The Brand New m/s Tere Moana
Paul Gauguin Cruises recently christened their new ship, The m/v Tere Moana in St. Martin. The operator of the highest rated and longest continually sailing 5 - star luxury cruise in the South Pacific, The m/s Paul Gauguin, christened its new luxury ship, The m/v Tere Moana, in an official ceremony held on December 29, 2012 in Marigot, St. Martin. Local dignitaries, cruise guests and media were in attendance for the celebration. Mireille Bailey, The Moana's godmother and wife of Richard Bailey, Chairman of Paul Gauguin Cruises, presided over the festivities and delivered 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. Ceremony attendees were serenaded by the festive music of a Caribbean steel drum band. After the ceremony, a champagne reception followed by a gala dinner was held aboard the Moana before the ship set sail on its inaugural 7 - night Caribbean voyage to visit islands in the British Virgin Islands, French West Indies, and St. Kitts and 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 Europe and the Caribbean. Like The Gauguin, The Moana offers a casual yet elegant ambiance, gourmet dining, luxurious accommodations, traditional 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 ocean view staterooms, 8 with private balconies, feature a king - size bed with luxurious linens, feather down duvets, flat screen television, DVD/CD player, iPod docking station, refrigerator replenished daily with soft drinks, bottled water and beer. The staterooms also include slippers and robes, spacious closets and a bathroom with sumptuous bath products. The Moana offers 2 elegant dining venues and incorporates regionally infused cuisine of the destinations she visits. The chefs are consistent in using local ingredients purchased at Farmer's Markets. Evenings feature live piano music in Le Salon. This is the perfect place to unwind after a day of touring, adventure and enjoying the sunshine. The ship's Deep Nature Spa by Algotherm delivers signature spa treatments, and a fitness center is equipped with the latest cardio and weight equipment. The outdoor decks feature a swimming pool, hot tub, Balinese beds and chaise lounges. In select ports, paddle boarding and kayaking are available from the ship's water sports marina. The ship's la Boutique features apparel, jewelry, sundries and souvenirs. The Tere Moana is a wonderful addition to Paul Gauguin Cruises. Experience this intimate and luxurious ship for yourself and you will see why m/s Paul Gauguin receives awards and accolades from the cruise industry year after year.
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