Paul Gauguin Cruises

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Best for Couples

This small-ship line is best known for its year-round sailing in French Polynesia on its eponymous ship, but a second ship sails Europe and the Caribbean. The fares, while pricey, are among the most all-inclusive in cruising, and the dining venues are truly impressive for such small ships.

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Tere Moana

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Best For

Couples seeking a relaxing small-ship cruise in the South Pacific or an intimate, yacht-like voyage in Europe or the Caribbean.

Not For

Families with young children or singles traveling alone. Those who expect Silversea-, Seabourn- or Crystal-caliber service and amenities may be disappointed.

We Love

  • The all-inclusive cruise fares cover select wines and spirits and shipboard gratuities; round-trip airfare from Los Angeles is also included in many Paul Gauguin fares. 
  • Both ships were refurbished in 2012; the 332-passenger Paul Gauguin was built in 1997, and the 88-passenger Tere Moana was built in 1998. 
  • A whopping 70 percent of Paul Gauguin’s cabins have balconies, and all feature an ocean view. Plus, most have roomy bathrooms with full-size tubs. 
  • The Parisian-Polynesian cuisine in the three dining venues on Paul Gauguin includes everything from simple poisson cru to foie gras terrines.
  • Both ships feature La Veranda and L’Etoile, which serve dishes by a two-Michelin-star Parisian chef. (Our advice? Reserve upon boarding.)
  • On Motu Mahana, the line’s private island near Taha’a in French Polynesia, Paul Gauguin passengers can swim and snorkel.

We Could Live Without

  • The side-to-side rocking Paul Gauguin can experience when outside of lagoons.
  • The ship’s age is sometimes apparent; there’s a mildew odor in certain stairwells and corridors on Paul Gauguin.
  • The theme lunch buffets — do you really crave Mexican food in, say, Tahiti?

Ship Quality

"Paul Gauguin Cruises has refurbished this ship to a very high standard." Read More

Food and Dining

"Superb quality, variety and presentation, led my an outstanding Executive Chef (Paul)." Read More

Cabin / Stateroom

"Very comfortable, ship-like decor and excellent storage. It is definitely worth it to have a balcony." Read More

Service and Staff

"Best, nicest, most caring staff I've experienced on over 50 cruises, working seemlessly as a team." Read More

Destinations and Excursions

"We did both private and ship excursions and they were all great" Read More

Onboard Activities

"The most popular activities included cooking demonstrations by the Executive Chef (Paul) & cocktail making by the Head Bartender" Read More

Embarkation and Disembarkation

"Paul Gauguin, wonderful. Air Tahiti really puts a damper on the experience. The departure service at Faaa airport is the worst anywhere." Read More


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