Windstar Cruises Announces Year-Round Voyages in Tahiti

Windstar Cruises Announces Year-Round Voyages in TahitiContinuous sailings begin May of 2015, including new Tuamotu Islands itinerariesSeattle, November 17, 2014 – Windstar Cruises is thrilled to announce plans to sail year-round in the South Pacific, allowing guests to explore the Society and Tuamotu Islands of Tahiti. Continuous voyages begin May 26, 2015 aboard the beautifully renovated, 148-passenger Wind Spirit sailing yacht.

Itineraries will include the seven day “Dreams of Tahiti” voyage, which was launched in May of 2014 after Windstar’s 10 year hiatus from the region, as well as a new extended 10 or 11-day journey including stops in the Tuamotu Islands. The Tuamotus are widely known as a diver’s and snorkeler’s paradise.

“When we returned to Tahiti this year, we knew it would be a popular choice for our guests,” says Hans Birkholz, Windstar Cruises’ chief executive officer. “Now with the addition of our Star Breeze and Star Legend power yachts, which debut in May of 2015, we’re able to extend our sailings in Tahiti year-round to accommodate the demand from our customers. We can’t wait to sail throughout the year in paradise.”

In addition to the new itinerary, Windstar also is expanding its shore excursion offerings to include bespoke adventures such as private snorkeling at a Tahitian black pearl farm in Raiatea. Guests can find and keep their own pearls while learning about the art of pearl production,

followed by a champagne sunset cruise along the coral reef where blacktip sharks are known to make an appearance.

The “Dreams of Tahiti” voyage begins in Papeete aboard the Wind Sprit and sails to Moorea, Tahaa, Raiatea, Huahine, and Bora Bora.

The “Tahiti and the Tuamotu Islands” itinerary offers a 10 or 11 day voyage, which will occur four times in 2015 and seven in 2016, includes the above itinerary plus stops in Takapoto and Rangiroa in the Tuamotus, as well as two days at sea on the South Pacific. The 11-day voyage features a visit in Fakarava, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve for the preservation of rare species.

With six sails, the French-built Wind Spirit sailing yacht is ideal for cruising in the French Polynesian islands under the power of warm breezes and billowing sails. Just before setting sail in Tahiti in May of 2015, the yacht’s 73 staterooms will undergo a renovation. The new staterooms will include a transformed seating area for relaxing on a sofa, as well as new, chic dressers and a more open layout. The upgrades quickly follow up Windstar’s $18 million fleet- wide renovation project from 2012, which enhanced staterooms and corridors.

Guests can enjoy the aqua blue water of the South Pacific at the back of the Wind Spirit on the unique Water Sports Platform, which offers stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, water skiing, wind surfing, and more. Windstar’s signature dive program offers guests an excellent way to discover the sport, and for certified divers, Windstar’s one- and two-tank dives offer the best in deep-sea sightseeing. Upon boarding the yacht, each guest receives complimentary snorkel equipment for their personal use throughout the journey.

A true highlight of the journey includes Windstar’s new complimentary Private Event in Bora Bora, where guests are transported by catamaran to a private island (or motu) for a traditional Tahitian dinner cooked largely in an ahima’a – a Tahitian earth oven. Prepared by locals and Windstar chefs, traditional dishes like Poisson Cru (Tahitian ceviche); Uru (breadfruit); Fe’i (bananas); Fafa (local water spinach); Cochon (roasted pig), and Po’e (fruit pudding) give guests a better insight into life on the islands. The meal is followed by traditional dancing and a fire show. Beginning in 2015, each Windstar voyage around the globe includes a complimentary Private Event, which offers unique insight into the region.

For a better look at Windstar’s adventures in Tahiti, click here to view the new video: http://tinyurl.com/WindstarTahiti.

About Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises operates a fleet of small luxury cruise ships known for its intimate yacht style experience and unique voyages to the world’s best small ports and hidden harbors. Its three recently renovated sailing yachts carry just 148 to 310 guests and cruise to 50 nations, calling at 150 ports throughout Europe, the South Pacific, the Caribbean, and Central America. In May of 2014, Windstar launched Star Pride, the first of three newly acquired power yachts. In May of 2015 the company will launch Star Breeze and Star Legend. The power yachts, with a capacity of 212 guests each, will double the size of Windstar’s fleet, making the company the market leader in small ship cruising with 300 or fewer passengers, with a total of 1,242 berths. The

additional capacity will open up new itineraries such as voyages to Southeast Asia, Arabia, Iceland, and beyond. Windstar was recently named Condé Nast Traveler’s #1 small ship cruise line in the world.

