Paul Gauguin Review

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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.

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