Special Guest Cruises

Whether you’re interested in art, wine, cuisine, Polynesian life and culture, or the wonders of the deep, we have arranged for an expert in the field to join us on the designated cruises shown below, to offer insights, lectures, demonstrations, workshops, and more. Perhaps you'll have dinner with one of these special experts, view a demonstration of their craft, enjoy a wine tasting, and more. We also frequently feature limited-time exhibits of paintings and photography by respected artists.

Helen Henry, Onboard Lecturer: August 30, 2014 Sailing
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 aboard the m/s Paul GauguinClick here for details.

Professor John E. Hay, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Onboard Lecturer: August 30, 2014, Sailing
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 m/s Paul Gauguin, and benefit from his expertise during a special presentation. Click here for details.

Mick Fogg, Expedition Consultant: August 30 2014, Sailing
A destination expert for Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Indonesia, and Australia, Mick Fogg has been able to combine his passion for exploration and travel with a desire to educate people about the myriad wonders in some of the world’s most remote and spectacular destinations. Join us aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin’s August 30, 2014, sailing to Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands, as this award-winning wildlife photographer and adventurer shares his expertise in a series of lectures. Click here for details.

Dr. Chris Roelfsema & Diana Roelfsema-Kleine, Coral Experts: August 30, 2014, Sailing 
Dr. Chris Roelfsema has traveled the world—both literally and with Google Earth—studying coral reefs and imparting his knowledge to students at The University of Queensland in Australia. A project manager for CoralWatch, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conservation and education, Diana Roelfsema-Kleine also educates the public about these vital yet delicate ecosystems. Join the m/s Paul Gauguin’s August 30, 2014, sailing to Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands for on-site lectures at the islands’ beautiful coral reefs. The couple will also accompany dives from the ship. Click here for details.

Jamie Lawrence, Hawaiian Singer:  August 30 & November 22, 2014, Sailings
A mainstay of Hawaii’s music scene for more than 30 years, Jamie Lawrence has appeared on Grammy Award-nominated works, recorded CDs of his own, and delighted audiences around the globe. Join us on the m/s Paul Gauguin’s August 30, 2014 voyage to Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands or November 22, 2014, sailing to theCook Islands & Society Islands  for a performance by this talented singer. Click here for details.

Jean-Michel Cousteau Oceanographer & Environmentalist: August 30; October 25, 2014, Sailing
World-famous oceanographer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau will joinThe Gauguin in 2014. In addition to lectures with videos of his work, he will accompany several dives from the ship. Click here for details.

Reunion Cruise: September 10, 2014, Sailing
Gather with fellow past guests of the m/s Paul Gauguin on a specially designed reunion itinerary to the Society  Islands & Tuamotus. As you sail to two very different tropical island groups, enjoy the convivial ambiance of The Gauguin and a variety of special events. Paul Gauguin Cruises Chairman Richard Bailey and President Diane Moore will be on board to host the September 10, 2014, cruise. Click here for details.

Dick Arlett, Television Executive Producer: September 20, 2014, Sailing
For more than 50 years, Dick Arlett has rubbed elbows with some of the best-known personalities in television history, as he produced award-winning programming for millions of television viewers—including two TV Specials produced entirely in French Polynesia. Join us aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin’s September 20, 2014, sailing toTahiti & the Society Islands as this internationally known television professional offers talks with video highlights of his long and illustrious career, as well as question-and-answer sessions. Click here for details.

Jon Whittle & Lori Barbely, Staff Photographers, Islands Magazine: September 27, 2014, Sailing
As staff photographers for Islands magazine, Jon Whittle and Lori Barbely have traveled the world, honing the art of shooting, selecting, and perfecting the ultimate destination photographs. Join us aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin’s September 27, 2014, sailing to Tahiti & the Society Islands as Jon and Lori provide photography seminars, accompany selected shore excursions, and offer photography assistance, tips, and techniques throughout the voyage. Click here for details.

