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Cruise to the most jaw-droppingly beautiful islands on the planet, aboard a luxury ship that gives you the sensation of being in Polynesia as you sail.

Paul Gauguin the artist was inspired by the picturesque islands of the South Seas. Paul Gauguin the ship will, in turn, inspire you with a sense that you’re already in Polynesia as you travel. It was specifically designed to cruise right into French Polynesia’s lagoons. It is the most highly regarded luxury sailing ship in the South Pacific, as well as being the longest established. It has the highest crew-to-guest ratio of any South Sea cruiser and it offers you a level of service and hospitality that is typically Polynesian; expansive and genuine.

Then there are the destinations themselves. The Paul Gauguin will glide you effortlessly to the flawless beaches, the coral reefs, the flamboyant culture and breath-taking scenery of Bali. And onwards to Timor-Leste (known as East Timor until 2002) with its ultramarine crescent shaped lagoons and charming 16th century Portuguese capital of Dili. You’ll call in on the largest of the 82 volcanic islands of Vanuatu – home of spring-fed swimming holes, gorgeous beaches, towering mountains and dense rainforests. Then you set sail for the Solomons; almost 1000 castaway islands and forgotten islets scattered across the sea to form the South Pacific’s third largest archipelago.

M/S Paul Gauguin, at a glance

  • Most successful and established small, luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific
  • Specifically designed to cruise through shallow lagoons
  • Staffed by Tahitians who create a welcoming, Polynesian atmosphere on board
  • Choice of spacious suites and staterooms – the majority with private balconies for panoramic sea and island views
  • Maximum of only 332 guests and a crew/guest ratio of 1:1.5
  • Onboard water sports marina
  • Extensive spa offering a range of restorative and pampering treatments
  • Menu of three dining venues serving superb food
  • Full entertainment programme and unforgettable shore excursions

Where will Paul Gauguin take you?

  • Fiji and French Polynesia
  • Tahiti and French Polynesia
  • Fiji, Melanesia and Indonesia

  • Fantastic holiday, exceeded our expectations in every way. As usual, Ultimate’s attention to detail, meant that everything went smoothly, every meet and greet was spot on, which is helpful on these multi centre holidays. We were made to feel like true VIP’s by everyone who met us. Well done.

    JR, Ecuador - 2019