Paul Gauguin Cruises will offer the Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Program led by oceanographer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau on several voyages this summer. Cousteau, son of the legendary Jacques Cousteau, and his Ocean Futures Society created the Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Program, which introduces young travelers to the natural wonders of French Polynesia through direct, hands-on, interactive learning.
The mission of the Ocean Futures Society is to explore our global oceans, inspiring and educating people throughout the world to act responsibly for their protection. Under the guidance of expert Ocean Future Society naturalists, young Ambassadors (ages 9 to 17) explore coral reefs, learn about volcanic islands and forest ecology, experience Polynesian culture, hike rainforest trails, visit marae (ancient Polynesian temples), and more. Parents have an option to join their children on eco-excursions and other activities aboard and ashore.
The Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Program is available on summer voyages and on select holiday cruises for $299 per child. The program is available on seven-, 10-, 11- and 14-day summer cruises from June 2 through Aug. 18, and holiday departures on Dec. 22 and 29, 2012.