m/s Paul Gauguin

4.7/5 |
Designed specifically to glide through the shallow seas of the South Pacific, The Gauguin is the flagship of Paul Gauguin Cruises and a small-ship cruiser's dream. She delivers travelers to intimate ports inaccessible to larger cruise ships, all the while providing an onboard experience that is nothing short of luxurious. Guests aboard this luxury cruise enjoy spacious suites and staterooms (more than 70% with private balconies), an onboard watersports marina, three dining venues, an extensive spa, and five-star service. Life onboard also reflects the beauty and rich cultural heritage of the islands she calls upon, with a warm, friendly feel, informal setting, and even a beloved troupe of Gaugines and Gauguins ? local Tahitians who serve as cruise staff, entertainers, and storytellers.
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Onboard Features

L'Etoile

L'Etoile


La Veranda

La Veranda


Le Grill

Le Grill


Pool & Pool Bar

Pool & Pool Bar


Local Entertainment

Local Entertainment


La Boutique

La Boutique


Photo Shop

Photo Shop


Le Casino

Le Casino


Piano Bar

Piano Bar


La Palette

La Palette


Le Grand Salon

Le Grand Salon


Les Gauguins & Les Gauguines

Les Gauguins & Les Gauguines


Crew Show

Crew Show


Deep Nature Spa by Algotherm

Deep Nature Spa by Algotherm


Fitness Center

Fitness Center


Watersports Marina

Watersports Marina


SCUBA Diving Excursions

SCUBA Diving Excursions


Activities & Services

When you travel onboard The Gauguin, you won't spend your days at sea simply biding your time until you arrive at your next destination. On this ship, every day (and night) brings new and exciting opportunities for entertainment and enrichment.

Leisurely days at sea offer the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to a little "me time," whether that's an indulgent treatment at the award-winning onboard spa, or a workout in the fitness center. Or soak in the South Pacific sunshine with a day spent lounging by the outdoor pool.

During every meal onboard, with every sumptuous bit you sample, and each time the attentive staff fills your glass, you'll begin to realize that dining on the high seas with Paul Gauguin Cruises is truly something special. Later, try your luck in Le Casino, which features slot machines, blackjack, and roulette, or grab a drink at the Piano Bar and enjoy nightly piano entertainment.


Gratuities for room stewards and dining staff are included in the cruise fare.

  • Bath Robes
  • DVD Player
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Hair Dryer
  • Luxury Bedding
  • Minibar and/or Refrigerator
  • Private Safe
  • Showers and/or Bath Tubs
  • Sitting Area
  • Slippers

  • Internet Caf?
  • Casino
  • Piano Bar
  • Nightclub
  • Bar(s)/Lounge(s)

  • Educational/Enrichment Programs
  • Guest Lecturers
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Live Music

  • Cardio Equipment
  • Fitness Center
  • Marina
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool(s)
  • Weight Machines
  • SCUBA Instructions
  • Whirlpool(s)
  • Full Service Spa

  • Beauty Salon
  • Business Services
  • Boutique(s) (duty-free)
  • Infirmary / Medical Center
  • Laundry Service (nominal fee)
  • Communications

  • 24-hour Room Service
  • Al Fresco Dining
  • All Beverages Included In Cruise Fare
  • Casual Dining Venue(s)
  • Dining Style: Open Seating
  • Formal Restaurant(s)


  • Internet Access - The ship is equipped with a state-of-the-art communication system. Internet access is complimentary for guests in the Owner's and Grand Suites, and available for a nominal fee for all other guests at the following rates:

    • Pay-As-You-Go: $0.55 per minute
    • Small Package (individual light user): $35 for 100 minutes
    • Medium Package (individual heavy user): $62.50 for 250 minutes
    • Large Package (family share and power user): $80 for 400 minutes
    • Unlimited Daily Time Plan: $29.00 per day. The Unlimited Daily Time Plan must be purchased for the entire length of the voyage, is billed in 24-hour increments based at the time of purchase, and will automatically calculate the total price at the time of purchase.

