The Five-Star-Plus m.s. Paul Gauguin, consistently rated as one of the Top Small Ship Cruise Lines by Travel + Leisure readers, provides the ultimate shipboard environment and best complimentary amenities in the South Pacific! Its small size enables it to maneuver from deep seas into bays and shallow lagoons inaccessible to larger ships, creating exclusive opportunities to explore. Recently refurbished and meticulously maintained, the m.s. Paul Gauguin is the only vessel designed specifically to cruise among the islands, atolls and motus of Tahiti and French Polynesia, and provides a quintessential South Pacific experience by immersing you completely in the native Polynesian culture on board your luxury cruise.

The ship features only 166 exceptionally spacious (200 to 358 square feet) Staterooms and Suites, 70% of which are designed with an expansive, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door that opens onto a private balcony. Each is air conditioned and furnished with one queen bed (a limited number of Staterooms offer twin beds), a sitting area, private bathroom with shower (and full-size bathtub in most Staterooms), luxurious European linens, robe and slippers.

“Bon voyage” with complimentary fresh flowers and fruit in your Suite or Stateroom. Among the extensive list of inclusive indulgences aboard the ship are: complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages served throughout the ship and during the entire cruise; all onboard gratuities are included; complimentary in-suite beverages are replenished upon request; in-suite dining and 24-hour room service simply at your request; and complimentary snorkeling equipment, paddle boarding, kayaking and windsurfing.

The professionally trained crew of les Gauguines and Gauguins, with a one crew member to 1.5 guest ratio, provide attentive service and gracious hospitality. A professional butler will be at your service in Suite Category 1 and Stateroom Category 2 to unpack, arrange, facilitate, refresh, serve, organize, assist and, quite simply, pamper you.

Savor exclusive epicurean delights in La Veranda bistro, where dishes from two-star Michelin Chef Jean-Pierre Vigato’s signature menu are served indoors and alfresco; in L’Etoile, which features fine international cuisine with a Polynesian flair; or in Le Grill, which offers a casual poolside dining alternative of grilled specialties. The ship also offers in-suite dining and 24-hour room service. Vegetarian and low-carb options are available upon request. An open seating policy allows you to choose the venue, the time and with whom you wish to dine.

The onboard naturalist’s talks highlight the unique flora and fauna of the South Pacific. Learn about local nature conservation, the art of pareo-tying and the history of va’a (canoe racing), Tahiti’s national sport.

m.s. Paul Gauguin provides an outdoor swimming pool,
state-of-the-art fitness center and steam room. The full-service Deep Nature Spa by Algotherm offers an extensive menu of treatments.*

Explore Polynesia’s translucent, shimmering aqua lagoons from m.s. Paul Gauguin’s state-of-the-art retractable watersports marina, where you can enjoy complimentary paddle boarding, kayaking and windsurfing. Snorkeling equipment is provided for underwater views of rainbow-colored coral reefs and nose-to-nose encounters with parrotfish, clownfish, giant clams and sea turtles. The optional SCUBA diving and snorkeling excursions* for all levels of experience offer opportunities to dive deeper and swim alongside colorful sea creatures such as sea anemones, eagle rays and octopi.

*Services provided at additional cost.

Ship Specifications
Crew to Passenger Ratio: 1 to 1.5
Officers and Crew: International (217)
Language: English/French
Suites and Staterooms: 166
Accommodations Size: 200 to 358 square feet
Length: 504 feet
Width: 72 feet
Built/Refurbished: 1997/2012

The m.s. Paul Gauguin is featured in:

Cruising Tahiti and French Polynesia

Category B Stateroom

Category C Stateroom


Grand Salon Theater

La Veranda

Watersports Platform

The above Deck Plan is Thomas P. Gohagan & Company's generally used configuration.
Deck Plans may vary slightly by individual travel program.

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