What does a starting rate of $4,995 get me? In short, round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Tahiti, a 7-night cruise on the m/s Paul Gauguin (accommodations, meals and beverages included), plus daily photo lectures and hands-on photography help from Islands‘ top photographers. Find a full list of complimentary inclusions aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin here.
How much one-on-one time can I expect with an Islands photographer? On the ship Jon and Lori will offer daily group lectures that touch on a variety of shooting and editing tips. They will each be on a different excursion daily and will be available to offer hands-on help to guests during that time. While the ship is at Motu Mahana, Paul Gauguin’s private island, Jon and Lori will be available on the beach to provide tips and assist guests with their photography.
If I shoot only with a camera phone or point-and-shoot, is Islands Expeditions for me? Absolutely! Great photos can be made with any kind of camera, and Jon and Lori will help you maximize the equipment that you have by providing tips about composition and lighting that will benefit photographers whether they’re shooting with camera phones or a high-end DSLRs.
How much time per day will require my participation in Islands Expeditions? Daily photo lectures are entirely optional and will be a maximum of one hour (but if you’ve got the sudden urge to duck out and hit the pool, our feelings won’t be hurt!). Jon and Lori will be available on select excursions throughout the cruise to provide photo tips for interested guests, but if you’d simply rather chill out and enjoy the scenery, feel free to do so!
What travel documents do I need? A passport is required, and it must be valid for three months beyond the date of departure from French Polynesia.
Will anyone meet us at the airport? Yes, a local Paul Gauguin representative will meet you outside Customs. Following your cruise, transfer service from the ship to the airport is also provided.
Will I need cash for anything? All onboard gratuities are included for room stewards and dining staff. For additional excursions, however, you may want cash to tip your guides or purchase local souvenirs.
What is the currency in Tahiti? The French Pacific franc is the currency in French Polynesia. The currency on board the m/s Paul Gauguin is the U.S. dollar. Small denominations of local currency can be exchanged at the ship’s reception desk.
Will the cruise accommodate special dietary needs? It will, provided you advise Paul Gauguin of your dietary requirements at least 60 days prior to sailing. Low-salt or low-cholesterol foods can be satisfied on board simply by speaking with the dining waitstaff.
Will there be Wi-Fi so I can Instagram all my photos and make my friends jealous? Yes, the ship offers Wi-Fi service, as well as an Internet cafe. A one-time $3.95 activation fee applies to all users. From there, usage plans are available for an additional charge .
What type of clothing should I pack? Comfortable, cool clothing is recommended. A sun hat, sunglasses and a swimming T-shirt or Lycra are musts. For evenings, elegant resort wear is welcome. Some guests opt for a light jacket or sweater.
Can I arrive early or extend my stay? Absolutely. In fact, an extended stay is encouraged, as Paul Gauguin has secured its guests special rates at local hotels. Find a full listing of resorts here.