This particular trip has been postponed but Paul Gauguin is still sailing throughout the South Pacific, with COVID-19 precautions in place. Please give us a call if you're interested in Fall or Winter 2020 sailings. We can also help you decide on a "post-lockdown, let's get outa here to some fresh tropical air' cruise for later in 2021.
A Spirited Sailing with Batch 206 Distillery on the
M/S Paul Gauguin
June 17, 2020 10-night Society Islands & Tuamotus
Enjoy the exotic flavors and wonders of the South Seas AND spirits from
Batch 206 Distillery
If you’ve ever longed to cruise the South Seas on a luxurious small ship, with wonderful people and fine libations, this is the trip for you!!
You’ll visit seven different islands in the South Pacific on a spectacular 10-day voyage departing from Tahiti, the “Queen of the Pacific.” Along the way you’ll explore other exotic islands including legendary Bora Bora and Moorea (each with overnights) and the marine wonderlands of the Tuamotus! You’ll also have the chance to enjoy two private beach retreats, scenic vistas and spectacular sunsets! During your entire trip you’ll relax in beautiful elegance aboard The Gauguin, a luxury small ship that accommodates just 332 guests and, offers exceptional service.
This cruise is fantastic all on it’s own but we have increased it’s “fabulousness” by adding special guests Jeff and Daleen Steichen, the creators and owners of Batch 206 Distillery located in downtown Seattle. Batch 206 Distillery is a true, small-batch artisan facility, handcrafting products in small batches on a 1,000-liter, handmade custom Kothe still. Their award-winning products include Old Log Cabin Bourbon, Counter Gin, Old Town Counter Gin, Elliott Bay Rum and Washington State’s first distilled spirit, Sueno Zuel. Throughout the cruise you’ll have the opportunity to attend seminars and enjoy tastings of their Pacific Northwest spirits. There will also be delicious, hand-crafted beverages creatively combined with the local colors and flavors of the Tropics.
The Gauguin was built specifically to operate in shallow waters which makes it an ideal ship to get “up close and personal” with the wonderfully different but equally beautiful islands of the South Pacific. The award-winning ship features spacious ocean-view suites and staterooms with nearly 70% featuring private balconies, three dining venues, an outdoor pool and spacious deck, a casino, fitness center and spa, and live entertainment.
Aboard each sailing, the welcoming, hospitable spirit of French Polynesia is infused with a number of South Seas exclusives. The Gauguin’s troupe of Les Gauguines and Les Gauguins, are local Tahitians who serve as cruise staff, entertainers, and storytellers and are a highlight for many guests along with local musicians and dancers who perform on board.
In select ports, the ship’s watersports marina is available to launch a kayak, windsurf, or paddle board from and a PADI certification scuba diving program is also offered.
Batch 206 Seminars
- The origins and methodology of the different categories of American-made vodka, gin, bourbon, and rum along with the explosion of craft distilleries in the United States.
- A tutorial on the history of cocktails, the evolution of the cocktail, and their place in different cultures around the world.
- The story of tequila and its growth over the past 30 years world wide.
June 17, 2020 Depart Papeete, Tahiti at 11:59 p.m.
June 18, 2020 Huahine, Society Islands 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
June 19, 2020 Bora Bora, Society Islands 8:00 a.m. - Overnight
June 20, 2020 Depart Bora Bora, Society Islands at 4:00 p.m.
June 21, 2020 Rangiroa, Tuamotus Noon to 5:30 p.m.
June 22, 2020 Fakarava, Tuamotus 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
June 23, 2020 At Sea
June 24, 2020 Motu Mahana Off the Coast of Taha’a (Paul Gauguin Cruise's private
island) 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
June 25, 2020 Moorea, Society Islands 8:00 a.m. - Overnight
June 26, 2020 Depart Moorea, Society Islands at 5:00 p.m.
June 26, 2020 Arrive Papeete, Tahiti at 7:30 p.m.
June 27, 2020 Papeete, Tahiti Disembark the ship in the a.m.
Tahiti: Tahiti is known as the “Queen of the Pacific” and is the perfect place to start and end your cruise. Tahiti is the largest, most-populated and most French of all the French Polynesian islands. It has a cosmopolitan and multinational vibe while still looking like “paradise.” It offers beautiful black and white sand beaches, large cascading waterfalls and a lush landscape. If you are looking for something cultural, Tahiti offers some worthwhile museums including one showcasing the most famous painter of Tahitian scenes, Paul Gauguin. Don’t miss their famous Le Marche market.
