Ciao Opera Mavens. According to Cruisemeister Tom Taffel, a medical emergency has caused a scheduled passenger to cancel his travel to Tahiti and the South Pacific (departing July 29, 2015). Here is Tom’s special discount offer in his own words:

If this glorious opera group cruise happens to work into your schedule for this year, I’d be happy to give you, (in addition to all the other gifts and discounts my group of forty-three will be receiving), a gift of $1,000 + $1,000 for two people or a gift of $2,038 for one person … so I will absorb the cost of the single supplement charge for this beautiful E-Category picture window stateroom on our OPERA group cruise to Bora Bora on the m/s “Paul Gauguin” with opera stars Kristin Clayton and Catherine Cook plus legendary Jean-Michel Cousteau aboard the ~ six-star ~ ultra-luxury ~ (small) 332 passengers m/s “Paul Gauguin” ~ for July 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015.

Although the ship is nearly 100% sold out — we have a very large group, (forty-three exciting guests), already booked.  Please give me a call at your earliest convenience if this is of interest … 415.566.7673 and please note that this is a new (hopefully) temporary e-mail address: “

Jean-Michel Cousteau will conduct a series of lectures with videos of his work in the world’s oceans, as well as accompany several dives from the ship. He has produced more than 80 films and received numerous prestigious awards, including the Emmy, Peabody, 7 d’Or, and Cable Ace Awards.  This will be our last group sailing with Jean-Michel Cousteau. 
Jean-Michel Cousteau (born 6 May 1938) is a French explorer, environmentalist, educator, and film producer. The first son of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, he is the father of Fabien Cousteau and Céline Cousteau.Tahiti

Here’s the link to “OperaBobb’s” cruise announcement for our cruise:

Here’s the Paul Gauguin Cruises’ link:

Our two fun opera singers: Catherine Cook and Kristin Clayton will offer two performances on our sailing: (And yes, Cathy will sing “Trouble in Tahiti” by Leonard Bernstein … in Tahiti).

You will receive a $200 per person shipboard credit, and an exclusive 5% Group Discount, in addition to my full circle-island group tour of Moorea.

This is truly everyone’s favorite 9-night sailing. Your gourmet wines, premium spirits and champagne, (24/7), gratuities, port charges and taxes, transfers and watersports are included as well as your air from LAX.

Join us for our fourteenth, 9-night, group cruise aboard the ultra-luxury, six-star, (332 passenger), m/s “Paul Gauguin” voted by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler, The World’s Best (Small) Cruise Ship ~ as we cruise from Tahiti, Queen of the Pacific, to Bora Bora, “The most beautiful island in the world” ~(James Michener), Moorea and other spectacular French Polynesian islands for nine glorious days and nights.

Our group rate INCLUDES: an exclusive group discount ~ a past-passenger discount (if you have sailed previously on the m/s “Paul Gauguin” ~  round trip air fare from LAX ~ airport/ship/hotel/airport transfers gratuities ~ $200 per person shipboard credit, mineral waters and fabulous wines and premium spirits (around-the-clock) ~ port charges and taxes – INCLUDED ~ complimentary wind surfing, kayaking from the ship’s watersports platform ~ complimentary daily snorkeling ~ complimentary daily cocktail parties ~ personalized service of approximately 1 crew member to every guest, with one of the highest space per guest ratios in cruising ~ single open seating dining with the option of dining in three magnificent restaurants.  My group gift to you will be an exclusive 3.5 hour full circle tour of Moorea.

July 29, 2015 Papeete  ~ ~ ~ ~ 10PM.
July 30, 2015 Huahine  ~ 8AM ~ 5PM.
July 31, 2015 Bora Bora ~ 8AM ~ ~ ~.
Aug 01, 2015 Bora Bora ~ ~ ~ ~ 4PM.
Aug 02, 2015 Rangiroa ~ Noon~ 5PM.
Aug 03, 2015 Fakarava ~ 8AM ~ 5PM.
Aug 04, 2015 At Sea ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ .
Aug 05, 2015 Taha’a ~ ~ 9AM ~ 5PM.
Aug 06, 2015 Moorea ~ ~8AM~ ~ ~ ~.
Aug 07, 2015 Moorea ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 5PM.
Aug 07, 2015 Papeete,  (Disembark after dinner).
Aug 08, 2015 We will Arrive at LAX, at 10:45 AM.

The rates below include our exclusive 5% group discount and are based on double occupancy.

If you have sailed on the m/s “Paul Gauguin,” you may deduct an additional 5% as a “past passenger” – from our already reduced group rates below…

Double Occupancy,  Group Rates,  Square Footage,   Availability

Owner’s Suite on Deck  #7.  $14,005 ~ 534 Sq. Ft.    ONE  LEFT
Grand Suites  on Deck  #8.  $13,483 ~ 529 Sq. Ft.    ONE  LEFT
Cat A Suite  w/Verandah.     $10,633 ~ 358 Sq. Ft.    SOLD  OUT
Cat B Veranda on Deck #8.    $8,875 ~ 305 Sq. Ft.   TWO  LEFT
Cat C Balcony on Deck  #7.    $7,403 ~ 239 Sq. Ft.   SIX     LEFT
Cat D Balcony on Deck  #6.    $7,118 ~ 200 Sq. Ft.   SOLD  OUT
Cat E Window on Deck  #4.  $5,835 ~ 200 Sq. Ft.   ONE  LEFT
Cat F 2-Portholes Deck  #3.    $5,265 ~ 200 Sq. Ft.   SOLD  OUT

Rates, schedules and availability subject to change.

INCLUDEDFree round trip air from Los Angeles … applies to the first and second passengers.

Port charges and taxes, are also INCLUDED…Categories “OS,” “GS.” “A” & ”B” have Butler Service.

Your deposit is 20%.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation requests received within 120 days of sailing will be subject to the following charges:

Deposited reservations canceled more than…

120 days prior to your  vacation  date:   $100  per person (PGC) administration fee applies.

120-91   days  prior  to vacation  date:   10%  of fare per person.

90 – 61   days  prior  to vacation  date:   20%  of fare per person.

60 – 31   days  prior  to vacation  date:   50%  of fare per person.

30 –   0   days  prior  to vacation  date: 100%  of fare per person.

Air Tahiti Nui flies the Airbus 340 and offers complimentary drinks and movies on your own screen. Air is included from Los Angeles. Nominal charge would apply from other U.S. cities.

Departure: LAX   4:05  PM on July 29, 2015.

Departure: PPT 11:59  PM on Aug.  7, 2015.

A Special Note To Our Photographers:  Please take a few minutes to become familiar with Dr. Jack McElroy’s great photographic artistry and technical ability photographing Tahiti, Bora Bora and the world under the water at:  Click on Gallery and then go to: Tahiti 2008 -> “Underwater” and “Scenic.” Jack’s underwater photos are museum pieces.