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Paul Gauguin Cruises: Tere Moana

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Tere Moana Review

During the winter season, Tere Moana sails on week-long round-trip cruises from St. Martin to destinations in the British Virgin Islands, French West Indies, and French Antilles as well as longer voyages of up to 14 nights that range as far as Aruba, Curacao, Colombia,

Costa Rica, and Panama. After crossing the Atlantic, she roams the Mediterranean in summer months, offering seven-night itineraries, either round trip or one-way from Barcelona, Lisbon, Civitavecchia (Rome), Venice, Athens, or Istanbul.

The second vessel acquired by Paul Gauguin Cruises originally entered service in 1999 for French cruise line Compagnie du Ponant Cruises as Le Levant. After an extensive multimillion-dollar, multifaceted renovation, the boutique ship debuted as Tere Moana with a luxurious new look—chic and stylish with Polynesian touches similar to her fleetmate Paul Gauguin—in late 2012. The extreme makeover of Tere Moana included new furniture, upholstery, art, lighting, wall coverings, carpeting, ceiling finishes, window treatments, flooring, floor coverings, and a soft color palette throughout.

More megayacht than cruise ship, Tere Moana’s public spaces are small but include a high-end spa, a small fitness center equipped with the latest cardio and weightlifting equipment, and water sports marina from where kayaking and paddle boarding are available in select ports. Although there are two restaurants, there is only one lounge for daytime lectures and nightly entertainment. You will find a generous library space on board but no casino. Deck space, with its pool, bar, chaise longues, and Balinese sun beds, is adequate for the small passenger complement.

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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Pros

  • Ship’s small size means you’ll get to know other passengers
  • Dining is elegant, but the ambience is casual
  • The water sports marina offers complimentary use of kayaks and paddleboards

Cons

  • With a limited number of stateroom balconies, you’ll have to plan ahead to get one
  • There are no facilities for children
  • The ship is not suitable for passengers requiring accessible accommodations
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 57
  • Entered Service 1999
  • Gross Tons 3,504
  • Length 330 feet
  • Number of Cabins 45
  • Passenger Capacity 90
  • Width 46 feet

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