Paul Gauguin Cruises, the Bellevue-based luxury cruise company owned by Pacific Beachcomber S.C., was just honored with the 2014 Women’s Choice Award as America’s Most Recommended Cruise Line for Small Ship Cruising and for South Pacific Destinations. The award, which is furnished by WomenCertified Inc., is based on a national survey of more than 1,000 female consumers and travel experts.

“By carrying the Women’s Choice Award seal, companies like Paul Gauguin Cruises signify their commitment to empower women to make smart buying choices,” said Delia Passi, CEO and founder of WomenCertified Inc.

According to a 2012 Nielsen Global Trust in Advertising Report, 90 percent of Americans will seek out the recommendation of others above all other forms of advertising.

“Paul Gauguin Cruises is honored to be acknowledged as the most recommended cruise line for Small Ship Cruising and for South Pacific destinations among women. Receiving the Women’s Choice Award is a testament to our dedication in providing extraordinary cruise experiences,” said Diane Moore, president, Paul Gauguin Cruises.

Paul Gauguin Cruises operates cruises in the Caribbean, Latin America, the Panama Canal, and Europe, but is perhaps most well known for its trips to the South Pacific. Trips range in length from 7 to 14 nights and start at about $2,000. To read more about Paul Gauguin Cruises’ Tahiti itinerary, check out this travel story from 425 magazine. The piece features a behind-the-scenes look at operations on the MS Paul Gauguin, cruising tips, interviews with the captain and chef, slideshows, and more.