The award-winning cruise liner was in Aitutaki yesterday and is scheduled to port in at Avatiu harbour this morning.
Stuart Henry of Cruise Cook Islands, which is the local agent of Paul Gauguin cruise ships, said they have 326 passengers and 223 crew members onboard.
Henry said the average age of the passengers was 65-70 years.
Before visiting Aitutaki, he said Paul Gauguin was in Papeete and after Rarotonga, the cruise ship will head for Bora Bora.
“In Rarotonga, we have various activities planned for the visiting cruise ship tourists. They include a tour around the island, safari tours, Pa’s trek walk, a visit to Takitumu Conservation Area, Captain Tama’s lagoon cruise, and a charter to Muri beach,” Henry said.
“We are hoping the weather remains fine so we are able to get the passengers onboard safely to the shore.”
Henry said after today’s tours, the visitors would be entertained by the Akirata dance group onboard Paul Gauguin.
In Aitutaki yesterday, the cruise ship visitors enjoyed round island tour, safari tour, snorkeling trips, and a full day lagoon cruise to One Foot Island including barbeque lunch.
Meanwhile in a statement, Cook Islands Tourism said “as weather conditions can be uncertain, disembarking will not be confirmed until the morning of arrival(s) and is totally dependent on the assessments by the captain and/or agent”.
“All tourism operators are advised to prepare as much as possible for these arrivals and conditions.”