Fitness / Recreation
Outdoor Pool and Pool Bar
Guests can enjoy a refreshing dip in Paul Gauguin’s onboard swimming pool located under the sky on Deck 8, or perhaps simply relax poolside in a deck chair with a good book and beverage from the Pool Bar. Also onboard, guests can take advantage of SCUBA lessons, as Paul Gauguin is the only luxury ship in French Polynesia to offer PADI certification on board for novice divers, as well as refresher courses.
Watersports are a highlight of the Paul Gauguin Cruises’ experience. On Paul Gauguin, you’ll discover a specially designed retractable watersports platform where Avoya Travel guests may descend to sea level and conveniently hop onboard a windsurfer or paddleboard, launch a kayak, or set out for a SCUBA diving expedition – right from your ship.
Le Grand Salon
Guests can watch spectacular performances, such as an electrifying Polynesian show featuring the arts of the islands in the main lounge by a troupe of entertainers, Les Gauguines. One night it might be the soaring a cappella harmonies of himene songs, and another show might feature a guest Polynesian troupe offering a thrilling performance of ote'a—a complex line dance accompanied by drums telling the ancestral legends of the Polynesian people. Or, on other nights, you might marvel at the skill of a pianist, tap your foot to a rock band, or hum along to familiar tunes performed by a veteran of Broadway – the entertainment options are endless and unique each day!
In this versatile lounge, guests can enjoy a morning snack or Afternoon Tea, attend a honeymoon/anniversary blessing ceremony, or enjoy a nightcap and dance under the stars to the strains of live music.
Paul Gauguin Cruises welcomes special guest hosts representing a wide variety of special interests onboard select sailings of Paul Gauguin. Whether you’re interested in art, wine, cuisine, Polynesian life and culture, or the wonders of the deep, an expert in the field join designated cruises to offer insights, lectures, demonstrations, workshops, and more to enrich your cruise vacation. You may also have the opportunity to enjoy dinner with one of these special experts, view a demonstration of their craft, savor a wine tasting session, and more!
Gratuity / Tipping
All gratuities are included onboard Paul Gauguin Cruises' ships!
Deep Nature Spa by Algotherm
Paul Gauguin is home to Deep Nature Spa by Algotherm, an award-winning luxury spa. With its unrivaled approach to beauty and rejuvenation, this spa combines the art of gentle pampering with services that are tailored uniquely to the needs of each individual.
Designed as a luxurious refuge from everyday stresses, Deep Nature Spa offers an extensive range of physical regimens, including health and revitalization. Onboard treatments include skin-care therapies, skin exfoliating, massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, body wraps, facials, and beauty treatments. Relaxing overwater massages are also available on the private motu off the coast of Taha’a when sailing exclusively onboard Paul Gauguin.
New spa features include the supreme gold massage, inspired by traditional Russian massage methods, and Algo Silhouette contouring, toning, and firming techniques. In addition, a new AlgoDerm Machine for the facial treatments has been introduced.
Onboard Paul Gauguin, convenient shopping is available at La Boutique on Deck 6. Whether you’re looking for a toiletry essential or a memento of their cruise of a lifetime, you’ll find it here. A few other items available in La Boutique include: genuine Tahitian black pearl jewelry; Tahitian and fashion apparel; Paul Gauguin Cruises logo apparel and accessories; swimwear and beach attire; Tahitian vanilla products and Polynesian cookbooks; local handcrafted arts and crafts, toiletries, including sunscreen, toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant, and more; travel essentials, such as travel clocks and batteries; and much more!
In 2013, the culinary creations of Jean-Pierre Vigato, Chef Propriétaire of the world-renowned restaurant Apicius in Paris, will be featured onboard Paul Gauguin’s onboard restaurant, La Veranda. In addition to a world-renowned chef, Paul Gauguin also caters to all needs for Avoya Travel guests with delicious vegetarian and low-carb options available on request. To top it off, throughout your entire onboard dining experience the attentive staff of Paul Gauguin will ensure that the dish you select is what you want, your wine is perfectly paired with your entrée, and you’re surrounded with convivial company in one of these three onboard restaurants:
From the moment guests are greeted at L’Etoile, they know they’re in for an exquisite dining experience. Open for dinner only, the elegant main dining room surrounds guests with a perfectly appointed décor, crisp linens, and an array of tempting specialties that are all expertly prepared by attentive chefs.
La Veranda's floor-to-ceiling windows, indoor and al fresco seating, and refined atmosphere makes to the perfect place to enjoy buffet breakfast and lunch, often featuring international themes. À la carte menus are also available. In the evening, La Veranda is transformed into an elegant, reservation-only dining venue featuring gourmet cuisine.
For a more casual dining experience, guests can opt to dine at Le Grill. Travelers will greet the sun with a buffet breakfast, or enjoy lunch by the pool on a choice of grilled favorites, salads, and fresh tropical fruits. At night, guests can make new friends at dinner as you savor Polynesian specialties in a relaxed atmosphere.
Casino and Piano Bar
Every evening (except when prohibited by port regulations), guests can try their luck in the newly expanded Le Casino, featuring slot machines, Black Jack, and stud poker. Or relax with a drink at the Piano Bar as you enjoy live entertainment and melodies.
Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Program
Explorer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau is committed to the belief that the survival of the world’s oceans depends on capturing the imagination at a young age. In order to ensure that conservation remains a priority among future generations, he created the Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Program under the auspices of the Ocean Futures Society – available onboard Paul Gauguin.
This unique, groundbreaking program introduces young travelers (ages 9 to 17) to the extraordinary natural wonders of French Polynesia through direct, hands-on, interactive experiences with marine and island ecosystems. Young Ambassadors explore coral reefs, hike rainforest trails, and visit marae (ancient Polynesian temples). They also learn how black pearls and vanilla are cultivated, how volcanic islands become coral atolls, and how to paddle an outrigger canoe. Parents are encouraged to join children on eco-excursions and other activities aboard and ashore. The Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Program is available on select sailings for a nominal fee.