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October 11, 2005

Tahiti & Beyond: Paul Gauguin to feature NEW Australia itinerary in 2006

Tahiti & Beyond: Paul Gauguin to feature NEW Australia itinerary in 2006

Radisson Seven Seas Will Manage Vessel Through 2008; $6 Million in Renovations Planned for January 2006 Dry Dock

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL (September 13, 2005) - Luxury cruising on the Paul Gauguin® in 2006 will chart appealing new waters as the ship expands her repertoire with some exciting new ports. In addition, she will reprise her popular Marquesas voyages, as well as her romantic series of seven-night cruises sailing roundtrip from Papeete in Tahiti & Her Islands, Radisson Seven Seas® announced today.

In a further development, the ship's owner Paul Gauguin Shipping Limited has renewed its contract with Radisson Seven Seas to manage the vessel through the end of 2008. The Paul Gauguin will also undergo a $6 million renovation during its January 2006 dry dock.

In 2006, the acclaimed Paul Gauguin, synonymous with luxury cruising in Tahiti since entering service in the famed islands in 1998, will offer a selection of 24 seven-night Society Islands itineraries, plus an expanded lineup of nine-, 10-, 11-, and 14-night sailings reaching the Marquesas, Tuamotus, Australs, and Cook Islands. Additionally, following a 22-day January dry dock in Brisbane, Australia, she will set sail on a new 18-night course from the Queensland capital to the Tahitian capital of Papeete.

Extending Stay, Enhanced Luxury

"Haere mai" (come hither) to the South Pacific and sail the elegant 339-guest Paul Gauguin, the only luxury vessel to make Tahiti her year-round home. Named the "World's Best Small Ship" in Condé Nast Traveler's 2004 Cruise Poll, the Paul Gauguin will continue to sail the crystal waters of the South Seas through the end of 2008 under the management of Radisson Seven Seas Cruises.

Paul Gauguin Shipping Limited will spend $6 million to renovate and enhance the celebrated luxury vessel during her January 7-29, 2006, dry dock. She will be outfitted with a new lounge/piano bar and 14 additional staterooms, half of them with private balconies. The Internet café will be redesigned and carpets and soft goods will be updated.

South Pacific Sojourns

The acclaimed Paul Gauguin's intimate size, tasteful elegance and all ocean view accommodations (50% with private balconies) embrace the dramatic panoramas of French Polynesia, much as the artist Paul Gauguin¿s bold brushstrokes captured these enchanting island settings over a century ago.

The ship's 24 seven-night roundtrip sailings depart Papeete on Saturdays and visit Raiatea (the cultural heart of Polynesia), Tahaa (for a call at the ship's private islet of Motu Mahana), Bora Bora (for two full days on the island James Michener used as the model of his idyllic "Bali Hai") and two days in Moorea (the inspiration for Herman Melville's novel Omoo).

Also in 2006, she will sail two 14-night Marquesas cruises; one 14-night Cook and Society Islands, Australs and Tuamotus voyage; three 11-night Society Islands, Tuamotus and Marquesas voyages; three 10-night Society Islands and Tuamotus cruises; and two nine-night Society Islands Holiday voyages which include calls at Huahine. Plus, select departures of her seven-, 10-, and 14-night sailings will feature an optional six-night post-cruise land adventure including three nights in Auckland, New Zealand and three nights in Sydney, Australia.

Among the wide array of new, optional shore excurs¬ions are a "Capture Moorea Photo Adventure," "Botanical & Agricultural Walk" (Moorea), "Sunset Sail Aboard the 'Margouillat'" (Moorea), "Romantic Escapade at Bora Bora Pearl Beach" (overnight), and a "Clear Kayak Safari to Motu Ofetaro" (Raiatea). Other choices include island and lagoon explorations, parasailing, shark and stingray feedings, off-road mountain adventures, wave-runner tours and helicopter flight-seeing expeditions.

Launched last year to much applause, the Paul Gauguin's "Ambassadors of the Environment" program will again be offered to youngsters on the June 10 to August 23 sailings. In partnership with Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society, the program aims to give young cruise guest participants aged nine to 15 interactive experiences with and knowledge of marine and island ecosystems, emphasizing the critical importance of coral reefs, sustainable lifestyles and traditional Polynesian culture.

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Posted by Denise at October 11, 2005 08:36 AM

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