Paul Gauguin

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.

  • Size small
  • Style Luxury
  • Type ocean
  • Year of launch 1998
  • Year of last refit 2012
  • Gross tonnage 19200t
  • Length 153.62m
  • Width 21.94m
  • Speed 18kts
  • Decks 7
  • Language French & English
  • Currency US Dollar ($)
  • No. of passengers 332
  • No. of crew 217
  • No. of cabins 166
  • -wheelchair access 1
Unique Features

All-Inclusive Fares
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.


Gratuities for room stewards, dining and bar staff are included in your cruise fare. If you feel strongly about expressing your gratitude to the crew, you are encouraged to make a donation to the Crew Appreciation Fund at the Purser’s Office. This money is used for crew parties and events.

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Designated areas only
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Nearly 70% of suites and staterooms have private balconies, and all feature an ocean view, temperature control, queen-size bed (a limited number can have twin-bed configuration), bathroom with full-size bathtub and shower, bathrobes, slippers, hair dryer, TV, CD/DVD player, personal safe, refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, and more. There is one wheelchair-accessible stateroom, and select staterooms can accommodate three guests.


During every meal onboard The Gauguin, with every sumptuous bit you sample, and each time our attentive staff fill your glass, you’ll begin to realize that dining on the high seas with Paul Gauguin Cruises is truly something special. Embark upon a five-star culinary adventure, designed just for you by some of the world’s most talented and award-winning chefs, including Jean-Pierre Vigato. What’s more, every one of our onboard dining options is included in your cruise fare. Bon appétit!


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.

Health and fitness

Leisurely days at sea offer the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to a little “me time,” whether that’s an indulgent treatment at our award-winning onboard spa, or a workout in our fitness center.

Kids and Teens

The South Pacific is a dream destination—and aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin, it’s also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for your family to strengthen bonds and create memories you’ll cherish forever, through our Moana Explorer program.

Offered in partnership with Te mana o te moana, a South Pacific marine education and conservation foundation, this exciting new program invites guests to discover and value the natural wonders of this breathtaking part of the world through hands-on, interactive learning. While it is designed for children and teens ages 7-15, all family members are welcome to participate.

Every day of the voyage, there is a combination of naturalist-led island and/or beach excursions, science activities, crafts, games, and other adventures. Depending on their itinerary, your children might learn about underwater life through board games, create natural jewelry, conduct water experiments, go on a treasure hunt, enjoy water games in the onboard pool, go stargazing, design their own Polynesian tattoo, and more.

Best of all, there is no fee for this special family program! It’s all part of Paul Gauguin Cruises’ extraordinary all-inclusive value.

Please note: The Moana Explorer program is available on summer and holiday sailings, and must be reserved at the time of booking. Program offered in English and French.


On board the m/s Paul Gauguin guests can enjoy a series of lectures by the onboard guest presenters. Topics covered can range from the history of the South Pacific to conservation, dolphins and other marine life, the wonders of coral reefs, and much more. The presenters will gladly answer any questions you may have and you are free to talk to the speakers after each special presentation.

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