Regent Seven Seas' Paul Gauguin, the top luxury cruise ship choice for travelers wanting to experience French Polynesia, will wind up its long relationship with the cruise line in January 2010.
The 332-passenger ship, designed and decorated for its South Pacific home, has served RSSC for over a decade. The move has long been rumored and now is confirmed by the company.
Paul Gauguin is the only ship in the Regent Seven Seas fleet that is not actually owned by the cruise line -- though Regent Seven Seas has operated it since its launch in 1997. The first to own the ship was the French firm Societe Services et Transport. Boston-based Grand Circle Travel acquired Paul Gauguin in 2004 and the company announced plans to deploy the vessel on world-ranging itineraries before changing its mind and asking RSSC to stay on and manage it.
Since its debut, Paul Gauguin has been lauded as one of the most romantic ships afloat; it's a perennial Cruise Critic top choice for honeymoons -- and for vow renewals as well.
After its final RSSC cruise in December 2009, the ship will sail under the banner of Paul Gauguin Shipping Limited and will stay in French Polynesia.
In the meantime, a previously announced refurbishment that begins in January 2009 will go forward. The 12-day dry-dock session will feature improvements such as new upholstery and carpeting along with the addition of 26 private balconies to existing staterooms.