Paul Gauguin Cruises

Paul Gauguin Cruises

Paul Gauguin Cruises operates the award-winning luxury cruise ship the m/s Paul Gauguin, which provides an exceptional cruise experience tailored to the unparalleled wonders of Tahiti, French Polynesia, the South Pacific, and Fiji. The m/s Paul Gauguin was built specifically to sail the waters of Tahiti, French Polynesia, and the South Pacific and is the longest continually operating year-round luxury cruise ship in this enchanting destination providing up-close, authentic experiences.

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The Gauguin’s SCUBA diving excursions are designed for all levels of experience and is the only luxury ship in the French Polynesian islands to offer PADI certification onboard for novice divers.

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Designed specifically to glide in luxury through the shallow seas of the South Pacific, The Gauguin is a small-ship cruiser’s dream. She delivers travelers to intimate ports inaccessible to larger cruise ships, all the while providing a travel experience that is nothing short of luxurious.

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Fabulous as before

By: Blair D

Reviewed on: 31 Dec 2022

Perfect cruise for water lovers. Everyone on board seemed as pleased as we were, again. First time to Toa Motus and Marquesas, both of which were delightful. Service was first rate, as before; absolutely everyone not only knew your name, but always remembered your favored type of wine. Highly recommended to all.
Travel Advisor:  Debra Stern

Take a Paul Gauguin Cruise!

By: South Pacific Traveler

Reviewed on: 26 Sep 2016

I've only been on one cruise before cruising with Paul Gauguin. I suspect I will forever compare everything to Paul Gauguin, and I suspect others will come up short. The ship is extremely well-maintained. It has every amenity we wanted. The service is top-notch. You can tell they spend a lot of time training their crew. The attention is personalized. They know what you want before you do, and they have it waiting. No kidding. The food is delicious! Absolutely delicious!!! I've never had such fresh fish and fruit. Everything is exceptionally well-prepared. One of the deserts were so incredible people were still talking about it the next day. I wish Paul Gauguin cruised the entire world. I'd never leave the ship.
Travel Advisor:  Leslie Parker

Cook and Societies

By: Me

Reviewed on: 12 Dec 2018

Really enjoyed the small ship experience and fabulous food!

Gauguin French Polynesia

By: French Polynesia

Reviewed on: 25 Nov 2022

Everything you want and need is provided for you. The crew makes this such a special ship. Although it is an older ship and a bit dated, they go out of their way to provide exceptional service. We never had to ask more than once for anything. Very small ship with no more than 300 guests. Great way to see several French Polynesian islands for the first time to find your favorite.
Travel Advisor:  Marisa L. Cole

Paul Gauguin Review

By: Rod

Reviewed on: 22 Nov 2023

The ship was great no doubt. Highlights were the food and the Filipino wait staff. They were exceptionally friendly and attentive to our needs and preferences.
Travel Advisor:  Liz Nixon



Reviewed on: 26 Nov 2017

Great time! Staff was wonderful. Love the small ship.

Paul Gauguin Cruise

By: Greg

Reviewed on: 24 Mar 2018

It was awesome! I highly recommend this ship. The staff was great - very well trained and incredibly customer focused.
Not Recommended

Old and tires

By: Frogus

Reviewed on: 17 Jan 2019

The crew was beyond fabulous and the food was wonderful. I am celiac and the kitchen made everything for me gluten free. That part was amazing, The tours from the ship were bad and the ship is old and needs desperate up dating!!! We arrrived very late and the lady that took us to our room never explained anything so at 1:00 in the morning we couldn’t find out how to get our lights out. After calling twice they finally sent a nice gentleman down.

All about quality

By: Good friend

Reviewed on: 27 Nov 2019

The best cruise line we have ever used in all respects.
Travel Advisor:  Marcie Ewing

French Polynesia

By: Wa’ahila

Reviewed on: 14 May 2018

Relaxing cruise, roomy cabin, exceptional service from ALL of the cruise staff, educational and culturally enlightening, awesome scenery and fun filled port excursions, great food and drink on board. Because of its size you are pampered throughout the ship. If you want to travel to French Polynesia you will truly enjoy the 14 day cruise to the Marquesas, Tuamotus and Society Islands. We saw 10 different islands in just 2 weeks. Everyone of them was unique and the islanders so willing to share. We look forward to a future cruise on Paul Gauguin.

Great ;tour

By: ME Paulson

Reviewed on: 15 Apr 2018

We enjoyed the Paul Guaguin ship for our 7 day cruise. The water and scenery was beautiful. We took the ship to enjoy snorkeling and we were pleased that they had lots of opportunities to snorkel. We liked the size of the small ship.


