Luxury small-ship cruise line Paul Gauguin knows the South Pacific. In fact, they're the longest continually operating cruise line to ply the waters of the region, and certainly amongst the top-rated. Not to rest on its laurels, the cruise line has announced the completion of a sweeping $7 million renovation aboard the 332-passenger m/s Paul Gauguin, along with some enticing new offerings for their 2013 sailing schedule.
Fresh from its January revamp, all Paul Gauguin staterooms are now outfitted with new bathroom floors and teak railing-trimmed balconies, while ship common areas showcase new flooring and carpeting, furnishings, window treatments, and decorative wall panels. La Veranda and Le Grill restaurants have also been spiffed up, the casino's been expanded, and the dance floors have been refurbished.
Sail Paul Gauguin in 2013 and expect itineraries chock-full of whale-watching opportunities, exotic port calls, and special guest hosts. Try the 11-night "Island of Whales" itinerary, primed for taking in the humpback whales off the coast of Rurutu (embarks September 21; rates from $5,297/person). Or, opt for the line's signature "The Society Islands" 7- to 14-night sailings throughout French Polynesia, featuring calls upon Bora Bora, Moorea, and more (embarks on select dates year-round; rates from $4,297). Special guest hosts in 2013 are slated to include the likes of environmentalist and oceanographer Jean-Michel Cousteau, who will offer onboard lectures and join in on several ship dives.
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In more Paul Gauguin news, the line will also be rolling out its second ship, the intimate 90-guest m/v Tere Moana, come December. It's set to sail the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Latin America, though no firm schedule has been posted (check back here for coverage once it's announced).
Book by March 10, and save up to 50 percent off cruise fares, plus get free airfare from LA; visit www.pgcruises.com.
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Photo Credit: courtesy Paul Gauguin Cruises