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.
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