Luxury Islands of Tahiti Cruise
On the m/s Paul Gauguin 5-Star plus
Highest ranked small luxury cruise ship*
October 30th - November 6th, 2010
45% off cruise fare
plus 2 for 1 air **
Special extra onboard bonus for the 1st 25 to register
Enjoy seven-days cruising the Islands of Tahiti aboard the luxurious m/s Paul Gauguin, the highest ranked small luxury cruise ship by Conde Nast Traveler in 2008 and has received numerous other awards for excellence. This all inclusive 5-star luxury cruise begins on October 30th, 2010 and as a JustLuxe reader, you'll receive up to 45 percent off of the standard cruise fare, plus get 2 for 1 roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles, as well as a surprise extra bonus!
Included and Distinctions
Most luxurious ship to sail in Tahiti on a year-round basis
Only 332 guests
Crew to guest ratio of 1 to 1.5
All oceanview accommodations, nearly 70% with balconies
Space to guest ratio of nearly 58 to 1, one of the highest of any ship serving the North American market
All onboard gratuities included
Complimentary beverages including fine wines and premium spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, coffee and tea served throughout the ship
Butler service in categories B and above, including in-suite bar setup and SoundDock® for iPod®
In-suite mini-bar replenished daily with soft drinks, beer and bottled water
State-of-the-art retractable Watersports Marina
Onboard dive program
Onboard lecture program
Two elegant restaurants and one pool-side grill, all with open-seating dining
Well-being and vegetarian selections and special dietetic menus upon request
WiFi hotspots throughout the ship
Complimentary 24-hour room service
Complimentary in-room dining
Complimentary in-room movie channels and movies available
Departs: Papeete, Tahiti (roundtrip).
Sites / ports include:
Papeete, Tahiti, Raiatea, Taha'a (Motu Mahana), Bora Bora, and Moorea.
Day 1 Embark Paul Gauguin in Papeete, Tahiti
Begin your journey to a paradise in the capital of Tahiti, the largest and most populated of the French Polynesian islands. Here you'll embark Paul Gauguin . This luxurious yet casual, ultra-deluxe vessel will be your home for the next week. With an endless choice of things to do, from relaxing poolside with a book to playing the slots in the casino, you will never be bored.
Day 2 Raiatea
You will have the day to explore the island that was once the cultural, religious, royal and political heart of Polynesia, and, according to legend, and lore, as well as Tahiti's most significant archeological sites. Ancient Polynesians built maraes, or temples, of stone in many sizes. The maraes provided a physical space for the spirit of the gods to occupy during ritual ceremonies, as did the carved wooden tikis for which the region is famous. Be sure to visit Taputapuatea, a national monument and the most important marae in the Society Islands. We will bid adieu to Raiatea just before dinner and set sail with the compass set for Motu Mahana.
Day 3 Taha'a (Motu Mahana)
Motu Mahana, an islet adjacent to Taha'a, is our very own South Seas paradise featuring white sand beaches with swaying palms, crystal-clear waters and gentle breezes. As an exclusive Paul Gauguin event, guests will spend a full day exploring this idyllic, isolated island, and relaxing with a delicious barbecue lunch and Polynesian entertainment featuring strolling musicians and singers.
Day 4 Bora Bora
Immediately recognizable by the basalt tombstone of Mount Otemanu rising from the ocean, this half-atoll, half-mountain is surrounded by a spectacular lagoon and a series of smaller islands. Ancient Polynesians called it Parapora, or “firstborn,” because they thought it was the first island created after Raiatea.
Day 5 Bora Bora
Explore more of this magical isle on your own or on a choice of optional shore excursions. Choose from several, like a jitney tour on “Le Truck,” or a 4-wheel-drive safari, or a glass-bottom boat ride. We will set sail before dinner, enjoying a relaxing evening on board.
Day 6 Moorea
Covered in an abundance of fresh fruits and flowers, spectacular mountain peaks, peaceful multi-hued lagoons and palm-fringed beaches – Moorea's awesome beauty is unsurpassed. During your visit, you might wish to shop for local crafts, embark on a dolphin-watching expedition with a marine biologist and witness these fascinating animals in their amazing natural habitat, or try out some of the local pineapples – said to be the most delicious in all of French Polynesia. An overnight here affords us two full days on Bora Bora's gorgeous sister island.
Day 7 Moorea/Papeete (Tahiti)
Explore more of this peaceful oasis. Perhaps you will choose to trek on the “Trails of the Ancients” or snorkel one of the world's most beautiful lagoons. At the end of the afternoon, we cruise to our home port in Papeete, docking for the night.
Day 8 Disembark in Papeete
Cap off your epic journey where it all began. You won't be the same as when you first set sail – these exotic isles are said to touch people in magical ways. If you want to explore more of this side of paradise, perhaps you will choose our pre- and post-cruise hotel programs in Huahine, Bora Bora, Moorea, Taha'a and Papeete.
Prices start at $2988.00 per person (dbl. occ.) **
Space is limited, so book soon to get the best possible cabin. Register now!
Promotion ends March 31, 2010
Call Philip @ Gaia Tours: 877.556.9428 or 310.442.2277
* Highest ranked small luxury cruise ship by Conde Nast Traveler in 2008.
** Government taxes and fees not included. 2 for 1 round trip air between Los Angeles and Papette.