The Gauguin can accommodate 332 guests with a staff of 217, one of the highest crew-to-guest ratios at sea.
The ship’s informal ambience reflects the relaxed nature of the region. A much-loved troupe known as Les Gauguines and Les Gauguins — Tahitians who serve as staff, entertainers and storytellers — add a uniquely South Pacific touch to life on board. Best of all, The Gauguin offers an all-inclusive experience, with airfare from Los Angeles, gratuities, 24-hour room service, bottled water, soft drinks and select wines and spirits all included in the cruise fare. Voyages range from seven to 17 nights, with fares for seven-night itineraries starting at $3,995.
Highlights of the ship include its three dining venues, with dishes and menus overseen by Jean-Pierre Vigato, chef propriétaire of the world-renowned, two-star Michelin-rated restaurant Apicius. Another top draw, the Deep Nature Spa by Algotherm offers a wide variety of luxurious treatments; relaxing overwater massages are also available on the line’s private motu (small island) off the coast of Taha’a.
As for activities, The Gauguin presents a series of lectures by on-board guest presenters, and offers themed cruises with guest hosts representing a wide variety of special interests. In addition, the ship’s small size allows it to navigate shallow lagoons and narrow channels, giving guests the opportunity to participate in a variety of watersports. From a specially designed retractable platform, guests can descend to sea level, where they can hop aboard a windsurfer, paddle board, launch a kayak or set out for a SCUBA diving expedition (a SCUBA certification program is offered on board). Through the ship’s youth program — Ambassadors of the Environment, affiliated with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society — guests ages 9 to 17 can participate in daily excursions that reveal the natural wonders and rich culture of Polynesia, both on land and at sea.
For more information, call 877 440 6114 or visit pgcruises.com/leisure.
The Luxury Collection again teamed with artist Sofía Sanchez de Beta to unveil an exclusive capsule collection, this time with 54 pieces inspired by the Arabian Desert and Emirati culture. The ready-to-wear line includes an array of separates created with Dubai’s climate in mind, such as lightweight blouses and tunics, flowing jumpsuits, long skirts and dresses.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
Hawaiian Airlines will relaunch its service between the island of Maui (OGG) and Las Vegas (LAS) with flights set to begin in December.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
British Airways launched a new in-flight entertainment channel in honor of its year-long centenary celebration. The new channel, christened Celebrate BA100, highlights the best of British in-flight entertainment.
European hotel brand Kempinski is expanding into the Americas with a new luxury property in Dominica. Slated for an Oct. 14 opening, the Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski will be Dominica’s first 5-star hotel on the island and the brand’s second in the Caribbean.