Santa Barbara Travel Bureau, Tahiti Tourisme (Tahiti tourist office), Paul Gauguin Cruises and the Intercontinental Resorts French Polynesia will be hosting an exotic “Tahitian Evening” upon the Rooftop of the Canary Hotel. Experience French Polynesia, and learn about a November 13, 2013 Tahiti cruise that will be escorted by Santa Barbara Travel’s CEO, Charles de L’Arbre, and his wife, Barbara. This special sailing will be aboard the 332-guest m/s Paul Gauguin, the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific. The 10-night Society Islands & Tuamotus voyage will sail to Bora Bora, Huahine and Moorea, in addition to making rare stops in both Rangiora and Fakarava. Experience the picturesque islands of French Polynesia, above and below the water’s surface, with six-star amenities and first-class Polynesian-style hospitality. Guests booking with Santa Barbara Travel will receive $250 per person Shipboard Credit, exclusive fares that start at $4,441 per person and include roundtrip Air Tahiti Nui non-stop service from Los Angeles, plus a pre- and post-cruise day room at the Intercontinental Resort Tahiti with transfers. To RSVP for the August 1, 2013 – Tahitian Evening, 7pm – 9pm at the Canary Hotel, 31 W. Carillo Street, Santa Barbara, contact Santa Barbara Travel’s Montecito office: 805-969-7746 or email:

The unique Society Islands & Tuamotus itinerary cruises roundtrip from Papeete, Tahiti begins with a visit to the island of Huahine which offers a stunning crystalline lagoon. Next, enjoy two breathtaking days in Bora Bora, guests have exclusive access to a private white-sand beach for sunbathing, snorkeling, and kayaking. The ship then visits Rangiroa, home to the second-largest lagoon in the world before sailing to Fakarava, featuring a UNESCO-Classified Nature Reserve. A highlight of the cruise is a day at Motu Mahana, Paul Gauguin Cruises’ private islet off the coast of Taha’a, where guests can relax on chaise lounges, savor a delicious barbecue lunch, enjoy drinks and take part in Polynesian activities. Before returning to Papeete, the ship spends two days at Moorea, an island featuring jagged peaks, multi-hued lagoons, surrounded by lush greenery.

Hallmarks of Paul Gauguin Cruises include an elegant, yet, casual ambiance, luxurious oceanview accommodations, gourmet dining, trademark hospitality, and extraordinary all-inclusive value. Guests receive a day room at the Intercontinental Resort Tahiti pre- and post-cruise, transfers to and from the airport, complimentary beverages, including select wines and spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, and hot beverages served throughout the ship, an in-cabin refrigerator replenished daily with soft drinks, beer and bottled water, all onboard gratuities included, complimentary 24-hour room service and use of the ship’s onboard watersports marina for complimentary kayaking and windsurfing. Scuba diving opportunities are also offered. The Gauguin is the only luxury ship in the French Polynesia islands to offer PADI certification for novice divers, as well as refresher courses. For cruise information or reservations, contact Phyllis Kenton Brown of Santa Barbara Travel Bureau/Global Destinations at 805-984-1277 or

About Santa Barbara Travel Bureau

Santa Barbara Travel Bureau is the premier travel management company in the Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, specializing in corporate & leisure travel as well as meeting, group and event coordination. In business since 1947, the company is privately owned by Charles and David de L’Arbre.

About Paul Gauguin Cruises

Owned by Pacific Beachcomber S.C., French Polynesia’s leading luxury hotel and cruise operator, Paul Gauguin Cruises operates the 5+-star cruise ship, the 332-guest m/s Paul Gauguin, providing a deluxe cruise experience tailored to the unparalleled wonders of Tahiti, French Polynesia, the South Pacific, and Southeast Asia. It is one of the top exclusive charter and incentive group venues in the industry and has completed more than 570 South Pacific cruises, serving more than 176,250 guests, since its inaugural sail in 1998. The Gauguin’s accolades include second place for small-ship cruise lines in Travel + Leisure’s 2012 “World’s Best Awards” and recognition as one of the “Top 20 Small Cruise Ships” in 2013 for the 15th year in a row by readers of Condé Nast Traveler.


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