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Paul Gauguin Cruises: Paul Gauguin

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Paul Gauguin Review

Paul Gauguin voyages highlight the beauty for which French Polynesia and the South Pacific are noted and where the ship sails exclusively. Cruises range from 7 to 20 nights to such exotic destinations as Tahiti and the Society Islands, Tuamotus, the Cook Islands, Marquesas,

Tonga, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, and New Caledonia.

At only 19,200 tons, Paul Gauguin is well suited for luxury cruises through Tahiti and the South Pacific. The ship has sailed continuously through the region longer than any other vessel, and its reputation as a luxurious and romantic ship is well deserved. Built in 1998, the Gauguin initially sailed in the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet and joined Pacific Beachcomber, SC in 2010.

While previous rejuvenations provided updated accommodations by converting 26 ocean-view staterooms to balcony staterooms, the Paul Gauguin underwent the most extensive renovation in its history in January 2012. At a cost of $7 million, the ship emerged from dry dock with extensive enhancements throughout. Renovations included all new flooring, furnishings, window treatments, and wall panels, resulting in a lighter look and more tropical feel. The ship’s dining venues were also renovated and the casino expanded.

Cruises on the boutique luxury ship range from seven to twenty days and roam as far as New Zealand. The focus is naturally on the beauty and exotic ports found in the South Pacific and the cultures of their people. Soft adventure and water sports are the highlights of most sailings, when the ship visits private beaches for a shoreside barbeque and exploration. Snorkel equipment is provided for passengers to enjoy the underwater sights.

With one ship built specifically to sail the waters of Tahiti, French Polynesia, and the South Pacific and synonymous with luxury and exotic destinations, Paul Gauguin Cruises remains a top choice for discerning travelers and honeymooners. The MS Paul Gauguin has been in service since 1998 and lays claim to being the only luxury ship in history to have offered a single-destination focus and high level of expertise on a year-round basis for such an extended period of time. The line now has a second ship that will sail in Europe and the Caribbean.

The well-loved ship sailed for over a dozen years under the flag of Radisson (later Regent) Seven Seas Cruises until the ship was sold. Paul Gauguin Cruises began in 2010 with the single ship when the Paul Gauguin was acquired by Pacific Beachcomber SC, the largest luxury hotel and cruise operator in French Polynesia. In order to offer similarly luxurious cruises in other regions—Europe in summer months and the Caribbean during the winter season—the line introduced a second vessel, MVTere Moana in 2012.

Intimate and luxurious, Paul Gauguin ships offer a cruise experience tailored to the regions in which they sail. On board you can enjoy a dip in the swimming pool or simply relax poolside in a deck chair, with a good book and a beverage from the nearby bar. You won’t want to miss the Fare Tahiti art exhibit in front of La Veranda restaurant on Paul Gauguin, although you may want to bring your own reading material as the library has only a few shelves of mostly English-language books. Passengers aboard Tere Moana fare a bit better with a larger library. A relaxed atmosphere prevails throughout both vessels, but the cruise line definitely has a split personality, with voyages on MS Paul Gauguin limited to the South Pacific and those of MV Tere Moana as varied as the Caribbean and Europe.

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What You Should Know


  • Kayaks and windsurfing boards are complimentary and can be launched from the water sports marina
  • Every stateroom and suite has a sea view
  • Minibars are replenished daily with soft drinks, beer, and bottled water


  • Promenade is tiny and there is no jogging track
  • There are no self-service laundries
  • You will find very little shade near the pool
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 217
  • Entered Service 1998
  • Gross Tons 19,200
  • Length 513 feet
  • Number of Cabins 166
  • Passenger Capacity 332
  • Width 71 feet

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