June 26 – July 10, 2019

South Pacific Cruise to Totality

With special visit to famed Pitcairn Island

Tour Overview

  • Enjoy 14 nights of five-star luxury aboard the privately chartered, 330-passenger M/S Paul Gauguin – sailing June 26 to July 10, 2019.
  • Stand in the Moon’s shadow for three minutes and 10 seconds during the July 2 total eclipse of the Sun.
  • Discover South Pacific gems such as Bora Bora, Moorea, Rangiroa, Huahine, Taha’a and Pitcairn Island.
  • Included special visit to famed Pitcairn Island, where Fletcher Christian and eight other mutineers from HMS Bounty escaped British naval law by founding a “free” settlement in 1790.
  • Gain new insights into astronomy and Polynesian culture through a rich shipboard lecture program.

Finding the best spot to view a total solar eclipse can be challenging on a planet whose surface is more than 70 percent water. Sometimes the secret is to charter a small, nimble ship that can get you exactly where you need to be. And when the ideal route takes you across the South Pacific, island hopping among tropical gems, you have an unmatched opportunity to keep one eye on the heavens while experiencing a spectacular taste of paradise right here on Earth.

At the turn of the 20th century, post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin traveled to French Polynesia to create some of his most renowned masterpieces. In the summer of 2019, a privately chartered vessel bearing Gauguin’s name will transport our small group of TravelQuest adventurers to the same remote corner of the South Pacific, including famed Pitcairn Island, as we spend 14 nights exploring exotic archipelagoes and then on July 2 gather at a perfect viewing point to witness the total eclipse of the Sun.

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Pitcairn Island

During the total solar eclipse on July 2, 2019, the Moon’s shadow will mainly pass over the Pacific Ocean – including a point just north of Pitcairn, the only inhabited island in a remote volcanic archipelago. It was here that the notorious Fletcher Christian and eight other mutineers from HMS Bounty escaped British naval law by founding a “free” settlement in 1790. Even today, Pitcairn is visited by only a small number of ships – most arriving with too little time for passengers to disembark and meet the island’s inhabitants, who include descendants of the original mutineers.

While a Pitcairn landing is not guaranteed on our TravelQuest voyage, we’ve designed our itinerary to allow an approximate 36-hour window in which we hope to set foot on this historic two-mile-long speck in the vast Pacific. Highlights ashore include a visit to Pitcairn village, see the anchor of HMS Bounty and the ship’s Bible – plus chances to meet local residents who still bear the surnames of the mutineers.

This is your chance to experience the ultimate in relaxation while exploring pristine tropical sanctuaries and discovering the rich legacy of Polynesian civilization. And as an added bonus, TravelQuest will be featuring an optional pre-cruise add-on excursion from Tahiti to legendary Easter Island.

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