By: The Stafford’s

Reviewed on: 13 Nov 2018

Where do I begin! This cruise is probably the best out there! If your bucklist includes the French Polynesia then this Paul Gauguin Cruise is a MUST! The amenities, the food, and the staff are unbelievable. Everything is organized from the time you pay for your booking. You just log onto the cruise site and pick your excursions, pillows(if you are in a B stateroom or higher). This ship is amazing! You will not regret it at all. We are heading back in 2020 again! Thanks Paul Gauguin!
Travel Advisor:  Anne Barclay

Paul Gauguin cruise

By: cb

Reviewed on: 18 Jan 2018

The food was excellent and the staff was friendly and always there to serve. The day at the private island was the best. The excursions were pretty similar and would be nice if at least three excursions were included in the price of the cruise rather than having to pay extra. The places were beautiful and the trip was very relaxing.
Travel Advisor:  Jeanne Huth

Charlies family

By: c

Reviewed on: 24 Sep 2018

Crew and staff were exceptional. Very attentive. Food was always good. Would have preferred a restaurant where the men could dine in their shorts or leisure clothes as the women were permitted. All in all very well run.
Travel Advisor:  Craig Mungary

Luxury at Sea


Reviewed on: 30 Sep 2023

I highly recommend the Paul Gauguin cruise through the Cook and Society Islands. The staff cannot do enough to please the passengers. The excursions from the ship were well organized and interesting. I loved being able to SCUBA dive off these islands.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Lord

Great service

By: jim

Reviewed on: 21 Jan 2019

Ship was clean, but probably could use an update. Food was excellent. Service was the best we have experienced.
Travel Advisor:  Sandra Keeso-Hall

Luxury above and beyond

By: Lar

Reviewed on: 19 Dec 2017

We cruised with Paul Gauguin this pastt December. It was absolutely fantastic and we hope to return again someday.
Not Recommended

Not what it Once Was

By: No Res Lady

Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2019

This was my 4th sailing since 2009 and it is a big disappointment. It was the first sailing under Ponant ownership and the quality of food, liquor, and activities is quite low. Many of us repeat travelers were very disappointed, and even some first time people complained it was not what they had been led to expect. The biggest problem, to me, was the lack of quality lectures on sea days. While the one lecturer on board was good, she couldn't compare to the four that usually sailed in the past, and gave four lectures per sea day. Now the schedule is filled with classes with the Tahitian men and women, such as making shell jewelry, learning dances, etc. Liquors that were once included now must be paid for (single malt scotches), and many people complained about that. Wines and food generally were lower quality than in the past. Overall, it was overpriced for what one received, and I shan't sail on it again.

I did not use or go on a cruise ship

By: TL

Reviewed on: 05 Jul 2018

I did not go on a cruise ship on this trip....
Travel Advisor:  Laura Wallace

Tahiti cruzin

By: Tuna

Reviewed on: 21 Sep 2019

This was a first class experience. From the moment we,stepped onto the ship to our departure the staff was attentive knew our names favorite drinks and time we liked to have our meals. They treated us like we all would love to be treated. The ship is a little older vut really well taken care of. I would highly recommend this trip to all. Anything you wanted to do was available and exceeded our expectations.
Travel Advisor:  September Holstad

Sailing in Paradise.

By: Clemmie

Reviewed on: 05 Apr 2023

We thoroughly enjoyed our time on Paul Gauguin. The ship is a comfortable size. The food was excellent as were the staff who were friendly and couldn't do enough for us. There could have been better entertainment organised during the days at sea, eg. more enrichment lectures to learn about the area we were travelling in.

Smooth and easy

By: Charlotte

Reviewed on: 09 Sep 2018

As we started our travel to Tahiti they had a representative at LAX to make sure we had no trouble. That impressed us. The transfers were smooth, the ship’s staff was gracious. The ports were well managed. We would highly recommend them.
Travel Advisor:  Ruth Turpin

Tahiti Cruise

By: J man

Reviewed on: 07 Mar 2018

The trip was fantastic. The food and service was excellent. They were especially attentive to some dietary requests and went above and beyond to fill them The waiters were fun and engaging.
Travel Advisor:  Paul Largay

A fabulous trip

By: Chris

Reviewed on: 11 Nov 2017

Our time aboard the ship was wonderful. All the staff went out of their way to make our experience amazing. Thank you
Travel Advisor:  Samuel Spencer

Review of Paul Gauguin 10 day cruise

By: Ruby

Reviewed on: 12 Sep 2019

We did not know this line but, based on desire to go to the South Pacific, our travel agent suggested we look at this one. What a great idea. The cruise was great. The scenery was spectacular. The service was great. You can select daily excursions (extra changes). Would suggest a daily excursion. It is a smaller ship and not much to do onboard during the day. They were well organized and fun. Favorite was the aqua safari underwater walk. The cruise ship staff are fabulous and provide great service. The food was very good. It was not spectacular, but certainly much better than your average cruise line food. It was always fresh and well prepared. Nice cabin and balcony. The ship is a little tired looking but I understand that it is going in for a refurbish very soon. That will help a lot. The only downside was the end of cruise . You have to spend an entire day on the ship and in a hotel (included in fare) waiting for only flights (midnight) to US.
Travel Advisor:  Martine Dorobanti

Super Ship

By: Mike

Reviewed on: 19 Jan 2019

Great staff, Beautiful ship, and the food was always and everywhere top notch.
Travel Advisor:  Dawn Campbell

Great adventure

By: Dr. J

Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2017

I enjoyed my cruise, but have mixed feelings about my overall experience because of the weather. I am not sure I would have booked this time of year if I had known it was the rainy season. The service and amenities of the ship were great. I did not like it was a older ship, but it was clean and neat. I did enjoy that fact it was a smaller ship which gave it an intimate experience. The only true negative of the cruise was the internet service, but overall it was a great experience.
Travel Advisor:  Alyse Cori

