m/s Paul Gauguin

m/s Paul Gauguin

Guest Hosts

Lawrence Grobel

Novelist, Journalist, Biographer, Poet & Teacher

Lawrence Grobel will be on the following sailings:

Lawrence Grobel is a novelist, journalist, biographer, poet, and teacher. Five of his 25 books have been singled out as Best Books of the Year by Publisher’s Weekly, and many have appeared on best-seller lists. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for his fiction, and he also has been honored with several prestigious awards. Among these are a PEN Special Achievement Award for Conversations with Capote and the Syndicat Francais de la Critique de Cinema’s Prix Litteraire for Al Pacino as the Best International Book of 2008. His The Art of the Interview is used as a text in many journalism schools. And he has earned praise from other notable writers, including James A. Michener, who called his biography The Hustons “a masterpiece” and Joyce Carol Oates, who dubbed him “The Mozart of Interviewers.” In addition, Writer’s Digest has called him “a legend among journalists,” and Playboy singled him out as “The Interviewer’s Interviewer” after publishing his interviews with Barbra Streisand, Dolly Parton, Henry Fonda, and Marlon Brando. His new work, You, Talking to Me, highlights the lessons he’s learned from interviewing, and he is also the author of a memoir, You Show Me Yours.  His books can be found in print and as ebooks at Amazon and on his website

In addition to his books, Lawrence has written for dozens of magazines and has been a Contributing Editor for Playboy, Movieline, World (New Zealand), and Trendy (Poland).

As an educator, Lawrence has served in the Peace Corps, teaching at the Ghana Institute of Journalism; created the M.F.A. in Professional Writing for Antioch University; and taught in the English Department at UCLA for ten years. Since 2007, he has served as a jury member at the annual Camerimage Film Festival in Poland. And his broadcast credits include appearances on CNN, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Charlie Rose Show, Marc Maron’s WTF and Adam Carolla’s podcasts, NPR with Terry Gross, and two documentaries, Salinger and Al Pacino’s Wilde Salome

He is married to the artist Hiromi Oda, and they have two daughters.

Join us aboard The Gauguin, for two evenings of video presentations and discussions of interviews he’s conducted with icons of page and screen, and “An Evening with Lawrence with Lawrence Grobel,” in which he talks about his own life as a freelance writer and how he went from the streets of Brooklyn to spending ten days with Marlon Brando on his island in Tahiti. He will also lead “Autobiography & the Memoir: a Writing Workshop,” an interactive workshop in self-analysis in which you can learn how to uncover the highlights and traumas of your life and how to shape them into a narrative.

Lawrence Grobel will be on the following sailings:

other guest hosts appearing on the m/s Paul Gauguin

Director, WCS Arctic Beringia
December 23, 2017

Dr. Martin Robards is a guest scientist and speaker for the Wildlife Discovery Series, in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Martin resides in Fairbanks, Alaska, and is originally from England.

Aviation Historian
April 29, 2017

In his career with the United States Armed Forces, his service to the Smithsonian Institution, his publications, and more, Dan Hagedorn has devoted himself to expanding public awareness of aviation history. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a series of four fascinating presentations on World War II history by this distinguished aviation expert.

Ariel Morales & Rochelle Allison
Ariel Morales & Rochelle Allison
Multiple sailings

Magic, illusion, and comedy are delightfully combined in spectacular performances by this talented duo.

Onboard Lecturer
Multiple sailings

A resident of the Cook Islands since 1969, Helen Henry has been active in the development of the small island nation almost since it first became self-governing. She also operated a tourism company and organized educational programs for travel groups for many years. Now retired, she is happy to share her in-depth knowledge of the Cooks with guests of The Gauguin.

Opera Singer
July 5, 2017

Paul Gauguin Cruises is pleased to welcome Catherine Cook, a distinguished musician who has performed on prestigious stages around the world.

Carolyn Boyle-Turner
Art History Professor
Multiple sailings

A popular guest lecturer aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin for 13 years, Caroline Boyle-Turner returns to The Gauguin for select sailings. An acclaimed expert on Paul Gauguin and his circle of artists, she will enrich your appreciation of our ship’s namesake when you join us aboard.

Nobel Peace Prize Winner & Onboard Lecturer
Multiple sailings

Co-recipient with Al Gore of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 and recipient of a prestigious fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, Professor John E. Hay has devoted his life to studying the environment. Join this distinguished author and scholar aboard The Gauguin, and benefit from his expertise during a special presentation.

Jean-Michel Cousteau
Oceanographer & Environmentalist
June 24, 2017

World-famous oceanographer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau will join The Gauguin. In addition to lectures with videos of his work, he will accompany several dives from the ship.