    Please note that plan upgrades are not available, and no credit is given for unused minutes. Pay-As-You-Go is available until 10PM the last night of the cruise. Time Plan minutes can be used until 10AM the following day.

    Please note: Internet connectivity at sea is much different than that on land. The ship relies on satellites to connect to the Internet. A typical broadband connection at home is 20-40 times faster than what is available onboard the vessel. The connection to the ship is also shared by everyone onboard. This will also have an impact on the connection speed.

  • Medical Emergencies - A licensed and registered doctor and nurse are on board and available for professional and emergency services, which are available at customary charges. The ship's medical center is designed to provide medical care for certain temporary illnesses and accidents, and is not intended or capable of providing ongoing treatment of pre-existing medical conditions.

  • Smoking Policy - For the comfort, convenience, and safety of all guests, smoking is prohibited in any enclosed dining venue and is permitted only in specifically designated outdoor smoking areas. These include the forward outdoor areas on Deck 5 (starboard and port sides), La Palette (outside area, starboard side only), and the Bar Du Soleil (starboard side only). Cigar smoking is permitted only at La Palette. Smoking is prohibited in staterooms, suites, and private balconies, and pipe smoking is not allowed anywhere on board.

    Smoking Safety Notice: Guests MUST always use ashtrays provided in the designated smoking areas and never throw cigarettes overboard as they could be blown back into the ship and cause a fire.

  • Special Dietary Needs - Advance Notice Required - Guests requiring a special diet, or special food items aboard the ship, must notify the Reservations Department at least eight weeks prior to their sailing date. This is particularly important if specially purchased food items are required. After boarding, please contact the Maitre d' to discuss any requirements. General dietary needs such as low-salt or low-cholesterol foods can be satisfied on board the ship simply by speaking with the dining wait staff.

  • Wheelchair Access & Special Needs - For guests requiring oxygen equipment, an oxygen concentrator is the only form of oxygen equipment allowed aboard ship and must be provided by the guest. PGC wheelchairs on board are for emergency purposes only. Guests requiring a wheelchair for mobility must provide their own.
  • Pregnancy Policy - Pregnant women should consult with their doctor prior to sailing with Paul Gauguin Cruises, as there is no prenatal care on board. Paul Gauguin Cruises will not accept any guest six months (24 weeks) or more into pregnancy at the time of sailing due to the lack of neonatal care facilities on board. Pregnant guests under six months (24 weeks) must provide a doctor?s written permission prior to sailing that states she is fit to travel by sea and air (if Paul Gauguin Cruises booked their air). This must be faxed to Reservations, Attn: Special Requests-Medical at 1(425)732-7198. The fax must reference the Guest?s name, ship name, and sailing date. The permission must be dated within 30 days of the cruise departure date. The Master in conjunction with the Ship?s Doctor has the right to deny boarding if in his professional opinion there may not be adequate shoreside medical facilities available in port during their cruise.

  • Currency - The U.S. Dollar is the standard currency aboard The Gauguin, and you may exchange dollars for small denominations of local currency* at the reception desk. For your convenience at the time of embarkation, Paul Gauguin Cruises will request a confidential registration of an accepted credit card. The night prior to your final disembarkation from the ship, a detailed statement of your shipboard charges for onboard services and products will be delivered to your suite or stateroom. All such charges must be paid in full by cash or accepted credit card (Visa?, Mastercard?, or American Express?).

    *Guests will NOT be able to exchange dollars for local currency for the following countries:

    • Fiji: Fijian dollar
    • Vanuatu: Vanuatu vatu

  • Electrical - The standard electrical voltage aboard ship is 220 volts. Both 220-volt and 110-volt outlets are available in bathrooms and staterooms.

Ship Destinations

m/s Paul Gauguin visits these amazing destinations. Click to view sailings.

Ship Staterooms

Nearly 70% of suites and staterooms have private balconies, and all feature an ocean view, 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, refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, and more. There is one wheelchair-accessible stateroom, and select staterooms can accommodate three guests.