Paul Gauguin cruise

By: Patri

Reviewed on: 25 Nov 2019

The ship and crew were great!
Travel Advisor:  Sharon Johnson

Paul Gauguin cruise

By: Patri

Reviewed on: 25 Nov 2019

We enjoyed the crew and ship very much. The destinations were gorgeous!
Travel Advisor:  Sharon Johnson

Our choice

By: Judy

Reviewed on: 02 Aug 2017

There were lots of choices for shore excursions, which we took advantage of. During our trip there were only two sea days. I spent one of them getting spa treatments and the other was spent, by most of us, feeling sick in our cabins from rough seas. Nothing to be done about the weather. Pleasant to spend the morning on an excursion, return to the ship for lunch in La Veranda, and then to read by the pool until the spectacular sunset. We only went to the crew and the passenger talent shows. Magicians do nothing for me, and that was the show most nights. Limited nightly entertainment.


By: Don

Reviewed on: 02 Mar 2018

The service and food was very good. The dining areas could have been open more hours. Everything was very regimented as to operational hours which made you use room service rather than just enjoying a cocktail at the piano bar.

Beat crew evwr

By: DM

Reviewed on: 16 Jan 2023

What a wonderful experience. This is the third time we have traveled on the Paul Gauguin and they always met or exceed our expectations. The crew are wonderful and really make the experience special. I would highly recommend this ship.
Travel Advisor:  Paula Kay Eastham

Could't have been better!!!

By: xyz

Reviewed on: 30 Dec 2018

From transfer from the airport to return all involved with the cruise line exceed expectations. A smaller ship, fantastic ports of call, on-board experience, all made this trip a very special lasting memory.


By: BarbadosRob

Reviewed on: 06 Jul 2018

Main dining room was disappointing but the Verandah Restaurant was excellent. The staff were fabulous
Travel Advisor:  Maria Karmiris

Tahiti By Carl

By: Greybeard

Reviewed on: 31 Oct 2018

Carl's arrangements for the Paul Gauguin Cruise were detailed and thorough. Once aboard the ship, the services were excellent in all regards. All crew members were courteous, friendly and made you feel welcome. I have cruised with the ship twice now and would recommend it to anyone.
Travel Advisor:  Carl Henderson

Paul Gauguin review

By: Jill

Reviewed on: 26 Sep 2023

The crew are incredibly helpful and friendly. Everything was very well organized.
Travel Advisor:  Jane Scarcello

Paul Gauguin's review

By: Jerry B

Reviewed on: 07 Apr 2017

Good. It was small so that was good but there was very little to do on board. Food was okay. The crew was very friendly and helpful.

French Polynesia

By: P bell

Reviewed on: 01 Feb 2020

The cruise was above and beyond any expectation
Travel Advisor:  Jackie Matthews

An elegant cruise.

By: Ron Krull

Reviewed on: 29 Jul 2019

Having been on many cruises before, this is the only cruise that offered us a perfect combination of elegant accommodations, terrific food, and world class service. We were fortunate to experience perfect weather conditions and thus were able to visit all 7 unique and interesting islands as planned. Excursions were booked in advance and were very enjoyable. Sailing the south pacific to French Polynesia on the Paul Gauguin was a perfect anniversary celebration for us.
Travel Advisor:  Robert Romano

Relaxed Sailing

By: Ellen

Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2022

We sailed on the Paul Gaugin Marquesas trip in November 2021. The cabin sizes are relatively small and I was concerned about our comfort on a 14 day trip, but found it to be quite efficient and comfortable. The itinerary was wonderful and we were treated to spectacular vistas along our journey. The food and beverage offerings were very good. I think the highlight of the cruise on the Paul Gaugin has to be the wonderful crew and staff that made you feel like part of a family enjoying a holiday together.
Travel Advisor:  Capt. Linda Ann Luizza

Lots of sail days

By: jeff

Reviewed on: 26 Mar 2017

other than being motion sick, the service was excellent and doctors support good
Travel Advisor:  Jane Hart


By: Harley

Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2023

I have never had the high-quality level of service offered on this ship before on any trip I have ever taken anywhere, domestic or international.
Travel Advisor:  Jay Musgrove

Paul Gaugin

By: Sue

Reviewed on: 14 Jul 2022

The service was A-1. The entire crew was wonderful and did way more than I expected to take care of everyone’s needs.
Travel Advisor:  Capt. Linda Ann Luizza

8 out of 10

By: Cindy

Reviewed on: 28 Mar 2018

The ship needs some refurbishment but is immaculately clean. The food and especially the service is among the best we’ve experienced. Only one complaint: no umbrellas on the sun deck or pool deck and only limited areas of shade (which were staked and claimed immediately for the entire 10 day cruise by the same people!) I counted approximately 8 such lounges for a 300+ passenger ship in the tropics.
Travel Advisor:  Malaka Hilton


By: Cindy

Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2023

Great ship experience! Food was delicious with French flair. Service was impeccable
Travel Advisor:  Anna Harrison