Multiple sailings

A native of Brazil, Gustavo Vierini Engl is skilled in illusion in all its forms. Be sure to be aboard as he brings his unique blend of magic and humor aboard select sailings of The Gauguin.

Multiple sailings

British-born singer Angie Lang travels throughout the U.K. and Europe performing music from all genres, from musical-theater showstoppers to an eclectic mix of songs from the ’50s to the present day. Join us aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin for live evening performances by this talented performer.

Motivational Author & Speaker
June 24, 2017

Tom O’Neil has helped a wide range of people, from students to CEOs, achieve their goals through his best-selling books, motivational speeches, and one-on-one coaching. Let this internationally recognized expert in personal development and career management inspire you with his live presentations on board the m/s Paul Gauguin.

Singer & Guitarist
October 7, 2017

One of the UK’s most in-demand singers, Jonny Ross performs a varied repertoire designed to delight audiences of all ages. Join us aboard The Gauguin for live performances by this talented singer.

Concert Pianist
June 24, 2017

Pianist Erik Berchot has been dazzling audiences with his virtuosity throughout his native France and abroad for nearly 40 years. His career as a performer, composer, collaborator, and educator has earned him the prestigious “Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite,” a national order that is second only to the Legion of Honor in France. Join us aboard The Gauguin, for live performances by this accomplished musical artist.

Conservation Scientist, WCS Belize
October 7, 2017

Dr. Alexander Tewfik is a guest scientist and speaker for the Wildlife Discovery Series, in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Alexander resides in Belize City, Belize. He was born in Germany and frequently travels to Canada, where he grew up.

October 18, 2017

A historian whose field of expertise is the effects of Western exploration and expansion on the cultures of the Americas, Africa, and Asia, Dr. Robert Gallacher is particularly interested in the impact America and European nations have had on creating worldwide empires. In his studies, he takes a multi-disciplinary look at the importance of religion and culture, as well as the political events that have helped shape our Eurocentric world of today.

Distinguished Professor of Geography
June 7, 2017

The University Distinguished Professor of Geography at Western Kentucky University, Dr. David Keeling has visited more than 185 countries and studied a wide range of topics, from the geography of exploration and discovery to socio-economic change. Join us aboard The Gauguin as he shares his expertise in a series of fascinating lectures.

Swing Singer
February 25, 2017

A lively and charismatic entertainer, Tony Tyler engages his audiences with a wide variety of musical styles, ranging from Big Band jazz and swing to pop classics. Expect to dance the night away as you enjoy live performances by this modern-day singer.

June 7, 2017

Expect an extremely fun evening of dancing and singing when Marc and Abi come aboard! Don’t miss a very special sailing of The Gauguin, as this talented duo performs an exciting musical explosion of upbeat classics through the decades.

Director, WCS Fiji
June 7, 2017

Dr. Sangeeta Mangubhai is a guest scientist and speaker for the Wildlife Discovery Series, in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Sangeeta resides in Fiji, where she also grew up.

Oceanographer & Meteorologist
February 25, 2017

During a 30-year naval career, Dr. Denny Whitford learned how to drive large ships, flew jet aircraft aboard aircraft carriers, forecast weather and ocean conditions around the world, held multiple commands, and directed several scientific organizations. He is also a distinguished professor. Join us aboard The Gauguin as “Dr. Denny” offers engaging presentations that will change forever the way you experience the ocean.

Winemaker, Frank Family Vineyards
March 18, 2017

Since joining Frank Family Vineyards in 2003, Todd Graff has leveraged his in-depth knowledge of still and sparkling wines to contribute greatly to vineyard’s already impressive wine portfolio and help establish its reputation as a world-class producer of Napa Valley Cabernet and Chardonnay. Join us aboard the March 18, 2017, sailing of The Gauguin, as Todd shares his expertise and his passion for wine during a lecture and wine tasting.

Winemaking Consultant
July 26, 2017

From the vineyards of California’s Sonoma County and Central Coast to the great estates of Bordeaux, France, Daniel Baron has learned the importance of the pursuit of excellence in winemaking. Today, he serves as winemaking consultant. 

Associate Scientist, WCS Global Marine Programs
June 7, 2017

Emily Darling is a guest scientist and speaker for the Wildlife Discovery Series, in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Emily is Canadian and resides in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Parisian Celebrity Chef
July 26, 2017

Chef Propriétaire of one of the finest restaurants in Paris, the Michelin-starred Restaurant Apicius, Jean-Pierre Vigato has inspired signature menus for Paul Gauguin Cruises for several years. Sail with one of the world’s great chefs aboard The Gauguin, and enjoy an exceptional culinary program.

