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Ship Specifications
Year Built: 1997 Age Restrictions: At least one person in
Year Refurbished: 2006 each room must be 18 years of age or older.
Previous Name: N/A Seating Assignments: Open
Guest Occupancy: 330 Assigned Dining Hours: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Crew: 215 Internet Access: Yes
Tonnage: 19,200 tons Bars/Lounges: 3
Length: 513 feet Spa: Yes
Beam: 71 feet Fitness Center : Yes
Cruising Speed: 18 knots Swimming Pools: 1
Passenger Decks: 7 Hot Tubs: No
Ship Registry: Bahamas Bowling Alley: No
Casino: Yes (not in Hawaii) Rock Climbing Wall: No
Show Room: Yes Ice Skating Rink: No
Disco/Night Club: Yes 24-Hour Room Service: Yes
Library: Yes Hair Dryer in Room: Yes

The 330-passenger Paul Gauguin was designed to sail year-round in French Polynesia, as such Regent Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC) features a wide range of Tahiti cruises for this ship each year. Over half of the staterooms onboard the Paul Gauguin have a private balcony, and all guests benefit from Regent's self-designated six-star service (with a nice 1 to 1.5 crew to guest ratio). Gratuities, soft drinks, hot beverages and most alcoholic beverages are included in the cruise fare, so that in combination with Regent's very casual onboard atmosphere creates an almost carefree luxury cruising product. Onboard features found on the spacious Paul Gauguin include a watersports marina, three open-seating dining venues and a great spa.

If you're looking for an award-winning cruise line with destination-rich itineraries, fabulous service, luxurious accommodations and gourmet cuisine, then a Regent Seven Seas cruise is an excellent option for your next vacation.

As of January 2010, Paul Gauguin will be leaving the RSSC fleet. She will become the sole ship in a new cruise line that will be named Paul Gauguin Cruises. She will continue cruising year-round in the South Pacific.

Destinations & Itineraries
The Paul Gauguin will be featuring cruises in the following regions (subject to change, based on the cruise line's discretion):

2009: 7- to 17-night Tahiti cruises (typically sailing round trip from Papeete, Tahiti)
2010: As explained above, in 2010 Paul Gauguin will be doing year-round South Pacific cruises with her new owner, Paul Gauguin Cruises.

All of the Paul Gauguin's staterooms have at least an ocean view (if not a balcony), and have climate control, a queen-size bed (a few staterooms that have two twin beds instead) with luxury European linens, luxury European robes and slippers, a private bathroom (with a bathtub and shower; although a few suites don't have a tub), hair dryer, TV, CD player, telephone, safe and a refrigerator that is refilled each day with complimentary soft drinks, beer and bottled water (a definite plus!). Owner's Suites, Grand Suites and Category A suites also get DVD players. Category B and higher staterooms also get Butler service and an in-suite bar setup (with a nice selection of fine wines and liquors).

Oceanview Staterooms: The most basic accommodations onboard the Paul Gauguin are her category F staterooms. Such cabins are located on deck three, have two porthole windows and are 200 square feet in size. The next step up is a category E stateroom (located on deck four), which has a picture window (rather than portholes) and is also 200 square feet. A category D stateroom is also 200 square feet, has a picture window, and is located on deck five. As of February 21, 2009, category D staterooms (which are on deck six) will become balcony staterooms (similar to a category C stateroom).

Balcony Staterooms: Category C staterooms are the most basic balcony staterooms onboard the Paul Gauguin. Such accommodations are located on deck seven and are about 239 square feet in size (the room is around 202 square feet, and the balcony is about 37 square feet). A category B stateroom is the next step up onboard the Paul Gauguin. Such staterooms are (located on decks seven and eight and are) about 305 square feet (the room is around 249 square feet, and the balcony is about 56 square feet), and include Butler service (as mentioned above).

Suites: All of the suites onboard the Paul Gauguin have Butler service. The most basic suites are her category A suites, which are located on deck seven. Such accommodations are about 358 square feet (the room is about 300 square feet and the balcony is around 58 square feet). The next most premium accommodations onboard the Paul Gauguin are her (category GS) Grand Suites, which are 529 square feet in size (the room is 332 square feet, and the balcony is 197 square feet). A (category OS) Owner's Suite is the next step up onboard this ship. There are two of them onboard this ship. One of them (room #7002) is 588 square feet (the room is 531 square feet, while the balcony is 57 square feet). The bathroom in this stateroom includes a full size tub and dressing area. The other suite (room #701) is 534 square feet (the room is 457 square feet, and the balcony is 77 square feet). This suite's bathroom has a separate shower and dressing area.

The gourmet cuisine onboard all Regent Seven Seas cruise ships is definitely present onboard the Paul Gauguin. There's an open dining format onboard this ship, meaning that you can eat where you want (from three dining venues), when you want and with whomever you want. Select house wines and bar drinks are included in the cruise fare, so that's a major plus.

