Paul Gauguin Cruises is a Tahitian-based cruise line offering all-inclusive fares in tropical surroundings since 2009. The atmosphere is laid-back aboard its two ships, and the expert staff is available at all times to cater to all needs of its traveling guests. The cruise line is owned by hotel industry leader Pacific Beachcomber and was created by its previous owner Vantage Deluxe World Travel. President Diana Moore was the former president of Windstar Cruises.

 

Rank Chart
Price
Total Ships
Our Score
#1
$149
3,652
7.5
#2
$91
6,296
7.4
#3
$279
4,248
7.0
#20
paul_gaugin
$3,995
332
5.0

The Good

Gourmet meals are available in 3 restaurants which feature fresh seafood and exquisite French cuisine. Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, and juices are included in the fare and available all day. Gratuities are also included in the price of the tip and you can tip staff members extra directly if you wish. Lunch buffets vary in tastes from French, Pacific, Greek, Asian and Italian cuisine. Room service is also available 24 hours a day at no extra charge.

The dress code aboard Paul Gauguin cruises is casual attire during the day and elegant wear during evening hours. You will want to bring along comfortable reef shoes that can withstand the rocks and bits of coral that are common on the tropical islands and bug spray is an absolute necessity. Cruises feature a Tahitian night once during a cruise. Women are encouraged to wear Tahitian wraparound skirts and men typically wear Polynesian shirts. These items are available at ports and the ship’s gift shop.

Ocean view cabins with balconies are approximately 200-588 square feet and are stocked with luxurious bathroom amenities, queen-sized beds with feather-down duvets, and small flat-screen televisions. In-room refrigerators are restocked daily with carbonated sodas, water and beer. Rooms are adorned with red carpeting, beige sofas, sheer curtains, and floor-to ceiling mirrors at the head of the bed. Standard amenities found onboard of most Paul Gauguin Cruises include:

  • Spacious, ocean view accommodations
  • All shipboard meals, in your choice of venues
  • Complimentary room service
  • Complimentary beverages, including select wines and
  • Spirits, beer, soft drinks, bottled water, and hot beverages served throughout the ship
  • Refrigerator replenished daily with soft drinks, beer, and bottled water

Entertainment options include live shows nightly with Tahitian dancers and entertainers, as well as a piano bar and casino. Guest can also take scuba diving lessons or go kayaking and windsurfing. Shoppers will enjoy La Boutique with its tropical clothing and merchandise. Zumba classes are offered during morning hours and trivia games are played among guests daily. Refresh and rejuvenate at the spa and hair salon aboard the cruise ship.

The company provides safekeeping for valuables aboard the Ship and encourages Passengers to deposit any jewelry or other valuables brought aboard the Ship with the designated officer who will issue a receipt for such valuables. Company shall not be liable for any loss of or damage to money, jewelry, precious stones, securities, financial instruments, tickets or other valuables unless they have been delivered to the designated officer and a receipt issued.

The Bad

Children aboard Paul Gauguin Cruises are not commonly seen, except during the summer and winter holidays. Planned activities and programs for kids and teenagers are generally only available only during the cruises. Additional crew members are available during these times to entertain children with crafts, pizza parties and movie nights. Families will want to cruise during these seasons. Otherwise, kids may be bored with little entertainment options.

Paul Gauguin Cruises does offer an Ambassadors of the Environment Program for children ages 9 to 17. The program educates through eco-excursions where kids can hike across the islands and snorkel. The program is a bit pricey for families per person a $299-$379. There are also a number of service fees required to be paid by each guest. These service fees include:

  • An 18 percent gratuity is added to spa services.
  • Internet plans are available based on the amount of data used: $29-$99
  • Traditional hair-styling ($135 for a shampoo, cut and blowdry) and nail services ($25 for a polish change) at the salon.
  • Full open-water scuba-diving certification will cost $750. The per-person price for most single-tank day dives is $95.
  • Spa treatments, such as a 30-minute body scrub ($80), 45-minute facial ($150) or 40-minute aroma steam bath ($140). Unique Polynesian-inspired spa treatments like Monoi oil massages ($80 for 25 minutes) and the signature Bora Bora Deep Blue Massage ($240 for 90 minutes) are also available.

There are no cabins designed for families as well. Showers and bathtubs are narrow, and passengers can easily lose their balance if they are not careful. Connecting to the Internet may prove troublesome in some areas of the ship also.

Shore excursions are not included in the price of the cruise. Tours range from $55-$120 per person. While these costs may be reasonable for single travelers and couples, they may be too expensive for families on a budget. Excursions include activities such as an underwater walk, horseback-riding, swimming with stingrays, and more.

The fitness center is small and features free weights and cardio machines. Miles are measured in kilometers on the machines. The fitness area is at its busiest at 7 a.m. so you will want to avoid this time if you want to have room to move around freely. There is no outdoor jogging track aboard the ship, which is disappointing to those who like to run on a daily basis. However, the sun deck is a great place for walkers.

