Paul Gauguin Cruises : m/s Paul Gauguin

Designed specifically to glide through the shallow seas of the South Pacific, The Gauguin is the flagship of Paul Gauguin Cruises and a small-ship cruiser's dream. She delivers travelers to intimate ports inaccessible to larger cruise ships, all the while providing an onboard experience that is nothing short of luxurious. Guests aboard this luxury cruise enjoy spacious suites and staterooms (more than 70% with private balconies), an onboard watersports marina, three dining venues, an extensive spa, and five-star service. Life onboard also reflects the beauty and rich cultural heritage of the islands she calls upon, with a warm, friendly feel, informal setting, and even a beloved troupe of Gaugines and Gauguins


Activities & Entertainment

Your time with Paul Gauguin Cruises is as active or relaxing as you'd like it to be. Whatever your interests, they make it easy for your experience to meet your definition of perfect. By day, perhaps you'll treat yourself to an hour (or three) at the Deep Nature Spa by Algotherm, where expert therapists and aestheticians offer an extensive menu of massage, skin care and facial treatments. Visit the Fitness Center, complete with cardio and weightlifting equipment. Or discover the natural and artistic wonders, history and culture of your destination with the onboard naturalist and a host of guest experts. Evenings aboard take on a special glow. Choose from a variety of onboard activities, from entertainment and dancing to simply relaxing with a cocktail under the stars.

Watersports Marina

Watersports are a highlight of the Paul Gauguin Cruises' experience. The ship's small size allows for navigation in shallow lagoons and narrow channels where larger ships may not sail. With the specially designed retractable watersports platform, guests may descend to sea level where they can conveniently hop aboard a windsurfer or paddleboard, launch a kayak, or set out for a SCUBA diving expedition.

Spa & Fitness

Paul Gauguin ships are home to the Deep nature Spa by Algotherm, an award-winning luxury spa. With its unrivaled approach to beauty and rejuvenation, the spa combines the art of gentle pampering with services that are tailored uniquely to the needs of each individual. Designed as a luxurious refuge from every day stresses, the spa offers an extensive range of physical regimens, including health and revitalization. Shipboard treatments include skin-care therapies, skin exfoliating, massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, body wraps, facials, and beauty treatments. Relaxing overwater massages are also available on the private motu off the coast of Taha'a.
Guests may also take advantage of the supreme gold massage, inspired by traditional Russian massage methods, and Aldo Silhouette contouring, toning and firming techniques. In addition, a new AlgoDerm Machine for facial treatments has been introduced.

Seasonal Children's Program

Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Program (Ages 9-17)

Explorer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau is committed to the belief that the survival of the world

Ship Features
  • All oceanview accommodations, nearly 70% with balconies, measuring from 200 to 500 sq. ft., including balcony
  • Butler service, in-suite bar setup, and iPod


The waters of French Polynesia and the South Pacific offer a world of wonders with translucent lagoons, rainbow-colored coral reefs, and a myriad of tropical fish. A highlight of the Paul Gauguin Cruises

Watersports Marina

The specially designed watersports platform turns the ship into your headquarters for all kinds of adventures on the water. It

SCUBA Diving Excursions

If you've always wanted to try SCUBA diving, your cruise on The Gauguin is the perfect opportunity. The onboard marina offers diving excursions for all experience levels, and they are the only luxury ship in French Polynesia to offer PADI certification classes for novice divers.

Family Program

The opportunities to create cherished family memories together are boundless with the Stewards of Nature Family Program. Available on select sailings, this flexible program lets parents and children alike pick and choose from a suite of onboard activities and daily excursions that reveal the natural wonders and rich culture of Polynesia by land and sea.