Information provided within these pages has been updated as of July 2019. While we do our best to ensure that stateroom descriptions and deckplans appearing in this website are complete and accurate, we cannot be responsible for inaccurate representations, which may or may not be under our control. Please reconfirm stateroom accommodations and deck placement prior to booking.

Ship Deckplans

Deck 9

Stateroom Key

  • Owner's Suite - OS
  • Grand Suite - GS
  • Veranda Suite - A
  • Veranda Stateroom - B
  • Balcony Stateroom - C
  • Balcony Stateroom - D
  • Window Stateroom - E
  • Porthole Stateroom - F
Deck 9

Deck 8

Stateroom Key

  • Owner's Suite - OS
  • Grand Suite - GS
  • Veranda Suite - A
  • Veranda Stateroom - B
  • Balcony Stateroom - C
  • Balcony Stateroom - D
  • Window Stateroom - E
  • Porthole Stateroom - F
Deck 8
Deck 8

Deck 7

Stateroom Key

  • Owner's Suite - OS
  • Grand Suite - GS
  • Veranda Suite - A
  • Veranda Stateroom - B
  • Balcony Stateroom - C
  • Balcony Stateroom - D
  • Window Stateroom - E
  • Porthole Stateroom - F
Deck 7
Deck 7

Deck 6

Stateroom Key

  • Owner's Suite - OS
  • Grand Suite - GS
  • Veranda Suite - A
  • Veranda Stateroom - B
  • Balcony Stateroom - C
  • Balcony Stateroom - D
  • Window Stateroom - E
  • Porthole Stateroom - F
Deck 6
Deck 6

Deck 5

Stateroom Key

  • Owner's Suite - OS
  • Grand Suite - GS
  • Veranda Suite - A
  • Veranda Stateroom - B
  • Balcony Stateroom - C
  • Balcony Stateroom - D
  • Window Stateroom - E
  • Porthole Stateroom - F
Deck 5

Deck 4

Stateroom Key

  • Owner's Suite - OS
  • Grand Suite - GS
  • Veranda Suite - A
  • Veranda Stateroom - B
  • Balcony Stateroom - C
  • Balcony Stateroom - D
  • Window Stateroom - E
  • Porthole Stateroom - F
Deck 4
Deck 4

Deck 3

Stateroom Key

  • Owner's Suite - OS
  • Grand Suite - GS
  • Veranda Suite - A
  • Veranda Stateroom - B
  • Balcony Stateroom - C
  • Balcony Stateroom - D
  • Window Stateroom - E
  • Porthole Stateroom - F
Deck 3
Deck 3

Departure Ports

Featured Sailings

Ratings & Reviews

Overall Experience
Ship Staff
Dining/Food
Entertainment
Activities
Staterooms
Itinerary/Ports
Value

Society Islands and the Tuomotus

| Society Islands of Tahiti. Missed the Tuomotus due to mechanical proplems
Liked the idea of the Gauguins and Gauguines! Friendly and helpful and always willing to share information on their country! Bridge tour was great and impressed that the Galley tour was conducted by the Chief Chef, who recognized and came by at dinner. Missed many of the lectures as they were timed during the mornings when tours were scheduled. Tenders were well manned and prompt.

Amazing Trip

| Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, Taha, Huahine
Only complaint is that the excursions kept getting canceled.

Tahiti 7 Night Society Islands

| Society Islands French Polynesia
You haven't seen turquoise blue water until you have been to French Polynesia. The opportunities for water related activities are boundless. The m/s Paul Gauguin is an intimate ship with a very attentive and friendly staff who are warm and welcoming. Since the itinerary is so port intensive, with no sea days, most people are off on the varied shore excursions. There is a lot of emphasis on the Tahitian culture with programs on dancing, singing, and craft programs such as lei making or making shell bracelets. Food on board is very good. Do not miss the Molten Lava Cake with vanilla ice cream. The nighttime entertainment is mostly Tahitian singing and dancing.
I enjoyed the tours to the Vanilla Farm and also to the Black Pearl Farm. Both were very interesting. Our highlight was the boat tour to see the Spinner dolphins with the naturalist who was both funny and very informative. We were fortunate enough to also see a few humpback whales which actually breached a few times!  It was a wonderful vacation.

