Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, is offering two seven-night Tahiti & the Society Islands voyages this holiday season.
On The Gauguin’s December 22 voyage, guests can enjoy the Christmas holiday on French Polynesia’s white-sand beaches. On the December 29 voyage, they can ring in the New Year on the South Seas.
The seven-night Tahiti & the Society Islands holiday cruises depart Papeete, Tahiti, and sail to Huahine, Taha’a (Motu Mahana), Bora Bora (overnight) and Moorea (overnight) in the Society Islands. These voyages include complimentary access to Paul Gauguin Cruises’ two exclusive retreats—Motu Mahana, an islet off the coast of Taha’a, and a private beach in Bora Bora. At Motu Mahana, guests enjoy watersports, Polynesian activities, a barbecue feast and cocktails served from full-service and floating bars. In Bora Bora, guests can relax on a white-sand beach and enjoy refreshments, a game of volleyball and snorkeling in crystal-clear waters.
Both holiday voyages incorporate the Stewards of Nature family program, which invites guests to discover and value nature through hands-on, interactive learning for children and teens ages seven to 17, as well as family members. Every day of the cruise, there is a combination of naturalist-led island and/or beach excursions, science activities, crafts, games and other adventures.
Depending on the itinerary, children might learn about underwater life during a snorkeling excursion, observe the ocean or the stars through an onboard telescope, learn about different kinds of marine life and their habitats, go on a dolphin-watching expedition, swim with sharks and rays, play beach games and race hermit crabs, learn what it means to be a Steward of Nature, and other fun, kid-focused activities. While all of the activities on the itinerary are included for children and teens through an additional fee, family members are invited and encouraged to participate in most activities for the additional cost of the shore excursions.