I always dreamed about going to the South Pacific, never really believing I would have an opportunity to go. You know it was a Bucket list item. Well, this past December I am proud to say that I can cross that off my list!! I had the opportunity to board the Paul Gauguin ship and took a blissful 10 night cruise around Tahiti and the Society Islands.
This trip was amazing from beginning to end! My Mom and I flew from Los Angeles to Papeete on Air France and landed in Tahiti at 6am. We took a taxi to the Intercontinental Tahiti Resort and got a day room. If you ever go, please consider staying here, it is absolutely gorgeous! Around 5pm we took a taxi and headed to the pier in the center of town. The minute we stepped onto the ship, the Gauguin experience began. We received our room Key and went upstairs to our cabin. I was pleasantly surprised at the size of the cabin, and there was lots of storage in the closet. We went to dinner around 7pm at the L'Etoile dining room. They had some nice choices and the seervice was impeccable. After dinner, we went up to the pool deck to listen to a live band, where we met our fellow cruisers. I had planned lots of different excursions practically every day of the cruise, so we went to bed early. This ship has 3 restaurants, L'Etoile, Le Grill and my favorite La Veranda (upscale french dining). It has a salt water pool and you can drink your cocktail in the pool, or on a lounge chair. There are lots of places to lounge on the deck, very comfortable and picture worthy. There is a Marina deck where you can windsurf, paddle board and kayak right from the back of the ship. I was to scared to try it, because that is some deep open water. I am not proficient enough in any of those activities to risk getting stuck. Each island has its beauties and quirks. We visited a lot of coconut plantations and vanilla farms and lots of pearl farms. It wasn't as expensive as I thought it would be either. Breakfast and lunch as buffet style with made to order items as well. From 4pm to 5pm everyday they offered Afternoon Tea. I am usually not a big tea drinker, but most days you could find me there sipping on some mint tea. My favorite evening shows were the last five nights of the cruise, where they invited the local island talent to perform on the ship. Also the crew put on this fantastic show with singers and dancers, even comedians. It was funny and awesome! Definitely not to be missed! Le Grill restaurant offers an Evening Under the Stars, that is just glorious! There must have been a million stars shining down on us, it was magical. Our stewardess kept our cabin stocked with water bottles and ice, and kept the room extremely neat and tidy. I took so many pictures on this cruise that my phone told me that I ran out of storage! I can't say enough about this ship. We had the BEST time on it, and if I had my way, I would do it all over again!