Exceptional Service

| South Pacific
The crew on board were exceptional. It did not take them a long time to get to know everyone's name. Fiji, Tonga, Cook Islands, Tahiti all so nice! Menus diverse with something for everyone. Two specialty restaurants with equally delicious food. Guest lecturers were very interesting and entertaining.

First Timer

| French Polynesia
Would have like to have two days on Moorea island

2nd time even better

| Tahiti
Such a great trip still beaming from this cruise I had a blast may add more later

7 Night Tahiti & Society Islands

| French Polynesia

Paul Gauguin Cruise

| French Polynesia
great experience

Society and Tuamotos Islands

| Society and Tuamotos Isalnds
The air getting to this area is rather difficult and the major carrier not the greatest. So it is very worthwhile to take more than a seven day cruise. Those travelers who are into water sports have the best time. The divers on this cruise had the rare opportunity to dive with probably the best known diver in the world,Jean-Michel Cousteau. In fact, he added to the enjoyment of the cruise for even non-divers, for he made himself accessible to all. It was an extremely rewarding experience to be with him. The ship's choice of several dining venues is very welcome. As before, I find the main dining room a space that is not terribly welcoming. It and the rest of the ship--especially the staterooms--could have a more Polynesian feel. Somehow the ship lacks a sense of place.

Tahiti

| Tahiti
Enjoyed accommodations, tours.

PERFECT 2ND HONEYMOON!

| Society Islands
My wife and I were absolutely impressed with the service, stateroom accommodations, dining, breathtaking beauty and pride of Tahiti and the Tahitian people epitomized by Les Gaugines. We plan on returning for another even longer Paul Gaugin cruise within the year!! What a wonderful 2nd honeymoon they created for us. Mahalo and Maruru!

Horizon Club sailing on the Paul Gauguin

| Tahatian Islands
The Paul Gauguin is a beautifully appointed ship. The water sports platform was a real treat, as we were able to go kayaking and windsurfing right off the back of the ship! They had great fitness facilities, and it was wonderful to be able to anchor so close to the beautiful islands of the French Polynesia and enjoy the relaxed, tranquil beaches on each island. The music entertainment and dancing each night on the back of the ship under the southern hemisphere stars was most memorable.

Great Travel Memories

| Tahiti, Cook IS, Tonga and Fiji
Everybody from the most attentive entire staff, to the beautiful cabins, the delicious food, the size of the ship, the ambiance of the ship, the entertainment and the shore excursions....it was all just perfect!  The Gauguins on board were the very best !  I was very impressed with their ability to multi-task for 16 hours per day. Loved them all!
 
My group was just wonderful and reflected the quality of people that choose to sail on PG.  Very upscale, extremely well traveled and very friendly. I only had two couples that opted to remain to themselves, but I didn't mind,,,they were on vacation.  The Captain's Cocktail party turned out to be quite lovely.
 
Special commendations should be made to the guest lecturers, the front desk staff and Jean Paul, who were all extremely nice and helpful. Our cabin stewardess, Herlin, was a delight.  And I felt that the photographer, Jan, was one of the best that we had ever had on a cruise ship.
 
 
 

Trip of a Lifetime!

| Tahiti and The Society Islands
Just got back and we had an awesome trip. The Society Islands are like old Hawaii before it became Americanized. Remote and friendly. The Paul Gauguin is a beautiful ship with a friendly and attentive staff. They provide lots of activities both on and off the ship. Perfect cruise for active people who want to dive, snorkel and hike or if you just want to relax by the pool or enjoy the culture you can do that, too.

