Aranui III - Cruise on a Freighter thru the South Pacific!

April 6, 2012

The Aranui is a mixed passenger/cargo vessel that operates between Tahiti and the Marquesas.  Experience a 14-day adventure cruise in the French Polynesia, Marquesas islands, begin the journey from Tahiti to Fakarava, Ua Pou, Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa, Fatu Hiva, Tahuata, Ua Huka, Rangiroa and back to Papeete.

She offers comfortable, air-conditioned accommodations for about two hundred passengers. Passengers will be able to sunbathe on deck, swim in the pool, or enjoy exotic tropical drinks while the Aranui winds her way among the islands of the Marquesas.

The vessel operates under the French flag, and her crew are all Polynesian, primarily Marquesans. To give you an idea of the schedule, please see below (itinerary subject to change):


Departure from Papeete, Tahiti dock at 10:30am

Day 2 - Fakarava, Tuamotu Islands

Day 3 - At Sea

Day 4 - Ua Pou (Hakahau-Hakahetau) Marquesas

Day 5 - Nuku Hiva (Taiohae-Hatiheu-Taipival)

Day 6 - Hiva Oa (Atuona)

Day 7 - Fatu Hiva (Omoa-Hanavave)

Day 8 - Hiva oa (Puamau-Hanaiapa)

Day 9 - Tahuata (Vaitahu-Hapatoni)

Day 10 - Ua Huka (Vaipaee-Hane-Hokatu), Ua Pou (Hakahau)

Day 11 - Nuku Hiva (Taiohae), Ua Pou (Hakahau)

Day 12 - At Sea

Day 13 - Rangiroa, Tuamotu Islands

Day 14 - Arrival back in Papeete at around 9:30am

Facts about the ship:

Facilities aboard the Aranui, include electrical current, telephones and a ship’s boutique.


All meals are included in the price of carriage. Meals are served in the Aranui’s dining room in an informal setting. Depending on the number of passengers, there will be on or two seatings. There is buffet breakfast. Lunch and dinner menus will vary depending on what fresh ingredients are available. Complimentary wine is provided at both lunch and dinner.

For shore excursions, we will provide either a picnic lunch or a delicious meal at a local restaurant.

Please let us know at the time of booking, or no later than three weeks in advance of the sailing date if you need a special, medically prescribed diet.


Recommended clothing, luggage and sundries.

Shore Visits and Excursions

Information about excursions and activities available on your voyage.


The weather in the area is generally divided between the dry season, from March to October, and the wet season, from September to February. You can expect some rain even in the dry season, so we recommend you bring a poncho or other raingear for shore excursions. Temperatures during both seasons will average in the 80’s during the day, and 60’s-70’s in the evening. Temperatures are given in Fahrenheit.

To experience the South Pacific in a more authentic & intimate way,

Contact the Travelgal at or 800 644-6659

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Incredible Paul Gauguin Cruise On Sale until Oct. 8, 2011

September 30, 2011

snorkeling in TahitiAre you dreaming of the islands of Tahiti? Are you having visions of seeing crystal clear blue water and pretty little fish thru your snorkle mask? Lazily kicking your fins around a secluded lagoon with the only sound you hear is the waves lapping the shoreline. You are completely relaxed knowing all of your vacation expenses are covered because you have a stateroom aboard the m/s Paul Gauiguin - the all inclusive small ship cruise that is more like a large yacht with its swim step off the back of the boat, filled with all the water toys you need for a week?

Welcome aboard!
Reserve your stateroom by October 8, 2011 onboard the Paul Gauguin sailing around the South Pacific.  The Gauguin is offering unbelievable savings on select sailings of two of their most popular voyages.  While you reap the benefit of these exceptional savings, you’ll also enjoy the highest standards of luxury, quality and service in the most exquisite destination on Earth.

TAHITI & THE SOCIETY ISLANDS | 7 NIGHTS Fares from $3,647 per guest for the dates of March 31, 2012/ April 21, 2012/ April 28, 2012 and May 5, 2012 Plus FREE airfare from Los Angeles


MARQUESAS, TUAMOTUS & SOCIETY ISLANDS | 14 NIGHTS Fares from $4,997 per guest for April 7, 2012 sailing Plus FREE airfare from Los Angeles

Space is extremely limited and filling up fast - call the Travel Gal at 800 644-6659 or

email for more details & restrictions

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Cruise French Polynesia on the Paul Gauguin & Check out the Savings!

