2017 Founders Cruise with Clos LaChance Winery

About the Ship

m/s PAUL GAUGUIN
 

Rated #1 Midsize-Ship Ocean Cruise Line
by Travel + Leisure. 2016 World's Best Awards

Click here for ship's deck plan
 

The m/s Paul Gauguin was designed specifically to sail the shallow seas of the South Pacific, and is the flagship of Paul Gauguin Cruises.  A small-ship cruiser's dream, she delivers travelers to intimate ports inaccessible to larger cruise ships, all the while providing an onboard experience that is nothing short of luxurious. Life onboard also reflects the beauty and rich cultural heritage of the islands she calls upon, with a warm, friendly feel, informal setting, and even a beloved troupe of Gauguines and Gauguins - local Tahitians who serve as cruise staff, entertainers, and storytellers.
 



ACCOMMODATIONS

Nearly 70% of suites and staterooms have private balconies, and all feature an ocean view, queen-size bed (a limited number can have twin-bed confirguration), bathroom with full-size bathtub and shower, bathrobes, slippers, hair dryer, TV, CD/DVD player, personal safe, refrigerator stocked with soft drinks and more. Staterooms sizes range from 534 sq. ft.(including veranda) for the Owner's Suite to 200 sq. ft for a Window Stateroom.


Veranda Stateroom (cat. B)



DINING
 

Dining on the high seas with Paul Gauguin is truly something special.  Embark upon a five-star culinary adventure, designed by some of the world's most talented and award-winning chefs, including Jean Pierre Vigato, Chef Proprietaire at Paris' Michelin-starred Restaurant Apicius.  

 



 

Watersports Marina

A highlight of the Paul Gauguin Cruises' experience is watersports, offering many opportunities to explore the translucent lagoons, rainbow-colored reefs and a myriad of tropical fish.  The specially designed watersports platform turns the ship into your headquarters for all kinds of adventures on the water including windsurfing, paddle-boarding or kayaking.

 

 



 

SCUBA DIVING

If you've always wanted to try SCUBA diving, the Paul Gauguin is the perfect place to learn.  The onboard marina offers diving excursions for all experience levels and it's the only luxury ship in French Polynesia to offer PADI certification classes to novices.
 



CULTURAL ENTERTAINMENT

On every voyage, Paul Gauguin's own troupe of Tahitian hosts and entertainers bring the spirit of Polynesia to life.  You'll enjoy the traditional songs, dance, local handicrafts and hand-on demonstrations plus local entertainers.  And when the sun goes down, Le Grand Salon comes alive with spectacular performances. 

HIGHLIGHTS

Wine Program Highlights
  • Personally escorted by Clos LaChance owners Bill & Brenda Murphy and Food & Wine Trails Founders Larry & Laura Martin
  • Welcome Reception
  • Clos LaChance Winemaker’s Dinner with host wines
  • Wine seminars
  • Wine tastings including a Santa Cruz Mountain tasting with wines of Ridge Monte Bello and Kathryn Kennedy

 


Cruise Highlights
  • 7-night cruise on board the luxurious m/s Paul Gauguin
  • Complimentary barbecue lunch on the private island of Motu Mahana
  • Full-day on private white-sand beach in Bora Bora
  • Complimentary watersports from the ship’s marina, including kayaking, windsurfing and paddleboarding
  • Optional PADI SCUBA diving program and certification
  • Onboard traditional Polynesian entertainers, hands-on craft demonstrations and enrichment programs
  • Multiple complimentary dining venues including the gourmet cuisine Jean-Pierre Vigato’s, Chef Propriétaire at Paris’ Michelin-starred Restaurant Apicius
  • $100 shipboard credit per person


Paul Gauguin Cruises
Condé Nast Traveler
2016 Gold List

ABOUT the EXPERT(s)


LAURA & LARRY MARTIN
Food & Wine Trails Founders



BILL MURPHY
Clos LaChance Owner


BRENDA MURPHY
Clos LaChance Owner

 

INCLUDES

  • Free Los Angeles Roundtrip air 
  • Complimentary room service
  • Complimentary beverages including select wines and spirits, beers, soft drinks, bottled water, and hot beverages served throughout the ship
  • In-room refrigerator replenished daily with soft drinks, beer and bottled water
  • Onboard gratuities for room stewards, dining and bar staff
  • Airport/pier transfers

DOESN'T INCLUDE

  • Domestic flights to/from Los Angeles
  • Port, security and handling fee of $129 per person
  • Optional shore tours
  • All items of personal nature

 

AWARDS and RATINGS

RIDGE VINEYARDS RATINGS:


Wine Spectator
#7 of the Top Ten of 2016
94 pts.
2012 Monte Bello
Santa Cruz Mountains Estate


International Wine Report
2016 Top 100 List
Rated #1
2013 Monte Bello


Decanter
Top wines of 2016
95 pts.
2014 Estate Chardonnay