Paul Gaugin cruise experience review

| French Polynesia

M/S Paul Gaugin

| Cairns, Australia
It is quite good shape and going into dry dock in Singapore after the next segment.

Paul Gauguin - Tahiti and Society Islands - 7 nights

| Tahiti
Overnights in Bora Bora and Moorea give you enough time to tour both islands or just relax at the beach if you wish. 
The Day at the Beach on Motu Mahana off Taha'a was a great experience with the activities offered, the barbecue, the beach, and water sports. 
The shore excursions offered were well run and I heard great reviews from many of the passengers.  There is nothing like seeing the colorful fish in clear waters and petting the sting rays in the lagoon.  The Les Gauguines represented the Polynesian Culture and were a great addition to the cruise.

May 7, 2016 - Tahiti & Society Islands Cruise

| Tahiti and Society Islands
We fell in love with the crew and how nice and accommodating they were.

French Polynesia & Cook Islands

| French Polynesia, Cook Islands
Excellent, relaxing cruise. Good to be on a smaller cruise ship.

Small ship luxury

| Society & Cook Islands
Due to weather forecasts, our itinerary was changed without pre-boarding notice...most heard about the change via word of mouth. However, the PG Travel desk people were there to help everyone make any excursion changes for both ship & independent tours. They emailed independent tour operators & communicated all options to the passengers. We didn't miss any pre-booked tour. Even one tour refunded the $$ immediately. Service was unbelievable.

Tahiti and The Marquesas

| Fakarava, Marquesas, Tahiti, Huahine, Moorea, Taha'a and Bora Bora
If you love islands, this is a wonderful cruise for you. Loved to finally see the remote Marquesas Islands. Not a lot of swimming there, but we visited archeological sites and shopped for the unique art and jewelry. The ship had three good speakers, one of which is an expert on pacific island culture and archeology. There are also several young Island Entertainers called the Gauguins and Gauguines who dance and host many events onboard. Once on an island there are many excursions to choose from if you want some activity or you can just walk around. The ship carries about 300 passengers and is very comfortable. Sometimes we were alone on the stern watching the blue blue ocean go by. There is never a feeling of being crowded and several restaurants to choose from. Part of the Itinerary goes to several of the Society Islands and they and their people are all so beautiful. Its easy to fly to Tahiti and things there seem safe and small. It was like going back in time 100 years. The boat is not formal and it is easy to meet people. The boat is very clean and our maid cleaned our room several times a day. We don't drink but all the drinks are free. There is an afternoon tea everyday at 4pm. So many perks! There is a spa, gym, boutique, and small pool.

Tuamotus, Marquesas and Society Islands

| French Polynesia
The attention to detail was superb. Coordinating flights, transfers, hotels & cruise was all handled seamlessly. The staff onboard knew our names after the first introduction and greeted us by name throughout the cruise.

