Society Islands & Tahiti Cruise

In 1891, when Paul Gauguin arrived in Tahiti, he captured the charm, culture and languid grace of the natives in oils. You won't find his paintings here, but the original models still call this piece of French Polynesia home. This 8-day South Pacific cruise is perfect for those who want a core Polynesian experience. Call on Raiatea and its reef-bound lagoon and Taha'a, its companion island, where you'll enjoy a full day of exploration. Then sail to Bora Bora, and her siren sister, Moorea. There's a reason these islands are world-renowned - their beauty is unmatched.

Day 1

Embark Paul Gauguin in Papeete, Tahiti

Begin your journey to a paradise in the capital of Tahiti, the largest and most populated of the French Polynesian islands. Here embark Paul Gauguin. This luxurious yet casual, ultra-deluxe vessel will be your home for the next week. With an endless choice of things to do, from relaxing poolside with a book to playing the slots in the casino, you will never be bored.

Day 2

Raiatea

Have the day to explore the island that was once the cultural, religious, royal and political heart of Polynesia, and, according to legend and lore, one of Tahiti's most significant archeological sites. Ancient Polynesians built maraes, or temples, of stone in many sizes. The maraes provided a physical space for the spirit of the gods to occupy during ritual ceremonies, as did the carved wooden tikis for which the region is famous. Be sure to visit Taputapuatea, a national monument and the most important marae in the Society Islands. Bid adieu to Raiatea just before dinner and set sail with the compass set for Motu Mahana.

Day 3

Taha'a (Motu Mahana)

Motu Mahana, an islet adjacent to Taha'a, is your very own South Seas paradise featuring white sand beaches with swaying palms, crystal-clear waters, and gentle breezes. As an exclusive event, guests spend a full day exploring this idyllic, isolated island, and relaxing with a delicious barbecue lunch and Polynesian entertainment featuring strolling musicians and singers.

Day 4

Bora Bora

Immediately recognizable by the basalt tombstone of Mount Otemanu rising from the ocean, this half-atoll, half-mountain is surrounded by a spectacular lagoon and a series of smaller islands. Ancient Polynesians called it Parapora, or “firstborn,” because they thought it was the first island created after Raiatea.

Day 5

Bora Bora

Explore more of this magical isle on your own or on a choice of optional shore excursions. Choose from several, like a jitney tour on “Le Truck,” or a 4-wheel-drive safari, or a glass-bottom boat ride. Set sail before dinner, enjoying a relaxing evening on board.

Day 6

Moorea

Covered in an abundance of fresh fruits and flowers, spectacular mountain peaks, peaceful multi-hued lagoons and palm-fringed beaches – Moorea's awesome beauty is unsurpassed. During your visit, shop for local crafts, embark on a dolphin-watching expedition with a marine biologist and witness these fascinating animals in their amazing natural habitat, or try out some of the local pineapples – said to be the most delicious in all of French Polynesia. An overnight here affords two full days on Bora Bora's gorgeous sister island.

Day 7

Moorea/Papeete (Tahiti)

Explore more of this peaceful oasis. Perhaps choose to trek on the “Trails of the Ancients” or snorkel one of the world's most beautiful lagoons. At the end of the afternoon, cruise to your home port in Papeete, docking for the night.

Day 8

  • Breakfast

Disembark in Papeete

Cap off your epic journey where it all began. You won't be the same as when you first set sail – these exotic isles are said to touch people in magical ways. Disembark this morning for your continued journey home.
 Porthole Stateroom (F)Window Stateroom (E)Balcony Stateroom (D)Balcony Stateroom (C)Veranda Stateroom (B)Veranda Suite (A)Grand SuiteOwners Suite
2015-Dec-16$3,995$4,345$5,245$5,495$6,445$7,645$9,545$9,945
Port, security and handling charges: $109 per person
2015-May-09
2015-May-16
2015-May-23
$5,045$5,245$6,345$6,495$7,575$8,845$10,945$11,395
Port, security and handling charges: $109 per person
2015-Jun-20
2015-Jun-27
2015-Jul-04
2015-Jul-11
2015-Sep-12
2015-Sep-19
2015-Sep-26
2015-Oct-03
2015-Oct-10
$5,145$5,495$6,645$6,795$7,995$9,295$11,545$11,945
Port, security and handling charges: $109 per person
2015-Aug-08
2015-Aug-15
2015-Aug-22
2015-Dec-23
2015-Dec-30
$5,295$5,545$6,795$6,945$8,245$9,545$11,845$12,245
Port, security and handling charges: $109 per person
$500 Shipboard Credit
South Pacific Savings - Book one of these select departures by April 30 and receive $500 in Shipboard credit. Shipboard Credit can be used towards a massage, souvenirs on board, shore excursions, etc.
2015 : May 9; Jul 4; Oct 3, 10; Dec 16, 23, 30
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Free Ambassadors Youth Program
Environment Savings - Book one of these select departures and your child can partake in the Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Program for FREE, a savings of $329 per child.
2015 : Aug 8, 15, 22
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These special offers are applicable only to new bookings.
Discounts are subject to availability, so contact us for more details.
- Please note: Cruise fare does not include optional shore excursions, available to purchase an additional fees.
- Cruise fuel surcharges may apply.
- Rates are posted as double occupancy, and single supplements are available at 100% for categories OS-D and $1495 for categories E-F.
- Triple Cabins: third passenger sails free, paying only all applicable taxes and fees.
- Third & forth passengers booked in the Suite categories sail free, paying only all applicable taxes and fees.
- Optional hotel stays and land programs are available, please contact us for details.


Please note: For 2015 departures, round-trip airfare from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is included in the total cost of your cruise.

Please note that cruise fares do not include:
- Government fees and taxes and/or port, security and handling charges as noted.
- Optional shore excursions.

Cruise ship fuel surcharge may apply.