Paul Gauguin Cruises Debuts Dedicated Family Voyages Under Moana Explorer Program
Paul Gauguin Cruises, the leader in exploring French Polynesia and the South Pacific, will host its Moana Explorer Program for younger guests and their families on 21 dedicated summer and holiday sailings in 2023 and 2024. Tailored to children ages seven to 15, the complimentary program is offered in collaboration with Te mana o te moana, a South Pacific marine education and conservation foundation, and is designed to engage children with hands-on, interactive activities both on board and ashore showcasing the natural wonders and unique cultures of the South Pacific.
“2023 marks our third year of our exclusive partnership with Te mana o te moana, which has proven to be very popular with our guests, and we are thrilled to offer this immersive program again in 2023 and 2024,” said Susan Robison, general manager, sales and marketing, for Paul Gauguin Cruises. “The enriching naturalist-led activities are educational, exciting, and above all fun. Geared toward children and teens, the program welcomes participation from the whole family to create bonding moments that simply cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world.”
From visiting a sea turtle care center to playing real-life beach “Survivor” games, hiking volcanic mountains, and snorkeling in pristine lagoons, the program goes far beyond the formulaic structure of children’s programs on other lines. Depending on the itinerary, kids can explore underwater life, conduct water experiments, create natural jewelry, go on a treasure hunt, learn about Tahitian culture, discover island legends and geology, design a Polynesian tattoo, and more.
“It is a special delight to foster an appreciation of Tahitian culture, wildlife, and wilderness among the guests of Paul Gauguin Cruises,” said Hélène Duran, general manager at Te mana o te moana. “Through travel comes knowledge and we hope the experiences in French Polynesia will leave a long-lasting impression on these younger adventurers as we know they are the future custodians of our planet.”
The Moana Explorer Program is available on the following departures for summer and holiday voyages in 2023 and 2024:
Seven-night Tahiti & the Society Islands: June 10, 2023; June 17, 2023; June 24, 2023; July 22, 2023; Aug. 26, 2023; June 22, 2024; July 27, 2024. Seven-night More Society Islands & Tahiti: June 29, 2024; July 20, 2024; Aug. 17, 2024. 10-night Society Islands & Tuamotus: July 12, 2023. 11-night Cook Islands & Society Islands: July 1, 2023. 14-night Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands: July 29, 2023; Aug. 12, 2023; Dec. 16, 2023â€¯; Dec. 30, 2023. 14-night Islands of the Marquesas & Tuamotus: June 8, 2024; July 6, 2024; Aug. 3, 2024; Aug. 24, 2024; Dec. 21, 2024.
There is no fee for the program, which is available to be booked onboard, as it is included as part of Paul Gauguin Cruises’ all-inclusive cruise fares. For more information, click on Moana Explorer Program.
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