select voyages of the m/s Paul Gauguin. Developed by Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society, our groundbreaking Ambassadors of the Environment (AOTE) Youth Program introduces young travelers (ages 9 to 17) to the extraordinary natural wonders of French Polynesia through direct, hands-on, interactive experiences with marine and island ecosystems.

Under the guidance of expert Ocean Futures Society naturalists, your children will enjoy a suite of onboard activities and daily excursions that reveal the natural wonders and rich culture of Polynesia both on land and in the sea. Some of the activities that may be included in the program are lectures, day and night snorkeling, swimming with rays and sharks, onboard games and activities, cycling, rainforest hikes, and sustainable living lessons.

The AOTE Program is available on these select summer and holiday sailings in 2015 and 2016, for one all-inclusive fee of $329-$399 per child (depending on departure date):

7 Night Tahiti & the Society Islands - $329 per child

    2015 | June 20, 27; July 4; August 8, 15, 22; December 23, 30
    2016 | June 11, 18; July 9, 16, 23; August 20, 27; December 21, 28

10 Night Society Islands & Tuamotus - $359 per child

    2015 | June 10; July 29
    2016 | June 1; August 10

11 Night Cook Islands & Society Islands - $379 per child

    2015 | July 18
    2016 | July 30

14 Night Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands - $399 per child

    2016 | June 25

Les Gauguines & Les Gauguins 
On every voyage of The Gauguin,  their own troupe of Tahitian host/entertainers brings the spirit of Polynesia to life for the guests. Enjoy a performance in Le Grand Salon, in which these talented performers retell ancestral legends through dance. Attend a Polynesian blessing ceremony for couples celebrating a honeymoon or anniversary. Delight in traditional songs crooned in La Palette lounge aboard or at their private motu. And learn local handicrafts such as pareo tying during hands-on demonstrations.

Le Grand Salon 
Evenings aboard The Gauguin feature spectacular performances in the ship's main lounge. Every voyage features an electrifying Polynesian show by their beloved troupe of entertainers, Les Gauguines and Les Gauguins. Another show might feature a guest Polynesian troupe offering a thrilling performance of ote'a—a complex line dance accompanied by drums telling the ancestral legends of the Polynesian people. On other nights, you might marvel at the skill of a pianist … tap your foot to a rock band … or hum along to familiar tunes performed by a veteran of Broadway. The selection of entertainment is sure to make every evening a pleasure!

La Palette 
In this versatile lounge, you can enjoy a morning snack or afternoon tea, attend a honeymoon/anniversary blessing ceremony, or enjoy a nightcap and dance under the stars to the strains of live music.

Casino and Piano Bar 
Every evening (except when prohibited by port regulations), you can try your luck in Le Casino, featuring slot machines, blackjack, and stud poker. Or relax with a drink at the Piano Bar, enjoying live entertainment.


Outdoor Pool and Pool Bar
Enjoy a refreshing dip in their onboard swimming pool, located under the sky deck.  Or perhaps you’ll simply relax poolside in a deck chair, with a good book and a beverage from the Pool Bar. Aboard The Gauguin, you can also take advantage of the onboard SCUBA lessons. The Gauguin is the only luxury ship in French Polynesia to offer PADI certification on board for novice divers, as well as refresher courses.

Watersports Marina
Watersports are a highlight of the Paul Gauguin Cruises’ experience.

Aboard The Gauguin, a specially designed retractable watersports platform enables guests to descend to sea level, where they can conveniently hop aboard a windsurfer or paddleboard, launch a kayak, or set out for an optional SCUBA diving expedition. The Gauguin’s SCUBA diving excursions are designed for all levels of experience, and we are the only luxury ship in the French Polynesian islands to offer PADI certification onboard for novice divers, as well as refresher courses. For watersports marina hours of operations, click here

Deep Nature Spa by Algotherm
An award-winning luxury spa. With its unrivaled approach to beauty and rejuvenation, the spa combines the art of gentle pampering with services that are tailored uniquely to the needs of each individual.

Designed as a luxurious refuge from everyday stresses, the spa offers an extensive range of physical regimens, including health and revitalization. Shipboard treatments include skin-care therapies, skin exfoliating, massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, body wraps, facials, and beauty treatments. Relaxing overwater massages are also available on their private motu off the coast of Taha’a when sailing on The Gauguin.

Fitness & Watersports
Exercise your options in the Fitness Center with Lifecycles, treadmills, stairmasters, and weight machines. Or enjoy kayaking, windsurfing or paddleboarding. If you sail aboard The Gauguin, we offer an exclusive, optional PADI SCUBA diving program.


Deck Overview

Additional Ship Facts

  • Nationality Of Officer : International
  • Width : 71 feet
  • Gross Tonnage : 19,200
  • Cruising Speed : 18 Knots

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