More like an ultra-luxury hotel than a cruise ship, the m/s Paul Gauguin floats soundlessly from one port to the next, enticing guests with five-star amenities and the ever-so-elusive, electrifying landscapes of French Polynesia, Tahiti, and the South Pacific. When sailing Paul Gauguin, you get what you pay for; regular all-inclusive rates start from around $4,500 on an F category room and climb to about $21,000 or more for an Owners Suite. All staterooms open up to ocean views (think emerald water and distant, lush oases), and guests receive 24-hour room service, complimentary use of the private beach in Bora Bora, and a complimentary day on Paul Gauguins private islet Motu Mahana.
Recently, the high-end carrier kicked off two new promotions, featuring extravagant cutbacks of up to $2,000 off select sailings for a limited time on F stateroom reservations (book by October 1), or one night in an overwater villa at the idyllic InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa (book by October 31), valid on category B staterooms and higher a $1,775 value. Plus, when participating in the latter promotion, guests receive round-trip transfers, a VIP greeting, dinner with Champagne, breakfast, an implied discount of 50 percent on cruise fares, and free airfare from Los Angeles! That might be just enough cajoling to make us drop $4,000 on the South-Pacific sailing of our dreams.
Cruises to Tahiti and the Society Islands start from just $3,295 (orig. $3,997) when you book by October 1, and $6,497 when you book by October 31 with complimentary hotel. For more details on either offer, visit www.pgcruises.com.