Polynesians have been greeting visitors for centuries with open arms, broad smiles, generous souls, and an infectious lyrical mirth. At
Paul Gauguin Cruises, we carry this Polynesian spirit of welcome, warmth, and geniality into the wider world. Our small ships specialize in
warm-weather destinations, with an emphasis on delivering unique itineraries that larger ships simply cannot offer and exploring hidden
destinations, all at 50% savings

Enjoy all-inclusive value on all itineraries of both of our vessels:
• Beverages, including soft drinks, beer, and an excellent selection of wine & spirits
• Watersports that include kayaking and paddleboarding
• Gratuities for room stewards and dining staff
• All meals in all venues
• Complimentary room service

m/s Paul Gauguin DISTINCTIONS
Designed specifically to sail the lagoons of French Polynesia, The Gauguin visits small ports that larger vessels can’t reach, effortlessly
blending into the stunning natural beauty of the South Seas.
• 5+-star rated
• 217-member crew serving just 332
• Consistently recognized as one of the “Top 20 Small Cruise Ships” by readers of
Condé Nast Traveler, every year since 1998
• Les Gauguines, our onboard Polynesian troupe of hostess/entertainers
• Airfare from Los Angeles offered on all itineraries of The Gauguin
• Use of our exclusive, private beach in Bora Bora and our private motu off the coast of Taha’a
• Windsurfing and optional SCUBA diving also available aboard The Gauguin
• Live onboard entertainment
• Onboard casino

The newest ship in our fleet, The Moana set sail under the Paul Gauguin Cruises banner in December 2012, following a
multi-faceted renovation. Sleek and sophisticated, this intimate ship welcomes you aboard with the ultimate in luxury,
top-notch service, and an ambiance that caters to your spirit of adventure.
• 62-member crew serving just 88 guests
• Yacht-like, intimate feel
• Luxurious spa
• Pool, whirlpool, and Balinese beds
• Onboard piano bar and karaoke

Expedia CruiseShipCenters Travel Amenity Program 2014

Amenity Sailings onboard the m/s Paul Gauguin:
Feb 5 10 Society Islands & Tuamotus $100pp Shipboard Credit
Mar 22 7 Tahiti & Society Islands $100pp Shipboard Credit
Apr 26 7 Tahiti & Society Islands $100pp Shipboard Credit
Jun 14 11 Fiji-Australia $100pp Shipboard Credit
Aug 30 12 Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands $100pp Shipboard Credit
Sept 27 7 Tahiti & Society Islands $100pp Shipboard Credit
Oct 25 14 Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands $100pp Shipboard Credit
Nov 8 7 Tahiti & Society Islands $100pp Shipboard Credit
Nov 22 11 Cook Islands & Society Islands $100pp Shipboard Credit
Dec 20 7 Tahiti & Society Islands $100pp Shipboard Credit

Amenity Sailings onboard the m/v Tere Moana:
May 3 7 Rome, Italy-Venice, Italy $100pp Shipboard Credit
May 31 7 Athens, Greece-Istanbul, Turkey $100pp Shipboard Credit
Jun 28 7 Rome, Italy-Nice, France $100pp Shipboard Credit
Aug 2 7 Venice, Italy-Rome, Italy $100pp Shipboard Credit
Sept 13 7 Roundtrip Rome, Italy $100pp Shipboard Credit
Dec 20 7 Roundtrip Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica $100pp Shipboard Credit




Check off those bucket list cruise destinations like Tahiti, South America and Asia during this Princess Cruises sale! For a limited time only, you’ll get up to $200 FREE onboard spending money^ plus get FREE pre-paid gratuities when you book a balcony, mini-suite, or suite stateroom!† Hurry, this cruise deal won’t last long!

“The Bucket List Extravaganza Sale from Princess Cruises gives guests the chance to visit the exotic destinations of their dreams!” – YourTravelInsider.com

Call me ASAP for this incredible promotion that Princess is having!!

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Packing Tips!!

by Cruise Journalist, Barry Vaudrin
Cruise like a pro, not the usual tourist, by using the following packing tips.