During every meal onboard The Gauguin, with every sumptuous bit you sample, and each time the attentive staff fill your glass, you


The exquisite main dining room is dressed to impress with perfectly appointed d

La Veranda

Dine al fresco or enjoy wraparound ocean views from the dining room of La Veranda, where you'll find an ever-changing selection of buffet breakfast and lunch items and a la carte options, many of which are inspired by the destinations you'll visit. In the evening, La Veranda is transformed to a reservation-only dining venue serving Jean-Pierre Vigato's gourmet cuisine.

Le Grill

When your day calls for a more casual dining experience, visit Le Grill, located by the pool and offering a buffet breakfast, grilled lunch favorites, salads, and fresh tropical fruit. In the afternoon, stop by for tea with finger sandwiches, fresh fruit, desserts, pastries, and petit fours. Return in the evening to sample Polynesian specialties in a relaxed atmosphere. Reservations are required for dinner.

Life Onboard

When you travel onboard The Gauguin, you won't spend your days at sea simply biding your time until you arrive at your next destination. On this ship, every day (and night) brings new and exciting opportunities for entertainment and enrichment.

Pool & Pool Bar

Soak in the South Pacific sunshine with a day spent lounging by the outdoor pool. Cool off in the refreshing water, grab a cocktail from the adjacent Pool Bar, or take in the scenery from a comfortable lounge chair.

Le Casino

Try your luck in Le Casino, which features slot machines, blackjack, and roulette, and is open every evening ( except where prohibited by port regulations).

Piano Bar

Grab a drink at the Piano Bar and enjoy nightly piano entertainment.

La Palette

This versatile lounge offers morning snacks, serves as the backdrop for special events, hosts Polynesian activities led by Les Gauguines, and is the perfect place to grab a nightcap and dance under the stars to live music.

Le Grand Salon

When the sun goes down at sea, Le Grand Salon comes alive with spectacular performances. Every night brings something different, whether it's an ote'a, live piano music, Broadway show tunes, or foot-tapping rock music. Return to the main lounge during the day for a game of table tennis, or a lecture from a roster of anthropologists, archeologists, and marine biologists, as well as visiting experts on other popular topics.

Les Gauguins & Les Gauguines

On every voyage of The Gauguin, you'll be accompanied by their own troupe of Tahitian hosts and entertainers that bring the spirit of Polynesia to life. Enjoy a retelling of ancestral legends through dance, delight in traditional songs onboard and on the private motu, and learn local handicrafts during hands-on demonstrations. Couples celebrating a honeymoon or anniversary can even attend a Polynesian blessing ceremony.

Crew Show

The crew members onboard are certainly expert at providing first-class service, but they also boast many other talents that they are proud to showcase in the crew show. Every voyage offers something different, but you're always guaranteed a night of amazing entertainment, much of which showcases the unique cultures of the crew members' home countries.

Local Entertainment

In addition to Les Gauguins & Les Gauguines, local performers are invited onboard every voyage. Don't miss an evening spent with local group Mamas & Papas, whose dynamic performance of Polynesian dance and singing is a perennial guest favorite.

La Boutique

Just steps from your stateroom, find the perfect memento of your South Pacific cruise, like genuine Tahitian black pearl jewelry exclusively designed for Paul Gauguin Cruises. Tahitian vanilla, local arts and handicrafts, souvenir apparel, and more. It's also the perfect place to pick up any necessary sundries or toiletries, like swimwear, beach attire, sunscreen, and batteries.

Photo Shop

Ensure that your vacation memories last a lifetime with services from Paul Gauguin Cruises

Deep Nature Spa by Algotherm

With its unrivaled approach to beauty and rejuvenation, the onboard spa combines the art of gentle pampering with services that are uniquely tailored to the needs and wishes of each individual. The spa offers an extensive range of services, enveloped in an atmosphere that is both tranquil and luxurious.

Fitness Center

The convenient fitness center is outfitted with the latest fitness equipment, including Lifecycles, treadmills, stair climbers, and weight machines. Other onboard fitness opportunities include a morning mile-long walk around the outdoor decks, and a sunrise Polynesian-inspired Zumba class.