September 10, 2011

NOW is the time to reserve your winter cruise vacation to the islands in the South Pacific.  Do not miss the boat - take advantage of these great savings on all of the Tahiti and French Polynesia cruises. Right now the Paul Gauguin is offering 50% off plus FREE Airfare From LAX! Choose from these intoxicating itineraries aboard a ship that carries only 320 lucky passengers:

*  Tahiti & the Society Islands (7 nights)

*  Society Islands & Tuamotus (10 nights)

Cook Islands & Society Islands (11 nights)

Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands (14 nights)

*  The South Pacific (20-night- 2012)

* Fiji Islands (12 or 13 nights - 2012)

Australs & Society Islands (11 nights - 2012)

Your Polynesian experience begins the moment you step onboard The Gauguin. The Paul Gauguin is an excellent value - see what is included with your fare:

• Spacious, all-oceanview suites and staterooms, nearly 70% with balconies
• All onboard gratuities included
• Complimentary beverages including select wines and spirits, soft drinks, bottled water and hot beverages served throughout the ship
• In-suite bar setup and butler service in categories B and above
• Complimentary 24-hour room service
• Refrigerator replenished daily with soft drinks, beer and bottled water
• Space ratio of 58 - among the highest at sea
• Complimentary use of our exclusive, private white sand beach in Bora Bora with bar service, volleyball, and great snorkeling.
• Complimentary day on our private islet, Motu Mahana-off the coast of Taha’a featuring snorkeling, watersports, barbecue with full bar service, and Polynesian hospitality.

Contact the Travel Gal at 800 644-6659 or email Teresa@Luxuryhideaways for more details

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Enjoy Exclusive Virtuoso Savings Aboard the Paul Gauguin

June 11, 2010

Paul GauguinFeel the exotic embrace of the islands aboard the Paul Gauguin - Calming winds. Lush landscapes. Exotic ports. The South Pacific is a rare gem indeed. And when you sail to her magnificent islands with Paul Gauguin Cruises, you’ll do so in complete luxury. From French cuisine and inspired performances to our local connections, you’re sure to feel the exotic influence linger in your soul.

Tahiti & the Society Islands
7 Nights • Departs July 24, 31; August 7; September 25; October 23, 2010
Papeete • Raiatea • Taha’a • Bora Bora overnight • Moorea overnight

July 24, 31 & August 7 sailings - $250 shipboard credit per person
September 25 & October 23 sailings - $100 shipboard credit per person

Virtuoso Oceanview fares from $3,145 per person
Includes 2-for-1 airfare from Los Angeles!

Marquesas, Tuamotus & the Society Islands
14 Nights • Departs September 4 & December 4, 2010
Papeete • Fakarava • Hanavave • Atuona • Vaipaee • Tiaohae • Huahine • Bora Bora • Taha’a • Moorea


Enjoy a Virtuoso Voyager Club® shore event in Moorea, welcome reception and onboard host

Virtuoso Oceanview fares from $5,495 per person
Includes complimentary airfare from Los Angeles

Book by June 30, 2010 and enjoy up to a $250 per person shipboard credit on select sailings.

Plus, third person in stateroom sails FREE!

• Accommodations aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin
• All shipboard meals
• All shipboard amenities,?activities and entertainment
• All shipboard gratuities
• Complimentary wines, spirits and beverages
• Comprehensive guest?lecturers program
• A state-of-the-art, retractable watersports marina featuring complimentary waterskiing, windsurfing, kayaking and snorkeling.

For more information & to reserve your stateroom

aboard the Paul Gauguin - call 800 644-6659

Your ‘See the South Pacific Specialist’ at Luxury Hideaways

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Reserve Paul Gauguin Cruise by 18/December for 50% Savings & 2 for 1 Airfare from LAX!

November 30, 2009

Tahiti overwater farePaul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the m/s Paul Gauguin - the highest-rated luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific - has announced that the company has been acquired by Pacific Beachcomber, the leading luxury hotel operator in the destination the m/s Paul Gauguin calls home - including the InterContinental Resorts on the islands of Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea. The m/s Paul Gauguin features award-winning itineraries to Tahiti, the Society Islands, Tuamotus, the Cook Islands, Marquesas, Tonga, Fiji, and New Zealand.

You may rest assured that the ship’s all-inclusive value, dedicated officers and crew members, and unparalleled amenities will remain unchanged.

To celebrate the acquisition, Paul Gauguin Cruises is offering Early Booking Savings with unprecedented value. Reserve by December 18, 2009 and save up to 50% plus receive TWO-FOR-ONE Roundtrip airfare from LAX on select cruises!7 nt cruise

Merry Christmas!!

What a great gift to give your sweetie and you don’t even have to go to the Mall!!

Call the Travelgal at 800 644-6659 to reserve your cruise today!

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The Ultimate South Pacific Cruise visiting The Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands

September 1, 2009

South Pacific IslandsThe small luxury cruise ship m/s Paul Gauguin has scheduled a fantastic 14 day cruise where your first port is the breathtaking isle of Bora Bora. Then it’s on to the Tuamotus, specifically Fakarava, an atoll known for its pristine beaches, rare wildlife, and exceptional scuba diving.

Next, explore the mist-covered Marquesas, where you’ll discover the islands of Fatu Hiva, Hiva Oa, Ua Huka, and Nuku Hiva. On these wild islands you’ll find waterfalls, wild stallions, tiki sculptures, and an arboretum, among other delights. More enjoyment awaits on Taha’a (Motu Mahana), Paul Gauguins own private motu, and a day at spectacular Moorea. Check out the day by day itinerary below and then give us a call ASAP!

Day 1 Embark Paul Gauguin in Papeete, Tahiti - Begin your journey through paradise in the capital of Tahiti, the largest and most populated of the French Polynesian islands.

