I’ve been looking for an excuse to visit the South Pacific and this photo themed cruise sounds like the perfect opportunity. Read on for details…

Paul Gauguin Cruises invites guests aboard the m/s  during the August 7th sailing to Tahiti and the Society Islands, as well as the August 14th sailing to the Society Islands and Tuamotus, to participate in a learning opportunity that covers an incredible range of photographic challenges and lessons through an elite photographic tour of the paradise that is French Polynesia. 

Celebrated photographers Jesse Kalisher and Roger Paperno and accomplished graphic designer and artist Helen Kalisher share their knowledge about their art as they lead an unparalleled photo-expedition that covers everything from tropical flowers and white-sand beaches to magnificent views of Cook’s Bay, Mt. Rotui, and an ancient Tahitian stone temple.

The course will cover every aspect of photography on islands that deliver one amazing photograph after another.  

Through the photography-themed sailings, participants will learn how to:

  • capture movement when photographing local flora
  • use a wide-angle lens or a telephoto lens
  • to add perspective
  • find the perfect shot
  • capture the majesty of this spectacular landscape
  • control light to create beautiful portraits in magnificent settings



Famed photographer Roger Paperno believes in the “Zen of photography,” and how emotion and energy can impact a photograph. His class teaches photographers how to approach each photo with a calm, clear state of mind to improve the quality of their work. Paperno will teach guests about basic photography and techniques, and will also illustrate how the feelings behind the photo are essential to the art of photography.

Jesse Kalisher will engage his fellow photographers in an exploration of how he sees the world through the camera lens, as well as basic tips and tools for every level participant. Kalisher has taught this class around the world and believes that the secret to capturing fantastic photos is found in the joy of the moment. He will share some tips that have made his photography famous, coveted by museum curators around the world.

Helen Kalisher teaches the basics and tricks of Photoshop, where she has created logos and web pages for Apple Computer and travel guides for Dorling Kindersley. Kalisher has successfully combined an artist’s eye with her love of photography, translated through her mastery of Photoshop.

The photographic tour also includes exclusive shore excursions, private portfolio review, a hosted dinner, and round-table discussions.  The cost for the photography workshops are $350 per person.

For rates and reservations for Paul Gauguin Cruises, contact a Professional Travel Agent, call 1-800-848-6172, or visit www.pgcruises.com


About Paul Gauguin Cruises:

Owned by Pacific Beachcomber S.C., the leader in French Polynesia luxury destination resorts, Paul Gauguin Cruises operates the award-winning luxury cruise ship m/s Paul Gauguin, providing a luxury cruise experience tailored to the unparalleled wonders of Tahiti, French Polynesia and the South Pacific. The m/s Paul Gauguin was built at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France. The ship is 513 feet long and 71 feet wide and has a draft of 16.9 feet. The ship can accommodate 332 guests with a staff of 217 and is one of the top Exclusive Charter and Incentive Group venues in the industry. The m/s Paul Gauguin has undergone more than $25 million in enhancements since its inaugural sail in 1998. Since 1998, the m/s Paul Gauguin has completed more than 500 South Pacific cruises and served more than 140,000 guests, including more than 12,000 honeymooners.




Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".