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ms Paul Gauguin

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Designed specifically for the tranquil shallow waters of the South Pacific, MS Paul Gauguin is a dream for those in search of an intimate ‘small ship’ cruising experience. The flagship of Paul Gauguin Cruises takes guests to intimate ports inaccessible to larger cruise ships, all while providing an enviable and luxurious onboard experience.

Guests aboard can enjoy spacious suites and staterooms, many with private balconies, an onboard water sports marina, three dining venues, an extensive spa, and five-star service. Life onboard also reflects the beauty and rich cultural heritage of the islands she calls upon, with a warm, friendly feel, informal setting, and even a beloved troupe of local Tahitians for cruise staff, entertainers, and storytellers.

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Ship Stats and Features

Year Entered Service 01/01/1998
Tonnage 19200
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins 1
Number Of Decks 7
Number Of Restaurants 3
Maximum Capacity 332
Crew 217

Ship Facilities


From the moment you step onboard MS Paul Gaugin you will experience service that anticipates your every need and with gratuities included, you’ll be able to eat knowing that everything has been arranged. You can choose the dining experience that suits your mood, including complimentary fine wines and soft drinks that flow freely. Light and healthy menu options can be enjoyed in any of the three dining venues onboard with vegetarian choices also available.

La VerandaAt breakfast and lunch, guests can expect delicious buffet options and an à la carte menu, while at night it transforms into a reservations-only gourmet restaurant. Here, you can choose to either eat al fresco or inside.
Le GrillCasual from morning to evening, guests can expect a buffet breakfast, grilled favourites at lunch and Polynesian specialities come evening.
L’EtoileThe ship’s main dining room, here guests can expect fine dining in a sophisticated setting with high-end, attentive service.


Featuring an eclectic mix of live entertainment and a variety of bars in which to relax and socialise, nightimes on MS Paul Gaugin are just as enchanting as the destinations the ship visits.

Live entertainment
  • Les Gaugins & Les Gaugines- Paul Gaugin’s very own troupe of Tahitian entertainers, guests can enjoy traditional dances and songs and learn Polynesian handicrafts.
  • Local entertainers- performers from the destinations are often invited onboard to give guests a real taste of the culture.
  • Crew Show- every cruise, the resident crew of performers put on a show to remember.
  • Le Grand salon- in the main showroom of the ship, guests can watch everything from live piano music to Broadway show tunes.
  • Casino- try your luck on one of the many table games, including roulette, and slot machines.
Bars and lounges
  • Piano Bar- as the name suggests, this bar is the best place to enjoy some live piano music.
  • La Palette- the ship’s main lounge, here guests can enjoy a casual drink or dance the night away.
  • Pool Bar- if you’d rather take your drink outside, this al fresco bar is the perfect place to go to sip your favourite cocktail and gaze out at the ocean.

Things to do

Spa and fitness

With its unrivalled approach to beauty and rejuvenation, the spa combines the art of gentle pampering with services that are uniquely tailored to the needs and wishes of each individual. There is an extensive range of services, enveloped in an atmosphere that is both tranquil and luxurious. Shipboard treatments include skin care therapies, skin exfoliation, massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, body wraps, facials, beauty treatments, nail services and hair styling.

Those looking for an active cruise can enjoy swimming in the outdoor pool and working out in the fully equipped fitness centre with the use of lifecycles, treadmills, weight machines and more.


MS Paul Gauguin features a unique, retractable watersports marina from which you can literally step into a kayak or Zodiac to explore an inviting coral lagoon, or simply partake in some snorkelling. There is also the option to gain certification for novice scuba divers with courses and excursions led by qualified onboard divers.

For something a little more leisurely, guests can choose to lay by the pool with a drink in hand. There is also La Boutique, where you can pick up genuine Tahitian black pearl jewellery and other beautiful mementos of your cruise with Paul Gaugin. In addition, on selected South Pacific sailings special guests will be onboard conducting lectures on topics such as nutrition, health, wellness and life coaching.