Paul Gauguin Cruise Review to South Pacific

Contributor Level: Third Mate

2-3 cruises


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4 out of 5


Sail Date: July 30, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

French Polynesia and Cook Island itinerary was excellent. Service was professional; room service w/in 10 min. Wines were high quality. Rich french food at dinner got overwhelming for 11 days. Ate frequently at the Asian influenced Grill to lighten up. Rooms were comfortable. Staff curt in the French boutique restaurant. Evening entertainment below par; dated and often amateurish. Travel desk not open @ independent touring outside of excursions, although excursions were high quality and fairly priced. Did the pre sail tour to Moorea and it was spectacular.A great way to tour the islands.

Pros: destinations, days on motus,balcony stateroom, food and wine

Cons: evening entertainment on most eves was dated and amateurish

Recommends Paul Gauguin? Yes!

Service and Staff
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Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
Daily activities on private island in Tahaa and Bora Bora were terrific. Evening entertainment not so great.
Taha'A, Society Islands
Huahine, French Polynesia
Went snorkeling on the excursion, which was good , but didn't see the island from land so can't comment.
Moorea, French Polynesia
Rent a car and drive around the island. Go on the snorkel tour which takes you to a site near old Club Med, or better yet, book one of the all day tours through a hotel. You can easily take a taxi to meet a tour from the dock. Le Mayflower is a great French restaurant which locals go to.
Papeete, Tahiti
Intercontinental is beautiful here. Raddison only ok. Be sure breakfast is included as it is $35.00pp! Absolutely DON"T go on the bus tour here after departing the ship. Totally boring. Opt to go directly to your hotel and enjoy the facilities.
Don't Miss: View of Moorea from Intercontinental.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
The ship takes you to a motu with a beach and reef. GREAT!
Don't Miss: wine and cheese on your balcony as you sail away at dusk.
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Circle island tour a waste. The folks who did "day at the beach with snorkeling" raved about it. Beautiful beach. The shuttle bus goes to ok but not great beaches. We were there on a national holiday, so missed out on marketplace.
Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Most beautiful spot of the cruise. Archeology trip to burial site not so great, but take the shuttle bus to the farthest beach. There is a restaurant with a band, facilities, the most beautiful beach ever, and water you can walk out into for half a mile. We could have stayed here. Spend the whole day!

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