Huahine: Once the home of Tahitian royalty, Huahine is known as the “Garden Island” of French Polynesia and may serve as your “Garden of Eden.” This rugged and beautiful island offers a view of Old Polynesia and almost a mystical vibe. Its verdant green mountains are perfumed with vanilla and roads are lined with coconut and banana trees, watermelon fields, and wild hibiscus. The island’s main village of Fare is charming. Those seeking an active day can nonetheless find great options for snorkeling, scuba diving, and jet skiing.
Bora Bora: This gorgeous island has long been a haunt of celebrities and is likely the most celebrated island in Polynesia. Those in a romantic mood are attracted to the island’s huge blue lagoon and stunning mountain peaks including Mounts Pahia and Otemanu. Both are remnants of an extinct volcano. This is an island that will please both those who just want to relax and those seeking a more active day. The snorkeling and scuba opportunities are world-class and shark and ray viewing excursions are popular. Guests of The Gauguin can relax on a private, white-sand beach and enjoy a game of volleyball, and snorkeling and paddleboarding in crystal-clear waters.
Rangiroa, Tuamotus: Larger than the island of Tahiti, Rangiroa’s turquoise lagoon has been called “God’s Aquarium” by divers and snorkelers from around the world. View myriad dazzling tropical fish cavorting in one of the world’s most beautiful and richest coral reefs on a snorkeling or diving expedition. Optional diving excursions are available from The Gauguin.
Fakarava, Tuamotus: A UNESCO-classified nature reserve that’s home to flora and fauna unseen anywhere else in the world. Experienced divers can take the plunge into the world’s second-largest lagoon to spot gray sharks and untouched coral reefs.
At Sea: Spend the day enjoying The Gauguin’s Polynesian ambiance: casual, leisurely, and graceful. Perhaps you’ll take in a lecture by one of our special guests, book a spa service, and then reflect on your day over classic French cuisine at L’Etoile.
Taha’a (Motu Mahana): This island located just across a lagoon from Raiatea, is known for a most impressive coral reef and Tahitian black pearls. Off the coast of Taha’a lies the islet of Motu Mahana, Paul Gauguin Cruises private islet, where guests can enjoy a day of watersports, Polynesian activities, a sumptuous barbecue feast, and cocktails from full and floating bars. In Bora Bora, guests can relax on a private, white-sand beach and enjoy refreshments, a game of volleyball, and snorkeling and paddleboarding in crystal-clear waters.
Moorea: Known as the “Magical Island” Moorea lives up to its name with its eight striking and spiky mountain peaks, lagoons, and lush foliage. It is not surprising that Moorea is thought to be the inspiration for “Bali Hai” in the musical “South Pacific.” It has a relaxed and welcoming vibe. Some of the many optional activities it offers are snorkeling, ATV adventures, hikes, and e-biking.
- Roundtrip airfare between Los Angeles and Tahiti including all grand transfers and post-cruise day room
- Accommodations for 10 nights on the elegant m/s Paul Gauguin
- All onboard meals in the ship’s restaurants
- 24-hour room service
- Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, and select wine, beer and spirits
- Onboard entertainment, including The Gauguin’s own troupe of Polynesian host/entertainers and entertainment and presentations by special guests.
- On board gratuities for room stewards and dining/bar staff
- Retractable watersports marina featuring complimentary kayaking and paddleboarding in select ports (weather dependent), and the use of snorkel equipment throughout the cruise
- Private group cocktail class with Jeff and Daleen Steichen
Prices start at $6431.00 double occupancy. Ask for cruise only prices, starting at $4,531.00, if you'd like to use miles to book your own air.
For more information or to book, contact Terry Uemura at HGS Travel
(206) 633-5233 or email:
Prices are per person based on double occupancy, and include 50% off standard cruise fares. Single supplement pricing is available upon request. Included airfare from Los Angeles or San Francisco is subject to availability and class of service and applies to first and second guest in stateroom only. San Francisco airfare is applicable for flights to/from Papeete only. Air add-ons from home city are available on request. Air credit for non-use of this promotion is $1,900. Port security and handling fees of $215 per person are additional. Pricing for the third guest in the stateroom is as follows: 17 years old and under, FREE;18 years of age and older, $125 per night. Third guest is cruise-only; air and taxes are additional.