For more information including rates and itineraries, contact a travel professional or call Windstar at 800-258-7245, or visit http://www.windstarcruises.com.

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For More Information:

Windstar Cruises Public Relations Amanda Graham Amanda.Graham@WindstarCruises.com 206.733.2970

Wagstaff Worldwide Public Relations Sally Spaulding sally@wagstaffworldwide.com 970.429.4182

Restaurant Le Coco’s Tahiti Announces Its Newest Opening In Moorea

Synopsis: Thierry & Bénédicte Sauvage, owners of renowned restaurant Le Coco’s Tahiti in Punaauia – Tahiti, are thrilled to announce the opening of their newest location in Haapiti – Moorea. Le Coco’s Moorea kicked off on Thursday, March 26, 2015 with its unique, contemporary décor providing the perfect environment for all dining occasions. Le Coco’s Tahiti brings its matchless quality, flavors, value and sincere service to Moorea, which all define its pursuit of amazing for one and all. The newest Restaurant is complemented with an elegant Wine Bar boasting the finest wines to be found in the islands of Tahiti.

City : Haapiti Date: 30 March, 2015

Le Coco’s Moorea is now open 7 days a week, with hours of operation from 5:30pm to 9:30pm (last order) Monday through Thursday, and 11:30am to 9:30pm (last order) Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to the Restaurant serving dinner Monday through Saturday, the Wine Bar features an all-day special menu that guests can enjoy in the Wine Bar patio on weekends.

Restaurant’s menu will be changing every month, just the same way it operates in Tahiti, so that regulars keep discovering new dishes every time they visit. Menus will also be featuring in season products, a core value at Le Coco’s.

A complimentary shuttle service will be offered to resorts/hotels’ residents as far as Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa on the S.E. and Hôtel Hibiscus on the N.E., with several trips every night.

Reservations can be placed by phone +689 40 55 15 14 or by email lecocosmoorea@mail.pf

“We are very pleased to open our second restaurant in Moorea,” commented Thierry & Bénédicte Sauvage, Owners. “We always loved this place and have been visiting regularly for the past few years. Having our own restaurant there now means a lot to us.”

About Le Coco’s Tahiti : http://www.lecocostahiti.com (soon featuring both restaurants)

State : Moorea

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Contact Name : Thierry & Bénédicte Sauvage Company Name : Le Coco’s Moorea Address: PK 25,4 – 98729 Papetoai – Moorea Cell : +689 87769511

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Email: lecocosdirection@mail.pf
Headline : Restaurant Le Coco’s Tahiti Announces Its Newest Opening In Moorea

THE BRANDO HONORED ON CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER’S 2015 HOT LIST RECOGNIZING THE WORLD’S BEST NEW HOTELS

THE BRANDO HONORED ON CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER’S 2015 HOT LIST RECOGNIZING THE WORLD’S BEST NEW HOTELS

TETIAROA, FRENCH POLYNESIA – April 21, 2015 – The Brando, an exquisite, luxury resort on French Polynesia’s breathtakingly beautiful private atoll of Tetiaroa, composed of a dozen idyllic islets surrounding a sparkling lagoon 30 miles north of Tahiti, has been honored on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2015 Hot List—the definitive guide to the best new hotels and resorts in the world.

The Brando was among 60 properties recognized on the 2015 Hot List. Selected by Condé Nast Traveler editors and contributors who visited hundreds of recently opened properties around the world, this esteemed annual list of hotels and resorts is available at http://www.cntraveler.com and is featured in the May issue of Condé Nast Traveler, on newsstands April 28, 2015.

“Thank you to the editors and contributors of Condé Nast Traveler for selecting The Brando for this prestigious list,” remarked Silvio Bion, General Manager, The Brando. “Every day we look forward to providing our guests at The Brando an extraordinary experience that they will cherish for a lifetime.”

