There is a new cruise line starting up in January of 2010. We
haven't said much about this cruise line because it is not sailing yet,
but cruises are on sale and we are getting close to the time when
people start planning their major cruises for next year. So we want to
tell you about a new luxury cruise line that many of you may already be
Paul Gauguin Cruises is a one ship cruise line, and those of you in
the know already recognize the name -- the one ship is the former Paul
Gauguin of Regent Cruise Lines. Regent is still one of the top cruise
lines in the luxury cruise market, earning accolades for its great
service and fantastic cuisine.
The small ship, Paul Gauguin, has always been the line's one ship
that remained dedicated to the Tahiti market. The ship repeated almost
the same exact cruise, from Tahiti to Bora Bora and islands in between,
all year round.
But Regent Seven Seas Cruises was recently acquired by a new owner
who decided the line did not need a ship dedicated to one cruising
region when they already had four other ships sailing all over the
world. So they sold Paul Gauguin to a group of investors located in
Paul Gauguin Cruises was born in 2009, but they do not officially
take over the ship until the first week of January in 2010. Cruises are
on sale, however, and there are actually quite a few great bargains to
be had if you book by July 31, 2009.
Even better, After 12 years in service the ship is no longer
confined to just the Society Islands of French Polynesia. The new line
has created a fantastic array of 38 unique cruises throughout the South
Pacific ranging from seven to 15 nights. The new itineraries include
the old route of Tahiti and the Society Islands, but add the following
is the largest chain of coral atolls in the world, and they boast some
of the most renowned snorkeling and diving in the world. Paul Gauguin
will anchor at Rangiroa, where the sheltered lagoon's dolphins, rays
and colorful tropical fish will be visible from the deck of the ship in
the pristine lagoon waters. Nearby, Fakarava offers gorgeous black sand
beaches, a black pearl farm and a plethora of rare birds and plants
that can be found nowhere else.
Cruises to the Tuamotus range from 9 to 14 nights and start from
just $3,995 per person, featuring overnight calls in Rangiroa, Bora
Bora, Moorea and Papeete as well as the private retreat on Motu Mahana
and private beach at Bora Bora.
Marquesas include 12 islands -- only six of which are inhabited. They
are almost completely untouched by European exploration, and the
isolation of these faraway islands has established a fascinating
culture among the native people. The wilderness here is essentially
untapped, including wild stallions running free on the isle of Ua Haku.
Fatu Hiva boasts only one road but beautiful thousand-foot waterfalls
and expansive mountains.
There are only four voyages to the Marquesas this year. These
14-night cruises start from only $5,495 per person. Guests will
experience the South Pacific natural history and beauty at its best as
they enjoy in-depth exploration of four islands in the Marquesas,
Fakarava, and the Society Islands, as well as the Motu Mahana private
retreat and Bora Bora private beach visit.
last-discovered major landmass and youngest country in the world, New
Zealand, offers a perfect balance between relaxation and adventure.
Guests will meet the vibrant Maori culture and visit some of the most
distinctive natural features in this corner of the world.
The Capital city, Auckland, is aptly nicknamed the City of Sails,
and is surrounded on three sides by water. The Bay of Islands is known
for having one of the bluest skies in the world, and Tauranga is famous
for its miles of golden-sand beaches.
Paul Gauguin Cruises is especially excited about these voyages, only
two exclusive 14-night trips between Tahiti and Auckland. These cruises
start from just $6,195 per person and feature both the Motu Mahana
private retreat and Bora Bora private beach.
The Cook Islands
of 15 islands, the Cook Islands are characterized by a stark
topographical contrast -- from the largely flat landscape of Aitutaki
to the dramatic peaks and valleys that make up Rarotonga. Guests will
experience the natives' strong traditional culture featuring authentic
song, dance, legends and crafts.