Whether you’re a seasoned cruiser or you’re going on your first cruise, there are some unique things to pack so that you have the best possible cruise experience, and you’re prepared for nearly anything during your vacation. The last thing you want to do is be unprepared for your vacation.

1. Avoid packing all your luggage the night before.
Try not to scramble late into the night before your departure trying to pack. Plan ahead a few days and make a general list of things you may want to bring, including: clothing, camera gear, batteries, extra memory cards for your camera, hats, medications, bathing suits, etc. Wash your clothes and start to pack perhaps two nights prior to your departure, because if you wait till the last minute, the night before, you may not get the sleep you need for the rigors of traveling the next day.

2. Get plenty of sleep the night before your departure.
If you wait to pack the night before your departure, you may find yourself packing late into the night as you try not to forget to pack certain items. It’s not uncommon to board early morning flights to get to your cruise port, and the hustle and bustle of travel can truly wear you out, particularly if you didn’t get enough sleep the night before. When you board the ship for the first time, it’s a very exciting moment, you may have somewhat of an adrenaline rush, but your body can only take so much before you collapse out of sheer exhaustion.

3. Consider buying Space Bags
You’ve probably seen them advertised on television. These Space Bags are truly a handy way to pack your luggage efficiently. Basically you put your shirts, pants, underwear, socks in their separate Space Bag, and roll out the air, which ultimately allows you to pack more items in your luggage with extra room to spare. Also, if your luggage, by some crazy accident, gets dropped in water, your clothes won’t get wet.

4. Don’t pack too much stuff
Travelers often pack way too much stuff into their luggage and overestimate how much clothes and stuff you’ll need on your cruise. Additionally, you’re going to want to leave some space in your luggage, prior to your cruise, because it never fails that dirty clothes, bathing suites, souvenirs, will cause your luggage to be over-stuffed on your return home.

5. Consider using Luggless.com or luggagefree.com
A great new trend is to offer travelers a break from lugging their heavy luggage to and from the airport and spending time in baggage-claim. These companies will pick up your luggage at your home or office several days prior to your cruise departure. These companies will deliver your luggage directly to your ship or hotel, so you don’t have to battle dragging your heavy luggage around. It’s a great service, where you hand-over your luggage to a courier and the next time you see your luggage is in front of your stateroom on the ship. Check them out and you’ll see that the pricing is reasonable and it will give you a peace of mind knowing that the airline won’t lose your luggage.

6. Purchase luggage with four wheels
More and more travelers are discovering luggage with four wheels. It is such a convenient, and great way to move your luggage around when you have four wheels on the bottom of your luggage. You may also want to consider luggage with hardened sides to protect the contents in your luggage. An excellent brand to consider is Victorinox; they make excellent luggage pieces.

7. Mark your luggage so you can easily identify your bags
Today, it is surprising how many people have similar or identical luggage and it can be confusing sometimes in baggage-claim trying to identify your luggage. The simplest way to mark your luggage is to tie a colorful cloth to the handle, so you can quickly identify which bag is yours at the pier or in baggage-claim.

8. Pack heavier items at the bottom of your luggage
While you are packing, place heavier items on the bottom when the bag is upright. Place certain items inside the shoes you pack in your luggage so you are efficiently using every possible space in your luggage.

9. Place electronic items or cords inside zip-lock bags
Zip-lock bags are a great way to organize, protect, and store certain loose items, cords, and electronics. You may also want to bring a couple large zip-lock bags to put some of your dirty / smelly clothes, and wet swim suits. This way you will protect the rest of your luggage contents from smelly or wet items.

10. A few unique items to pack
A highlighter marker would be very helpful to mark up your daily program that is delivered every day to your stateroom. With this marker, you can highlight the activities you want to go to. An extension cord and possibly a power-strip to plug in and charge all your electronic items, can be very useful. Most cruise ship staterooms have only a couple electric outlets. Earplugs might be helpful too if you are a light sleeper. The movement of the ship can sometimes generate sounds you may not be use to, like drawers or doors bumping due to the movement of the ship. Your neighbors or people in the corridors might make more noise than you prefer, so it’s good to be prepared just in-case.
With these packing tips you’ll be cruising like a professional!
Barry Vaudrin is the Host of Cruising Authority, a talk show using multimedia venues like audio podcasts, videos, photography, blogs and written articles. Check out one of Barry’s favorite cruise experiences aboard the world-famous Queen Mary 2 during a trans-Atlantic crossing.


