- Most luxurious ship sailing out of Tahiti on a year-round basis
- Only 332 passengers, with a crew-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.5
- Overall length: 513 ft (156.5 m)
- Passenger decks: 7
- Shipyard: Chantiers de l’Atlantique, Saint Nazaire, France
- Gross tonnage: 19,200 tons
- Cruising speed: 18 knots
- Ship’s registry: Bahamas
- Propulsion system: diesel electric
- Planned dry-dock renovation prior to our cruise: May 2020
M/S Paul Gauguin was designed specifically to sail the shallow bays of Polynesia, visiting small ports that larger ships can’t reach and blending naturally into the stunning beauty of the islands. Life onboard celebrates the warm, informal spirit of Polynesian culture while delivering five-star service, comfort and luxury. Spacious suites and staterooms, an onboard watersports marina, a choice of three open-seating dining venues and a relaxing spa are among the vessel’s many amenities. And then there are Les Gauguines, a troupe of Tahitians who serve as cruise staff, entertainers and storytellers, adding a unique dimension to every cruise.
- Paul Gauguin Cruises was voted “#1 Midsize-Ship Ocean Cruise Line” by readers in Travel + Leisure’s 2017 World’s Best Awards.
- Condé Nast Traveler has recognized Paul Gauguin Cruises on its “Top Small Ships” list for 17 years in a row.
- The M/S Paul Gauguin has the longest continuous sailing record of any luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific.
Suites and Staterooms
All ocean-view staterooms and suites – more than two-thirds with private balconies – feature independent temperature controls, queen-size beds (a small number offer twin beds), bathrooms with full-size tubs and showers, televisions, CD/DVD players, refrigerators stocked with soft drinks, safes to secure valuables – plus hair dryers, robes and more. The ship has one wheelchair-accessible stateroom, and a few staterooms can accommodate up to three guests.
Superior-quality service is a hallmark of the M/S Paul Gauguin, and you see it as soon as you step aboard. With one crewmember for every 1.5 guests, you’re assured the highest level of personal attention. The staff’s dedication to your comfort and well-being is expressed in a hundred thoughtful acts: the maitre d’ who remembers your name and which table you prefer; the stewardess who places a perfectly ripened mango in your fruit basket; and the extra personal attention from the dive master if you participate in the onboard scuba program. And all of this with no expectation of gratuities – they’re included in your cruise fare.
- Beverages, including fine wines and premium spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, coffee and tea served throughout the ship.
- Onboard dive and lecture programs.
- Two elegant restaurants and one pool-side grill, all with open-seating dining.
- Vegetarian and wellness-focused meal selections, with special dietary menus upon request.
- 24-hour room service and in-room dining.
- Internet Wi-Fi access throughout your entire cruise.
- In-room movie channels and movies available.
- All onboard gratuities.
24-Hour Room Service
Complimentary 24-hour room service is available. During normal dining hours, you may also order from L’Etoile restaurant and enjoy dinner in your suite.
For guests who appreciate an enhanced level of personalized service – and are traveling in category B accommodations or higher – butler service is a welcome and indispensable perquisite. Our butlers can assist with your arrival onboard by unpacking luggage, arranging for your clothes to be pressed and making reservations at the spa or one of the ship’s restaurants. As for your expeditions ashore, a butler can arrange for a private car or make lunch reservations at the restaurant of your choice. Celebrating a special occasion? Have your butler arrange a private cocktail party. These highly skilled specialists can do it all – quickly, competently and without fuss.
Laundry, Dry Cleaning and Pressing Services
Onboard laundry and valet services, including pressing, are available with charge and can be arranged through your stewardess for same-day service. Guests who take advantage of our butler service receive complimentary pressing of any items to be worn the first evening onboard.
Complimentary Internet Wi-Fi access is included in the cost of your eclipse cruise aboard the M/S Paul Gauguin. You can also make telephone calls directly from your suite or stateroom. There are nine computers and a printer onboard, and fax messages can be sent and received via the reception desk.
The ship’s Medical Center is designed to provide care for temporary illnesses and accidents. A licensed and registered doctor and nurse are on 24-hour call for professional and emergency services, which are available at customary charges.
Watersports Marina, Snorkeling and Scuba
Watersports are a highlight of the Polynesian experience, and the M/S Paul Gauguin is designed to take full advantage, offering unique access to intriguing ports and unrivaled adventures. The ship’s small footprint means it can navigate lagoons that larger ships would never dare to enter. And the retractable onboard watersports marina brings you down to sea level, where you can hop aboard a windsurfer, launch a kayak, try water-skiing, or take a Zodiac on one of our optional scuba-diving adventures.
Diving into the crystal-clear waters, you’ll come face to face with a colorful parade of marine life, from magnificent parrotfish and clownfish to stately sea turtles. And even if you’ve never tried diving before, you can take advantage of onboard lessons. The M/S Paul Gauguin is the only luxury ship in French Polynesia that offers PADI certification onboard for novice scuba divers. The ship has classes for all levels, from snorkeling to advanced scuba-diving techniques, supervised by a staff of PADI dive masters. For the convenience of guests, all necessary equipment, including an air compressor to refill scuba tanks, is onboard.