Regardless of how my colleagues take into account the fact that they are working aboard on one of the most luxurious ship and the most celebrated cruise ship in French Polynesia, for me being a crew aboard the M/S Paul Gauguin is more of a privilege rather than a choice. The name of the ship represents the living figure of a legendary French artist in the South Pacific whose paintings not only earned much appreciation for arts collectors worldwide but also prized at a staggering eight-digit figure. The 19200-ton cruise ship is as popular as the artist himself and one of the most awarded ships to sail in French Polynesia.
M/S Paul Gauguin sails around the splendid islands of French Polynesia most of the time in a year with itineraries to include Tahiti, Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora Bora, Moorea, Huahine, Rangiroa, Fakarava to as far as the remote islands of the Marquesas Islands namely, Hiva Oa, Nuku Hiva, Fatu Hiva and Ua Huka. The M/S Paul Gauguin also sails to exotic destinations outside French Polynesia. This includes voyages to the Cook Islands, Tonga and Fiji. Occasionally, M/S Paul Gauguin sails to New Caledonia and Brisbane, Australia as well.
The ship was built in Chantiers de l'Atlantique in St. Nazaire, France and made her inaugural Polynesian cruise in January 1998, flying the French flag. The 320-guest M/S Paul Gauguin features spacious staterooms with private balconies situated on decks 6, 7 and 8 in addition to its luxurious staterooms on decks 3 and 4. M/S Paul Gauguin sticks on to its reputation that goes beyond five-star through its exotic itineraries, unparalleled luxury, comfort and excellent service.
State of the Art Navigation System
- Top Rated Small Cruise Ship by Cond Nast Traveler, 2008
- Best Cruise Ship by Cond Nast Traveler, 2003
- Best Food by Cruise Critic, 2003, 2004
- Top Romantic Ship by Cruise Critic, 2004
- Best Spa by CruiseMates, 2002, 2004
- Best Staterooms by CruiseMates, 2003
- Best Quality Award by Cruise Reports, 2000.
- Best Small Cruise Ship in 2008
Top Most Photo by Ryan Aguas
Created by Boston-based tour operator Grand Circle Travel, Paul Gauguin Cruises took over the marketing and operation of Paul Gauguin at the end of 2009 from Regent Seven Seas Cruises, who had operated the ship sine its inception.