Wednesday, March 29, 2006

RSSC's Paul Gauguin Back in Tahiti ...

REGENT PROVIDES MAJOR FACELIFT: The legendary Paul Gauguin has returned to Tahiti after a $6 million refurbishment in Brisbane, Australia. Word has it the luxury cruise ship looks ravishing, with a new piano bar and casino, plus five more staterooms with aft-facing private balconies. The six-star Paul Gauguin, carrying up to 330 passengers, has resumed sailing in Tahiti and the South Pacific. Managed since 1997 by Regent Seven Seas Cruises (formerly Radisson Seven Seas Cruises), she's been among the world’s top-rated small ships by Condé Nast Traveler readers. Seven-night roundtrip sailings depart Papeete on Saturdays and visit Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora Bora (for two days on the island James Michener used as the model of his idyllic “Bali Hai”) and two days in Moorea (inspiration for Herman Melville’s novel Omoo). This year she also sails two 14-night Marquesas cruises; one 14-night Cook and Society Islands, Australs and Tuamotus voyage; three 11-night Society Islands, Tuamotus and Marquesas voyages; three 10-night Society Islands and Tuamotus cruises; and two nine-night Society Islands Holiday voyages. Regent Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC) is part of the Carlson Companies, a global leader in hotel, restaurant, business and leisure marketing.

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