L'Etoile serves fine French cuisine with a Polynesian influence. This venue has a theme that draws upon the fabulous restaurants one may find while in Paris. Examples of main courses that may be served at L'Etoile are Cajun Spiced Grilled Fillet of Marlin, Beef Wellington, Tahitian Wok Sea Scallops and Lamb Curry. This venue is located aft (at the rear of the ship) on deck five.

La Veranda is a (dinner reservations required) French restaurant onboard the Paul Gauguin, that is inspired by Le Cordon Bleu. In fact, the menu available in this venue was designed by the chefs of Le Cordon Bleu. The menu features light sauces and vegetarian options. Examples of entrees that may be served at La Veranda are Sautéed Salmon Fillet, Grilled Entrecote of Beef, as well as Truffle and Mushroom Risotto. You can find this restaurant aft on deck six.

Le Grill, located mid-ship on deck eight, is a nice option where you can enjoy a wonderful breakfast buffet or poolside lunch. At night this venue becomes a cozy indoor/outdoor restaurant that serves various grilled specialties in a casual atmosphere.

Don't forget that 24 hour room service is available for all passengers. During normal dining hours, you can order from L'Etoile Restaurant's menu and eat their food in your stateroom. There are a few items on the menu that you can order at an additional cost, such as select premium bar drinks.

Onboard Features
There is a pretty good variety of entertainment options available on the Paul Gauguin. Each night of the cruise there will be performances (such as Polynesian dancing and cabaret singers) in Le Grand Salon. There is even a casino onboard (named Le Casino), which gets particular busy after dinner hours each evening. The Piano Bar is a nice (and relaxing) option. La Palette Lounge, a nice observation lounge onboard, features a piano bar, where many guests may be found singing along. During the evening this venue becomes a nightclub, with an indoor/outdoor dance floor.

A really neat feature found on the Paul Gauguin is her state-of-the-art retractable watersports platform, where guests can hop onto a windsurfer, use a kayak, scuba dive (a special PADI scuba certification program is available onboard) or even try to waterski.

The Carita Spa, created by the famous Carita sisters of Paris, features an extensive list of spa treatments (such as Pro-Life skin care therapies, massages, thalassotherapy, body wraps, facials, reflexology and aromatherapy) and a beauty salon. There's also a health club onboard that has various fitness machines (such as Lifecycles, weight machines, treadmills and Stairmasters).

Other onboard features include table tennis, shopping (in the duty-free boutique), a library (called the Reading Gallery) and videotape rentals (available through the reception desk). The Fare Tahiti Gallery features a nice selection of Polynesian art and artifacts. Don't worry about losing touch while on vacation, as the Paul Gauguin features WiFi (wireless internet access) throughout the ship, as well as four computers (and a printer) in the card room.

The Paul Gauguin's onboard enrichment program is wonderful, featuring a wide variety of lecturers throughout the year. In fact, each cruise onboard the Paul Gauguin is hosted by a special guest lecturer, adding a nice element to all of their cruises.

In the case that any guests need medical attention while onboard, there is a medical center onboard the Paul Gauguin that is staffed by a doctor and nurse. Please be aware that you'll most likely be charged by RSSC for any medical attention you may require while onboard, which is why traveler's insurance is highly recommended for a travelers.

The Regent Travel Concierge is available to arrange special shore excursions, personalized to your interests and desires. The concierge is also able to make special pre- and/or post-cruise programs for you.

Dress Code and Attire
Evenings onboard a Regent Seven Seas cruise are elegant, yet not formal. Regent recommends their guests dress "Country Club Casual" or in resort wear during the evenings. For men, this means slacks and a button-down shirt. No ties are required, although some men may wear a blazer and tie on the evenings of the Captain's Welcome Reception and Farewell Dinner (both of which are called "Informal" nights). Women should wear pantsuits or informal cocktail attire. Jeans, shorts and t-shirts are not appropriate for evening wear while onboard.

Children Programs
The Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Circle of Interest is a special program offered by Regent onboard the Paul Gauguin. This program's aim is to give young travelers a hands-on experience with marine eco-systems, with an emphasis on conservation. Parents are encouraged to join their children on the excursions available through this program. This program, led by naturalists, is available on select sailings only.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises doesn't have a designated area for children onboard this ship, and their policy regarding children isn't the most family-friendly one around. In fact, in their terms and conditions they state that "RSSC is unable to accommodate children under one year of age and reserves the right to restrict the number of those under three years of age."

Tipping and Gratuities
All gratuities are included for the onboard staff in the cruise fare charged by Regent.

Alcohol Policy
The minimum drinking age on all Regent cruise ships is 18 years of age.

Gambling Policy
The minimum age to gamble onboard a Regent Seven Seas cruise ship is 18 years of age.

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