The cruise itself was excellent. It was just the embarkation rip-off that tainted the whole experience. It is highly recommended that if you book this cruise to make your own arrangements well in advance of arrival. For example you could arrive the same day as departure but book a local tour of Papeete and its surroundings. Or come a few days early and stay in a hotel but be sure to do this way in advance.
1 out of 5
We paid $129 each for transfer from the airport and early embarkation on the ship. We did get the transfer but were taken to Papeete city hall and sat in a bare room with small wooden folding chairs and no air conditioning. Water and coffee were provided but we had to share 1 bathroom for over 100 men and women. As a result we were extraordinarily uncomfortable after a 24 hour travel experience. This in spite of the fact that our travel agent was assured that even if we couldn't go on the ship we would be taken to a hotel.
I have never had an experience like this before. When I book air with a cruise company or a travel company transfers to the airport are usually included for free and we certainly do not sit in a bare room.
As a result of this outrageous ripoff we never got to see any of Papeete and the following excellent cruise was tainted.
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