Princess’ Short Getaway Cruises Begin Sailing from Los Angeles

Today Golden Princess sets sail from Los Angeles on the first of a new series of Princess Cruises Getaway voyages. Known for offering longer itineraries, the company has debuted these new cruises along the West Coast offering a brand new way for passengers to enjoy a quick break in a sea-going environment of comfort and style.

Passengers can choose from three- and four-day sailings, perfect for sampling the line’s onboard experience, as well as visiting a variety of Southern California destinations. Departing roundtrip from Los Angeles (San Pedro) aboardGolden Princess and Sapphire Princess, the Princess Getaway sailings take place throughout the fall and into the spring 2014 season.

“Our new Getaway cruises are a great new option for anyone looking for a quick way to escape from the daily grind,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “Passengers can sample the Princess experience of fine international dining and world-class entertainment aboard our comfortably elegant ships. And, these cruises are perfect for celebrations such as a birthday, anniversary, reunion or girlfriends getaway.”

Princess West Coast Getaway sailings for 2013-14 include:
3-Day West Coast Sampler – Both Golden Princess and Sapphire Princess sail roundtrip from Los Angeles on this three-day sailing with a call in Ensenada. Golden Princess cruises in 2013 depart on October 4, 7, 18, 21, November 1, 4, 15, 18, 21, 24 and December 1. Sapphire Princess sails on January 13 and March 11, 14, 21, 24 and 31, 2014.

4-Day West Coast Sampler – These getaways offer a choice of ports, with options to visit Catalina Island, Santa Barbara or San Diego in addition to Ensenada. In 2013, Golden Princess will sail to Catalina on September 26,October 14 and November 7; Santa Barbara on September 30, October 24 and November 11; and San Diego onOctober 10, 28 and November 27. In 2014 Sapphire Princess takes over, sailing to Catalina on Jan 5 and 20; Santa Barbara on January 16 and 28, March 17 and 27; and San Diego on January 9 and 24.
Getaway sailings are also scheduled throughout fall 2014 and spring 2015 as well.
Source: Princess

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Cruise to Alaska – Now is the Time to Go!!

Do You Dream of Going to Alaska?

Alaska & Midnight Sun

“There are things that are done in the midnight sun by the men who moil for gold. The Arctic trails have their tales that would make your blood run cold”….Robert Service

Maybe not the “last frontier” but a land of history, mystery, adventure, and fun.

“How does one get to Alaska?”
I have been asked. Many want to go by train. But the train doesn’t go north and south from Canada to Alaska. It does run from Whittier to Fairbanks, east and west. So, what are our options?

Go to Alaska by Cruise Lines
There are a number of large ships and a few smaller ships that go from San Francisco, Seattle or Vancouver, BC. Let’s talk about each of these:

Go To Alaska from Seattle
Many ships are now doing this route round trip to the Glaciers and back in 7 nights. Because of the old Jones Act, they have to make a stop in a foreign port – usually Victoria or Prince Rupert, Canada-for a few hours the last night. These ships must go at least one direction outside the Passage. The water can be rough and you miss the most beautiful part of the trip.

From Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
7 nights to the Glaciers and back. The most ideal because you get the inside passage. This route has very narrow channels with majestic mountains. You just watch for hours as the ship winds it’s way past small villages, sometimes dolphins and often whales.

From Vancouver, BC to Seward or Whittier, Alaska or reverse for 7 nights and fly one way. This way you get more glaciers, plus you can add on a land tour to Denali Park or even on up to Fairbanks before or after the cruise. This is the most ideal especially if you will only go once in your lifetime, which is doubtful. Once you see this magnificent place, you will want to go back.

Then there are some small ship companies doing cruises out of Juneau, Alaska. This is a wonderful way to get up close with nature. No big ship amenities, no dress codes. Only amazing sites along the way.

Call me to help you on your way to an amazing adventure.