Tahiti, Bora Bora, Marquesas islands, Tuamotu... When it comes to holiday destinations, French Polynesia is nothing short of the ultimate tropical island escape. The idyllic beaches and landscapes aren't the only drawcard though - the Polynesian Islands are home to people with rich cultures waiting to welcome you. What better way to discover the diversity of these islands and wake up each morning to a new shore than going on a cruise?

PONANT and Paul Gauguin Cruises are pleased to present their first collection of cruises together, taking you deep into the heart of this stunning archipelago.

PONANT and Paul Gauguin Cruises share the same philosophy of sea travel and common values ​​that have shaped their success over time. Over the last 30 years, PONANT has gained international recognition as an expert in the polar and tropical regions, while Paul Gauguin Cruises has been revealing the wonders of French Polynesia to its guests for nearly 20 years.

This expert knowledge of the regions visited gives our guests an unforgettable experience onboard ships specially designed for these destinations. Thanks to their shallow draught and smaller capacity, our ships can take guests on private stopovers, hidden coves and secret lagoons to enjoy exclusive tours. Whether it's a natural, cultural or historic site, both the natural splendours and encounters with the local people make each journey truly magical.

On board, the fine dining, luxury amenities and attentive crew are part of a tradition of French service and excellence to bring you a truly exceptional cruise.

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3 reasons to choose Paul Gauguin Cruises

Enjoy total peace of mind when you board a Paul Gauguin cruise and embark on your dream travel experience among the enchanting islands of the South Pacific.

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Enjoy a fabulous getaway with the South Pacific specialists

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Discover a breathtaking destination

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Enjoy an all-inclusive luxury experience

Discover the culture of the Marquesas islands, Tahiti or Tuamotu, take in the stunning panoramic views of the Cook Islands, marvel at the unspoiled delights of Fiji...We bring you unforgettable journeys thanks to our comprehensive knowledge of the destinations we visit. For 20 years, Paul Gauguin Cruises has been the cruise specialist for the South Pacific. Each itinerary is meticulously planned, with every port of call an opportunity to discover the unique features of the surrounding area.

The islands of the South Pacific are a lot more than just an exotic destination - they represent one of the last natural paradises in the world.
Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora and the Marquesas islands in Polynesia, Rarotonga and Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, Suva in Fiji and Vava'u in Tonga...Tropical jungles, divine beaches, crystal-clear waters and rich marine life are all 'business as usual' in these parts. Among the local population, respect for the natural world and a tradition of warm hospitality are key elements of life on these islands.

Le Paul Gauguin has been specially designed to cruise the waters of the South Pacific. The cabins and suites, as well as the shared spaces on this small-capacity vessel open out onto the unique and unparalleled landscape characteristic of this region. Onboard, the elegant luxury is complemented by an all-inclusive package offering, with attentive staff, impeccable service, refined gastronomy and a welcoming atmosphere all of which are part and parcel of ensuring your cruise is unforgettable for all the right reasons.

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Enjoy a fabulous getaway with the South Pacific specialists

Discover the culture of the Marquesas islands, Tahiti or Tuamotu, take in the stunning panoramic views of the Cook Islands, marvel at the unspoiled delights of Fiji...We bring you unforgettable journeys thanks to our comprehensive knowledge of the destinations we visit. For 20 years, Paul Gauguin Cruises has been the cruise specialist for the South Pacific. Each itinerary is meticulously planned, with every port of call an opportunity to discover the unique features of the surrounding area.

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Discover a breathtaking destination

The islands of the South Pacific are a lot more than just an exotic destination - they represent one of the last natural paradises in the world.
Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora and the Marquesas islands in Polynesia, Rarotonga and Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, Suva in Fiji and Vava'u in Tonga...Tropical jungles, divine beaches, crystal-clear waters and rich marine life are all 'business as usual' in these parts. Among the local population, respect for the natural world and a tradition of warm hospitality are key elements of life on these islands.

