m/s Paul Gauguin

Guest Hosts

Maurice Bligh

Inventor, Historian, Descendant of "Captain" Bligh

Maurice Bligh is a man with mission: to set the record straight about his famous forebear, who is widely known as “Captain Bligh” of the legendary HMS Bounty. With this goal in mind, he has been following in his great-great-great-grandfather’s footsteps, or rather his wake, for more than 45 years.

According to Maurice, the “Captain” was actually Vice-Admiral William Bligh, RN. FRS. (1754-1817) — and that numerous novels and two Mutiny on the Bounty Hollywood movies have grossly maligned this man who, on several counts, was a British national hero. He stood among the great names during a fantastic era of exploration in the opening up of the mighty Pacific Ocean. And he was a battle-honoured friend of Vice-Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson.

A retired patented inventor, Maurice is no stranger to the South Pacific himself. When he was only eight or nine years old, he was given a short-wave radio receiver and had, as he puts it, “the world at his fingertips.” Listening to Radio Australia motivated him to send a letter about his ancestor, who was also the 4th Governor of the former New South Wales colony, to the station. The station broadcast his letter and told him that one day, when he grew up, he must visit Australia and learn more.

In his mid-twenties, in 1970, Maurice set out by sea from England and followed the approximate route of the Bounty. He researched en route and logged 36,000 nautical miles (equivalent to 34,175 miles over land) during on a circumnavigation voyage of discovery that lasted nearly a year and a half.

One early morning, when the mountain tips of Tahiti rose majestically from the blue, blue waters, he recalls that the moment was a lifelong dream come true. Being there, he maintains, “brought history to life.”

We hope you’ll join Maurice aboard The Gauguin as he reveals historic truths about Admiral William Bligh, a three-time visitor to Tahiti and the South Seas. He will also explain how Hollywood got it all wrong: there never was never a ship called HMS Bounty!

other guest hosts appearing on the m/s Paul Gauguin

Guest Hosts

Chef Jean Robert de Cavel
March 13, 2021

Award-winning chef Jean-Robert de Cavel has maintained a Mobil 5-star restaurant, opened several restaurants in the Cincinnati area, served as Chef-in-Residence at the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State, and been named a Master Chef by Maîtres Cuisiniers de France. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a lecture and culinary demonstration by this acclaimed chef and entrepreneur.

Food & Wine
Guest Lecturer
Multiple sailings

Denis’s life calling was revealed to him when he led a group of Bora Bora junior high school students on a field trip, on which they viewed a pristine coral colony. Returning just days later, he found that the coral had been destroyed by the anchors of small boats. And he decided to do something about it.

Onboard Lecturer Mark Eddowes onboard the luxurious m/s Paul Gauguin.
Onboard Lecturer
Multiple sailings

For nine years, Mark Eddowes has captivated guests of the m/s Paul Gauguin with fascinating tales of French Polynesia’s storied past, sharing his wealth of knowledge through lectures that that range from “The Cult of the Tiki” and “The Ancient Culture of the Marquesas Islands” to the real story of the Mutiny on the Bounty. These lectures are often cited as a highlight by our guests.

Distinguished Professor of Cultural Geography
Multiple sailings

The University Distinguished Professor of Cultural Geography at Western Kentucky University, Dr. David Keeling has visited more than 185 countries and studied a wide range of topics, from the geography of exploration and discovery to socio-economic change. Join us aboard The Gauguin as he shares his expertise in a series of fascinating lectures.

Owner/Winemakers, Pfeiffer Winery and Vineyards
July 17, 2021

Robin and Danuta Pfeiffer are the owners and winemakers of Pfeiffer Winery and Vineyards, an ultra-premium, sustainable, 70-acre vineyard with an international reputation for producing world-class Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Enjoy a wine lecture and a tasting of Pfeiffer Winery wines when Robin and Danuta join us aboard The Gauguin.

Food & Wine
Paul Gauguin Cruises guest host and winemake, Scott Harvey.
November 6, 2021

A native of California’s Sierra Mountains region, Scott Harvey developed a keen interest in wine as a high school foreign-exchange student in Germany. Between the two continents, he was fueled by an insatiable curiosity that they both could deliver, and he began developing a unique, signature style that blends influences of Old World Europe and New World California. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a presentation and tasting of his Amador Barbera and Zinfandel.

Food & Wine