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Paul Gauguin Cruises operates the longest continually-sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the Paul Gauguin. No other ship has offered such single-destination focus year-round. Since 2012, the 88-guest Tere Moana has sailed the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe.
A new itinerary, with sailings on February 6, 2016 (7 nights) and December 3, 2016 (11 nights) is “Tahiti, the Society Islands & Tuamotus,” a unique route with visits to two Polynesian archipelagos. Round trip from Papeete, Tahiti, ports of call include Huahine, Society Islands; Fakarava, Tuamotus; Rangroa and Taha’a (Motu Mahan), Bora Bora and Moorea in the Society Islands. Fares include roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles.
Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Program, created by explorer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau and his Oceans Futures Society. The program is designed to introduce cruisers ages 9-17 to the natural wonders of French Polynesia with hands-on experiences like hiking, exploring coral reefs and rainforest trails, and visiting marae (ancient Polynesian temples). They’ll learn how black pearls and vanilla are cultivated, how volcanic islands become coral atolls, and how to paddle an outrigger canoe. Parents are encouraged to join children on eco-excursions and other activities aboard and ashore.
Have you and your family cruised on Paul Gauguin? What was the highlight? Did we overlook anything in this roundup? Please leave a comment below.