Polynesian Cruise

By: Frequent Traveler

Reviewed on: 15 Mar 2018

The best cruise I have ever taken. The staff was superb and the itinerary and location were sublime!
Travel Advisor:  Janet Krebs

Paul Gauguin Cruise


Reviewed on: 15 Sep 2022

Great experience and excursions. Ship was refurbished nicely but still dated with bath tubs instead of showers. Staff was wonderful and very very attentive. Needs better description of excursions before and during the cruise. QR codes are useless when the Internet on board is so inconsistent. More upbeat entertainment needed. Still catering to a much older crowd yet it’s a very active cruise.
Travel Advisor:  Stefany Ceccato

Anticipation was better than delivery

By: Passepartout

Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2017

Our 11-day Society and Cook Islands itinerary was unfortunately somewhat sabotaged by an unfortunate spate of bad weather and rough seas. Soon after boarding in Papeete we were informed of a change of itinerary, and that we would be visiting Bora Bora towards the beginning of the trip, and Cook Islands a few days later - due to weather conditions. In and of itself this did not appear to be a problem for us, but after a so-so weather day in Huahini, and a stellar day at a beach BBQ & snorkel in Taha'a, we landed in Bora Bora after a night of choppy seas, for a two day visit (with much rainy weather) on top of the Celebrity Solstice, whose passengers had booked up most of the available excursions on the island. We stayed on board Day 1, and the second day went on shore where we took a local guide w/taxi around the island. Next stop was Rarotonga after a very rough day at sea. Next, Aitutaki which was cancelled. Too rough seas for tender ops. Then 2 days of 11.5' seas back to Moorea

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By: dot com

Reviewed on: 20 Sep 2015

Great ship and wonderful service
Not Recommended

Old ship

By: Kat

Reviewed on: 12 Mar 2024

I had always dreamed of cruising on the Paul Gauguin ship and was very disappointed in the ship. It was much, much older than I expected and the food was not nearly as good as on several other cruise lines I have been on. I will say that the staff and crew were really great.

An Excellent Ship to see French Polynesia

By: Steve K

Reviewed on: 10 Feb 2024

The size of the ship is quite nice with a maximum of just over 300 guests. The service was impeccable, the food excellent and the wines quite good as well. The staff is extremely accommodating and friendly. There are a wide variety of shore excursions to fit every interest.
Travel Advisor:  Janet Lewis

Wonderful Service!

By: Patty81

Reviewed on: 02 Jan 2017

We went on a 10 day cruise to the Society Islands in Tahiti. It was a perfect! We loved our room and balcany. Sleeping with the sounds of the ocean was wonderful! The islands and clarity of the water were amazing! The staff on the ship was great. Everyone was very personal and friendly. Great trip!
Travel Advisor:  Ann Becker


By: jmfstrat

Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2023

we enjoyed our voyage on the paul gauguin. The ship is a perfect size...less than 320 passengers. The staff is super friendly and we felt recognized and appreciated from the time we boarded to the time we left the ship. The excursions were well conducted by experienced guides....but the itinerary is what makes this cruise memorable.
Travel Advisor:  Kevin Grubb

Cruise on the Paul Gauguin

By: Tahitianescape

Reviewed on: 19 Nov 2017

We had a fantastic time honeymooning on the Paul Gauguin. We did a cruise of the Society Islands. The experience on board was great. Being an all inclusive ship allowed us to enjoy our time without the concern of food and drinks. The food was fenomenal. We highly recommend eating at Le Grille on the overnight of Bora Bora or Moorea. Each of the islands were beautiful and unique. Service was great and the Polynesian shows were so fun. Overall a great experience.
Travel Advisor:  Sally Shekane

Amazing Cruise

By: Ti

Reviewed on: 06 Jul 2019

Our time on the Paul Gauguin was an experience we will never forget. The service was impeccable, our room very comfortable, excursions well planned, very informative, and well guided. The captain kept us informed on our sailings each day, the tenders were on time and the staff made sure we felt secure getting on and off the ship. The over all atmosphere was friendly and upbeat. The staff went out of their way to ensure all our needs were met. We highly recommend the Paul Gauguin for a cruise of a lifetime.
Travel Advisor:  Tara Hyland

Top notch service and staff

By: Susan L

Reviewed on: 27 Dec 2017

We had a great time onboard the ship. We were on Deck 7 which was perfect. One deck below the pool and one deck above our favorite restaurant during the trip. The staff, especially in La Veranda were amazing and very accommodating to special requests.

First cruise

By: Meme

Reviewed on: 26 May 2023

We had a wonderful time on PG. Especially loved the dining staff… Mr Ryan took care of my dairy free needs and Flo and his crew always had smiles. Food was fabulous… standing ovation to the chef. Excursions were well done. Really liked the Reef discovery on speed boat in Bora Bora the wave runners Bora Bora, and snorkeling Taha and the e-bikes Moorea, I wish the times of the excursions were published earlier because I would have enjoyed adding a second on some days like a catamaran and known times I had free to book in the spa. I also would have enjoyed the Gauguines to do a Tahitian dance around cocktail hour. Staying up late was difficult. Overall fabulous.
Travel Advisor:  Barbara Henkel

Tahiti Cruise

By: Phil

Reviewed on: 29 Jan 2017

The ship was great. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't!
Travel Advisor:  Ramona Holbrook

