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Paul Gauguin Cruises was Voted as Number-One Small-Ship Ocean Cruise Line

WHY IT RATES: The award was voted by some of the best travelers in the world. –Janeen Christoff, TravelPulse Managing Editor

Paul Gauguin Cruises has won top awards at Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards. Voted the best traveler in the world, m/s Paul Gauguin placed number one in the “Best Small-Ship Ocean Cruise Line” category in the acclaimed travel magazine at the 2022 World’s Best Awards earning a highest score of 96.59.

The magazine wrote: “With Paul Gauguin, a sense of place permeates everything from Polynesian-influenced décor and color palette to travelers’ samples of local cuisine on board. Resident performers, known as Les Gauguines, share Polynesian culture through dance, music, and storytelling. At the spa, guests can indulge in a massage based on Tahitian techniques. Passengers discover the island’s history and enjoy watersports such as snorkeling, kayaking, and paddleboarding, including from the beaches of two private motu. “It’s all great about this cruise,” said one T + L reader. “The ship’s crew is exceptional and always makes you feel at home. ‘”

“We are honored to receive tremendous recognition and salute to the dedicated professionalism of the worldwide family of Paul Gauguin Cruises – especially to the Officers, Staff and Crew aboard The Gauguin who deliver on the dreams of our valued guests every day- day, ”said Navin Sawhney, CEO, Americas for Paul Gauguin Cruises and PONANT (parent company of the line).

“Sailing year-round to one of the world’s best destinations, Paul Gauguin Cruises is unparalleled in creating all-inclusive vacations rich in authentic, immersive experiences from ship to shore. We are humbled by this award and extend our gratitude and appreciation to the talented and select readers of Travel + Leisure. ”

Based on the results of the Travel + Leisure 2022 World’s Best Awards readers survey, Travel + Leisure recognizes the top cruise lines, hotels, islands, cities, airlines, spas, and more around the world. Annually, readers rate the following attributes: accommodation, location, itineraries/destinations, service, food, value. The World’s Best Awards are an important, trusted source for inspiration and guidance as travelers make plans to travel around the world. The full result can now be viewed online and is also included in the August 2022 issue of Travel + Leisure.

The award-winning m/s Paul Gauguin features authentic French Polynesian travel with its famous seven-night Tahiti and the Society Islands itinerary, where visitors cruise through legendary landscapes including iconic peak of Bora Bora and the lush beauty of Moorea. Intimate discoveries range from whale-watching and dolphin excursions; snorkeling, kayaking and paddleboarding in the colorful lagoon; island explorations by ATV; and relaxing on the pristine private beach. The longer 10- to 14-day voyage brings the Society Islands to the Tuamotus archipelago, and travels as far as the Marquesas and Cook Islands and Fiji. In January and March 2023, two new voyages — both 16-night itineraries exploring six countries — focused on the peaceful island between Fiji and Bali, including Indonesia, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu .

Recently reimagined with a contemporary, chic ambiance, the 330-guest ship boasts an indifferent, easy elegance with indulgent suites and spacious staterooms – many with private balconies – exceptional cuisine, authentic explorations onshore , a commitment to sustainability and the true hospitality of a welcoming. and friendly crew. On each trip, guests enjoy the hospitality of their own troupe of Tahitian hosts and entertainers who enliven the spirit of Polynesia through dance, traditional songs and local handcrafting in hand-on demonstrations. Couples celebrating a honeymoon or anniversary can even attend a Polynesian blessing ceremony.

For more information on Paul Gauguin Cruises, please contact a Travel Professional, or call 800-848-6172, or visit

SOURCE: press release by Paul Gauguin Cruises.

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