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Cook Islands & Society Islands. With Guest Hosts Jonathan & Angela Scott. Aboard The Paul Gauguin. 12 Days.

Come aboard the delightful small ship Paul Gauguin to explore the gorgeous Society Islands and Cook Islands. Accompanying us on this journey are guest hosts Jonathan and Angela Scott, world-renowned nature and wildlife photographers, authors, television producers, and conservationists. Along the way, they regale us with personal stories of their adventures, challenges, and discoveries around the world. Our cruise includes time on the South Pacific’s crown jewels—Bora Bora, Taha’a, Huahine, and Moorea.

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12 Days

French Polynesia

Dates:7 July 2018

Type:Ocean Cruising



On this journey, R. Crusoe partners with Paul Gauguin Cruises, and Crusoe travelers share the Paul Gauguin with other, non-Crusoe travelers.

Day 1: Papeete, Tahiti
Saturday, 7 July 2018

• Embark the ship, begin cruising.
Overnight aboard Paul Gauguin
Day 2: Huahine (Society Islands)
Sunday, 8 July 2018

• Arrive in Huahine.
• Full range of shore excursion options
Overnight aboard Paul Gauguin

Day 3: At Sea
Monday, 9 July 2018

• Day at leisure aboard the ship, presentations by Jonathan and Angela Scott.
Overnight aboard Paul Gauguin
Day 4: Aitutaki (Cook Islands)Tuesday, 10 July 2018
• Arrive Aitutaki.
• Full range of shore excursion options.
Overnights aboard Paul Gauguin

Day 5: Raratonga (Cook Islands)
Wednesday, 11 July 2018

• Arrive Raratonga.
• Full range of shore excursion options.
Overnight aboard Paul Gauguin
Day 6: At Sea
Thursday, 12 July 2018
• Day at leisure aboard the ship, presentations by Jonathan and Angela Scott.
Overnight aboard Paul Gauguin

Day 7-8: Bora Bora (Society Islands)
Friday & Saturday, 13-14 July 2018
• Arrive Bora Bora.
• Full range of shore excursion options.
Overnights aboard Paul Gauguin

Day 9: Taha'a & Motu Mahana (Society Islands)
Sunday, 15 July 2018
• Arrive Taha'a.
• Full range of shore excursion options including time on the private island of Motu Mahana.
Overnight aboard Paul Gauguin

Day 10: Moorea (Society Islands)
Monday, 16 July 2018
• Arrive Moorea
• Full range of shore excursion options.

Overnight aboard Paul Gauguin

Day 11: Moorea, Papeete
Tuesday, 17 July 2018

• Cruising, evening arrival in Papeete.
Overnight aboard Paul Gauguin

Day 12: Papeete
Wednesday, 18 July 2018

• Disembark this morning in Papeete.
• Fly home.

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Per person sharing cabin from $6,345 for this 12-day itinerary. Please note that pricing changes based on stateroom availability. Speak to your R. Crusoe travel specilalst for up-to-the-minute pricing.

For more information, to book, or to speak to an R. Crusoe & Son tour specialist, please call us at 800-585-8555.

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About Our Ship.

The Paul Gauguin, a luxury ship, is small enough to sail gracefully through the French Polynesian lagoons and large enough to meet all your needs while you’re onboard. Custom designed to navigate narrow passages and shallow waters of the South Pacific, she is at once beautifully versatile and sturdy.

     All of the staterooms have ocean views, and nearly two-thirds have private balconies. Cabin categories B and above offer en-suite bar set-ups and butler service.

     The crew-to-passenger ratio is quite remarkable; 217 crewmembers attend to just 332 passengers, max. Do the math, and you discover that this is among the highest ratio available today among ships on the high seas.

    The Gauguin’s fare takes full advantage of the local larder. Meals include the culinary creations of Jean-Pierre Vigato, chef propriétaire of the world-renowned, two-Michelin starred Restaurant Apicus in Paris. Meals are served in the open-seating main dining room as well as in two other dining rooms that offer both indoor and al fresco tables. The latter two take reservations for dinner.

     Other amenities aboard ship: a fitness center, spa and beauty salon, casino, performance venue, three bar-lounges, outdoor pool with bar, retractable water sports marina, boutique, Internet café, and photography shop.

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Meet Your Hosts: Jonathan & Angela Scott.

Angela and Jonathan ScottAuthors and photographers Jonathan and Angela Scott are passionate about nature and conservation. Jonathan was born in London and moved to Kenya in 1977. Angela was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and grew up in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Married in the Masai Mara Game Reserve in 1992, the couple have enjoyed a prolific partnership, traveling around the world as wildlife and travel photographers and collecting material together for their books. The Scotts live in Nairobi, Kenya, and have a permanent base in the Masai Mara.

     Each has won awards for his or her work. In 1987, Jonathan was the overall winner of the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. Angela won the same award in 2002 for an image that was selected from more than 18,000 images submitted from 60 countries.

     Their award-winning images have appeared in 30 books and in magazines around the world, including National Geographic, Geo, Geographical, and BBC Wildlife, among many others. In addition, Jonathan has produced numerous wildlife television programs for the BBC and Animal Planet. His first television experience was on the hugely popular series “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” (1982 to 1984). He and Angela have since traveled the world, presenting stories for television series including “Wild Things” and “Big Cat Diary.”

     When not filming or writing, Jonathan and Angela lead travelers to destinations far and wide—from Africa to Antarctica.

     Jonathan has an honors degree in Zoology from Queen’s University in Belfast, Ireland, and served for many years on the editorial board of the East African Wildlife Society and the Conservation Board of Friends of Conservation.    

     Among the conservation, nature, and wildlife topics Jonathan and Angela hope to cover during our cruise:   their life and work with Africa’s big cats including the television special, “Big Cat: The Big Story;” nature’s role in today’s world; personal tales and images of exploration in Antarctica, India, Bhutan, Botswana, and Namibia; and the making of their National Geographic Special on conservation and wildlife.

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