South Pacific 2017

By: Michelle49

Reviewed on: 07 May 2017

Fabulous! First class all the way. The staff, bar none, were exceptional. Extremely helpful, always pleasant, anticipating needs and proactive. Food was all first class. As was the selection of liquor and wines. We participated in many excursions... staff were most helpful in getting us on the ones we wanted. Dive staff were very helpful. I just do not have anything bad to say about the ship and the staff! I'd do this same cruise in a heartbeat!
Travel Advisor:  Fred Ihnatiuk

A King's Treatment

By: Jim

Reviewed on: 23 Nov 2013

The Paul Gauguin small cruise ship voyages in the South Pacific offer an unparalleled experience of beauty and excellent service provided by the ship's staff. I cannot imagine how they could possibly do a better job of catering to us as passengers. I would highly recommend their cruises to anyone, especially to romantically motivated couples. Also, the ship's complement of eight superb Tahitian dancers is a definite plus!
Travel Advisor:  Carol Asivido


By: Eridianus

Reviewed on: 12 May 2024

Wonderful. The accommodation was excellent. The crew were individually and collectively friendly and helpful. They seemed to get to know you as an individual and made a point of remembering your preferences. Each of the three restaurants was memorable. The food was superb, with lots of choice and variation. Drinks were freely and readily available. The entertainment was of high quality and there were also educational presentations, and opportunities for interesting cultural activities with the ship's Polynesian team "Les Gauguins & Les Gauguines". The palettes of available activities for purchase at each island stop was varied and efficiently organized.
Travel Advisor:  ANDREW DE ANGELIS

Wondeful ship and crew

By: Mal28

Reviewed on: 18 Oct 2013

This was a wonderful ship, the food was great the islands visited on the 10 night society island trip were beautiful and the ship's crew were great very friendly and could not do enough for you, your wish was their command. I would highly recommend this cruise. One thing to mention try to get on the left side of the ship as there are a better views of the passing islands and the right side of the ship is a little noisy with the anchor and tenders

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Reviewed on: 15 Sep 2022

Paul Gauguin was a pleasure to travel on with great staff, food and accommodations.
Travel Advisor:  Stefany Ceccato

Ship Review

By: Brenda

Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2017

Beautiful ship... Great crew...very hardworking and always trying to make the experience lovely. Very dedicated to making the cruise a memorable event for all.
Travel Advisor:  Samuel Spencer

Paul Gauguin Cruise

By: MM

Reviewed on: 23 Jun 2019

Very special cruise. The service and the crew were equal to or better than the best we have ever experienced
Travel Advisor:  Becky Hayes

Paul Gauguin is Still The Best!

By: Seahorse

Reviewed on: 13 Jul 2014

This was our 4th sailing on Paul Gauguin, this time for our 45th anniversary.  It was our 60th cruise!  We were pleasantly surprised to see so many crew that we remember from our last visit in 2011.  We were treated like royal family.  Food is incredible (Tahitian Hinano Beer is included like all bar), wonderful diving with Marina Manager Clement doing a super job, Captain Tony as charming as always and Hotel Manager Jacques runs the best hotel operation land or sea and is very approachable and friendly.  Cruise Director, Michael Shapiro, is a true pro and a great entertainer in his own right.  BONUS:  Guest Lecturer was Jean-Michel Cousteau!  He is amazing with great photos, videos and stories.  With only a max of 335 guests (and about 250 crew!), it just doesn't get any better than this.  Can't wait to return.
Travel Advisor:  Jay Johnson

Tahiti Cruise

By: David

Reviewed on: 03 Nov 2023

Fantastic. Service was exceptional. Food was great. A variety of excursions were offered that gave us great choices
Travel Advisor:  Megan Winslett

Tahiti and the Cook & Society Islands

By: Trish

Reviewed on: 05 Apr 2018

This trip was one of the best that we have taken and we have been on several cruise ships including Regent Seven Seas, Siversea, and Viking, The service and staff were both outstanding. Excursions were outstanding although additional cost. They were worth it. The ship itself was maintained in pristine condition. The food was good and the specialty restaurants easily accessible and great food. The itinerary was spectacular and well suited for our favorite things including snorkeling, adventure tours, shopping, and the majestic topography of the islands we visited. An additional plus was perfect weather. Overall, the major takeaway was the superb service by all staff aboard the ship.
Travel Advisor:  Janet Krebs


By: TahitiTara916

Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2016

Paul Gauguin was a cruise to remember! We felt like we were high class all the way. The staff on the ship was tremendous!! They were so friendly, and accommodating. It is the staff that really makes the guests feel like VIP. They deserve such credit for going above and beyond all the time! The cruise really allows you to do what you want, and that was great for us. We liked the make your own structure and schedule atmosphere. Room service was wonderful, and the restaurants were great!!

