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  • Bora_Bora_bungalows_Paul_Gauguin - Spectacular Bora Bora: Built to navigate the narrow inlets of French Polynesia, the Paul Gauguin can maneuver from open ocean to shallow lagoon as nimbly as a yacht.
  • Thalasso_Bora_Bora_pool_05 - Reflect on this: The infinity pool at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort, with Mount Otemanu in the background, is part of your Paul Gauguin cruise.
  • Tere-Moana-in-Delos - Paul Gauguin Cruises' Tere Moana anchored off the historic island of Delos, Greece.
  • Portofino-Italy-waterfront - Portofino, a small, colorful port on the northwest coast of Italy known for its upscale shopping and dining during your cruise aboard Tere Moana.
  • Virgin-Gorda-BVI-lagoon - Snorkel, swim or sunbathe at a pristine lagoon in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, a Tere Moana destination.
  • Tere-Moana-South-Pacific - Tere Moana makes a stop in French Polynesia in the South Pacific. Her small footprint allows her to sidle up to smaller ports that larger ships simply cannot reach.
  • Moorea_pearls - See the South Pacific's famous black pearls during a Paul Gauguin cruise.
  • Paul_Gauguin_exterior - The Paul Gauguin has three restaurants, a luxury spa and its own water sports marina, as well as an attentive staff of 217.
  • Monte-Carlo-Grand-Casino - The Grand Casino in Monte Carlo, one of the stops on your Paul Gauguin cruise aboard Tere Moana.
  • Blue-Mosque-interior-Istanbul - The cupola of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, built from 1609 to 1616. See it as part of a cruise aboard Tere Moana.
  • Tahiti_pool - Step into a magazine cover when the Paul Gauguin takes you to the InterContinental Resort Tahiti's sublime infinity pool.
  • Tere-Moana-at-sea - The pretty luxury ship Tere Moana's small size provides an intimate ambiance for guests and allows it to scoot to smaller ports that large cruise ships can't get to.
  • Bora_Bora_lagoon - Can you say wanderlust? Great sightseeing abounds for Paul Gauguin guests visiting Bora Bora.
  • Paul_Gauguin_Bora_Bora - Built for Bora Bora: The Paul Gauguin's size lets her  maneuver from open ocean to shallow waters as nimbly as a yacht.
  • Moana_Bora_bungalows_lagoon - The Paul Gauguin takes you to InterContinental Le Moana Bora Bora, where distinctive bungalows perch above the water and offer the ultimate island escape.
  • Tere-Moana-Hvar-Croatia - Paul Gauguin Cruises' Tere Moana glides through the waters of Hvar in the Dalmation Islands of Croatia.
  • Tere-Moana-Balinese-beds-2 - Soak in the South Pacific sun on a a comfy Balinese bed on the sundeck of Tere Moana.
  • Saint-Tropez-scene-at-sunset-Tere-Moana - St. Tropez at sunset. Tere Moana offers an intimate and luxurious experience sailing the waters of the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Adriatic Sea and South Pacific.
  • Trevi-Fountain-Rome-Tere-Moana - Visit charming Trevi Fountain in Rome during your cruise aboard Tere Moana. Don't forget to bring a penny and make a wish!

Paul Gauguin Cruises: Boutique small-ship luxury cruising

Paul Gauguin Cruises offers luxurious voyages in French Polynesia, Tahiti, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America on two ships: the m/s Paul Gauguin and the m/v Tere Moana.

The Paul Gauguin was built specifically to sail the waters of Tahiti, French Polynesia and the South Pacific. Launched in 1998, the Gauguin — named for French Post-Impressionist artist Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin, famed for his masterworks set in French Polynesia — is the longest continually operating year-round luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific. No other luxury ship in history has offered this level of single-destination focus and expertise on a year-round basis for such an extended period of time.

Like its sister ship the Gauguin, the Tere Moana specializes in warm-weather destinations, with an emphasis on delivering unique itineraries that larger ships cannot offer and exploring hidden ports throughout these regions. The ship sails during the summer months in Europe and winter in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Family cruising on Paul Gauguin Cruises 

Children will enjoy the Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Program (for ages 9-17), created by explorer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau and his Oceans Futures Society. See more details in Eileen Ogintz's article Family cruises on Paul Gauguin Cruises, part of our Family Cruise Guide 2016.

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Ratings & awards

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Best Mid-Sized Ship Ocean Cruise Line, Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards (2016)
Small Ship Cruise Line, Travel + Leisure World's Best Award (2014, 2015)
#1 Small Ship Cruise Line for Families, Travel + Leisure World's Best Award (2014)
Best South Pacific Itineraries, Porthole Magazine Readers' Choice Award (2013)
Small Ship Cruise Lines, Travel Weekly Magellan Award Gold (2010)

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Highlights and what impressed us

  • Gourmet food and luxurious accommodations
  • Aboard the Gauguin, take advantage of the specially designed retractable water sports platform to descend to sea level and hop aboard a windsurfer or paddleboard, launch a kayak or set out for an optional scuba diving outing.
  • Complimentary beverages, including select wines and spirits, drinks, bottled water and hot beverages served throughout the ship
  • Immerse yourself completely in the culture and history of the area you visit.

Paul Gauguin Cruises fleet

Fast facts

2 Ships
1998 Founded
Boutique Style
Bellevue, Wash. HQ

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