THE LUXURY Skip the holiday headaches this year. Paul Gaugin Cruises M/S Paul Gauguin, a luxury vessel formerly operated by Regent Seven Seas, departs from Papeete, Tahiti, on a nine-night voyage through French Polynesia over Christmas and New Years Day. Designed to navigate the shallow reefs surrounding Bora Bora, Moorea, Tahaa, and other secluded isles, the ship has its own marina. Guests can also enjoy an award-winning spa, decadent French cuisine, and a lively Polynesian show.
THE VALUE All-inclusive rates covering gratuities, wine and spirits, and marina use are reduced 45 percent on the December 18 and December 27 departures, to $4,845 per person. Readers will also receive a $100 onboard credit.
THE CATCH Airfare to the embarkation port in Tahiti is not included but is reduced 50 percent from Los Angeles when booking with Paul Gauguin Cruises.
THE DETAILS 800/848-6172 (code ShermansTravel); pgcruises.com.
From the fall 2010 issue of Smart Luxury Travel magazine, from ShermansTravel.com.