In addition to Condé Nast Traveler’s 2015 Hot List accolades, The Brando was recently honored on Travel + Leisure’s IT List 2015 and also received two 2015 Gold List Awards for “Best Overseas Resort” and “Best Eco Tourism Property” from Luxury Travel magazine.

For additional information on The Brando, please visit http://www.thebrando.com.

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About The Brando
The Brando is an exquisite luxury resort on French Polynesia’s breathtakingly beautiful private atoll of Tetiaroa—an atoll composed of a dozen small islands surrounding a sparkling lagoon 30 miles north of Tahiti. The Brando was inspired by Marlon Brando’s original vision to create a venture of sustainable development that resonates with visitors and fosters opportunities to get to know both the place and people of French Polynesia.  With access by Air Tetiaroa, the resort is a pioneering model of sustainable technology with sea water air-conditioning and renewable energies and offers carefree luxury in the midst of pristine nature. The all-inclusive resort features 35 deluxe villas each with its own private beach area and plunge pool, restaurants showcasing Polynesian and French cuisine, a luxurious Polynesian spa, a lagoon-view bar, beach bar, pool, organic garden, library, pearl shop, boutique, water sports, and an Ecostation. The Brando is a Virtuoso Preferred Resort and founding member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, a collection of boutique hotels in extraordinary places around the world with a demonstrated commitment to sustainability, authenticity and excellence.

About Pacific Beachcomber
With more than 25 years experience in the French Polynesian tourism market, 678 hotel rooms and 210 cabins, Pacific Beachcomber, S.C. is the country’s largest luxury hotel and cruise operator.  In addition to The Brando, Pacific Beachcomber operates seven award-winning resorts: InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa, InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort, InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa, the Maitai Polynesia Bora Bora, the Maitai Rangiroa, and the Maitai Lapita Huahine (www.tahitiresorts.intercontinental.com and http://www.hotelmaitai.com). Pacific Beachcomber also operates the luxury small-ship cruise line, Paul Gauguin Cruises, which includes the 332-guest m/s Paul Gauguin, and the 88-guest m/v Tere Moana.

Press Kit and Images: http://media.thebrando.com/
Vanessa Bloy
Director of Public Relations, North America
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THE BRANDO WINS TWO 2015 GOLD LIST AWARDS FROM LUXURY TRAVEL MAGAZINE FOR “BEST OVERSEAS RESORT” AND “BEST ECO TOURISM PROPERTY”

THE BRANDO WINS TWO 2015 GOLD LIST AWARDS FROM LUXURY TRAVEL MAGAZINE
FOR “BEST OVERSEAS RESORT” AND “BEST ECO TOURISM PROPERTY”

TETIAROA, FRENCH POLYNESIA – April 7, 2015 – The Brando, an exquisite luxury resort on French Polynesia’s breathtakingly beautiful private atoll of Tetiaroa, composed of a dozen idyllic islets surrounding a sparkling lagoon 30 miles north of Tahiti, has won “Best Overseas Resort” and “Best Eco Tourism Property” in the 2015 Gold List Awards by Luxury Travel magazine.

Luxury Travel magazine is Australia’s only stand alone travel and lifestyle magazine devoted entirely to luxury leisure travel.  Each quarter, the publication brings stories from around the globe on the ultimate luxury resorts, fashionable city hotels and exclusive hideaways.

The Brando is among selected properties that were named to magazine’s acclaimed list which was selected by Luxury Travel readers.  The annual Gold List is available at http://www.luxurytravelmag.com.au/2015GoldListWinners and in the autumn issue of the magazine on newsstands in April 2015.

“We are honored to receive these two prestigious awards which recognize our commitment to providing a luxurious, authentic and enriching experience in an environmentally sustainable manner,” said Silvio Bion, General Manager, and The Brando. “The awards are a testament to our talented staff that provide exemplary service to our guests and deliver extraordinary experiences at The Brando every day.”

