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Discover Polynesian Culture With Paul Gauguin Cruises

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The South Pacific is home to sunsets that look like watercolor paintings, island fashions that have inspired famous styles and history and legends that have turned into famous tales.

Tahiti and the South Pacific have attracted artists and writers to the islands for centuries, and travelers expecting to frolic on white-sand beaches, marvel at underwater wildlife and relax during long, seaside meals will also want to go beyond the beach and sand, to discover the islands’ rich culture and their inspiration for artists such as Paul Gauguin.

Gauguin was transfixed by the South Seas. The Post-Impressionist’s wanderlust took him to Papeete in 1891 where he painted the world of Tahiti, bringing the beauty of the islands to the European continent in colorful detail.

These days, travelers visiting French Polynesia can visit the Espace Culturel Paul Gauguin on the Hiva Oa where they can view reproductions of the artist’s work. A replica of his home even serves as a community hub for local artists.

Onboard Paul Gauguin Cruises voyages, travels can also experience arts and culture.

Marquesas Islands with Paul Gauguin
PHOTO: Sail to the beautiful Marquesas Islands with Paul Gauguin. (photo courtesy of Paul Gauguin Cruises)

Travelers can learn more about the artist on the November 21, 2020, Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands voyage when acclaimed academic, Fulbright scholar, author, teacher, lecturer, art historian and curator Caroline Boyle-Turner will be onboard the Gauguin.

Boyle-Turner will give a series of talks to enrich guests’ appreciation of the artist and his friends.

Historian Dr. Scott Homler will offer insights into the life and work of artist Paul Gauguin on the June 6, 2020, Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands voyage.

The cruise line will also host Dr. Teri Sowell who specializes in Pacific Island cultural arts. Sowell will tell tales of past and present traditions onboard the Gauguin during the July 18, 2020, Cook Islands & Society Islands and the July 29, 2020, Society Islands & Tuamotus sailings.

Anthropologist and sociologist Cluny McPherson will also sail with Paul Gauguin on the June 6, 2020, Fiji, Tonga, Cook & Society Islands voyage and hold a lecture on the history of the Pacific region.

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Cruise Ship Denied by Two Caribbean Ports Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

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An MSC Cruises ship was turned away from at least two ports in the Caribbean on Tuesday after a crew member fell ill amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

According to The New York Times, MSC Meraviglia was denied from docking in both Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Georgetown, Cayman Islands after port authorities learned that a crew member from the Philippines was ill. However, the Associated Press reported that the employee was believed to be sick with the common seasonal flu.

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Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats.

“In an abundance of caution, in order to provide protection to the health and safety of the residents of the Cayman Islands, the government has denied permission for the cruise ship to call on Grand Cayman as previously scheduled,” Dwayne Seymour, health minister of the Cayman Islands, said in a statement.

The cruise line expressed frustration over the repeated denial, claiming that the ill crew member and all passengers on the ship had passed a health screening prior to embarking.

“The crew member had traveled to Miami from Manila, via direct connection in Istanbul,” MSC Cruises said in a statement to the Times. “He developed symptoms of common flu and tested positive to Type A influenza after he visited the ship’s 24/7 Medical Center while already on board. He has no other symptoms.”

The ship, which is carrying more than 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew members, is in the midst of a 15-day roundtrip sailing from Miami that had included scheduled stops in Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Mexico, Bahamas, Belize and Honduras.

MSC Meraviglia isn’t the first ship to be turned away from port amid fears of the spreading coronavirus and likely won’t be the last. Tuesday’s unexpected hiccup comes just one week after MSC Cruises updated MSC Bellissima’s Grand Voyage itinerary to Asia.

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