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Warm Weather Cruising with Paul Gauguin

The luxurious m/s Paul Gauguin chases warm weather and leads small ship cruising in destinations such as Tahiti, the South Pacific, Fiji and hidden ports found in the Caribbean, Europe and Latin America. This year,  the ship is taking a “one-time” opportunity to voyage to Bali and Fiji and back. The all-inclusive pricing offers an extraordinary value, and allows you to spend more time enjoying your cruise vacation and less time worrying about every little detail when it’s all been taken care of—from airfare out of LAX to gourmet dining to onboard gratuities, and so much more. Once you’re on the plane, relax.

Relaxing by the pool on the deck in Tahiti

Relaxing by the pool on the deck in Tahiti

The experience is more than just sunshine and open waters. Guests can enjoy world-renowned SCUBA diving that will awe the most experienced divers and set the foundation for those new to the thrill of swimming under the sea. You can even earn your PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certification on board instead of training in pools back home.

Scuba Dive in the South Pacific! Earn your PADI certification during vacation.

Scuba Dive in the South Pacific! Earn your PADI certification during vacation.

Built specifically for the shallow waters of the South Pacific, this luxurious cruise ship is able to access small ports (like the port pictured below) that other ships can’t. It is a thrill to look down over white sands in shallow waters, and even more of a pleasure when you arrive at the small ports made possible by Paul Gauguin.

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Paul Gauguin in Tere Mora

Bali to Fiji

17 Nights
Departure Date: June 7, 2017

Experience many different aspects of the Far East on this one-time, one-of-a-kind itinerary. Embark The Gauguin in the tropical paradise of Bali and continue your exploration of Indonesia. You’ll also call on the tiny new nation of Timor-Leste, as well as Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu en route to Lautoka, the heart of Fiji’s sugarcane-growing region. .

Prices starting from $7,895

(Includes airfare from Los Angeles)
*Prices and availability are subject to change. Please contact your Santa Barbara Travel Advisor for more details.
To see where m/s Paul Gauguin will be in 2017-2018, contact your Santa Barbara Travel advisor or call Tina at 805.869.1112
Tina Slimp

Tina Slimp

Travel Advisor, Santa Barbara

Email: tnordholm@sbtravel.com
Phone: 805.869.1112

Solo Travelers on Silversea Cruises

We’ve written before about the amazing explosion in the desire for solo travel.  A recent poll by Booking.com revealed that 66% of women have vacationed without a partner.  It appears that people, especially women, are no longer willing to wait for a spouse or a companion whose schedule or interests match theirs.

This rising demographic doesn’t want to be penalized for traveling alone.  Cruise companies have, in the past, been especially guilty of the dreaded ‘single supplement’ that charges just as much for a solo traveler as for a couple.  That’s why we’re happy to report today about Silversea, the small ship cruise line.  Silversea caters to the independent, adventurous traveler by offering sailings to unique destinations with only a 10% cabin supplement.

Silversea offers concierge-level, personalized butler service in all their suites.

Silversea offers concierge-level, personalized butler service in all their suites.

The cabins themselves are all ocean-view suites.  Owned by an Italian family, Silversea features Italian bed linens and chocolates, and even Italian marble in the spacious bathrooms.  Their all-inclusive experience, with an extraordinary staff-to-guest ratio of nearly one-to-one, is more akin to a floating boutique hotel than the usual cruise ship: there are no lines, no waiting, no assigned dining times or tables, photographers or art auctions.

A welcoming champagne reception is hosted aboard every Silversea sailing, so that independent travelers can meet and mingle with other like-minded voyagers – and some departures even feature Gentlemen Hosts who are available as dance partners and dinner companions.

Select Silversea departures have only a 10% single supplement, with all the same, all-inclusive features

Select Silversea departures have only a 10% single supplement, with all the same, all-inclusive features

Silversea cruises also fit well with the independent traveler profile:  their ships are sized to be able to visit more remote, lesser-known ports and to bring guests closer to their destination.  Silversea guests are known for being physically fit, with a strong spirit of adventure and a bucket list of must-see and must-do experiences.

Silversea guests are highly experienced travelers, with a strong spirit for adventure.

Silversea guests are highly experienced travelers, with a strong spirit for adventure.

The departures featured on Silversea’s 10% supplement promotion reflect that explorer mindset. In 2015, solo travelers can choose between expeditions to Chile and Cape Horn, the Galapagos and Tahiti and New Zealand. In 2016, there are South Africa, Africa and Australian travel opportunities. Don’t like these destinations?  Silversea also has reduced single rates available on additional voyages.

Give us a call at Santa Barbara Travel today to see which departure bests fits your schedule – and your bucket list!

Amazing One Week Special from Windstar Cruises

Tired of the big crowds on cruise ships?  Here’s your chance to experience all the comforts of a luxury cruise ship, but without the hassle.

Windstar Cruises is known for pampering without pretense, and their ability  – with fewer than 300 guests on board – to visit the hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world’s most treasured destinations.

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You can now combine an amazing experience with an amazing price.  We have to pass on the info we’ve just received about this incredible deal:  Starting on September 29th and lasting only through October 6th, you will be able to save up to 77% on Windstar Cruises, with prices as low as $1,499 per person.  This includes popular voyages to Panama, Costa Rica, the Caribbean and Europe.

Give us a call today at Santa Barbara Travel.  With prices this low, spaces are sure to sell out almost immediately.

South America, Easter Island & Tahiti, All in One!

Easter Island and Tahiti are some of the most exotic – and remote – destinations on the face of the earth.  Here is an opportunity to easily see these, plus South America and Pitcairn Island (from ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ fame) in comfort and luxury.  On this one special, 18-day sailing, prices include airfare, pre-paid gratuities, internet AND $900 shipboard credit!Oceania Pac Serenade 2016 Sailing flyer3-page-001

1st Thursday Showcase with Paul Gauguin Cruises!

Photo courtesy of www.pgcruises.com

Photo courtesy of www.pgcruises.com

April 2nd, 2015

Open House: 5:00pm – 8:00pm / Presenations at 6:00pm and 7:00pm

Join us for 1st Thursdays and learn all about Paul Gauguin Cruises!

Paul Gauguin is the leader of small ship cruising in warm weather destinations such as Tahiti, the South Pacific, Fiji and hidden ports found in the Caribbean, Europe and Latin America.

See you at the Downtown SBTB Office – 1028 State Street – for this amazing presentation!