Paul Gauguin cruises will always include round-trip airfare from LAX in their published rates. The South Pacific islands are incredibly remote, and very few airlines offer non-stop flights to this region, so Paul Gauguin partners with Air Tahiti Nui to ensure that all cruise guests have a direct itinerary option from the get-go. 95% of the guests on board will have no reason to stray from this itinerary. It's non-stop, it's easy to connect in LAX, and they take care of all the details. If you're booking the cruise package as-is, your transfers from the airport to the ship and back to the airport are all taken care of. If the group flight arrives into Papeete, Tahiti at 5am and embarkation doesn't begin until 3pm? Not to worry! They'll arrange for a day room at a local hotel, where you'll have access to a beautiful pool, delicious meals, and the opportunity to relax and freshen up after a long flight (8.5 hours to be exact).
The rainbow welcoming committee upon arrival at the Intercontinental, our day-use hotel in Papeete before embarkation.
Complete with delicious breakfast and lunch buffets.
If guests are wanting to connect through Hawaii, San Francisco, or perhaps are planning for more extensive, independent travels before or after the cruise, the flight & transfer package can easily be removed from the published cruise fare. Day rooms and transfers can then be added back in as needed, in a more a la carte fashion, or the more independent traveler can arrange all those details on their own and simply meet the ship at port in time for embarkation.