FORT LAUDERDALE, Jan 18 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ At a gala ceremony in Papeete Harbor featuring fireworks and colored water streaming skyward from tugboats, TahitiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s government and Regent Seven Seas Cruises this week celebrated 10 years of uninterrupted South Pacific service for the ultra-luxury cruise ship Paul Gauguin. French Polynesian Tourism Minister Marc Collins presented Mark Conroy, president of Regent, with a commemorative plaque honoring the shipÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 10th anniversary. Collins thanked Conroy for RegentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s decade of fidelity in deploying the popular vessel year-round in Tahiti. The ceremony was highlighted by traditional music and dancing.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“From her very first cruise, Paul Gauguin has provided our guests with a unique experience featuring an authentic Polynesian flavor,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Conroy. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We could not have achieved this success without the spirit of welcome and cooperation we continue to receive from the Tahitian government and people. Regent is proud to operate this magnificent ship in this beautiful destination, and to introduce TahitiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s charms to discerning travelers from around the world.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Paul Gauguin first arrived in French PolynesiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Society Islands in January 1998, having sailed from its shipyard in St. Nazaire, France, via the United States mainland and the Hawaiian Islands. Arriving amidst much fanfare, Paul Gauguin ushered in a new era of cruising in Tahiti, introducing outstanding onboard luxury and gracious, friendly service combined with generous and insightful exploration into TahitiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cultures and unrivaled natural beauty. Paul Gauguin has completed more than 400 South Pacific cruises, carrying more than 120,000 guests and contributing tens of millions of tourism dollars to TahitiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s economy. Since its construction, the ship has undergone four refurbishments at a cost of more than $15 million.
Paul Gauguin offers year-around, seven-night cruises departing roundtrip from Papeete to Raiatea, TahaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢a, Bora Bora and Moorea. The shipÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s schedule also features 11-night voyages that include Rangiroa and Hiva Oa and Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas Islands; 10-night cruises that include Huahine; and 14-night journeys that include Fatu Hiva and Ua Huka in the Marquesas and the remote Cook Islands. Additional information can be found at www.rssc.com.