Juli Kagan, M. Ed., Mindful Body Expert & “Essence of Your Life” Instructor: October 18, 2014, Sailing
The mind-body connection is essential to mental, physical, and spiritual wellness. Juli Kagan is an expert in helping others leverage that connection for better health, deeper spirituality, and greater peace of mind. Join us aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin’s October 18, 2014, sailing to Tahiti & the Society Islands, as she shares her learnings from a lifetime of research and experience, leads morning yoga or meditation sessions, and helps you discover the essence of your life through holistic wellness. Click here for details.

Aaron Meyer, Concert Rock Violinist: October 25, 2014, Sailing(top right)
A student of the violin since the age of five, Aaron Meyer developed his unique musical style during a life-changing journey into some of the most remote regions of Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. Come hear a live performance of his original blend of world, contemporary progressive rock, and classical influences when you join us aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin’s October 25, 2014, Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands sailing. Click here for details.

Arnaud de Sullé, Lecturer: October 25, 2014, Sailings
The descendent of a very old and noble family, Arnaud de Sullé has a passion for history and culture that has taken him from the Vatican Library to the film set of Federico Fellini. Today, he is in great demand as an expert speaker on artist Paul Gauguin and singer/songwriter Jacques Brel. Join the m/s Paul Gauguin’s October 25, 2014, sailings to the Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands for an insightful and entertaining presentation on each of these great artists. Click here for details.

Guy Buffet, Fine Artist: October 25, 2014, Sailing
People who love food and wine are likely to own at least one of Guy Buffet’s famous whimsical portraits of chefs, waiters, and restaurant scenes that are loved by so many. Join Mr. Buffet on The Gauguin on the October 25, 2014, sailing to theMarquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands, and enjoy a lecture, art demonstrations, and a special reception. You will also have an opportunity to purchase artwork signed by the artist while onboard. Click here for details.

Maud Fontenoy, Oceanographer & Adventurer: October 25, 2014, Sailing
The first woman to row across the North Atlantic alone, without assistance, Maud Fontenoy now devotes herself to inspiring others to act for the protection of the planet and the sea. Join us aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin’s October 25, 2014, sailing to theMarquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands as Maud shares her expertise and her passion for the oceans of the world. Click here for details.

Scott Homler, Cultural Studies Specialist: November 22, 2014 Sailings
The Director of Translation and Interpreting at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Scott Homler interprets, translates, and lectures on a variety of subjects and often incorporates art as a primary resource for discussions on cultural identity. Join us on the m/s Paul Gauguin’s November 22, 2014, sailing to the Cook Islands & Society Islands for his insights into the life and work of artist Paul Gauguin. Click here for details.

Daniel Baron, Winemaker, Silver Oak Cellars: December 3, 2014, Sailing
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 winemaker for the Napa Valley’s prestigious Silver Oak Cellars. Join Daniel aboard The Gauguin’s December 3, 2014, sailing to the Society Islands & Tuamotus, and enjoy a lecture and wine tasting, cocktail party, and more. Click here for details. 

Jim Morris, Singer/Songwriter: December 3, 2014, Sailing
In the mid-1990s, Jim Morris gave up a successful corporate career to pursue his dream of making a living from his music. Today, he is a songwriter, solo artist, band leader, and record label executive with a passionate fan base. Join us on the m/s Paul Gauguin’s December 3, 2014, sailing to the Society Islands & Tuamotus for a series of performances by this talented musician. Click here for details.

Jazzdagen, Jazz in Exotic Tahiti: December 27, 2014, Sailing
Based in California, Jazzdagan has been providing high-quality musical entertainment to major cruise lines around the world since 1984. Ring in the New Year with the sounds of smooth jazz when you join us aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin’s December 27, 2014, sailing to Tahiti & the Society Islands. An accomplished ensemble of musicians from the U.S., Australia, and Italy will provide two performances daily throughout the cruise. Click here for details.  

Guest hosts are subject to change.