Paul Gauguin Cruises is also the specialist in creating memorable celebrations. There simply is not a more romantic setting for a new beginning or personal milestone than aboard our luxurious ship, and we are renowned for the extra touches and attention to detail that make every occasion special. Commemorate a marriage or anniversary with a gathering featuring a unique Polynesian blessing ceremony. Honeymooners receive a complimentary package featuring a celebratory bottle of sparkling wine and more, or you can upgrade to an optional package with many extras, including a private dinner with an Officer.
There is also optional packages for wedding receptions, anniversaries, and renewals of vows. To view click here.
Complimentary Blessing Ceremony
When you choose to spend your honeymoon aboard The Gauguin, your are provided complimentary amenities as our gift to you:
- Special gathering featuring a Polynesian blessing ceremony performed by Les Gauguines—the onboard troupe of hostess/entertainers—and hosted by the Cruise Director
- In-stateroom celebratory bottle of Champagne
The idyllic setting and balmy climate of French Polynesia are the perfect venue for the ultimate romantic wedding. A law was passed making it possible for American and Canadian nationals to do just that. Below are some frequently asked questions about the requirements for a legal Polynesian wedding. For more information and a free destination wedding guide, please visit Tahiti Tourisme North America.
What are the eligibility requirements for a Tahitian wedding?
Couples must meet these requirements to be legally married in French Polynesia:
- Both spouses must be at least 18 years old.
- Neither spouse can be currently married.
- Spouses must be of the opposite sex.
- The couple cannot be related by direct lineage.
- The couple cannot be French nationals or residents of France.
- The bride and the groom must each choose a witness who must be 18 years of age or older. (If the couple does not have a witness of their own choosing, the mayor’s office can provide one).
Can I get married aboard the ship during my cruise?
Are any documents required in advance of the ceremony?
Yes, the couple must obtain and complete the following documents (available through the Tahiti Tourisme website address above):
- The “Marriage of Foreign Citizens in French Polynesia” application
- A letter signed and dated by both future spouses, addressed to the mayor of the commune chosen for the marriage ceremony
- A copy of both spouses’ passports (required for proof of identity)
- A certified copy of both spouses’ birth certificates, authenticated with an “Apostille” translated into French by an approved translator and legalized by the French Consulate (approved translators can be found on the consulate’s website)
Note: The birth certificates must have been issued less than 6 months prior to the date of the marriage.
- A “Certificate of Non-Marital Status” (“Certificat de Celibat”) signed by a lawyer, translated into French, and legalized by the French Consulate (approved lawyers can be found on the consulate’s website)
- Proof of residency for both of the future spouses (a utility bill or any bill noting names and physical address will suffice)
- Note: A photocopy of the bills is acceptable for both spouses.