New Paul Gauguin ship christened in St. Martin

Paul Gauguin Cruises christened its newest ship, the Tere Moana, in an official ceremony on Dec. 29 in Marigot, St. Martin. Mireille Bailey, The Moana’s godmother and wife of Richard Bailey, chairman of Paul Gauguin Cruises and president and CEO of Pacific Beachcomber S.C., presided over the festivities. After the ceremony, The Moana set sail on its inaugural seven-night Caribbean voyage to visit islands in the French West Indies, British Virgin Islands, and St. Kitts & Nevis. This month and next, The Moana embarks on 13- and 14-night Panama Canal cruises. From April through November, the ship will operate a variety of seven-night European voyages. During spring and fall, 14-night transatlantic crossings are available between Europe and the Caribbean. Like The Gauguin, The Moana offers an elegant yet casual ambiance, luxurious accommodations, gourmet dining, trademark Polynesian hospitality and all-inclusive value. The ship can accommodate 90 guests with a staff of 60 and has 45 oceanview staterooms, eight of which offer private balconies. The Moana offers two elegant dining venues and incorporates regionally infused cuisine of destinations visited featuring fresh ingredients from local markets. (