The Amazing Paul Gauguin

By: J&P

Reviewed on: 06 May 2018

Paul Gauguin surpassed all other cruises lines when it comes to service. The staff on board exceeded expectations on all levels. From state rooms to dining to ports of call, we could not have been more impressed. We would highly recommend Paul Gauguin.
Travel Advisor:  Lesley Buck

Tahiti and the Society Islands 11 day cruise

By: happy

Reviewed on: 16 Dec 2018

The cruise was wonderful. The facilities, excursions, staff, onboard activities, entertainment, and food were all excellent. We were sorry when it was over and we had to leave that very beautiful part of the world. We have already recommended it to several of our friends.
Travel Advisor:  ANDREW DE ANGELIS

French Polynesian Delight

By: Buschman

Reviewed on: 20 Jul 2017

We had a wonderful time on the Paul Gauguin. This was our second trip and it exceeded all of our expectations.
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner

Paul Gauguin

By: Mike & Julie

Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2022

We have a positive but mixed review of this cruise line. That is, the vessel, decor, stateroom, cuisine, and service are all excellent. However, the management and administration have many gaps and oversights which need to be addressed in order for this to be a stellar cruise line. That being said, we did enjoy our experience in this lively part of the world.
Travel Advisor:  Betsy Patton


By: patty

Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2018

I was with a group of 8 travelers and we all very much enjoyed the cruise.
Travel Advisor:  Kari Angelo

Sailing in Paradise - Tahiti & The Society Islands

By: Alan & Jackie

Reviewed on: 24 Mar 2018

Our time aboard the ship was great. The crew is awesome! We learned that we really really like traveling on a smaller ship (approx. 330 people) vs. a large ship. The wait staff was excellent. They remembered our names and frequently remembered what we like to eat and where we preferred sitting. The food selection was also excellent and very tasty. Our stewardess, Anna, that cleaned up our stateroom was very friendly and paid attention to detail. Also the entertainment was 1st rate. Each night there was some form of entertainment with a South Pacific Island flavor. The only problem we had with the ship was the additional cost for using their wifi system. Also the system didn't work very well. The wifi should be included in the price of the cruise.

Gracious holiday on the open seas

By: Bucket List

Reviewed on: 25 May 2018

From arrival to disembarkation, this trip was wonderful. It is immaculate . The food was delicious and it’s itinerary was peaceful and beautiful. The crew was friendly and competent. I was very spoiled by my butler. I would definitely recommend this cruise line.
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Dath

Society And Tuamotu Islands

By: Cindyw

Reviewed on: 30 Nov 2023

Paul Gauguin was a top notch luxury cruise. Checkin process was seamless. The staff, waiters , room stewards, bartenders and Les Gauguin entertainment was simply the best. They had a wide variety of tours to do. The dive team was also amazing to dive with and well maintained gear.
Travel Advisor:  Carl Henderson

First Class

By: barbara

Reviewed on: 29 Feb 2020

Our time on the Paul Gauguin was wonderful.

Superior Cruise


Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2017

If you are looking for upscale cruising this is the one to go on. With only one ship their attention to detail and customer service are extraordinary. They cruise around French Polynesia and this trip also included the Cook Islands for 10 days. No matter what you want they can arrange it. Breakfast and lunch(with a different culinary theme daily) are buffet style and dinner gives you the choice of 3 restaurants, two of which you need to make reservations for, one French and one Asian. They make sure that each cabin has the opportunity to have 2 nights in the two reservation restaurants during the cruising time. You can choose to sit with others or alone. There are plenty of activities through out the day as well as off shore activities for an extra fee. There were guest speakers each day and or night. Entertainment is provided each night. Both bands who played during the cruise were excellent. There is a small pool, large sun deck and a small casino. Great experience and crew.
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Renae Torgerson

Paul Gauguin - French Polynesia

By: Ken

Reviewed on: 15 May 2023

The food was amazing, the service was spectacular, the service amazing!
Travel Advisor:  Samuel Spencer


By: Pam

Reviewed on: 03 Feb 2017

The trip was a once in a lifetime! The staff aboard the ship were truly amazing! They were so very attentive to each travelers wants/needs. By the 2nd day, they knew what kind of omelet I liked, how I liked my bloody marys, etc. The stewardess and butlers knew our routine and were in and out of our stateroom quickly. Awesome staff!
Travel Advisor:  Julie Smothers

Excellent Experience

By: JohnD

Reviewed on: 18 Nov 2018

From the moment we boarded until disembarkation, the experience was first class The cabin was comfortable and well serviced. The staff were all well trained and wonderful. The excursions were well organised and interesting

Best travel deal on the planet

By: Banana

Reviewed on: 05 Feb 2020

From the beyond awesome itineraries, marvelous staff, all included atmosphere, and fabulous marina staff, My review can only say ‘best deal on the planet’. In French Polynesia it costs two to four times what it does in the U.S. for food, drinks, common purchases. The all inclusive policy makes the Paul Gauguin totally worthwhile.
Travel Advisor:  Mary Lou Yeager

Tahiti & Society Islands

By: Ken

Reviewed on: 24 Mar 2024

Quality of service was exceptional ! Food was outstanding Numerous shore excursions a. Ailae and very enjoyable.
Travel Advisor:  Alfred Volden

A trip through paradise on a very well appointed and very well run ship

By: Sam

Reviewed on: 05 Sep 2019

It was really wonderful. The French Polynesian islands were gorgeous, and the staff, the food, the accommodations, the short excursions, every aspect of it was just as enjoyable as the natural beauty we were surrounded by. They were extremely accommodating on any special food requests. Very personalized service.
Travel Advisor:  Carol McKee

Paul Gauguin Cruises

By: Kupper Vass

Reviewed on: 27 Oct 2017

Samuel is very easy to work with. He returns phone calls an answers emails promptly. I would definitely book again with Samuel for my next trip.
Travel Advisor:  Samuel Spencer

Must Go

By: ronbo 75

Reviewed on: 30 Dec 2013

Five star luxury cruise line Well trained, experienced, friendly crew


By: Sasha

Reviewed on: 07 Apr 2017

Great. Small ship experience was very different. Service was excellent.


