Designed specifically to sail the shallow waters of Tahiti, Fiji, and the South Pacific, MS Paul Gauguin visits small ports that larger vessels can't reach. Onboard, guests can look forwards to an informal, relaxing environment, reflective of the islands visited, without ever having to compromise on service. All suites come with Butler service, and all staterooms are comfortable, spacious, and luxurious. Even though she is one of the smaller ships currently at sea, it may come as a surprise as to how much she offers onboard. Guests will find a choice of three open-seating dining venues, an extensive spa, and even an onboard water sports marina. The Tahitian islands play a major part of the ship's identity, as she is staffed primarily with local islanders, who serve as entertainers, storytellers, and cruise staff, adding a level of Polynesian flair, and the unique personality of Tahiti to each and every voyage.
Onboard a MS Paul Gauguin voyage, guests will be treated to an all-inclusive experience. This includes: spacious accommodations with ocean views, all meals onboard and complimentary room service. It also includes complimentary beverages - including select wines and spirits, drinks bottled water, and hot drinks served throughout the ship, all onboard entertainment, water sports, and an in-cabin refrigerator which is replenished daily with beer, soft drinks and bottled water.
There is one stateroom onboard that is wheelchair accessible. This stateroom features wide doorways to accommodate a wheelchair, a walk or roll-in shower, stall, and a greater distance between the bed and vanity. There are also a select number of staterooms in other cabin categories that feature shower stalls for those who have trouble stepping into a bathtub. Shower stalls can be requested for additional assistance and the onboard infirmary can perform a select number of services.
All decks, with the exception of Deck 9 - the Sun Deck - and the Marina Deck, can be reached via an elevator and manoeuvred in a wheelchair. The same level of mobility is required to get back onboard the ship.
Passengers travelling in wheelchairs should be aware that almost all ports of call on the MS Paul Gauguin are tendered. Passengers will need to be able to climb down a flight of stairs and take a step into a tender to get to shore.
PLEASE NOTE: Paul Gauguin encourage those who require additional assistance to travel with someone who can help. If there are any specific requests, Paul Gauguin will do their best to accommodate in any way possible.
Guide dogs, or other service animals are welcome onboard as long as appropriate certification is provided to Paul Gauguin Cruises at least 30 days prior to the scheduled departure. Guests are responsible for making all arrangements for the entry of the service animal into any country visited by the ship.
Motorised scooters and wheelchairs are welcome onboard the ship. All wheelchairs, of any type, must be provided by the passenger, and Paul Gauguin Cruises need to be notified in advance. The size of the wheelchair should be taken in to consideration to be sure it will fit in the passenger's stateroom.
There is not an interpreter available onboard the MS Paul Gauguin. Given 3 months notice, Paul Gauguin can have a light and vibration system fitted in staterooms. A crew member can also be assigned to assist in case of emergencies.
Please advise the Paul Gauguin Cruises Reservations Department of any special dietary requirements you may have at least 60 days prior to sailing. Ask for “special services.” General dietary needs such as low-salt or low-cholesterol foods can be satisfied on board the ship simply by speaking with the dining wait staff. We are unable to offer Kosher certified meals; however, we do offer Kosher style foods—foods that are not certified Kosher, but a type of food that can be produced as kosher.
Country Club Casual, or elegant resort wear, is appropriate dress for all evenings aboard The Gauguin. Country Club Casual consists of a dress, or skirt or slacks with a blouse or sweater for ladies, and slacks and collared shirts for gentleman. No ties are required at any time, although gentlemen may opt to wear a jacket to the Captain’s Welcome Reception. Please note that casual wear such as shorts, t-shirts, casual jeans (frayed and/or with holes), baseball caps, flip-flops, and Crocs are not considered appropriate after 6:00 p.m. in all restaurants and lounges. Bathrobes and bathing suits are not appropriate in the ship’s restaurants and lounges, and shirts and shoes are required in all public areas at all times.
The ship is equipped with a state-of-the-art communication system. Internet access is complimentary for guests in the Owner's and Grand suites aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin, and available for a nominal fee.
For the comfort, convenience, and safety of all our guests, smoking is prohibited in any enclosed dining venue and is permitted only in specifically designated outdoor smoking areas. On The Gauguin, these include the forward outdoor areas on Deck 5 (starboard and port sides), La Palette (outside area, starboard side only), and the Bar Du Soleil (starboard side only). Cigar smoking is permitted only at La Palette. Smoking is prohibited in staterooms, suites, and private balconies aboard the ship, and pipe smoking is not allowed anywhere on board.
Smoking Safety Notice: Always use the ashtrays and never throw cigarettes overboard – they could be blown back into the ship and cause a fire.