For additional information on The Brando, please visit http://www.thebrando.com.
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About The Brando
The Brando is an exquisite luxury resort on French Polynesia’s breathtakingly beautiful private atoll of Tetiaroa—an atoll composed of a dozen small islands surrounding a sparkling lagoon 30 miles north of Tahiti. The Brando was inspired by Marlon Brando’s original vision to create a venture of sustainable development that resonates with visitors and fosters opportunities to get to know both the place and people of French Polynesia.  With access by Air Tetiaroa, the resort is a pioneering model of sustainable technology with sea water air-conditioning and renewable energies and offers carefree luxury in the midst of pristine nature. The all-inclusive resort features 35 deluxe villas each with its own private beach area and plunge pool, restaurants showcasing Polynesian and French cuisine, a luxurious Polynesian spa, a lagoon-view bar, beach bar, pool, organic garden, library, pearl shop, boutique, water sports, and an Ecostation. The Brando is a Virtuoso Preferred Resort and founding member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, a collection of boutique hotels in extraordinary places around the world with a demonstrated commitment to sustainability, authenticity and excellence.

About Pacific Beachcomber
With more than 25 years experience in the French Polynesian tourism market, 678 hotel rooms and 210 cabins, Pacific Beachcomber, S.C. is the country’s largest luxury hotel and cruise operator.  In addition to The Brando, Pacific Beachcomber operates seven award-winning resorts: InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa, InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort, InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa, the Maitai Polynesia Bora Bora, the Maitai Rangiroa, and the Maitai Lapita Huahine (www.tahitiresorts.intercontinental.com and http://www.hotelmaitai.com).  Pacific Beachcomber also operates the luxury small-ship cruise line, Paul Gauguin Cruises, which includes the 332-guest m/s Paul Gauguin, and the 88-guest m/v Tere Moana.
Press Kit and Images: http://thebrando.com/media/

Vanessa Bloy
Director of Public Relations, North America

Dream Yacht Charter: 2016 Season

 

PRESS RELEASE

2016 SEASON

 

 

In response to the growing demand for cabin cruise products aboard deluxe sailing catamarans, Dream Yacht Charter which is based in Tahiti, has increased and renewed its fleet of luxury catamarans. With the arrival of three new luxury vessels, the Lagoon 620, increases the fleet to a total of five catamarans for 2016, the 23rd season of operation in French Polynesia.

 

 

 

With the extensive experience of DYC teams, the Lagoon 620 was a logical choice, providing clients with unparalleled comfort and wide open spaces which is a unique offering for sailing products.

 

Each cabin is equipped with a private ensuite and air conditioning. Public spaces including the cockpit, saloon, trampolines on the bow, allow many opportunities where each passenger will find a space to appreciate the Leeward Islands and Tuamotu archipelagoes from.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Available for your FIT clients for our 4 – 5 – 8 & 11 day itineraries, these new catamarans have 6 en-suite cabins to accommodate groups of up to 12 passengers for private charters in all of the French Polynesian archipelagoes.

 

 

Onboard service is provided by a professionnal crew : a skipper and hostess / cook.

 

 

 

Welcome on board.

 

FACTSHEET :

 

2016 fleet Archipels Cruises // Dream Yacht Charter :

  • 2 Eleuthera 60’ (one in Rangiroa, one on the Polynesia Dream)
  • 3 Lagoon 620 (based in Society Islands)

 

Cabin cruises 2016 season :

 

Tuamotu archipelago ( Atoll of Rangiroa )

  • Atoll Dream : 8 days / 7 nights, Saturday to Saturday
  • Blue Lagoon Dream  : 4 days / 3 nights, Saturday to Tuesday
  • Rangiroa Dream  : 5 days / 4 nights, Tuesday to Saturday

 

Society Islands

  • Bora Bora Dream : 8 days / 7 nights, Saturday to Saturday
  • Bora Bora Pearl Dream  : 4 days / 3 nights, Saturday to Tuesday
  • Huahine Dream  : 4 days / 4 nights, Wednesday to Saturday

 

  • Polynesia Dream RFP to PPT : 11 days / 10 nights, Wednesday to Saturday
  • Polynesia Dream PPT to RFP : 11 days / 10 nights, Saturday to Tuesday

 

Information and marketing :                                                            Base Dream Yacht Charter :

François Guais                                                                                    Marina centre ville Uturoa Raiatea

Direct phone : (+ 689) 87 284 264                                                              BP 2274 Uturoa

francois@dreamyachtcharter.com                                                      Tel. : 40 66 18 80 // Fax 40 66 18 76

www.dreamyachtcharter.com

 

