Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the highly-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise in the South Pacific, the m/sPaul Gauguin, christened its new luxurious ship, the m/v Tere Moana , in an official ceremony held dockside on December 29, 2012, in Marigot, St. Martin.
Mireille Bailey, The Moana's godmother and wife of Richard Bailey, chairman of Paul Gauguin Cruises and president and CEO of Pacific Beachcomber S.C., presided over the festivities, delivering a moving speech before christening the ship with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Champagne. Mr. Bailey along with Diane Moore, President of Paul Gauguin Cruises, and Captain Rajko Zupan, the ship's Master, spoke during the ceremony, which included plaque presentations by St. Martin's Vice President of the Collectivite, Port Chairman, Port Director, and Tourist Board. St. Martin's Father Samson Dorival delivered the ship's blessing, and ceremony attendees were serenaded by the festive music of a Caribbean steel drum band.
A champagne reception and gala dinner was held aboard The Moana before the ship set sail on its inaugural 7-night Caribbean voyage to visit islands in the French West Indies,British Virgin Islands, and St. Kitts & Nevis. In January and February, The Moana embarks on 13- and 14-night Panama Canal cruises. From April through November, the ship operates a variety of 7-night European voyages. During spring and fall, 14-night transatlantic crossings are available between Europeand the Caribbean.
The Moana looks aimed to please with two elegant dining venues offering egionally infused cuisine of destinations visited and resh ingredients from local markets.The elegant Le Salon provides the perfect setting for cocktails while the Deep Nature Spa by Algotherm offers the ultimate in signature spa treatments. There's also a fitness center quipped with the latest cardio and weightlifting equipment, and outdoor decks fitted with a swimming pool, hot tub, chaise lounges, and Balinese beds. In select ports, kayaking and paddleboarding are available from the ship's watersports marina. And the ship's La Boutique features jewelry, apparel, sundries, and souvenirs.
Like The Gauguin, The Tere Moana offers an elegant yet casual ambiance, luxurious accommodations, gourmet dining, trademark Polynesian hospitality, and extraordinary all-inclusive value. At 330 feet long and 46 feet wide, The Moana has a draft of 11.5 feet, and accommodates 90 guests with a staff of 60. The ship's 45 oceanview staterooms, 8 of which offer private balconies, feature a king-size bed donned with fine linens and feather-down duvet; a flatscreen TV; DVD/CD player; iPod® docking station; in-stateroom refrigerator replenished daily with soft drinks, beer, and bottled water; robes and slippers; spacious closets; and a bathroom with sumptuous bath products.
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In December 2012, the 90-guest m/v Tere Moana began sailing under the Paul Gauguin Cruises banner after completing a multifaceted renovation and offers voyages in Europe, the Caribbean, and Latin America.