A licensed and registered doctor is on board both ships and available for professional and emergency services, which are available at customary charges. A nurse is also available onboard. The ship’s medical center is designed to provide medical care for certain temporary illnesses and accidents, and is not intended or capable of providing on-going treatment of pre-existing medical conditions. For guests requiring oxygen equipment, an oxygen concentrator is the only form of oxygen equipment allowed aboard ship and must be provided by the guest. PGC wheelchairs on board are for emergency purposes only.
Owner's Suite 701 can accommodate up to four guests by adding two berths with cribs or roll-aways. Butler service is included. The bathroom includes a separate shower and a dressing area. The Owner's Suite also includes: an ocean view, temperature control, queen-size bed, bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer, TV, CD/DVD player, personal safe, and refrigerator stocked with soft drinks.
Owner's Suite 702 can accommodate up to four guests by adding two berths with cribs or roll-aways. Butler service is included with the Owner's Suite. The bathroom includes a full-size tub and a dressing area. Also includes: an ocean view, temperature control, queen-size bed, bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer, TV, CD/DVD player, personal safe, and refrigerator stocked with soft drinks.
There are two Grand Suites available: the Paul Gauguin Suite, and the Flora Tristan Suite. The Grand Suites can accommodate up to three guests by adding a berth with a crib or roll-away. Butler service is included with the Grand Suite. The bathroom features a full-size tub. Also includes: an ocean view, temperature control, queen-size bed, bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer, TV, CD/DVD player, personal safe, and refrigerator stocked with soft drinks.
There are four Veranda Suites available: Tahiti Suite, Pont Avent Suite, Atuona Suite, and the Arles Suite. A Veranda Suites can accommodate up to three guests by adding a sofa bed. Veranda Suites include Butler service. They also feature: a full-size bathtub, an ocean view, temperature control, queen-size bed, bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer, TV, CD/DVD player, personal safe, and refrigerator stocked with soft drinks.
Veranda Staterooms can accommodate a third guest by adding a sofa bed. Veranda Staterooms include Butler service. They also feature: a full-size bathtub*, an ocean view, temperature control, queen-size bed, bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer, TV, CD/DVD player, personal safe, and refrigerator stocked with soft drinks.
*Stateroom 7003 features a shower stall with no tub.
Balcony Staterooms ending in a 6 or 8 can accommodate a third guest in a loveseat convertible (with the exception of Staterooms 7006 and 766). They also feature: a full-size bathtub*, an ocean view, temperature control, queen-size bed, bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer, TV, CD/DVD player, personal safe, and refrigerator stocked with soft drinks.
*Stateroom 7006 features a very small bathroom with shower only. Staterooms 763-767 vary in size, and feature shower stall with no bathtub.
Featuring a picture window or porthole window, the staterooms ending in a 5, 6 or 8 can accommodate a third guest in a love-seat convertible. They also feature: a full-size bathtub, an ocean view, temperature control, queen-size bed, bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer, TV, CD/DVD player, personal safe, and refrigerator stocked with soft drinks.
When you travel onboard The Gauguin, you won’t spend your days at sea simply biding your time until we arrive at our next destination. On our ship, every day (and night!) brings new and exciting opportunities for entertainment and enrichment.
From the casino to afternoon tea, music lounge to simply lounging in the outside pool and taking in the sun, there are more ways to relax onboard than may be expected from a ship of this size.
Try your luck in Le Casino, which features slot machines, blackjack, and roulette, and is open every evening, except where prohibited by port regulations. We also invite you to grab a drink at the Piano Bar and enjoy nightly piano entertainment.
When the sun goes down at sea, Le Grand Salon comes alive with spectacular performances. Every night brings something different, whether it’s Les Gauguins & Les Gauguines performing ote’a—a complex line dance accompanied by drums—live piano music, Broadway show tunes, or foot-tapping rock music. Return to our main lounge during the day for a game of table tennis or lecture from a roster of anthropologists, archeologists, and marine biologists, as well as visiting experts on other popular topics.
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.
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.
Ensure that your vacation memories last a lifetime with services from Paul Gauguin Cruises’ Photo Shop. A dedicated photographer accompanies us throughout our cruise, giving you the opportunity to take home professional photos of significant events, like embarkation, the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Tahitian Night. Family portraits and casual photo-ops are also available. The Photo Shop is also stocked with everything you need to take your own photos, including single-use cameras, digital cameras, photo accessories, and media cards.
The crew members onboard The Gauguin are certainly experts at providing first-class service to our guests, but they also boast many other talents that we’re proud to showcase in our 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 our crew members’ home countries.
In addition to Les Gauguins & Les Gauguines, on every voyage we invite local performers onboard to entertain you. Don’t miss an evening spent with local group Mamas and Papas, whose dynamic performance of Polynesian dance and singing is a perennial guest favorite.
On every voyage of The Gauguin, we’re accompanied by our 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 our private motu, and learn local handicrafts during hands-on demonstrations. Couples celebrating a honeymoon or anniversary can even attend a Polynesian blessing ceremony.