The m/s Paul Gauguin
- Most luxurious ship to sail in Tahiti on a year-round basis
- Only 332 guests with crew to guest ratio of 1 to 1.5
- Overall Length: 513 feet (156.5 meters)
- Passenger Decks: 7
- Shipyard: Chantiers de l’Atlantique, Saint Nazaire, France
- Gross Tonnage: 19,200
- Cruising Speed: 18 knots
- Ship’s Registry: Bahamas
- Propulsion System: Diesel Electric
The m/s PAUL GAUGUIN was designed specifically to sail the shallow seas of Polynesia, visiting small ports that larger ships can’t reach and effortlessly blending into the stunning natural beauty of the South Seas. She offers an extension of the informal, relaxing environment of the islands, coupled with five-star service, comfort and luxury. Spacious suites and staterooms (more than 70% with private balconies), an onboard watersports marina, a choice of three open-seating dining venues and an extensive spa are among her luxurious attributes. The atmosphere aboard ship radiates warmth, informality, and Polynesian flair. And our beloved troupe of Gauguines — a local Tahitian group who serve as cruise staff, entertainers and storytellers—add a unique personality to every cruise.
- All onboard gratuities included
- Complimentary 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
- Well-being and vegetarian selections and special dietetic menus upon request
- WiFi hotspots throughout the ship
- Complementary 24-hour room service & in-room dining
- Complementary in-room movie channels and movies available
Staff and Services
Personal service is a hallmark of the Paul Gauguin. You’ll know it as soon as you step aboard. With one crew member for every 1.5 guests, you’re assured the highest level of personal attention. The staff’s rigorous dedication to your comfort and well-being is gracefully expressed in a hundred thoughtful acts. The way the maitre d’ remembers your name or which table you prefer. In the extra personal attention the dive master gives every participant in the ship’s onboard SCUBA program. And in the warmth of your stewardess’ smile as she places a perfect ripe mango in your fruit basket. Yet, surprisingly, the staff expects no gratuities. They are included in your cruise fare.
24-Hour Room Service
A special 24-hour room service menu is available. During normal dining hours, you may also order from L’Etoile Restaurant and enjoy dinner in your suite.
The ultimate and absolutely indispensable perk of Butler service awaits guests in category B accommodations and higher. For those who desire an enhanced level of individualized service, our Butler service is a prerequisite. Butlers can assist your arrival on board by unpacking your luggage, arranging pressing for your clothing, and making reservations at the Spa or for dinner in La Veranda or Le Grill. If making changes in your shore plans, a Butler can arrange for a private car or lunch reservations at your favorite restaurant. Celebrating a special occasion? Have the Butler arrange a private cocktail party with canapes. Our highly-skilled Butlers do it all – quickly, competently and without fuss.
Laundry, Dry Cleaning and Pressing Services
Onboard laundry and valet services, including pressing and dry cleaning, are available with charge and may be arranged through your stewardess for same-day service. All guests entitled to Butler service will receive complimentary pressing of any items that will be worn the first evening on board. These items will be collected by the Butler at the guest’s earliest convenience.
Guests can make telephone calls directly from their suite or stateroom. Fax messages are received and sent through the reception desk. There are nine computers and a printer. Internet and Wireless access is available.
The Medical Center is designed to provide medical care for temporary illnesses and accidents. The ship’s licensed and registered doctor and nurse are on 24-hour call for professional and emergency services, which are available at customary charges.
Water Sports Marina
Dive into the blue and come face to face with a colorful parade of marine life, from magnificent parrot fish and clownfish to stately sea turtles. Your first dive into crystal-clear waters will spoil you for anything else under the sun-or the seven seas.
Watersports are a highlight of the Polynesian experience, and the m/s Paul Gauguin is constructed to take full advantage of these irresistible waters, with accessibility to ports and adventures that other ships can’t offer. The ship’s small footprint enables it to navigate lagoons that larger ships would never dare to enter. And our retractable, onboard Watersports Marina brings you down to sea level, where you can hop aboard a windsurfer, launch a kayak, try waterskiing, or embark on our Zodiac for optional diving adventures.
Even if you’ve never been diving, you can take advantage of our onboard scuba lessons. The m/s Paul Gauguin is the only luxury ship in French Polynesia to offer PADI certification onboard for novice divers as well as classes at all levels, from snorkeling to advanced scuba diving techniques, supervised by our own staff of PADI dive masters. For the convenience of our guests, all necessary equipment, including an air compressor to refill scuba tanks, is onboard.
Suites and Staterooms
All oceanview staterooms and suites – nearly 70% with private balconies, feature temperature control, queen-size bed (a limited number can have twin-bed configuration) bathroom with full-size bathtub and shower, bathrobes, slippers, hair dryer, TV, CD/DVD player, personal safe, a refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, and more! There is one wheelchair accessible stateroom, and select staterooms can accommodate three guests. Download PDF with Suites and Staterooms information.