BELLEVUE, Wash., March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Paul Gauguin Cruises (www.pgcruises.com), operator of the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, will offer oceanographer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Program free on select voyages this summer when booked by April 30, 2013—a value of $299 per child.
Cousteau and his Ocean Futures Society created the Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Program, which is a unique, groundbreaking program that introduces young travelers to the extraordinary natural wonders of French Polynesia through direct, hands-on, interactive learning. The mission of the Ocean Futures Society is to explore our global oceans, inspiring and educating people throughout the world to act responsibly for their protection.
Under the guidance of expert Ocean Future Society naturalists, young Ambassadors (ages 9-17) explore coral reefs, hike rainforest trails, experience Polynesian culture, and visit marae (ancient Polynesian temples). They also learn how black pearls and vanilla are cultivated, how volcanic islands become coral atolls, and how to paddle an outrigger canoe. Parents are encouraged to join their children on eco-excursions and other activities aboard and ashore.
The Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Program is offered free on the following voyages:
- 7-night Tahiti & the Society Islands: June 1, 8, 2013, with cruise fares starting from $4,795 per person
- 11-night Cook Islands & Society Islands: June 15, 2013, with cruise fares starting from $5,395 per person
- 7-night Tahiti & the Society Islands: July 6, 13, 27; August 3, 10, 2013, with cruise fares starting from $4,895 per person
This summer is the best time to experience this innovative youth program in French Polynesia since it won't be available in summer 2014 due to The Gauguin's sailing schedule in Fiji, Australia, and Southeast Asia.
For more information and reservations for Paul Gauguin Cruises, contact a Travel Professional, call 800-848-6172, or visit www.pgcruises.com
About Paul Gauguin Cruises
Owned by Pacific Beachcomber S.C., French Polynesia's leading luxury hotel and cruise operator, Paul Gauguin Cruises operates the 5+-star cruise ship m/s Paul Gauguin, providing a deluxe cruise experience tailored to the unparalleled wonders of Tahiti, French Polynesia, the South Pacific, and Southeast Asia. The ship, 513 feet long and 71 feet wide, has a draft of 16.9 feet, and can accommodate 332 guests with a staff of 217. It is one of the top exclusive charter and incentive group venues in the industry and has completed more than 570 South Pacific cruises, serving more than 176,250 guests, including more than 15,000 honeymooners, since its inaugural sail in 1998. The Gauguin received second place for small-ship cruise lines in Travel + Leisure's "2012 World's Best Awards" and was recognized as one of the "Top 20 Small Cruise Ships" in 2013 for the 15th year in a row by readers of Condé Nast Traveler in 2013.
In December 2012, the m/v Tere Moana began sailing under the Paul Gauguin Cruises banner after completing a multifaceted renovation and offers voyages in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe. 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.
Paul Gauguin Cruises
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