Co-Founder, Gauguine Wines
June 23, 2018

Polynesian native Jessica Vaitiare Chin Foo has developed a high-quality wine brand that speaks to the elegance of diverse women, while also paying tribute to Paul Gauguin's journey in French Polynesia and his passion for women and art. Join us aboard The Gauguin as Jessica recounts her journey through the wine industry in Davis, California, and offers a tasting of Gauguine Wines and her sister winery, Putah Creek Wines.

Fine Artist
July 15, 2017

A contemporary artist who has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe, Nancy Gregory is also a gifted speaker and teacher. Join us as she presents lectures and workshops during the m/s Paul Gauguin’s sailings.

Senior Zoologist, WCS Kenya
August 12, 2017

Dr. Tim McClanahan is a guest scientist and speaker for the Wildlife Discovery Series, in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Tim resides in Mombasa, Kenya, and is originally from the United States.

July 26, 2017

The husband-and-wife team of Jerry Dallons and Zelle Olson has a passion for photography and French Polynesia. Join us aboard The Gauguin for two informative workshops in which they will reveal how to get the best picture possible from your camera. Jerry will also be available at select times to help you personally with your photography needs.

Multiple sailings

Performing together since 1996, Tom and Michelle Becker have toured worldwide with a 500+ songlist covering six decades of popular music. Their down-to-earth charm, energetic personalities, and audience interaction bring style and fun to every performance. We know you’ll be singing along when they join us on two very special sailings of The Gauguin

Director of Winemaking, Beaulieu Vineyard
July 15, 2017

Inspired by legendary winemakers such as Andre Tchelistcheff and Georges de Latour, Jeffrey Stambor has traveled the world to gain a comprehensive understanding of the philosophy and practice of winemaking. Join us aboard the July 15, 2017, sailing of The Gauguin, as this viticultural and winemaking expert engages guests in a lecture and wine tasting.

Motivational Speaker
March 8, 2017

When he was studying sports psychology, John Shackleton learned how to help people improve their performance in their personal and professional lives using the same techniques athletes use to raise their game. Now, as an award-winning motivational speaker, he is in high demand, offering keynote speeches and workshops all over the world. Experience his humorous but hard-hitting style and recipe for success when you join us aboard The Gauguin for a special presentation called “Play Your Cards Right.”

Marine Director, WCS Kenya
August 12, 2017

Dr. Nyawira Muthiga is a guest scientist and speaker for the Wildlife Discovery Series, in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Nyawira resides in Kenya, where she also grew up.

Italian Cooking Teacher & Cookbook Author
May 26, 2018

One of the foremost authorities on Italian cooking—and also the only child of Marcella Hazan, the doyenne of Italian cooking—Giuliano Hazan is an award-winning cookbook author and acclaimed teacher of Italian culinary arts. Join us aboard The Gauguin as he shares recipes and techniques during onboard cooking demonstrations.

Clinical Psychologist
July 15, 2017

A healing, resilience, and optimal performance expert, Dr. Stephen Sideroff has developed a new and more comprehensive model of resilience that helps you achieve success while maintaining optimal health. Join us aboard The Gauguin, for a series of presentations designed to help you integrate the most advanced scientific and behavioral technologies with ancient traditions for optimal mind and body functioning.

September 23, 2017

Italian-born Massimo Capra is now a celebrity chef in his adopted homeland, Canada, having become the head of a restaurant empire, award-winning cookbook author, and popular TV personality. Join us aboard The Gauguin as this celebrated chef/entrepreneur offers a food-related lecture and Q&A session, a cocktail party, and opportunities to mingle with him throughout the week and during a special dinner on board.

Conservationists, Naturalists & Photographers
July 7, 2018

The authors and photographers of 30 books, Jonathan and Angela Scott are passionate about nature and conservation. They have also contributed to several wildlife series on TV. Don’t miss a very special sailing of The Gauguin, as the couple offer a series of lectures on conservation, nature, and wildlife.

July 5, 2017

From an early age, Dr. Andrew Babbin was entranced by the romance and wonder of being at sea. Today, he is a distinguished oceanographer dedicated to the study of the chemical landscape of the ocean and its implications for the planet. Join us aboard the July 5, 2017, sailing of The Gauguin, as this distinguished scientist introduces guests to his fascinating field of research in a series of lectures.

Director, WCS Melanesia
November 11, 2017

Dr. Stacy Jupiter is a guest scientist and speaker for the Wildlife Discovery Series, in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Stacy resides in Suva, Fiji, and is originally from Massachusetts.

Opera Singer
July 5, 2017

Paul Gauguin Cruises is pleased to welcome Kristin Clayton, a distinguished musician who has performed on prestigious stages around the world.