UNIQUE WEDDING CEREMONY: Say “I Do” Underwater at the St. Regis Bora Bora

UNIQUE WEDDING CEREMONY: Say “I Do” Underwater at the St. Regis Bora Bora
Take your wedding to new heights – or new lows – and experience a truly unique wedding ceremony at the St. Regis Bora Bora with the Bora Bora Underwater Wedding. Couples can tie or re-tie the knot in the underwater chapel called “Te-Ana-Ipo” while wearing white wetsuits surrounding by the glowing blue lagoon. The wedding ceremony comes complete with the exchange of rings, signing of the marriage certificate and a videographer capturing the entire underwater ceremony.
The Underwater Wedding Package offers the following:
·         02Two pareos delivered to the hotel the day before your wedding
·         Personalized welcome on the pontoon of the hotel
·         Transfer by canoe to the ceremony location (musician, fruits and juices on board)
·         White dive suits for the ceremony
·         Underwater wedding ceremony (approximately 25 minutes)
·         Flowered bridal wreath and wedding bouquet for the bride
·         Wedding certificate, engraved mother-of-pearl shell and two rings made of mother-of-pearl
·         Video of the wedding (delivered on a DVD)
·         Bottle of Champagne to celebrate
·         Lunch on a private motu
·         Wedding witness (4 max) (15,000 XPF per witness to attend)

The Underwater Wedding Package starts at 325,000 XPF.
Lovebirds looking make waves, can contact the Resort’s Romance Concierge to help curate additional unique experiences to make your trip to paradise one to remember.
Please let me know if you’d like any additional information or photos regarding this unique wedding ceremony or information about any of the wedding and romance offerings at the St. Regis Bora Bora.

ARANUI TARGETS U.S. MARKET WITH ABBREVIATED 11-DAY VOYAGE THROUGH MARQUESAS ISLANDS OF FRENCH POLYNESIA

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ARANUI TARGETS U.S. MARKET WITH ABBREVIATED 11-DAY VOYAGE THROUGH MARQUESAS ISLANDS OF FRENCH POLYNESIA
Priced from $3,910 per person including excursions, meals and wine
SAN MATEO, CA (April 23, 2015) – Aranui Cruises (http://www.aranui.com/) is now offering a shortened 11-day itinerary to accommodate North American travelers who prefer to spend fewer days away, yet will still be able to take in one of the world’s most remote natural paradises.
Rates for the 11-day cruise start at $3,910 per person, based on double occupancy accommodations in a standard cabin.  Onboard meals including wine and regular planned excursions are included. Rates do not include port tax, cruise tax and tourism tax, which may range from $276 to $338 depending on stateroom category.
Instead of the typical departure from Tahiti, passengers can join the journey in Nuka Hiva (photo credit: Alain Marcouli), the island where a 23-year old Herman Melville jumped a whaling ship in 1842 and found inspiration for some of his greatest literary works. Flights from Papeete to Nuka Hiva (not included in cruise rates) are available on smaller aircraft, and guests can overnight at the Keikahanui Pearl Lodge (not included in cruise fare) in Nuka Hiva prior to boarding the well-appointed vessel.
From Nuka Hiva, the cruise continues on to Ua Pou, where cloud-covered mountain spires hover over what Treasure Island-author Robert Louis Stevenson described as “volcanic needles like the pinnacles of some ornate church.” Subsequent ports of call include Tahuata, a leaf-shaped island where Spanish explorers first landed in 1595; the island of Hiva Oa, known by art enthusiasts as Paul Gauguin’s old stomping grounds; Fatu Hiva, the most lush and remote island in the Marquesas archipelago; and Ua Huka, where wild horses vastly outnumber the island’s 500 residents.

