There simply is not a more romantic setting for a new beginning or personal milestone than aboard our luxurious ship, and we are renowned for the extra touches and attention to detail that makes every occasion special. Commemorate a marriage or anniversary with a gathering featuring a unique Polynesian blessing ceremony. Honeymooners receive a complimentary package featuring a celebratory bottle of sparkling wine and more, or you can upgrade to an optional package with many extras, including a private dinner with the Captain or Hotel Director.
We also offer special optional packages for wedding receptions, anniversaries, and renewals of vows.
Complimentary Honeymoon Package
When you choose to spend your honeymoon aboard The Gauguin, we provide these complimentary amenities as our gift to you:
- Special gathering featuring a Polynesian blessing ceremony performed by Les Gauguines—our onboard troupe of hostess/entertainers—and hosted by the Cruise Director
- In-stateroom celebratory bottle of Champagne
- One 8"x10" photo portrait
- Exclusive pillow gift
Paul Gauguin Cruises offers Gift Registries for honeymoons and other special occasions. You simply create a “wish list” of gifts ranging from shore excursions to dining and spa options
, and your friends and family can quickly and conveniently select the gift (or gifts) they’d like to give. We’ll take care of the rest!
The idyllic setting and balmy climate of French Polynesia are the perfect venues for the ultimate romantic wedding. A law was passed making it possible for American and Canadian nationals to do just that. Below are some frequently asked questions about the requirements for a legal Polynesian wedding. For more information and a free destination wedding guide, please visit Tahiti Tourisme North America.
What are the eligibility requirements for a Tahitian wedding?
Couples must meet these requirements to be legally married in French Polynesia:
- Both spouses must be at least 18 years old.
- Neither spouse can be currently married.
- Spouses must be of the opposite sex.
- The couple cannot be related by direct lineage.
- The couple cannot be French nationals or residents of France.
- The bride and the groom must each choose a witness who must be 18 years of age or older. (If the couple does not have a witness of their own choosing, the mayor's office can provide one).
Can I get married aboard the ship during my cruise?
No. Paul Gauguin Cruises provides wedding receptions but not a legal marriage ceremony. Instead, you and your spouse-to-be, along with your guests and witnesses, must go to city hall in the commune in which you wish to be married and have the mayor (or an appointed representative) perform the ceremony. See below for details and required documentation.
What does a Polynesian wedding ceremony consist of?
On the day of the ceremony, the couple, together with their guests and witnesses, go to city hall (Mairie). The mayor (or an appointed representative from the mayor's office) will perform the ceremony, in the presence of at least two witnesses and in the language chosen by the wedding couple. After the ceremony, the mayor will give the couple a Marriage Certificate. This certificate will be dated and signed by the mayor's office of the commune in which the marriage takes place. A "romantic ceremony" can be held afterward if the couple so desires.