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Enjoy an all-inclusive luxury experience

Discover the culture of the Marquesas islands, Tahiti or Tuamotu, take in the stunning panoramic views of the Cook Islands, marvel at the unspoiled delights of Fiji...We bring you unforgettable journeys thanks to our comprehensive knowledge of the destinations we visit. For 20 years, Paul Gauguin Cruises has been the cruise specialist for the South Pacific. Each itinerary is meticulously planned, with every port of call an opportunity to discover the unique features of the surrounding area.

The spirit of Paul Gauguin Cruises

When you board Le Paul Gauguin you are transporting yourself into a different world, as with any PONANT vessel, where every moment is one of exquisite delight. A wide range of excursions are available to you every day - trips out in a 4x4, hikes on foot, kayak trips or scuba diving will have you exploring your destination from a brand new perspective.

Your onboard Polynesian hosts are 'Les Gauguines and Gauguins', who bring you the opportunity to experience this laid-back lifestyle that's so conducive to relaxation.
You might also be interested in taking up our families and friends offer or our honeymoon offer, and our all-inclusive services.

Life on board

A small-sized vessel with 165 cabins and suites with sea views, Le Paul Gauguin has been designed to offer you incredible panoramic views across the translucent waters of the South Pacific, and great care has been taken to ensure each cabin gets plenty of light.
The open and tranquil layout is matched by the elegant decoration that pays tribute to Polynesian culture. What you get is a chic, laid-back atmosphere perfect for either friendly get-togethers in the vessel's shared spaces or plenty of peace and quiet - it's up to you.

The calm ambience of the ship is maintained through impeccable, unobtrusive service provided by the onboard staff, and delicious dishes carefully prepared by our Michelin-starred Chef, Jean-Pierre Vigato, make for a culinary experience to remember. provided by the onboard staff, and delicious dishes carefully prepared by our Michelin-starred Chef, Jean-Pierre Vigato, make for a culinary experience to remember.

The cruises

Our experts have carefully designed six itineraries, ranging from 7 to 14 nights. All the unmissable spots such as Tahiti, Huahine, Taha’a, Bora Bora and Moorea are right at the heart of Le Paul Gauguin's cruise itineraries. Depending on the itinerary, our cruises can also take you to the untouched beauty of the Marquesas islands, diving into the world-renowned waters of the Tuamotu Islands and exploring the richness of the Cook Islands.

The Ship

With its seven decks, Le Paul Gauguin welcomes its passengers onboard for an exceptional luxury experience. Each of the 165 cabins and suites features a view of the sea and has been designed to maintain the guests' privacy. Like the shared spaces, their decoration is imbued with Polynesian art and is a perfect blend of elegance and authenticity.

Sail with Confidence: Our Covid-safe Protocol

After this period of time at home necessary for the safety of everyone, we are looking forward to a bright future sailing the waters of the Pacific again with you onboard. We have implemented enhanced health and safety protocols to ensure the safety of our guests and crew both onboard and ashore. You can now also take advantage of our SERENITY policy for new bookings, so you can book and sail with peace of mind.

Our awards

Paul Gauguin Cruises is a unique cruising concept featuring high-quality service, and regularly wins awards.

LuxLife Magazinee

Travel & Tourism Awards
Best South Pacific Cruise Experience Company of the Year
2021

Condé Nast Traveler

Gold List
The World's Best Cruises
2021

LuxLife Magazine

Travel & Tourism Awards
Midsize Cruiseship Company of the Year
2021

Travel Weekly

Reader's Choice Awards
Cruise Line Under 500 Berths Winner
2020

USA Today

Best Small Cruise Ship
USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice Awards
2020

travAlliancemedia

Gold Travvy Award
Best Cruise Line Australia/New Zealand/South Pacific
2020

The Trazees

Favorite Cruise Line
2020

Global Traveler

Best Small-Ship Cruise Line
Fifth Consecutive Year
2020