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Romantic Packages and Special Occasions Aboard Paul Gauguin



While Valentine’s Day has passed, the romance doesn’t have to end aboard a Paul Gauguin cruise. Whether ashore or aboard, Paul Gauguin Cruises can ensure an unforgettable romantic experience, as the cruise line has an extensive list of packages for weddings, honeymoons and anniversaries.


Paul Gauguin Cruises welcomes happy couples to hold their nuptials or vow renewal in a unique Polynesian ceremony. The cruise line’s wedding packages include the simple and intimate Motu Wedding Ceremony or Renewal of Vows and the larger, traditional Bora Bora Wedding Ceremony or Renewal of Vows at Thalasso.

The cruise line cannot hold marriage ceremonies aboard any of its ships, but Paul Gauguin Cruises will provide wedding receptions afterward.


Honeymooners aboard a Paul Gauguin cruise receive a complimentary package featuring a celebratory bottle of sparkling wine and a Polynesian blessing ceremony.

However, couples can also upgrade their packages to receive additional amenities such as a congratulatory letter from the ship’s captain, an invitation to dine with an Officer, in-stateroom champagne and caviar and much more.

A Polynesian blessing ceremony.
PHOTO: A Polynesian blessing ceremony. (photo via Paul Gauguin Cruises)


Couples don’t have to be newlyweds to enjoy a romantic Paul Gauguin cruise, as the cruise line offers a special package for couples celebrating their anniversary.

This anniversary package includes amenities such as a congratulatory letter from the Captain, an in-stateroom bottle of champagne, flower turndown service and an anniversary cake and a box of chocolates.

Other Occasions

Paul Gauguin Cruises also provides packages for other commemorations such as birthdays and general celebrations, which include in-stateroom bottles of champagne and $50 shipboard credit.

However, sometimes the most romantic excursions are those that are taken for no reason, and the cruise line has plenty of “Romantic Escapade” packages for a “just because” romantic getaway.

The cruise line currently has three “Romantic Escapade” packages, and the least expensive one is the Lanai Room at InterContinental Moorea. In addition to a lanai room at the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa, this package also includes activities such as kayaking and canoeing and access to a swimming pool and tennis.

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PHOTO: Pink skies in Moorea. (photo via Paul Gauguin Cruises)

Couples can finish the day off with a candle-lit dinner on the private room’s terrace and begin the next day with breakfast for two.

The next “Romantic Escapade” package is the Partial Overwater Bungalow at the InterContinental Moorea. This package includes all of the amenities as the Lanai Room at InterContinental Moorea but upgrades your stay from a private lanai room to a stay in a private bungalow.

Likewise, the Sapphire Overwater Villa at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa package upgrades couples to a private villa.

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Holland America Ship Given OK to Cross Panama Canal



A Holland America Line cruise ship carrying four dead passengers and dozens of others who are sick – including two who tested positive for the coronavirus – has been given permission to pass through the Panama Canal and return to Fort Lauderdale.

The Zaandam had initially been denied entry into Chile on its South American itinerary and then denied the chance to pass through the Canal to get back to its home port in Florida, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper.

The media outlet said the boat is currently anchored outside Panama Canal waters, where healthy passengers are being transferred to Holland America’s Rotterdam.

The Panama Canal Authority said in a statement it “supports all efforts being made to ensure an expedited return home for cruise passengers and crew on Holland America’s Zaandam.”

Holland America Line released a statement saying “We are aware of reported permission for both Zaandam and Rotterdam to transit the Panama Canal in the near future. We greatly appreciate this consideration in the humanitarian interest of our guests and crew. This remains a dynamic situation, and we continue to work with the Panamanian authorities to finalize details.”

No timetable was given for when the ships would return to Fort Lauderdale, nor did Holland America offer any information regarding whether the number of sick passengers had grown past the previous update of 138. It normally takes 72 hours to travel from the west side of the canal to the east and then back to Fort Lauderdale.

One American citizen is believed to be among the four deceased passengers. The passengers were ordered to self-isolate in their staterooms since March 22.

Whether the Zaandam will be allowed to dock in Fort Lauderdale for the same humanitarian reasons that officials allowed the ship to pass through the Panama Canal remains to be seen. The Sun-Sentinel noted that several Broward County commissioners were alarmed at the idea of the Zaandam docking at Port Everglades.

Commissioner Michael Udine told the paper Sunday morning that Port Everglades notified county commissioners late Saturday with its mandates for the passengers, including the following:

All illnesses and conditions must be accurately disclosed and documented; the cruise line, at its expense, will provide all protective equipment to all responders; temperature readings are required for all disembarking crew and passengers; and the cruise line, at its expense, will arrange for private ambulance transportation, among other issues.

And, “no less than 24 hours in advance of the start of debarkation, the cruise line will present a security plan for review and approval… how passengers will debark orderly, safely and in compliance with current health advisories (i.e. social distancing). Failure to maintain good order may result in an immediate suspension of the debarkation until the situation is under control,” according to the guidelines.

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