donfranz

donfranz
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Paul Gauguin

December 2016 - Paul Gauguin to South Pacific - Tahiti

Exceptional value

This is an complete cruise package, including meals, non-premium alcohol and gratuities. Excursions were reasonably priced. Our stateroom had a problem with toilet flushing, but it was manageable. The staff are very attentive. On-board medical facilities are limited and any serious problem must be handled "on-shore." Embarkation began at 3 PM, with nowhere to wait if arriving early.

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Norwegian Star

August 2015 - Norwegian Star to Europe - Northern Europe

Pleasant but disappointing

We are swimmers, but swimming pool is small and was always filled with kids diving/jumping (not allowed) without a monitor. No adult-only swimming area. We found food to be less enticing than on a previous NCL cruise. Disembarking in ports was disorganized. Excursion/Customer service people were rude and unhelpful to passengers who had booked non-NCL tours. 

We had an exceptional cabin steward, who made up for the numerous negatives we excerienced.

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Paul Gauguin Paul Gauguin - The embarkation time is 3PM for the cruise took. E, and earlier arrivals had no place to wait. This could be a problem in rainy weather. Alcohol, except for premium brands, is included in the price, as is all food, regardless of restaurant. Evening dress is shoes, collared shirt/trousers for men
Tallinn, Estonia - There is a lot of walking on cobblestones. Our guide was exceptional, but others we heard were not so good.
Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany - Trip to Berlin is a long day and much walking. The non-NCL tours seemed to have better guides, judging from discussions with other people.
Stockholm, Sweden - Late tour (12:30) meant a rushed time in Old Town since ship departed at 4:00.
Norwegian Star Norwegian Star - The cabin was under the swimming pool area, which meant that people were scraping chairs and making noises early and late. As swimmers, the pool arrangement was a major disappointment - small with no "adult only" area.

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reviewed their South Pacific - Tahiti cruise on Paul Gauguin and gave it 5 stars!

shared a quick tip for Paul Gauguin"The embarkation time is 3PM for the cruise took. E, and earlier arrivals had no place to wait. This could be a problem in rainy weather. Alcohol, except for premium brands, is included in the price, as is all food, regardless of restaurant. Evening dress is shoes, collared shirt/trousers for men"

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