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Tere Moana: Stylish, intimate explorations around the globe
Tere Moana is the newer of the two Paul Gauguin Cruises ships. The Moana carries the cruise line’s spirit of Polynesian welcome, geniality, and hospitality into the wider world. Literally “Ocean Traveler” in Tahitian, the Moana specializes in warm-weather destinations, going where larger ships cannot and exploring hidden ports throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe. Best of all, the price is all-inclusive.
Accommodating just 88 guests, the newly renovated Moana reflects the high standard of quality set by the line’s flagship, the Paul Gauguin. Spacious staterooms, two restaurants, L’Etoile and La Veranda, and a spa are among its deluxe attributes. You almost will feel like you have your own yacht to explore Europe in the summer, or either the Caribbean or Central America in the winter.
Where Tere Moana sails
Destinations: In the winter, the Moana sails mostly from Panama to Costa Rica, around the islands off Costa Rica, to St. Maarten/St. Martin and the eastern Caribbean. In the summer, it adds the following European cities to its itinerary as it crosses the Atlantic: Lisbon, Portugal; Venice, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Piran, Slovenia; Gibraltar; Barcelona, Spain; Nice, France; Istanbul, Turkey, and Athens, Greece.
Two restaurants, L’Etoile and La Veranda, have open seating. In addition, a special 24-hour room service menu is available. During normal dining hours, you can also order from L’Etoile Restaurant and enjoy dinner in your stateroom.
A lounge offers live entertainment, including piano performances, and lectures. No T-shirts, shorts or jeans in the evening. The ship also has a swimming pool, sun deck, whirlpool, Balinese sun beds, spa, fitness center and a small library.
Water sports are a highlight of the Moana experience. With the retractable water sports platform, guests may descend to sea level. They can hop aboard a windsurfer or launch a kayak at select destinations. Or grab some snorkeling gear and view another world.
The regular cabins are 194 square feet, and feature picture windows. The top-ship suites are 205 square feet and feature 93-square-foot verandas. All cabins have temperature control, king-size bed (all have the option for twin-bed configuration), bathroom with full-size shower, bathrobes, slippers, hair dryer, TV, CD/DVD player, safe, and stocked mini-fridge. Some cabins can accommodate three passengers.
Laundry, dry cleaning and&pressing services
Onboard laundry services, including pressing and dry cleaning, are available at an additional charge and may be arranged through your stewardess for same-day service.
Guests can make telephone calls directly from their stateroom. Fax messages are received and sent through the reception desk. Wi-Fi hotspots are located throughout the ship, and Internet access is available at an additional charge. The library is stocked with computers and a printer for your convenience.
The medical center is designed to provide medical care for temporary illnesses and accidents. The ship's licensed and registered doctor is on 24-hour call for professional and emergency services, which are available at customary charges.
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Top highlights on this ship
- State-of-the-art retractable watersports marina for kayaking and windsurfing.
- Two staff members for every three guests; 88 guests maximum.
- 24-hour room service menu, and dinner available in your stateroom.
- Complimentary wine and spirits, bottled water and soft drinks.
Top dining options on board
“At a minimum of 194 square feet and a maximum of 298 square feet for the newly added balcony cabins, staterooms seem larger than the usual and certainly more luxurious.”