Fatu Hiva features the Marquesas Island’s most lush natural landscape (photo credit: Alain Marcouli)
On the return voyage, the cruise will stop in the Tuamotu Archipelago to allow passengers the opportunity to explore Rangiroa – the second largest atoll in the world – followed by a visit to the legendary Bora Bora in the Society Islands.
The itinerary concludes with disembarkation in Papeete, where guests can extend their stay or depart for their international flights back home. Optionally, vacationers can also choose to disembark in Bora Bora with special rates available on two-night post-cruise stays at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa.
The following U.S. wholesalers are offering complete vacation packages featuring international and intra-French Polynesia airfare, the abbreviated 11-night Aranui experience and two nights at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa:
Islands in the Sun – 888-828-6877; http://www.islandsinthesun.com
Pacific Holidays – 800-355-8025; http://www.pacificholidaysinc.com
Pleasant Holidays – 800-448-3333; http://www.pleasantholidays.com
Tahiti Legends – 800-200-1213; http://www.tahitilegends.com
TravlTips – 800-872-8584; http://www.travltips.com

For more info on Aranui cruises to the Marquesas Islands, call 800-972-7268 or visit http://www.aranui.com.
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The Most Extravagant Vacation Experience – The Royal Regis at the St. Regis Bora Bora

Visit a place where your biggest fantasies can come true. The St. Regis Bora Bora has launched the ultimate luxury vacation experience…The Royal Regis Package.

The over the top package includes the following:
·         A private plane ride from Tahiti to Bora Bora (One way, two passengers)
·         A private round trip helicopter ride from Bora Bora airport to The St. Regis Bora Bora helipad
·         Candlelight dinner “A La Folie” on the Spa Beach
·         Pétrus, Grand Vin de Pomerol,  one of the most expensive wines in the world
·         Flower bath with red roses
·         Tupai picnic complete with round trip helicopter ride and 1 bottle of Cheval Blanc
·         Ateliers with dedicated Chef in villa – complete with Caviar, Lobster, Sushi, desserts from Lagoon by Jean-Georges and more
·         Private full day jet ski and yacht experiences
·         All day private motu experience – hop on a 30 minute private boat ride to enjoy a secluded corner of paradise will let you experience complete intimacy
·         Private water lunch
·         Outdoor couples massage on a private motu
·         Private Jean-George dinner in villa
·         Fireworks with allegory “I love you”
·         Daily dedicated spa therapists from Miri Miri Spa by Clarins
·         Nightly butler greeting with Moet and Chandon Rose
·         4 nights in the Resort’s premiere Royal Estate villa

Pricing starts at 19,000,000 XPF.

For more information on how to make this dream a reality, please visit: http://www.stregis.com/borabora. Images available upon request.

Paul Gauguin Cruises: World-Renownded Oceanographer Jean-Michel Cousteau Guest Hosts Four Sailings Aboard the M/S Paul Gauiguin in 2016

WORLD-RENOWNED OCEANOGRAPHER JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU GUEST HOSTS FOUR SAILINGS ABOARD THE M/S PAUL GAUGUIN IN 2016

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BELLEVUE, WASH. – March 31, 2015 – Paul Gauguin Cruises (www.pgcruises.com), operator of the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, and the 88-guest m/v Tere Moana, announces that world-renowned oceanographer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau will guest host four sailings on The Gauguin in 2016.

For more than 60 years, he along with his father, the legendary Jacques Cousteau, and his family, have been part of the greatest exploration of the oceans in all of history. In 1999, Mr. Cousteau founded the Ocean Futures Society to explore global oceans, inspiring and educating people throughout the world to act responsibly for their protection, documenting the critical connection between humanity and nature, and celebrating the ocean’s vital importance to the survival of all life on our planet.
During voyages on The Gauguin, Mr. Cousteau will offer a series of lectures with videos of his work in the world’s oceans and accompany guests on several dives. Voyages featuring Mr. Cousteau are:
·         10-night Society Islands & Tuamotus cruise:  March 2, 2016
·         10-night Society Islands & Tuamotus cruise:  June 1, 2016
·         10-night Society Islands & Tuamotus cruise:  September 21, 2016
·         14-night Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands cruise:  November 19, 2016

Also available in 2016 is Mr. Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Program, which introduces young travelers (ages 9-17) to the natural wonders of French Polynesia through interactive, hands-on experiences with island ecosystems. The program is available on summer sailings from June through August and on select holiday cruises for a nominal fee of $329-$399 per child based on itinerary.

