Paul Gauguin Cruises

average ship rating
4.0
21 Reviews

About Paul Gauguin Cruises

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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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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

86% Loved it!
"Paul Gauguin Cruises has refurbished this ship to a very high standard." Read More

Food and Dining

81% Loved it!
"Superb quality, variety and presentation, led my an outstanding Executive Chef (Paul)." Read More

Cabin / Stateroom

76% Loved it!
"Spacious with great storage & closet space, with curved sliding shower doors." Read More

Service and Staff

76% Loved it!
"Best, nicest, most caring staff I've experienced on over 50 cruises, working seemlessly as a team." Read More

Destinations and Excursions

71% Loved it!
"We did both private and ship excursions and they were all great" Read More

Onboard Activities

64% Loved it!
"The most popular activities included cooking demonstrations by the Executive Chef (Paul) & cocktail making by the Head Bartender" Read More

Embarkation and Disembarkation

60% Loved it!
"Paul Gauguin, wonderful. Air Tahiti really puts a damper on the experience. The departure service at Faaa airport is the worst anywhere." Read More

Entertainment

45% Loved it!

Children's Programs

20% Loved it!

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