A floating paradise in the South Pacific

| 11-day Cook and Society Islands
The ship is beautifully appointed, with just 332 passengers spread out over 8 decks. There is ample public space, I never felt crowded. There is a nice outdoor salt water pool, a piano bar and a lounge, a big theater, gift shop, spa and a water sports marina. The cabins are very nicely laid out. I would highly recommend to book into a balcony or veranda cabin (the veranda cabins on deck 8 come with butler service and offer the most privacy). We were located on deck 8, category B in cabin #806. The marina is located on deck 4, aft of the ship and opens in various ports of call when able to. Paddle board and kayaks are available during those times free of charge. The dive center on board is doing a fabulous job with keeping the dives in small groups and instructors are skilled and make divers feel at ease. We were fortunate enough to dive with a huge hawks-bill turtle, some black tip reef sharks and tons of colorful fish. There are 3 restaurants on board: The Grill, La Veranda and L’Etoile The Grill and La Veranda are buffet options for breakfast and lunch but turn into fine dining venues for dinner (reservations are recommended). L’Etoile is the main dining room, open for dinner only. While the Grill will offer Polynesian Inspired Cuisine, La Veranda offers a traditional French Menu. L’Etoile offers a mix as well as standard options. The line is doing an amazing job at facilitating passengers with food allergies and dietary restrictions. The head waiter met us for each meal to go over the dinner menu’s and make sure to review items with the chef. We had the most amazing meals on board! Also room service is available all day long free of charge! Make sure to order breakfast in bed during a sea day! Entertainment on board is very diverse: The line employs Gauguins and Gauguaines to teach traditional arts and crafts classes, talk about their local culture, pareo tying, ukulele classes and much more. We had various lectures on board about some of the local islands history, the story of Captain Bligh and enjoyed port talks and even pearl classes. The evening shows were well done and ranged from Polynesian Dance performances, to crew shows to musicians and dance parties. On Polynesian Night locals came on board to make us flower crowns and leis. The ship is truly like a floating over the water bungalow, taking you from island to island. It was amazing! Now for the itinerary: We cruised the Society and Cook Islands: Tahiti -> Huanine -> Day at Sea -> Aitutaki -> Rarotonga -> Day at Sea -> Bora Bora for 2 days -> Taha’a -> Moorea for 2 days -> Tahiti overnight. All ports, except Tahiti, are tender ports. The private beach in Bora Bora was the only wet landing on this trip. At the end of the cruise, we spend the day at the Pearl Beach Resort with an included day room. We loved the unique black sand beach here and were happy to enjoy a nice leisurely afternoon. The Society Islands are very lush, with thick forests covering the heart of the islands and mountains. Most of the islands only have one road, lending itself to easy exploration. While there is not a lot of wildlife on land, the waterways are full of colorful fish, rays, turtles, eels and small sharks. A snorkelers and divers paradise! Most snorkel adventures have to be done by boat, as the reefs are too shallow to explore from the beaches. In most places you can walk out into the ocean for 20-30 minutes and never get below knee-deep water. The Cook Islands are part of New Zealand and are very remote from everything. The islands are not quite as lush but the beaches and water-quality are jaw-droppingly beautiful. The photos really don’t do it justice… Tour options on all islands varied widely, but included ATV/4X4 Tours, Snorkeling, Pearl Farms, Vanilla Plantations, Drift Snorkeling, Diving, E-Bike Tours, Wave runners, Helicopter/Light Plane Tours and much more… Paul Gauguin also has access to a private beach on Bora Bora (wet landing via tender) as well as a private island in Taha’a. Most excursions run between $100-$180 per person, the flight tours are more of course. However, for the water based tours especially it's worth it to book with the cruise line to safe time and ensure a good experience. The private island was amazing! We enjoyed a Polynesian BBQ, huge coconut drinks, lots of snorkeling, a swim up bar, paddle boarding, kayaking and had the most amazing day exploring the small island. If you are interested in doing some shopping on this trip, here are a few tips: 1. No need to exchange money into local currency. US Dollars are accepted on all islands and are calculated 1:1 for hassle free shopping 2. Buy your vanilla in Taha’a! You must be booked on an island tour to get to the main island and do your shopping. The ships tender only runs to the private island, but vendors are on site to satisfy your shopping needs 3. For pearls, make sure they are certified! Pearls are qualified in categories A-D, with A being the best. Even street vendors can certify their pearls, but you have to ask. Most vendors (even jewelry stores) are willing to barter with you. Make a reasonable offer and most of them will be very wiling to accept it. For cheap pearls ($5-$30 range for gifts) buy them in Bora Bora. They look nice and come in many styles, but they are generally quality C and D. For nice pearls, category B and A, I would recommend to purchase them in Moorea. From what I saw, this is where we got the best prices on quality pearls. 4. You cannot bring fruits or flowers back to the US. 5. Pareos should cost you about $10 each, not more, and are a lovely gift to bring back home. 6. Pack plenty of sunscreen – a tube on board and in port costs about $35! And don’t forget your bug spray! ??

Sail through French Polynesia and the South Pacific on the m/s Paul Gauguin.

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