Regent Seven Seas' Paul Gauguin, easily one of cruising's most charming small ships, has gotten even more so, it would appear. The ship has just returned from a $6 million beautifying session (also known as dry-dock refurbishment) in Brisbane.
Key highlights include a new piano bar and as well as a new casino. Five additional staterooms were added (each with an aft-facing balcony). The new cabins bring Paul Gauguin's passenger total up by 10 -- to a whopping 330. Public areas got new soft goods and cosmetic touches. Even officers' quarters got a spruce-up.
Paul Gauguin has resumed its Tahiti and South Pacific itineraries.
Regent Seven Seas has a contract to manage Paul Gauguin through 2008. The ship, designed and built specifically to sail in Polynesia, has been operated by the cruise line since 1997.