How to Celebrate Your Special Occasion at Sea

Whether you’re celebrating your engagement, your nuptials, or a special anniversary, there are so many ways to elevate your milestone on board the m/s Paul Gauguin.


Polynesian Blessing Ceremony

polynesian blessing ceremony

A Polynesian wedding ceremony is entrenched with symbolism and traditions. Even if you’ve already tied the knot on the mainland, this complimentary ceremony aboard the ship is a wonderful way to commemorate the occasion in a purely romantic way – with a bottle of Champagne delivered to your stateroom or suite, too. Les Gauguins and the cruise director will ensure your ceremony is one to remember!

The ceremony starts off with the blowing of a conch shell, said to summon the Gods to the wedding and share their power and energy. The couple’s hands are tied together with a leaf for a hand-fasting ceremony, then blessed and washed with pure water from the lagoon or fresh coconut water. Floral crowns and leis are exchanged, and you’ll be wrapped in a Tahitian quilt that symbolizes warmth, acceptance, and love. Polynesian musicians will play the ukelele, drums, and slack-key guitar as dancers perform, and you’ll get to join in on the fun as well.

Honeymoon Package

Make a note on your reservation that you’re celebrating your honeymoon, and you’ll find a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine awaiting in your stateroom or suite! Want to take it up a notch? Upgrade to a honeymoon package which includes an invitation to dine with an Officer, in-room bottle of Champagne with caviar and condiments, in-room canapes served daily, a honeymoon cake and box of chocolates, a deluxe flower arrangement, and a keepsake 8x10 photo.

Vow Renewal

Celebrating your anniversary? Consider adding a vow renewal package to your cruise. This heart-felt service includes a private Polynesian blessing ceremony, a bottle of Champagne, reception cake and a box of chocolates, an invitation to dine with an Officer, a crown of flowers, a deluxe flower arrangement, and a commemorative 8x10 portrait.

polynesian blessing ceremony


Toast to another year around the sun with an in-stateroom bottle of Champagne, an individual birthday cake, a box of chocolates, and a $50 shipboard credit.

Celebration Anything

Taking a cruise to celebrate your new engagement – or proposing on board? Add a general celebration package to your journey and enjoy an in-stateroom bottle of Champagne, flower turndown service, and a $50 shipboard credit.