A new cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT  

Immerse yourself in the idyllic tropical isles and ancient Polynesian culture of the South Pacific on an 11-day cruise to the Society and Tuamotu Islands of French Polynesia. 

Starting at: $5,490 * Price includes special offer Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Looking out over the lagoon of Bora Bora  The island of Huahine in the Society Islands  Underwater view of manta ray and butterfly fish  Tropical fish (Humbug Dascyllus) and pillar coral in the lagoon of Bora Bora  Looking over the lagoon of Bora Bora. Credit: Tahiti-Tourisme.com  Dramatic aerial view of Bora Bora in the Society Islands  Lagoon of Bora Bora. Credit: Tahiti-Tourisme.com  Yellow Plumeria or Frangipani, found in Tahiti  Colorful flowers of Tahiti  A marae or temple area on Moorea  Marae Maeva found on Huahine. Credit: Tahiti-Tourisme.com  A motu, one of many small islands, found in the Society Islands  A lagoon in Tahiti. Credit: Tahiti-Tourisme.com

Cruising French Polynesia: Tahiti, Bora Bora, and the Tuamotus

Round-trip from Papeete Aboard the 330-guest Paul Gauguin

11 days from $5,490

A new cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT  

Immerse yourself in the idyllic tropical isles and ancient Polynesian culture of the South Pacific on an 11-day cruise to the Society and Tuamotu Islands of French Polynesia. 

or Call 855-330-1542

SHIP

Paul Gauguin

The five-star Paul Gauguin, rated in Top Ten Small Cruise Ships 2013 by Condé Nast Traveler readers, provides the ultimate shipboard environment and best complimentary amenities in the South Pacific! Its small size enables it to maneuver from deep seas into bays and shallow lagoons inaccessible to larger ships. It is the only vessel designed specifically to cruise among the islands, atolls and motus of Tahiti and French Polynesia. Refurbished in 2021 and meticulously maintained, the Paul Gauguin provides the quintessential luxury cruise experience in the South Pacific!


100% Ocean-View Luxury Accommodations

The ship features only 165 exceptionally spacious (from 200 to 588 sq. ft. – including balconies and verandas in categories D and above) suites and staterooms, 70% of which are designed with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto a private balcony. Accommodations are air-conditioned and have one queen or two twin beds, a sitting area, private bathroom (most have full-size bathtub) with shower, luxurious European linens, robes, and slippers.

All-Inclusive

An onboard expert will provide special presentations and daily insights about the natural wonders of Polynesia. Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are served throughout the ship and replenished in-suite on request. All shipboard gratuities are included.


Dining Venues of Great Taste

Savor exclusive epicurean delights and signature menus designed by some of the world’s most talented and award-winning chefs, including two‑star Michelin Chef Jean-Pierre Vigato, served indoors and alfresco at unassigned, single seatings. The ship also offers in-suite dining and 24-hour room service, as well as vegetarian and requested special diet options.


World-Class Facilities

Public areas include La Palette Lounge and disco, the piano bar, casino, Grand Salon with a stage for live entertainment, and pool bar. The ship’s own troupe provides live Polynesian entertainment nightly. There is a boutique, spa, steam room, whirlpool, and fitness center. The onboard watersports marina features complimentary snorkeling equipment, kayaking, paddle boarding, and an optional scuba diving program is offered with Zodiacs available for optional dive excursions.

Five-Star Service

The Paul Gauguin crew provides gracious hospitality and service. A professional butler in Category B and above is at your service to unpack your luggage and ensure your personal beverage selection and dietary preferences are accommodated. There are 1.5 guests for every crew member.