Excitement always builds when a new cruise line starts up, especially when it promises to offer some unique itinerary options.
There is a new cruise line starting up in January of 2010. We haven't said much about this cruise line because it is not sailing yet, but cruises are on sale and we are getting close to the time when people start planning their major cruises for next year. So we want to tell you about a new luxury cruise line that many of you may already be familiar with.
Paul Gauguin Cruises is a one ship cruise line, and those of you in the know already recognize the name -- the one ship is the former Paul Gauguin of Regent Cruise Lines. Regent is still one of the top cruise lines in the luxury cruise market, earning accolades for its great service and fantastic cuisine.
The small ship, Paul Gauguin, has always been the line's one ship that remained dedicated to the Tahiti market. The ship repeated almost the same exact cruise, from Tahiti to Bora Bora and islands in between, all year round.
But Regent Seven Seas Cruises was recently acquired by a new operator who decided the line did not need a ship dedicated to one cruising region when they already had four other ships sailing all over the world. So they sold Paul Gauguin to a group of investors located in Seattle.
Paul Gauguin Cruises was born in 2009, but they do not officially take over the ship until the first week of January in 2010. Cruises are on sale, however, and there are actually quite a few great bargains to be had if you book by July 31, 2009.
Even better, After 12 years in service the ship is no longer confined to just the Society Islands of French Polynesia. The new line has created a fantastic array of 38 unique cruises throughout the South Pacific ranging from seven to 15 nights. The new itineraries include the old route of Tahiti and the Society Islands, but add the following new twists.
The Tuamotus This is the largest chain of coral atolls in the world, and they boast some of the most renowned snorkeling and diving in the world. Paul Gauguin will anchor at Rangiroa, where the sheltered lagoon's dolphins, rays and colorful tropical fish will be visible from the deck of the ship in the pristine lagoon waters. Nearby, Fakarava offers gorgeous black sand beaches, a black pearl farm and a plethora of rare birds and plants that can be found nowhere else.
Cruises to the Tuamotus range from 9 to 14 nights and start from just $3,995 per person, featuring overnight calls in Rangiroa, Bora Bora, Moorea and Papeete as well as the private retreat on Motu Mahana and private beach at Bora Bora.
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