Day 2 At Sea - Spend the day enjoying the m/s Paul Gauguin’s Polynesian ambience: casual, leisurely, and graceful. Perhaps you’ll take in a lecture on local wildlife or history, then dine in the evening over classic French cuisine at L’Etoile.

Day 3 Fakarava - Explore the clear waters of Fakarava in the remote and pristine Tuamotus. The island is a sanctuary for rare birds, plants and crustaceans - stroll the pink-sand beaches and you will view many of them. You may also want to visit the island’s black pearl farm, or the ruins of the first church in French Polynesia built entirely of coral.

Day 4 At Sea - Take another day to enjoy shipboard life: relax poolside, watch the South Pacific slip by, play some table tennis, or take advantage of our Reading Library.

Day 5 Hanavave, Fatu Hiva - Fatu Hiva is wild and spectacularly beautiful. The jungle greenery begins at the water’s edge, with narrow ravines, deep gorges and luxuriant valleys briefly open to view as the boat glides past, close to the sheer cliffs that plunge straight down into the splashing surf.

Day 6 Atuona, Hiva Oa - Hiva Oa is an island marked by wild beauty and a somber bearing. The main town is Atuona, where Paul Gauguin is buried. You might visit the village of Puamau to see the largest stone sculptures of Marquesas. The are considered links to the tikis of Easter Island and Necker Island, north of Hawaii.

Day 7 Vaipaee, Ua Huka - Home to the only arboretum in French Polynesian, the people of Ua Huka have a commitment to the conservation and the preservation of their culture that is palpable. The oldest ruins in the Marquesas are located in the Hane Valley and date back to AD 254-300.

Day 8 Tiaohae, Nuku Hiva - As the governmental and economic center, Nuku Hiva is the most important island in the Marquesas. It’s also stunningly beautiful, with three major bays on the south coast and similarly gorgeous inlets on the north coast as well.

Days 9 - 10 At Sea -Take more time to enjoy shipboard life on the m/s Paul Gauguin , your own personal South Seas isle.

Day 11 Huahine - Known as the “wild” Society for its untamed, verdant forests, Huahine remains relatively untouched by modern development. Explore some of the abundant archaeological treasures - ancient homes, buildings, and marae (stone platforms that served as places of worship) - excavated and preserved throughout the island. Or dive in Huahine’s crystalline lagoon, which teems with over 450 species of fish.

Day 12 Bora Bora - Bora Bora’s lagoon is a must-see: this is your chance for a swim, snorkel or outrigger cruise. The lagoon is constantly replenished with ocean water from the swells that crash between sandy motus (small islets) and over the fringing reef.

Day 13 Taha’a (Motu Mahana) - Arrive at our South Seas paradise island - featuring white sand beaches with swaying palms, crystal-clear waters and gentle breezes. As an exclusive Paul Gauguin event, guests will spend a full day exploring this idyllic, isolated island, and relaxing with a delicious barbecue lunch and Polynesian entertainment which features strolling musicians and singers.

Day 14 Moorea/Papeete, Tahiti - The island of Moorea’s scenery is like a dream. Try out some exciting optional watersports like scuba diving among a host of interesting sea creatures - including sea turtles, a staggering number of fish species such as barracuda, tuna, jackfish, red snapper, moray eels, trigger fish, various sizes and shapes of rays and more. At the end of the afternoon, we cruise to our home port in Papeete, docking there for the night.

Day 15 Disembark in Papeete - In the morning you’ll disembark the m/s Paul Gauguin , capping off your epic journey through the South Pacific.

map of cruiseThis cruise is offered just 4 times in 2010 and there are fantastic early booking discounts - call The Travel Gal at 800 644-6659 or email for details, dates and pricing.

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Paul Gauguin now combines Fiji Islands, Cook Islands & Islands of Tahiti all within 2 weeks

September 1, 2009

Paul Gauguin South Pacific Cruise MapThe luxury small cruise ship Paul Gauguin has expanded South Pacific itineraries where it is now possible to cruise from the Fiji Islands, thru the Cook Islands and end in the islands of Tahiti all within 2 weeks!

There is no other ship offering the extensive menu of 38 extraordinary itineraries ranging from 7 to 15 nights, highlighting such exquisite destinations as Tahiti, the Society Islands, Tuamotus, the Cook Islands, Marquesas, Tonga, Fiji and New Zealand - spectacular cruises that cater to the tastes of discerning travelers seeking a legendary small ship experience.

Highlights of the 2010 sailing season include:
• Sixteen classic 7-night departures featuring Tahiti and Society Islands;
• Six 10-night and two 9-night voyages of Tuamotus and Society Islands;
• Five 11-night Cook Islands adventures;
• Four 14-night sailings featuring the Marquesas Islands;
• In-depth 13- and 15-night discoveries of Fiji, Tonga and the Cook and Society Islands;
• Two exclusive 14-night cruises featuring New Zealand, Tonga, the Cook and Society Islands;

Since the Paul Gauguin carries a maximum of 332 Guests onboard and is offering outstanding savings, including free airfare on some of the departures, these sailing are a sure bet to sell out. Call us at 800 644-6659 for more details.

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