Year Started: 1998
Ships in Fleet: 2
Summary: Runs the Paul Gauguin in Polynesia (Tahiti to Bora Bora). The ship was acquired from Regent and remains a top quality ship. The line also has the Tere Moana sailing in Europe.
The average is generally well over 55 and well-traveled. The onboard atmosphere is low-key, with few feeling the need to dress to the nines at night. They prefer to dress tastefully yet comfortably. They are worldy in their knowledge and experiences, and look forward to the line's remarkable schedule of guest lectures.Shore Excursions
Expect a lot of water-related activities from scuba to snorkeling, kayaking and just relaxing in the sunshine. On shore 4-wheel jeeps take you to the interior of this mystifying volcanic island chain.Special Programs
Jean-Michel Cousteau will join the ship on the May 22, 2010 sailing to Fiji, Tonga, Cook and Society Islands to offer a series of lectures with videos of his work as well as accompany several dives from the ship.Tipping
Gratuities are included in your fare.Overview
Paul Gauguin, formerly part of Regent Seven Seas, is known as the best ship in TahitiKid's Excursions
The kids will be your responsibility most of time. This is a small ship and most of the guests are older. The kids will love the islands and watersports, but nightlife might seem a little boring to them.
All cruises from June through August and on select holiday cruises feature a special kids program created by explorer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau and his Ocean Futures Society. Ambassadors of the Environment introduces young travelers aged 9 to 17 direct, hands-on, interactive experience with knowledge of the unique Polynesian marine and island ecosystems. Young Ambassadors will explore coral reefs, hike rainforest trails and visit marae (ancient Polynesian temples). They'll learn how white and black pearls are cultivated, how volcanic islands become atolls, and how to paddle an outrigger canoe. Parents are encouraged to join children on eco-excursions and other activities aboard and ashore.
This program is available on for a nominal fee of $269 per child.