By: Janet Sacks

Reviewed on: 08 Oct 2019

1st trip with Paul Gauguin and the trip was beyond my expectations. Best food ever on a ship. Warm and friendly staff. Really beautiful and comfortable ship.

Top Ten

By: Paul & Sandy

Reviewed on: 26 Mar 2018

The MS Paul Gauguin was one of the best ships we have ever been on. The crew was very considerate and attentive but not bothersome. The dining selections were varied and well done. The Chef creativity superseded all ships dining options we have had in the past including Viking Star, Regent Explorer. Beverage options were unlimited and almost all top shelf. Polynesian representatives aboard had every passenger engaged and entertained. Cultural and educational forums were done well and very interesting. Other entertainers were not very good except cruise director's show. At embarkation a seasonal South Pacific rain soaking all incoming passengers. Boarding process is limited to 3 pm. Not a minute before. The passengers standing in the rain had very little cover and no place to put luggage prior to official boarding. Allow the ship steward assigned to you to fully show you to your room along with all the lights and environmental controls. I wandered aimlessly until we found our suite.
Travel Advisor:  Mary Lou Yeager

Very good but not great

By: Barry

Reviewed on: 30 Sep 2023

Very good but not 4 star
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Leavitt

Paul Gauguin

By: Jimbo

Reviewed on: 28 Sep 2018

This trip provided more "wow" moments to mention. The food, staff and ports of call were all amazing. It was truly a fantasy voyage that should not be missed.
Travel Advisor:  Bill Beckett

Specializes in the South Pacific

By: Judy

Reviewed on: 02 Aug 2017

If you want to visit the islands of Polynesia, this is the ship. It is small, only 300+ passengers (less than 400) and all facilities are easy to walk to and enjoy. No crowding. An older group, for the most part, with many countries represented. Our cabin was well appointed, clean, and relaxing. The crew is the best selling point for this ship. Highly trained, versatile, friendly yet professional. While the dining experience was lovely, the food doesn't live up to expectations. It's not bad by any means, but not exceptional, with a few standouts. Again, it's the crew that really defines the ship. Excellent on that score.

Fabulous cruise!

By: Alex

Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2019

Our week on the Paul Gauguin was amazing. We stayed two days on land before the cruise and one after. I'm convinced the best way to see French Polynesia is on a boat. We had two days in Bora Bora and two days in Moorea that provided plenty of time to see what we wanted to see. We didn't have to pack and unpack or deal with planning ferry/flights from island to island. The food was great, the service outstanding. I hope one day I'll be able to return to the Paul Gauguin.
Travel Advisor:  Tracy Nickodem

polynesian trip and cruise

By: janb

Reviewed on: 25 Oct 2019

very special felt pampered by helpers and staff

Crew is amazing

By: Cherie

Reviewed on: 29 Nov 2023

We cannot say enough about the crew in this ship. Truly amazing. Happy. Eager to please. Never forgetting a name ! They truly make this ship/cruise! The food was ok…not great but we didn’t starve. The private beach day was excellent! That day the bbq food was perfect! The crew had everyone smiling, laughing, singing, dancing. We loved it
Travel Advisor:  Samuel Spencer

Travelling with Paul Gauguin Cruise Line

By: LindaS

Reviewed on: 30 Sep 2019

We had a fantastic holiday. Our cabin was very nice. We have travelled on many different cruise lines and the service we received on this ship beats them all. For days at sea, they always had different activities, everything from musical, crafts, history movies, etc. There was also lots of lounges on the pool deck for everyone. A very small casino, 1 blackjack table, gym, gift shop, library, etc. The food was very good, lots of options for food, wine, etc.
Travel Advisor:  Sharon Johnson

m/s Le Paul Gauguin

By: Father Bob

Reviewed on: 19 Nov 2022

All the services from start to finish were just great!
Travel Advisor:  Carl Henderson

Our Tahiti Trip

By: Patton's

Reviewed on: 27 Nov 2018

Beautiful ship. She shows her age very well.
Travel Advisor:  Helga Thalheimer

Amazing Ship!

By: LindaLu

Reviewed on: 29 Mar 2017

The PG was absolutely amazing. The size of the ship made it feel like we were cruising with friends! So intimate and personal. The crew were top notch, along with the food and the accommodations were superb!
Travel Advisor:  Patricia Mankin


By: Kóka

Reviewed on: 30 Sep 2019

Just perfect.! Thanks for the staff for dedication to excellent service!!

