The cruise ship which offers small luxury cruises to idyllic destinations in the South Pacific called at Arutanga harbour in Aitutaki on Tuesday on her way to Rarotonga.
Paul Gauguin called in Rarotonga early yesterday and despite unfavourable condition generated by high waves near Avatiu harbour, the captain managed to maneuver the ship in perfect position to allow passengers a safe passage into the tender.
A total of 160 passengers from 340 aboard the ship visited Rarotonga and enjoyed a number of activities on the island.
Stuart Henry of Cruise Cook Islands said Paul Gauguin was on a 13-day tour, paying visits to some islands in Tahiti, Society Islands and the Cook Islands.
He said in Aitutaki, 211 passengers from the ship enjoyed the lagoon cruise, snorkeling and tour around the island.
In Rarotonga, the cruise ship visitors visited Muri lagoon, Safari tours, Takitumu Conservation Area for bird watching and a tour around the island.
“There is a mix in terms of the age group of the passengers that are onboard the ship and most of them seem to be from America,” Henry said.
“The conditions were not that good, it was quite dangerous because of the swells but the captain of the ship did a great job in maneuvering the ship to ensure the passengers safely get into the tender.
“Some other ships are not willing to go the extra mile but Paul Gauguin always ensure their passengers get the value with the services they provide.”
The cruise ship left Rarotonga late yesterday for Bora Bora.