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French Polynesia is one of my favorite destinations on the planet – from the beautiful lagoons to the welcoming attitude of the locals – and I couldn’t imagine a better experience than a week island-hopping between garden and overwater bungalows paired with a cruise around the islands on the m/s Paul Gauguin.
This all-inclusive, 332-passenger ship was designed specifically for navigating the shallow waters of these South Pacific islands, allowing travelers access to more islands than any other cruise line operating in the area. The vessel reflects the same inviting charm of the Polynesian people, especially evident in their “troupe of Gauguines,” the locals who serve onboard the cruise as staff, entertainers, and storytellers.
The ship features all oceanview accommodations and suite/stateroom categories B and above offer butler service to assist with unpacking, arranging excursions, and delivering special treats to the room daily.
The Paul Gauguin experience is perfect for all travel groups: from honeymooners and couples getaways to family travelers and Ocean-lovers. The Ambassadors of the Environment youth programs are available for 9-17 year olds, which strives to introduce young travelers to Tahiti’s ecological wonders by exploring coral reefs, hiking rainforest trails, visiting Polynesian temples and more.
Ocean-enthusiasts will love the onboard lecturers, especially on the select sailings hosted by Jean-Michel Cousteau, an explorer and environmentalist who is the son of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau.
Of course, French Polynesia is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway, and the m/s Paul Gauguin caters to this experience. From a complimentary honeymoon package to specific excursions designed for romance (like a Romantic Escapade at the Intercontinental Thalasso in Bora Bora, one of my all-time favorite resorts), couples will find all they’re looking for in a honeymoon or anniversary trip.
All guests can enjoy the onboard watersports marina, which offers windsurfing, kayaking, and even Zodiak excursions. Speaking of excursions, the m/s Paul Gauguin offers excursions that are designed specifically with French Polynesia in mind. For instance, guests can go snorkeling with sharks and rays (my favorite excursion in Moorea), acqua safaris, and more.
Finally, big plans for the already renowned cruise line: in December 2012, Paul Gauguin launches itineraries on its newest ship, the m/v Tere Moana. This particular vessel is much more intimate, accommodating only 90 guests, and will specialize in European, Caribbean, and Latin American destinations. Due to its small size, the m/v Tere Moana will pride itself in delivering unique itineraries to travelers in search of more off-the-beaten-path ports of call.
As with all of the lines we’re featuring this week, Paul Gauguin cruises are a partner cruise line, meaning we’re able to get you special perks onboard most sailings. We’ll also make sure you aren’t just another face in the crowd from booking online – hello, VIP cruisers!
Plus, I specialize in French Polynesia, and have recently traveled there myself, so I will work with you to customize a fantastic pre or post itinerary for you to make sure you get the most out of the area!