On Deck 8, there is a spectacular seating area away from the noise and bustle of the ship. Be aware that there is an issue with soot buildup on the furniture, despite constant cleaning from the crew. Avoid wearing light-colored clothing to avoid staining nice clothes. An awning on Deck 6 also has the same dirt buildup problem.

The Bottom Line

Paul Gauguin Cruise Line is a great choice for honeymooners and older couples who desire to set sail in a quieter and more intimate environment. The ships are not designed for families and there are very few activities for children outside of holidays and summertime. Beach lovers will enjoy the marina water sports and tropical island offshore excursions. There are plenty of other activities for adults to participate in as well. The most popular ones are the spa, casino, and Tahitian entertainers.

The company has very few customer complaints when compared to other similar cruise lines. However, the company has failed to respond to the one complaint it did receive. The crew provides top-notch service in meeting the needs of guests and does their best to exceed expectations.Overall, it appears to be a reputable cruise line for people to set sail aboard.

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Audience & Convenience

Average passengers aboard Paul Gauguin Cruises are older and well-traveled adults with a smattering of honeymooners. Many of the company’s guests are loyal and repeat customers who are physically active.

Cruises range from 7-14 nights and offered year round.

What are the destinations for 2015-2016?

  • Destinations include: Tahiti, Fiji, and the South Pacific; Europe and Transatlantic; and the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Panama Canal.

Do they offer transportation services from airports to the ports?

  • Paul Gauguin Cruises meets their passengers at the airport and transports them to the pier and these transfers are frequently free of charge.

Safety

Do they have any security?

  • The company provides safekeeping for valuables aboard the Ship and encourages Passengers to deposit any jewelry or other valuables brought aboard the Ship with the designated officer who will issue a receipt for such valuables. Company shall not be liable for any loss of or damage to money, jewelry, precious stones, securities, financial instruments, tickets or other valuables unless they have been delivered to the designated officer and a receipt issued.

How do they prevent theft?

  • The company shall have no liability for loss of or damage to baggage or personal effects. Personal belongings lost while unattended in public lounges or other public areas, whether on board the Ship or elsewhere, are not reimbursable. Losses due to perils of the sea and other acts of God are not reimbursable.

What precautions do they take for disease prevention?

  • Any physical, emotional or mental condition that may require professional attention during the cruise must be reported to PGC at the time of booking.

Basically, what do they offer in way of Vacation Protection?

  • The Travel Protection Plan must be purchased within 14 days of the initial deposit/payment for the Trip to be eligible for: 1) the Cancel For Any Reason Benefit; and 2) the waiver of the Pre-Existing Conditions exclusion.

Price

What is the price of 2-3 of their featured cruise trips?

  • Cádiz, Spain, to Lisbon, Portugal | 7-night cruise: $1,995-$2,995
  • Philipsburg, St. Maarten, to Colón, Panama | 7-night cruise:$2,845-$4045

What are their prices for cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico and Europe?

  • Caribbean: $3,845-$5,245
  • Alaska: Not Available
  • Mexico: Not Available
  • Europe: $1,995-$5,245

 

Activities/Services

What services/activities are standard on all their cruise ships?

  • Spacious, ocean view accommodations
  • All shipboard meals, in your choice of venues
  • Complimentary room service
  • Complimentary beverages, including select wines and
  • Spirits, beer, soft drinks, bottled water, and hot beverages served throughout the ship
  • Refrigerator replenished daily with soft drinks, beer, and bottled water

What services/activities are unique?

  • Watersports marina with windsurfers, kayaks, paddle boarding, snorkeling gear and scuba equipment.

Outdoor Pool and Pool Bar

3 Gourmet Dining Restaurants

  • Tahitian Entertainers
  • Piano Bar
  • Casino
  • Salon
  • Scuba Diving
  • Youth Program
  • Spa and Fitness Center
  • Special Guests and Onboard Experts
  • Boutique
  • Photoshop

Service Fees

Do any of the services on the boat cost?

  • An 18 percent gratuity is added to spa services.
  • Internet plans are available based on the amount of data used: $29-$99
  • Traditional hair-styling ($135 for a shampoo, cut and blowdry) and nail services ($25 for a polish change) at the salon.
  • Full open-water scuba-diving certification will cost $750. The per-person price for most single-tank day dives is $95.
  • Spa treatments, such as a 30-minute body scrub ($80), 45-minute facial ($150) or 40-minute aroma steam bath ($140). Unique Polynesian-inspired spa treatments like Monoi oil massages ($80 for 25 minutes) and the signature Bora Bora Deep Blue Massage ($240 for 90 minutes) are also available.

Contact Information

(800) 848-6172

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