Gauguin News


French Polynesia is officially re-opening to international tourism on July 15, 2020. Paul Gauguin Cruises will offer 7-night Tahiti & the Society Island voyages departing July 18, 2020, for the local French Polynesian market.

 Paul Gauguin Cruises will welcome both local and international guests on our 10-night Society Islands & Tuamotus voyage departing July 29, 2020, from Papeete, Tahiti. In August 2020 and beyond, we will resume our previously scheduled French Polynesia, and South Pacific sailings

As always, the safety and security of guests and crew members remains Paul Gauguin Cruises’ top priority. The small size of the m/s Paul Gauguin, the medical infrastructure and teams on board, protocols and professionalism of crew, ensured that there have been no cases of Covid-19 contamination. 

The "Covid-Safe" health protocol has been developed by Paul Gauguin Cruises and PONANT and is based on health standards that exceed international regulations. This protocol is built on the principle of double protection: 100 percent monitoring of people and goods before boarding, then once on board, strict health protocols are applied.

In addition to strict cleaning procedures advised by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), implementation of social distancing requirements and enhanced employee training, Paul Gauguin Cruises’ new measures include:


  • Prior to boarding, all guests and crew members will have to present a signed doctor's medical form, complete a health questionnaire and undergo a health check and screening by the ship's medical staff. 
  • All luggage will pass through a disinfecting zone by sanitizing mist or UV lamps.
  • Surgical and cloth masks, disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer bottles will be provided to all passengers.

Onboard experience

  • 100 percent fresh air in staterooms, through non-recirculating air conditioning systems. Ventilated air will be renewed in the common areas at least five times per hour.
  • Restaurant layouts have been redesigned and will only offer contactless a la carte dining options. 
  • Public spaces, such as the fitness room and Grand Salon will be capped at 50 percent occupancy.
  • Hourly disinfecting of high-touch points, such as doors, handles and handrails, with EcoLab peroxide, which eliminates 100 percent of germs, bacteria and protects against biological contamination. 
  • Crew members are required to wear a mask or protective visor when in contact with guests. Guests will be asked to wear a mask in hallway corridors and it will be recommended in public spaces.
  • The Gauguin is equipped with advanced hospital equipment, including laboratory terminals that enable testing on site for infectious and tropical diseases. Advanced diagnostic equipment such as ultrasound, radiology and blood biological analysis is available, and one doctor and one nurse are present on every sailing. 

Shore excursions

  • Zodiacs will be thoroughly disinfected after each stopover.  
  • Re-boarding after shore excursions will only be permitted after temperature check and disinfection procedures (individuals and personal belongings).


Paul Gauguin Museum: On the Island of Tahiti there was once a memorial to the late French artist, with some original wood carvings. Of course his priceless original artwork can be viewed only in major Art Galleries around the world, but there are a  few fine examples onboard the m/s Paul Gauguin

(Sadly the museum has been closed for renovation since 2013)

Paul Gauguin the Artist

The complete works of Paul Gauguin with more than 520 images