Paul Guaguin

By: Rush

Reviewed on: 21 Jan 2016

Great trip! All went well. Good itinerary.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth

French Polynesia Trip

By: Anu

Reviewed on: 25 Feb 2022

It was wonderful but on the pricey side. It is a smaller boat however not small in providing amazing service. Our experience was great. Love it!
Travel Advisor:  Kevin Essar

South Pacific delight

By: Blair

Reviewed on: 04 Dec 2018

The Paul Gauguin has been beautifully maintained and provides not only exceptional service and food, but also provides one of the most relaxed, enjoyable atmospheres we've encountered. Out tour of French Polynesia and the Cook Islands was a smashing success. I won't hesitate to recommend this cruise to anyone seeking a thoroughly enjoyable event.


By: Sandra

Reviewed on: 25 Nov 2017

Staff was wonderful and catered to our every need

Paul Gauguin Luxury Adventure

By: Mikechar44

Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2019

Having sailed on a variety of ships I have to say this was our all time best cruise. The stunning views, warm waters and abundant sea life are all things I have dreamed of and are now documented memories. The small size of the ship made onboard navigation a breeze, the service level of the staff was unparalleled, the food was plentiful, varied and delicious and the interesting wine list offered great wines in addition to those that were complimentary.

A Great Ship for a Great Trip

By: Dennis46

Reviewed on: 09 Dec 2015

We had a very enjoyable cruise aboard the Paul Gauguin this past year. The staff were excellent and made us feel at home. It didn't matter whether it was the dining room, bar or room service, everyone was very friendly and helpful. The ship was great and the itinerary was wonderful. We highly recommend taking this cruise for anyone who is in love with Polynesia as we were.

Gauguin ship

By: Mike

Reviewed on: 25 Jan 2020

A very good experience. Great service, comfortable room and varied excursions.
Travel Advisor:  Joy Cottrill

South pacific Cruise

By: Theresa

Reviewed on: 26 Mar 2018

The best ever. Love the small ship, food was fantastic, ports were outstanding.

South Pacific Fiji to Tahiti 2019

By: Pacific Wanderer

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2019

We had traveled with Paul Gauguin previously and our expectations were exceeded on that first trip in 2017. This trip, many of our expectations were met or exceeded ... exception this time was the food and beverages on board. Disappointed with selection at breakfast and dinner. Wines were not as good, seems the really nice wines were only available from the "premium" selection list which would mean extra charges on our account. Unfortunately, the organic wines that were available were not offered up front, we found out about them on the last days of the cruise. The staff were above excellent again! Many of the staff were the same and their attention to clients and detail was amazing. We are giving PG another try - we are booked to go from Fiji to Bali in April 2020. We are hoping the food situation improves.
Travel Advisor:  Fred Ihnatiuk


By: nkr

Reviewed on: 29 Jul 2019

very nice and enjoyable
Travel Advisor:  Ellen Markus

Great Trip!

By: Nan

Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2016

This trip was outstanding! This won't be our first and last. Paul Gauguin cruise is top rated. We have highly recommended this trip/cruise to our friends.
Travel Advisor:  Lorraine Brunzlick

Great intimate Ship

By: Pteri

Reviewed on: 14 Sep 2018

Paul Gauguin thinks of everything to make your cruise comfortable, relaxing and fun. The food is fabulous. The wait staff is great. They worked had learning our names on day one. Rooms are spacious with more than ample storage. Lots to do on the ship and their on board marina is great.
Travel Advisor:  Ruth Turpin

Such a friendly and personal staff


Reviewed on: 02 Jul 2015

We had never been on a ship as small as the Paul Gauguin and were a little concerned about whether it would be rougher than we are used to on the larger ships. I am pleased to say that there was little need for my concern. The first night was a little rough, but I have been on larger ships that were as bad, so I discounted that from being a negative. I cannot, however, say enough about the friendly personality of the ship's crew. From the housekeepers to the department directors; each person we came in contact with was easy to talk with and remembered something about us the next time we saw them. I have not received service like this before and I am certainly spoiled for future cruises! Although the website says that tips are included, we were so happy with the service that we tipped several people because of the extraordinary service they provided. A highlight of the cruise was the day at T'ah'a island where the ship's staff went on shore and cooked for everyone! It was awesome.
Travel Advisor:  Tammy Jones-Deem

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    Our Commitment

    At Paul Gauguin Cruises we care deeply about our guests, the destinations we explore, and the local people we meet on each of our adventures. We are dedicated to minimizing our environmental footprint and supporting local communities.

    Cultural experts share their knowledge onboard through dynamic and entertaining lectures and presentations, and our troupe of cultural ambassadors, Les Gauguines and Les Gauguins, welcome guests to experience the local way of life.

    We share French Polynesians’ deep respect for our vast blue oceans, and our commitment to eco-friendly operations guides our activities both on and off the ship. Our environmental efforts include recycling, iTV system, e-tickets program, fuel conservation, reducing waste, using environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies, energy conservation, water conservation, reduction of plastic bottles, and using biodegradable straws with drinks. We also purchase local fish and produce in the islands.

    Through our partnership with Te mana o te moana, a South Pacific marine education and conservation foundation, we offer the Moana Explorer family program on summer and holiday sailings which invites guests to discover and value the natural wonders of this breathtaking part of the world through hands-on, interactive learning. And, on select voyages, celebrated marine biologists, oceanographers, and conservationists share their knowledge.