Category Archives: South Pacific
Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, and the 90-guest m/v Tere Moana, was recognized by Porthole Cruise Magazine as having the “Best South Pacific Itineraries” in the 14th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards, which marks the third consecutive year that the cruise line has received this accolade.
Just what is it really like to sail aboard The Gauguin to Tahiti, French Polynesia, and the South Seas? Join us on October 25th for a live presentation, as Cruise Director Michael Shapiro and Cruise Educator Carol Parsons provide an entertaining insider’s look at what you will experience aboard this special vessel.
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Paul Gauguin Cruises recently announced that world-renowned oceanographer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau will guest host four sailings on the m/s Paul Gauguin in 2013.
Cousteau is a diplomat for the environment, educator, author, and film producer communicating his passion and concern for the Earth’s oceans. For more than 60 years, he along with his father, the legendary Jacques Cousteau, and his family, have been part of the greatest exploration of the oceans in all of history.
Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, proudly announced recently the completion of a $7 million renovation, the largest in the ship’s 14-year history. The renovation took place during the ship’s 10-night crossing from Tahiti to Brisbane, Australia, as well as during the 11-night drydock that followed, when extensive enhancements were made to both the interiors and exteriors of The Gauguin.
Many people settle down with family during the holidays to catch up, and reconnect with loved ones. For a small group, the holidays are a perfect time to explore and experience the world.
Small ship cruises have been busy this holiday season, exploring diverse areas of our world, from the southern reaches of Antarctica and the South Pacific, up to the unique Galapagos Islands and Central America, and further to Europe and America’s southern Atlantic coast.
The highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, Paul Gauguin, is scheduled to undergo the largest renovations in the ship’s 14-year history. Scheduled for completion in January 2012, the $7 million renovation will feature extensive enhancements to both interiors and exteriors of the ship.
The renovations by Paul Gauguin Cruises will take place in January during the ship’s 10-night crossing from Tahiti to Brisbane and 11-night drydock in Brisbane. When joining the South Pacific Discovery sailing departing January 26, 2012, guests will be aboard a vessel that has been thoroughly updated and redecorated for even greater comfort.
Now is the time to experience a path less traveled in 2011 to New Zealand and sub-Antarctic Islands, the Gulf of Siam, and Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam expeditions.
Orion Expeditions is offering “2-for-1” Fares on select itineraries and sailing for travelers. Also, the Single Supplement for these sailing has been waived, making it a perfect opportunity for single travelers to “see the world.”
Paul Gauguin Cruises is offering three new luxury cruise itineraries in 2012 aboard its 332-passenger ship, the Paul Gauguin.
- South Pacific Discovery is a 20-night hotel-and-cruise journey to Australia, New Caledonia, Fiji, Tonga and the Cook & Society Islands departing Jan. 23.
- 11-night Australs & Society Islands, departing Sept. 1, will cruise to Rurutu, the “Island of Whales,” at the height of whale-watching season.
- 12- or 13-night Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands voyage will depart Oct. 27, and Nov. 20.
Merry Christmas to all who celebrate. And a good movie and chinese food to those who celebrate Hanukkah
We have done some fun research as to where some of my favorite small ships are sailing on Christmas Day. To the best of my knowledge, every one of these ships were sold out, sailing at 100% occupancy. We have Christmas bookings for 2011 and 2011. It is not to early to start planning.
American Glory – Lake George, Ocala National Forest, Florida
American Safari Explorer- Kona Big Island, for Christmas 2011
American Safari Quest – whale watching, Baja
Cruceros Australis – Stella Australis – Punta Arenas – Chile
Cruceros Australis – Via Australis = Cape Horn – Argentina
Cruceros Australis – Mare Australlis – Patagonia – Argentina
I.E. Evolution – Espanola Islands, sea lions, Galapagos
Le Diamant – sailing Vietnam, South East Asia
Le Levant – sailing Trinidad
Le Ponet – sailing Persian Gulf
Lindblad Expeditions Salacia – sailing Egypt
National Geographic Endeavour – Santa Cruz Charles Darwin Station Galapagos
National Geographic Explorer – sailing Antarctica
National Geographic Islander – Seymour Island, Galapagos
National Geographic Sea Bird – day at sea whale watching, Baja
National Geographic Sea Lion – sailing Panama Canal Transit, Costa Rica
Paul Gauguin Cruises m/s Paul Gauguin—Moorea, Society Islands (French Polynesia)
Regent Seven Seas Navigator—sea day; from Cabo San Lucas to Zihuatanejo, Mexico
SeaDream Yacht Club SeaDream I—Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
SeaDream Yacht Club SeaDream II—Coconut Grove, Nevis
Silversea Prince Albert II—South Georgia, Antarctica
It is exciting to have more small ships to offer my clients. As Cruise West closed down, their popular ships are being purchased by other companies and will be put back into service in Alaska. Two ships for now…others to showup in the future.
Hawaii, by small ship. A very new unique one of a kind cruise experience. This is a first and it is filling up amazingly fast. Very popular idea that no other line has jumped on. Being on your almost private yacht for a week sailing between the Hawaiian Islands………sign me up…
By Jay Clarke
Special to The Miami Herald
Two new small-ship cruise lines will start service in Alaska in May.
Alaska Dream Cruises will operate a three-ship fleet that includes two former 78-passenger Cruise West vessels that will be renamed Admiralty Dream and Baranof Dream and a 49-passenger renovated catamaran to be named the Alaska Dream. The new line, created by Allen Marine Tours, will offer seven-night cruises from Sitka. http://www.allenmarinetours.com.
Inner Sea Discoveries, created by American Safari Cruises, will operate two 49-passenger vessels, Wilderness Adventurer and Wilderness Discoverer. The former Glacier Bay Cruise Line vessels are undergoing extensive renovation. They will explore coves and other rarely seen sites along the Inside Passage. Inner Sea will offer seven-night one-way cruises between Juneau and Ketchikan and 14-night one-way trips between Seattle and Juneau. http://www.innerseadiscoveries.com.
NEW HAWAII CRUISES
A second American-flagged cruise line will begin making cruises within Hawaii next year. The 36-passenger Safari Explorer, owned by American Safari Cruises, will make seven- and 10-night one-way cruises between Maui and the Big Island and reverse starting in October. Ports of call will include the less-visited islands of Molokai and Lanai, and itineraries will be flexible, enabling passengers to explore remote coves, inlets and shorelines.