February 5, 2023

Cruise through French Polynesia in affordable style

Food and accommodations can be pricey in French Polynesia – so value saving options like all-inclusives are a good bet.
Traveling between the islands of French Polynesia can be an extremely expensive endeavor, especially when you add in the high cost of food and accommodations. Luckily, there is another option.

The Paul Gauguin is a ship that was built specifically to traverse the narrow lagoons and shallow waters of the South Pacific – the perfect vessel for transporting passengers between remote islands. The Gauguin can hold up to 332 guests, and offers a great value for its passengers. The all-inclusive vessel is not only a money-saver, but the luxurious cruise becomes a vacation in and of itself as well.

Within the last few years, the Gaguin underwent a $7 million shipwide renovation, which gave it an elegant interior design aesthetic, among other updates.

Dining on the ship ranges from 24-hour room service to excellent cuisine in the ship’s restaurants. La Veranda offers continental breakfast, themed lunches and a dinner menu designed by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Pierre Vigato. At Le Grill, diners will find a buffet area in the pool-adjacent restaurant. This venue also has the ship’s only al fresco dining option, making reservations a recommendation for dinner. The main dinner venue is L’Etoile, offering a sophisticated menu of French and Tahitian dishes.

Passengers onboard the Gauguin become acquainted with the local culture and environment in fun and subtle ways. There is an onboard naturalist; a retractable watersports marina where guests can become PADI-certified; cultural shows; and the Gauguines, the vessel’s onboard Polynesian representatives.

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