Paul Gauguin Cruise Review to South Pacific

Contributor Level: Third Mate

7+ cruises


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2 out of 5

Not up to expectations

Sail Date: May 30, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Cabin: 739

SurprisedFor years I had thought of the Paul Gauguin as "top tier" and had longed for the opportunity to sail on her. That opportunity came this year when they offered a tremendous promotion. Given that we got a very good rate, the cruise was acceptable but it would have been disappointing had we paid full fare. The crew was great the first 9 (of 11) days but something must have happened because many definitely had attitudes (that once bordered on surly) the last two days. The ship is immaculately clean and well maintained but food (particularly dinner) did not measure up to luxury ship standards. Entertainment was okay but not compelling. The lack of any female servers in the restaurants and lounges was noted by several guests. For some reason, although we were in mild to medium seas, the ship seemed to have more motion than we have experienced on other ships of similar size in heavier seas. And a final complaint for any ship (PG included) that employs a photographer for revenue purposes: they are intrusive and the constant flashes going off all over the restaurant does little for the ambiance of a romantic meal.

Ship Quality
Cleanliness and maintenance were top notch
Food and Dining
Breakfast and lunch were fairly good; dinner not so much
Service and Staff
The staff were all great the first nine days but we experienced some bad attitudes the last 2 days. Our cabin stewardess, Herlin, and Mark Lucky from the wait staff were both tops!
Says it all - it was ok
Children's Programs na
Onboard Activities
We really didn't participate in very many
Destinations and Excursions
Shore excursions were generally enjoyable and educational
Cabin / Stateroom
Bed was fine, lots of storage, pillows only so-so; would have preferred a shower instead of tub/shower.
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Not into water activities but lunch was good!
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Unless they improve, don't pay full price

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