Special Guest 2015 Cruises

Paul Gauguin Cruises is pleased to welcome special guests representing a wide variety of interests aboard upcoming sailings of the m/s Paul Gauguin. Whether you’re interested in art, wine, cuisine, music, astronomy, Polynesian life and culture, or the wonders of the deep, we have arranged for an expert in the field to join us on designated cruises, to offer insights, lectures, performances, 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 Polynesian artists, so you can see up close and firsthand how the singular qualities of light and beauty here inspire the creative imagination.

Dan Benedict, Journalist: March 28, 2015, Sailing
A journalist and speaker specializing in astronomy, Dan Benedict has been introducing cruise passengers with an interest in stargazing to the wonders of the night sky since 1998. Join us aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin’s March 28, 2015, sailing to Tahiti & the Society Islands, for a series of presentations and nighttime star watches led by this fascinating expert. Click here for details. 

¿Qué Bolá? Magic / 11 Sailings in 2015
Magic, illusion, and comedy are delightfully combined in sparkling performances by the talented duo of Ariel Morales and Rochelle Allison. Join the fun when you embark on any of the following sailings of the m/s Paul Gauguin’s in 2015: Cook Islands & Society Islands (May 30, July 18, and December 5); Society Islands & Tuamotus (June 10, and July 29); Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands (October 17 and November 10); Roundtrip Fiji (October 31); and Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands (November 21). Click here for details.

Jean-Michel Cousteau Oceanographer & Environmentalist: April 11; July 29; November 21, 2015, Sailings (Top right)
World-famous oceanographer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau will join several sailings of The Gauguin in 2015. In addition to lectures with videos of his work, he will accompany several dives from the ship. Click here for details.

Deborah Boily, Vocalist: April 11, 29, 2015, Sailings
Deborah Boily has sung on major cruise lines since 1994, performed a one-woman cabaret show since 1990, and appeared on stage in major cities in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Join us aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin’s April 11, 2015, sailing to the Cook Islands & Society Islands or April 29, 2015, sailing to the Society Islands & Tuamotus, for live performances by this talented vocalist. Click here for details.

Laurance Rudzinoff, International Art Dealer: April 11, 2015
An international art dealer with 30 years of experience, Laurance Rudzinoff is an impassioned expert on the life and work of artist Paul Gauguin. Join the m/s Paul Gauguin’s April 11, 2015, sailing to the Cook Islands & Society Islands as this renowned art expert shares his encyclopedic knowledge about our ship’s namesake in a series of three lectures. Click here for details.

Jean-Pierre Vigato, Parisian Celebrity Chef: April 29, 2015, Sailing
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. Join the m/s Paul Gauguin’s April 29, 2015, Society Islands & Tuamotus sailing, and enjoy an exceptional culinary program led by this acclaimed chef. Click here for details.

Heidy Baumgartner Lesage, Archaeological Restorer & Conservator: April 29, 2015
Swiss-born Heidy Baumgartner Lesage has participated in archaeological excavations throughout French Polynesia since moving to Tahiti in 1986. Join the m/s Paul Gauguin’s April 29, 2015, voyage to the Society Islands & Tuamotus, as this renowned Polynesia expert shares fascinating insights in a series of three lectures. Click here for details.

Ghislain Houzel, French Polynesia Expert: May 30 & June 10, 2015
Over the course of a 30-year career as a scientist, Ghislain Houzel developed a passionate interest in the history and culture of French Polynesia. Join the m/s Paul Gauguin’s May 30, 2015, voyage to the Cook Islands & Society Islands or June 10, 2015, sailing to the Society Islands & Tuamotus for three lectures by this distinguished expert. Click here for details.

Erin Johnson, Marine Conservationist & Television Researcher: July 18, 29, 2015, Sailings
Erin Johnson is passionate about the vast world beneath the waves and has dedicated herself to educating and inspiring people about ocean issues in a fun and entertaining way. Join us aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin’s July 18, 2015, sailing to the Cook Islands & Society Islands or July 29, 2015, sailing to the Society Islands & Tuamotus, for a series of multimedia presentations about marine life and her dive and travel adventures. Click here for details.

Catherine Cook & Kristin Clayton, Opera Singers: July 29, 2015, Sailing
Paul Gauguin Cruises is pleased to welcome two distinguished musicians who have performed on prestigious stages around the world. Join us on the m/s Paul Gauguin’s July 29, 2015, sailing to the Society Islands & Tuamotus for two live performances by these talented singers. Click here for details.

Reunion Cruise: August 1, 2015, Sailing
Join a one-of-a-kind itinerary designed as a reunion for past guests of Paul Gauguin Cruises and as a gala welcome for new guests! As you sail roundtrip from Venice to the picturesque Croatian coast aboard the deluxe m/v Tere Moana, enjoy the ship’s convivial ambiance and a variety of special events. Paul Gauguin Cruises President Diane Moore will be on board to host the August 1, 2015, cruise. Click here for details.

Guy Buffet, Fine Artist: December 5, 2015, 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 December 5, 2015, sailing to the Cook Islands & 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.

Caroline Boyle-Turner, Art History Professor: August 29; November 21, 2015, Sailings
A popular guest lecturer aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin for 13 years, Caroline Boyle-Turner returns to The Gauguin for select 2015 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. Click here for details.

Seth Taylor & Monica Ripamonti, Musicians: August 29, 2015, Sailing
Paul Gauguin Cruises is pleased to welcome violinist Seth Taylor and pianist Monica Ripamonti, aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin’s August 29, 2015, Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands sailing. Join us for live performances by these talented musicians who have performed together in concerts and recitals in their adoptive Germany and around the world. Click here for details.

Chris Watkins, Violinist: October 31 & November 10, 2015
With his personally handcrafted Yamaha violin studded with 1,000 Swarovski crystals, Chris Watkins takes the instrument to a new level, presenting a modern take on the greatest hits from every genre of music. Join the m/s Paul Gauguin’s October 31, 2015, Roundtrip Fiji voyage or November 10, 2015, sailing to Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands for three live performances by this accomplished entertainer. Click here for details.

Jamie Lawrence, Hawaiian Singer: October 17, 2015, Sailing
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 October 17, 2015, sailing to the Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands for a performance by this talented singer. Click here for details.

Jesse Kalisher, Photographer: October 17, 2015, Sailing (Top left)
Jesse Kalisher’s work is in the permanent collections of many of the world’s leading museums. Join us aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin’s October 17, 2015, sailing to Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands,  as this celebrated photographer shares his expertise during onboard lectures and hands-on photo-expeditions. Click here for details. 

Dr. Chris Roelfsema & Diana Roelfsema-Kleine, Coral Experts: October 31, 2015, 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 October 31, 2015, sailing to Roundtrip Fiji for on-site lectures at the islands’ beautiful coral reefs. The couple will also accompany dives from the ship. Click here for details.

Nancy Gregory, Fine Artist: November 21; December 5, 2015, Sailings
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 November 21, 2015, sailing to the Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands and the December 5, 2015, sailing to the Cook Islands & Society Islands. Click here for details.

Guest hosts are subject to change.