Ep 12 – Discover Paradise with Paul Gauguin Cruises, French Polynesia’s Destination Expert

In this episode, we embark on a journey through the azure waters of the South Pacific with a special guest who knows these islands intimately. Liz Coleman from Paul Gauguin Cruises joins us, specializing in exploring paradises like the Society, Marquesa, and Cook Islands. Together, we’ll uncover the allure of these remote havens, from the breathtaking vistas of Bora Bora to the cultural tapestry woven across the islands. Stay tuned as we delve into what makes this region so enchanting, including a notable dining spot, Bloody Mary’s, inspired by the classic film South Pacific. 



  • [1:40] Liz explains where the French Polynesian Islands are and what a typical itinerary is like
  • [5:07] Discussion of Bora Bora, beautiful species of fish to see when snorkeling and the famous restaurant, Bloody Marys
  • [9:51] The ship was built to sail through these waters and into these ports, and a discussion of dolphins and whales
  • [13:10] Beach days in Bora Bora and what sets apart a Paul Gauguin Cruise onboard experience from other cruise lines
  • [16:19] How to get to the ship from Los Angeles, other activities available and the ratio of crew to staff
  • [23:45] Family youth programs are offered during the last two sailings of the year, and discussion about making memories with your family



  • Paul Gauguin Cruises has won awards for products that no one else delivers.
  • The Cook, Society and Marquesas Islands are located in the South Pacific, an equal distance south of the equator as Hawaii is north. 
  • Paul Gauguin Cruises are all-inclusive and offer an authentic experience to the South Pacific islands.



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Liz Coleman, Vice President of Sales, has been with Paul Gauguin Cruises for over 16 years. She started as a Director of Sales, covering a quarter of North America. She is now responsible for growing the travel trade partnerships and charter and incentive business throughout the Americas. Before landing at Paul Gauguin Cruises, she spent 14 years with American Express, selling corporate payment solutions for businesses throughout the Northeast. Consistently, she was recognized for her business development and relationship management skills, creating win/win solutions for the business and her clients.

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