Exceptional Renovation

The m/s Paul Gauguin underwent renovations during dry dock in Singapore February of 2021. The vision: elegant Polynesian bespoke style visualized through a chic, modern lens. This new décor enriches the guests’ experience while sailing through the multi-hued blue lagoons of Tahiti, French Polynesia, Fiji and the South Pacific. A palette incorporating shades of blue, taupe, green and pearl complements warm wood finishes, woven textiles, Polynesian motifs and stylish gold accents. Also added to the “palette:” complimentary Wi-Fi is the new addition to an already extensive list of all-inclusives you will enjoy on a holiday in the South Pacific aboard The Gauguin.

In 2019 Paul Gauguin Cruises eliminated use of heavy fuel oil on The Gauguin and began to offset 150% of her carbon emissions. In an ongoing effort to minimize impact on the environment we have recently added water treatment, consumption optimization and new energy-saving initiatives to her operations.


The well-appointed staterooms have an elevated, modern look and feel. Upscale armchairs, sofas, curtains, textiles and linens are complemented by new lighting and refinished wood work. This stylish personal space, all your own, will have you feeling right at home in Tahiti and her islands.


Enjoy a verdant new vibe while having dinner in L’Etoile, The Gauguin’s main dining room. You’ll be greeted by two large tikis on pedestals and pass lushly-illustrated Tahitian landscapes as you make your way to your table. Bench seating and armchairs are clad in velvet and leather, and the inspired carpets, textiles and curtains are lit by oak wood wall sconces and a bamboo chandelier.

You’ll be able to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner poolside in open-aired Le Grill which features new textiles and lighting, refreshed wood accents and a dropped-ceiling buffet—along with delicious traditional Polynesian fare.

La Veranda is the perfect place to dine al fresco! Enjoy delicious breakfast or lunch either indoors or outside aft, enjoying 180° views of your island landscape. New armchairs, textiles and wood work, as well as a thatched dropped ceiling, accompany a custom built wine rack. These updates also lend toward the elegant French bistro atmosphere of La Veranda for dinner.


The Piano Bar is the place to go if you’re meeting new friends for a pre-show drink, checking out a cocktail demonstration or simply want to take in the soothing tunes of the onboard pianist. This space has been ensconced in lush botanically-illustrated Tahitian landscapes and dark wood paneling, as well as new carpets and textiles. Marble table tops, velvet-covered stuffed stools cinched with leather detailing and newly plush armchairs and sofas provide a comfortable setting to relax and enjoy the onboard ambiance. The former casino has been replaced with a Reading Nook so that you might steal away for some quiet time during the day, and enjoy a cocktail with piano accompaniment in the evenings

La Palette on deck 8 at the back of the ship offers an indoor/outdoor option for grabbing your favorite refreshment and taking in the views. Outside you will find modern armchairs, tables and sofas to lounge upon while the sun slips below the horizon. The interior entrance to La Palette features a hall lined with carved wood hibiscus-motifed panels and new glass doors featuring chiseled wooden Tahitian to’ere (drum) sticks for handles. New carpets, textiles and furniture adorn the space in woven textures and deep-lagoon and neutral. After the evening’s entertainment in the Grand Salon, you may find yourself on the newly refinished dance floor, basking in the aural shimmer of an updated lighting and sound system.

Grand Salon

When you first enter the Grand Salon to take in the evening’s entertainment you’ll notice the elegant new textured backsplash at the bar—which also sports new leather stools, and furniture. The vibrant wood theater bench seating is adorned with woven fabric cushioning and theater armchairs are clad in solid velvets and modern graphic patterns. The stage is bordered by illustrated Tahitian landscapes that pair well with the chic new carpeting and curtains. If you opt to learn some traditional Tahitian moves from the onboard entertainers, Les Gauguin and Les Gauguines, it will be on a newly refinished dance floor and showcased by an advanced sound and lighting system.

Public Spaces

When you first board The Gauguin you’ll be welcomed by our Reception staff in a newly renovated space bedecked in new wall coverings, carpets, lighting and artwork. Throughout the week you may find yourself passing time in reception’s sitting area which features a suspended ceiling, a dark wood-slatted wall and textiles that display an array of tailored textures and lines.

Decorative screens featuring Paul Gauguin’s artwork appear throughout the ship, one of which resides in Fare Tahiti, the ship’s “museum.” Passengers have the opportunity to navigate through 150 paintings and read annotations on Paul Gauguin’s work. promenade.

All promenades feature new carpets, furniture and textiles. You’ll pass teak wood-topped coffee-colored ceramic tables, decorative porcelain and vibrant pottery on your way to the ship’s restaurants, boutique and spa. Oak wood and natural fiber sconces and wood blinds adorn the walls and windows. The photo gallery showcases imagery from your cruise on three Mac displays along the 5th floor promenade.

There is nothing like basking in the sun next to the Pool with the magnificent Mount Otemanu of Bora Bora filling your viewscape. Elegant new textiles, loungers, tables and armchairs make this space a very lucrative place to relax and take in French Polynesia’s grandeur while you receive five-star service from the pool bar.

The Gauguin also has new dark wood flooring throughout the boutique, spa and fitness room. Deep Nature Spa also has new massage tables and furniture in the salon and the ship’s hospital has undergone technical advancements.