Paul Gauguin Cruises, has announced its 2015 line-up of special guests who are experts in the culinary arts, wine, photography, fine art, history, music, astronomy, and the “wonders of the deep”.
*Gary Eberle is the founder of Eberle Winery, named “Winery of the Year” by the Sommelier Challenge in 2011, will offer a lecture, Q&A session, and tasting of his estate’s award-winning wines on the January 17, 2015, Tahiti & the Society Islands sailing.
*A mainstay of Hawaii’s music scene for more than 30 years, Jamie Lawrence has appeared on Grammy Award-nominated works and recorded CDs of his own. The singer will be aboard The Gauguin’s January 24, 2015, sailing to the Cook Islands & Society Islands and the October 17, 2015, sailing to Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands, to perform some of his trademark songs.
*Oceanographer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau joins several sailings aboard The Gauguin in 2015: February 4 and July 29 to the Society Islands & Tuamotus Marquesas; April 11 to the Cook Islands & Society Islands; and November 21 to the Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands. In addition to presenting lectures and videos of his work, he will accompany several dives from the ship.
*An expert on the effects of Western exploration and expansion on the cultures of the Americas, Africa, and Asia, historian Dr. Robert Gallacher offers a series of five fascinating lectures on The Gauguin’s February 4, 2015, Society Islands & Tuamotus voyage.
*Dan Benedict, a journalist and speaker specializing in astronomy, has been introducing cruise passengers to the night sky since 1998. He joins The Gauguin for the March 7, 2015, sailing to the Cook Islands & Society Islands; the March 18, 2015, sailing to the Society Islands & Tuamotus; and the March 28, 2015, sailing to Tahiti & the Society Islands, and will offer a series of presentations and lead nighttime star watches.
*Chef Proprietaire of one of Michelin-starred Restaurant Apicius in Paris, Jean-Pierre Vigato has inspired signature menus for Paul Gauguin Cruises for several years. This celebrated chef will be aboard The Gauguin’s April 29, 2015, Society Islands & Tuamotus voyage and will provide culinary demonstrations featuring his gastronomic techniques.
*Catherine Cook and Kristin Clayton, two opera singers, will perform two live concerts on The Gauguin’s July 29, 2015, sailing to the Society Islands & Tuamotus.
*Art history professor Caroline Boyle-Turner joins the January 24, 2015, sailing to the Cook Islands & Society Islands, and the August 29 and November 21, 2015, sailings to the Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands. An expert on Paul Gauguin and his circle of artists, she enriches the appreciation of The Gauguin’s namesake through a series of lectures.
*Nancy Gregory, a contemporary artist who has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe, will conduct lectures and workshops during The Gauguin’s November 21, 2015, sailing to the Marquesas, Tuamotus, & Society Islands and the December 5, 2015, sailing to the Cook Islands & Society Islands.
*Diane Moore, President of Paul Gauguin Cruises, will host a special cocktail party and “town hall” meeting for guests on The Gauguin’s February 28, 2015, Tahiti & the Society Islands voyage. Moore will also host an August 1, 2015, Reunion Cruise for past guests on The Moana, showcasing a unique roundtrip Venice itinerary and a variety of special events.
*Photographer Jesse Kalisher shares his expertise during onboard lectures and hands-on photo-expeditions during The Gauguin’s October 17, 2015, sailing to Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands.
Paul Gaugin Cruises is owned by Pacific Beachcomber S.C., a luxury hotel and cruise operator in French Polynesia.
(Photo of the m/v Tere Moana courtesy of Paul Gaugin Cruises)