New level of style for South Pacific cruising in 2022

Le Paul Gauguin renovation brings a touch of class to French Polynesia and beyond

With a newly released range of 39 departures in 2022, the freshly refurbished multi-award-winning luxury small ship of Paul Gauguin Cruises, Le Paul Gauguin, offer guests a plethora of options to explore the South Pacific’s scattered islands, atolls and countless motus.

Guests will appreciate the extensive refurbishments including staterooms, suites and public spaces, Le Grand Salon, Piano Bar, La Palette Lounge, spa and fitness room, the Boutique and the pool deck and reception area. Plus, all three restaurants, featuring gastronomic experiences designed by French Chef Jean-Pierre Vigato – a masterful merger of French and Polynesian cuisines.

Calming Polynesian colour schemes reflect sea-washed blues, while verdant greens balance with neutrals, referencing elements of the landforms and cultures of Polynesia. Subtle links designed to enrich guests’ experiences while sailing idyllic South Pacific seascapes.

La Palette – the lounge on board Le Paul Gauguin has been recently refurbished.
Image credit: Paul Gauguin Cruises/Studio Jean Philippe Nuel

Specially designed to reach and explore the shallow lagoons and reefs of French Polynesia and wider South Pacific, the 166 suite and stateroom Le Paul Gauguin sparkles under the South Pacific sun: Tahiti, the Society Islands, Tuamotus, Marquesas, Cook Islands, Tonga and Fiji.

Paul Gauguin Cruises also includes exclusive private beach access on the picture-perfect Bora Bora. While on the privately-owned island of Motu Mahana, guests can enjoy a traditional Polynesian bbq, snorkelling, entertainment and other complementary activities including the laid back lifestyle that a fully stocked complimentary floating bar provides.

Le Paul Gauguin completed its renovation in March 2021. 75% of accommodation features private balconies or verandas.
Paul Gauguin Cruises/Studio Jean Philippe Nuel

Wherever Le Paul Gauguin goes, she confirms the adage that “small is beautiful.”

Guests find it easy to fit into the relaxed yet elegant ambience, feeling instantly at one with newfound friends on board and enjoying a range of luxurious accommodation options. – 70% of suites and staterooms feature their own balcony or veranda.

That only adds to the exceptional service, outstanding gourmet dining and trademark Polynesian hospitality, as exampled by local Tahitian hosts and entertainers Les Gauguines and Les Gauguins who regularly perform traditional Tahitian songs and energetic dances.

While the adults enjoy complimentary paddleboards, kayaks, snorkelling and optional scuba diving, young holiday-makers have not been forgotten. The specially designed, hands-on, interactive Moana Explorer Programme, for 7 to 15 year-olds, is led by naturalists and features programmes focussing on, for example, local culture and the environment.

Guests can enjoy relaxing time at private island of Motu Mahana. Image credit: Paul Gauguin Cruises.

A Sampling of Paul Gauguin Cruises in 2022

Drawing on 30 years of Polynesian experience, Paul Gauguin Cruises really does know the where-to and how-to of South Pacific cruising…again offered in 2022 with a seductive range of seven to 14-night itineraries.

The 7-night Tahiti & The Society Islands voyage focuses on the iconic Polynesian highlights of Moorea and Bora Bora, as well as Huahine and Taha’a (Motu Mahana). Over 20 departures during 2022 start from AU$4,100 per person, twin-share in a Window Stateroom.

The 10-night Society Islands & Tuamotus itinerary features visits to the private island of Motu Mahana, where guests can enjoy a day of water sports, Polynesian activities, a traditional barbecue feast, and cocktails from full and floating bars.

Six departures also include Huahine, Taha’a’s Motu Mahana, Bora Bora and Moorea’s stunning lagoons in the Society Islands, plus a visit to Fakarava’s UNESCO Biosphere reserve and Rangiroa’s black pearl farms in the Tuamotus, before returning to Papeete. Priced from AU$5,510 per person, twin-share in a Window Stateroom.

The 14-night Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands itinerary is the most comprehensive Paul Gauguin cruise. Capturing all the highlights of the above two itineraries plus voyaging further afield and adding more
immersion into Polynesian culture with visits to Fatu Hiva, Hiva Oa, Tahuata, Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas. Five departures are offered between March and November 2022, starting from AU$8,760 per person, twin-share in a Window Stateroom.

While two 11-night Fiji, Tonga, Cook Islands & Society Islands voyages in September and October 2022 showcase not only the key French Polynesian Islands but round out this South Pacific sojourn of captivating
islands with the inclusion of the simply stunning Cook Islands, Vava’u in Tonga and delightful Savusavu in Fiji. Prices lead-in at AU$8,630 per person, twin-share in a Porthole Stateroom.

Part of the Ponant family, Paul Gauguin Cruises offers reciprocal access up to 30% Ponant Bonus savings for those guests booking a 2022 voyage. First-time Paul Gauguin Cruises guests receive an additional AU$800 per stateroom savings as a welcome offer. (Conditions apply)

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Lead image: Le Paul Gauguin in Bora Bora, French Polynesia | Credit: Paul Gauguin Cruises

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