For rates and reservations for Paul Gauguin Cruises, contact a professional travel agent, call 800-848-6172, or visit http://www.pgcruises.com.
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About Paul Gauguin Cruises
Owned by Pacific Beachcomber S.C., French Polynesia’s leading luxury hotel and cruise operator, Paul Gauguin Cruises operates the 5+-star cruise ship, the 332-guest m/s Paul Gauguin, providing a deluxe cruise experience tailored to the unparalleled wonders of Tahiti, French Polynesia, and the South Pacific. The Gauguin’s accolades include recognition as one of the “Top 20 Small Cruise Ships” in 2013 for the 15th year in a row by readers of Condé Nast Traveler. The m/v Tere Moana offers voyages in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe, accommodating 88 guests with a staff of 62. In 2013, The Moana received “Best New Small Ship” and “Best Way to See the Greek Isles” in Cruisereport.com’s Editors’ Choice Awards.  In addition, Paul Gauguin Cruises was voted “#1 Small-Ship Cruise Line” and “#1 Small-Ship Cruise Line for Families” in Travel + Leisure’s 2014 World’s Best Awards.

BORA BORA, FRENCH POLYNESIA, NAMED ONE OF THE TOP 10 ISLANDS IN THE WORLD BY TRIPADVISOR TRAVELERS

Award Winners Based on Reviews and Opinions from Millions

of TripAdvisor Travelers

 

 

LOS ANGELES – May 18, 2015 – The island of Bora Bora, one of the 118 islands and atolls that make up the Islands of Tahiti, was recognized as a top island in the world by the “Top 10 Islands in the World” 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice™ Islands 2015 awards.

 

The Travelers’ Choice “Top 10 Islands in the World” awards honor top travel spots worldwide based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travelers. Award winners were determined based on the popularity of islands, taking into account travelers’ favorite and most highly rated places.

 

“Our well-traveled community has uncovered the best islands around the world for that perfect island escape whether you want to lie on the beach or seek adventure,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “To help travelers book their trips to these remarkable destinations, TripAdvisor has surfaced amazing island hotels to accommodate a range of travel budgets.”

 

 

TripAdvisor notes about Bora Bora, “Turquoise lagoons, soft white sands, and deep tangerine sunsets set the scene for romance on 2015’s #9 Travelers’ Choice island in the world. Mingle with tropical fish as you flutter around Coral Gardens or Tupitipiti Point, or relax on a self-driving tour as you take in beautiful views of the once-volcanic Mount Otemanu. At the Lagoonarium you can watch shark feedings and swim with turtles. Cap it all off with a succulent meal at one of the island’s fine French restaurants, then sip a tropical cocktail under the stars.”

 

For more information about Bora Bora and the Islands of Tahiti, please visit www.tahititourism.com. To see the complete 2015 Travelers’ Choice™ Top 10 Islands in the World winners, please visit http://bit.ly/1ACJAxE

 

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About the Islands of Tahiti:

Located in the South Pacific, the Islands of Tahiti are just eight hours by air from Los Angeles. Surrounded by pristine, crystal clear blue waters, the 118 islands and atolls offer natural beauty, authentic island culture, and unique French Polynesian style. The Islands of Tahiti are world-renowned for their white-sand beaches, stunning turquoise lagoons and varied landscapes ranging from coral atolls to volcanic mountain peaks. Each island offers a variety of accommodation experiences from luxurious resorts with overwater villas, to family pensions to sailing via private character or scheduled cruise. Privacy comes naturally in the Islands of Tahiti and offers visitors the space to relax and reconnect. Tahiti is halfway between California and Australia, on the same side of the international date line as North America and in the same time zone as Hawaii. For further information, visit www.tahiti-tourisme.com or call (310) 414-8484.

 

 

About TripAdvisor: TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 315 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 200 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.5 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 45 countries worldwide. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 24 other travel mediabrands: www.airfarewatchdog.com,www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.thefork.com(including www.lafourchette.comwww.eltenedor.comwww.iens.nl and www.besttables.com), www.gateguru.com,www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.jetsetter.com,www.niumba.com, www.onetime.com, www.oyster.com, www.seatguru.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.com, www.travelpod.com,www.tripbod.com, www.vacationhomerentals.com, www.viator.com, www.virtualtourist.com, and www.kuxun.cn.

 

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, December 2014