Voyages featuring the Cook Islands provide the ultimate combination
of island discoveries, and will be featured among just four cruises in
2010, ranging from 11 to 15 nights and starting from only $4,395 per
exotic islands of Fiji are among the South Pacific's most in-demand
destinations. 300 islands feature soaring mountains, lush vegetation,
shimmering turquoise waters and an endless set of immaculate white sand
beaches. Guests can snorkel in the crystalline water directly off the
beach at Malolo Island or discover the lush rain forests just steps
away from the towns of Savusavu or Suva, Fiji's capital.
Just two itineraries feature the exquisite beauty of Fiji in 2010
with an option of either a 13- or 15-night cruise, starting from $5,695
and $6,545 per person respectively. The m/s Paul Gauguin will cross the
International Dateline at sea.
nudging the International Dateline, the breathtaking Kingdom of Tonga,
also known as the Friendly Islands is the first country in the world
to greet the new day. Unlike most any other travel destination, the
waters are so crystal clear that the ocean floor can be seen at an
astonishing depth of 130 feet. Guests can indulge themselves by
swimming to the majestic Swallows Cave, or discover these amazingly
calm waterways by sea kayak. Onshore, guests can revel in
nearly-deserted white sand beaches with only a smattering of tourists.
Cruises highlighting the pristine nature and exquisite beauty of
Tonga range from 13 to 15 nights and start from only $5,695 per person.
- Overall Length: 513 feet (156.5 meters)
- Beam (width): 71 feet (21.6 meters)
- Draft: 16.9 feet (5.15 meters)
- Passengers: 332
- Crew: 215
- 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
- Crew to guest ratio of 1 to 1.5
- All oceanview accommodations, nearly 70% with balconies
- Space to guest ratio of nearly 58 to 1, one of the highest of any ship serving the North American market
- All onboard gratuities included
- Complimentary beverages including fine wines and premium spirits,
soft drinks, bottled water, coffee and tea served throughout the ship
- Butler service in categories B and above, including in-suite bar setup and SoundDock® for iPod®
- In-suite mini-bar replenished daily with soft drinks, beer and bottled water
- State-of-the-art retractable Watersports Marina
- Onboard dive program
- Onboard lecture program
- 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
- Complimentary 24-hour room service
- Complimentary in-room dining
- Complimentary in-room movie channels and movies available.
Reserve by 7/31/2009 and save up to 45% plus receive TWO-FOR-ONE roundtrip airfare from LAX on select cruises.
Reserve by 7/31/2009 and save up to 45% plus receive FREE roundtrip airfare from LAX on select cruises.
Onboard Dining Options
Onboard dining includes the following restaurants:
L'Etoile: The main dining room offers fine French cuisine
with a Polynesian accent. Dine amid the classic furnishings and fluted
shell lighting reminiscent of dining establishments in Paris.
Delectable cuisine is artfully presented and guests receive the most
Le Grill: Greet the day with a buffet breakfast or enjoy
lunch by the pool on a choice of grilled favorites, salads and fresh
tropical fruits. At night Le Grill is transformed into a cozy
indoor/outdoor restaurant serving grilled specialties in a more casual
La Veranda: La Veranda's floor to ceiling windows, indoor and
al fresco seating, and refined atmosphere make it the perfect place to
enjoy breakfast and lunch.
At dinner, La Veranda is transformed into an elegant French Bistro
offering the finest in French cuisine, wine selections and ambiance.
The Paul Gauguin chefs have created a menu for La Veranda to explore
the culinary highways and byways of France and to provide an
extraordinary dining experience that captures the essence of the
How to Book a Cruise on Paul Gauguin Cruises
are being accepted now. Due to the limited guest capacity and only 38
departures in 2010, early reservations are strongly recommended for the
best values, choices of departures and accommodations.
Reservations made by July 31, 2009 receive special air promotions
from Los Angeles and the third person in stateroom sails free
A new 68-page catalog detailing the m/s Paul Gauguin's superb collection of experiences is also now available.