m/s Paul Gauguin

Guest Hosts

George S. Losey, Jr.

Marine Biologist
Paul Gauguin Cruises guest host George S. Losey Jr.

Professor George Losey was entranced by the ocean growing up with a diving mask and plywood body-surfing board on the southeast Florida coast. He received his Ph.D. in 1968 from Scripps Institution of Oceanography working on reef fishes of the East Pacific. His studies introduced him to Ethology, a largely European discipline new to the USA concentrating on study of the natural behavior of animals and their social interactions.

He left La Jolla in 1968 for the warmer waters of the Hawaii and remained as a Professor and Researcher in Zoology at the Institute of Marine Biology. His research, mostly funded by the National Science Foundation, concentrated on cleaning symbiosis in fish and sea turtles, aggressive and territorial behavior of reef fishes, sex change in reef fishes, learning and instinctive behavior in freshwater and marine fishes, and, most recently, ultraviolet vision and coloration in fishes and how they cope with UV radiation.

Over the course of his career, he has lived underwater as an aquanaut in Puerto Rico, dived in purse seines of the East Pacific fishing fleet with dolphins and tunas, and visited marine labs from Israel to Australia, including the Lizard Island Research Station on the Great Barrier Reef.

George started cruise ship lecturing in 1997 on the QE2 and has since lectured on various ships and with Smithsonian Journeys with topics in oceanography and marine biology with emphasis on coral reef biology, Hawaiian natural history, Polynesian and Hawaiian legends, Australian and New Zealand geology and biota, and “nature vs. nurture” of human and animal behavior.

Join us aboard The Gauguin as George shares his expertise in a series of lectures. He is also happy to sit and enjoy a relaxing conversation.

Paul Gauguin Cruises guest host George S. Losey Jr.

other guest hosts appearing on the m/s Paul Gauguin

Guest Hosts

Classical Musicians
January 22, 2022

Kai Gleusteen and Catherine Ordronneau have established themselves as one of the most important European violin and piano duos since they began working together in 1999. 

Art History Professor
Multiple sailings

Acclaimed academic, Fulbright scholar, author, teacher, lecturer, and art historian and curator Caroline Boyle-Turner is a perennially popular guest host aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin. Join us aboard as she enriches your appreciation for our ship’s namesake and his circle of friends.

Owner/Winemakers, Pfeiffer Winery and Vineyards
June 25, 2022

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
Dr. Lindsay Whaley and Dr. Charles Urbanowicz, Smithsonian Journeys
September 7, 2022

Join the Tuamotus & the Society Islands itinerary on September 7, 2022, to experience two very special Smithsonian Journeys Experts on language and anthropology in the South Pacific. when Dr. Lindsay Whaley and Dr. Charles Urbanowicz join us aboard The Gauguin.

Distinguished Professor of Cultural Geography
September 24, 2022

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.