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Paul Gauguin Cruise Review to South Pacific

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 41

Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5
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Paul Gauguin

14 Night Marquesas - Tuamotus & Society Islands (Papeete Roundtrip)

Sail date: November 18, 2017

Ship: Paul Gauguin

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 710

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

If you haven't been to French Polynesia, this 2 week cruise takes you to the popular islands ( Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea) and least visited (Tuamotos, Marquesas). Its a good introduction but you will want to spend time on these islands.


4 out of 5
A bit of a crowd and we were sent to wrong station but once the line figured it out it worked.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
3 restaurants: try to eat in the reservation only two restaurants as the crowd is less and a bit more quiet and fancy

Room Service

5 out of 5

Order was delivered on time but be specific as to items (honey, spreads etc). One day we ordered mangoes and papaya and it was delicious.


5 out of 5

Great choices. large portions. We discovered that smaller portions work just fine. Fish choices include tuna, wahoo, moon, mahi mahi. If you eat meat, you will be in heaven. Can get very noisey and tables for two can be a wait.

Le Grill

4 out of 5

Polynesian at night we choices that you can definitely try. more casual sister than the veranda.

La Veranda

5 out of 5

There are two menus: the french and the veranda. try the french if you go once. can be exotic.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Lots of choices from shows to entertainers to lectures to hands on activities.


5 out of 5
Les Gaugains and Gaugaines are fantastic.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The staff remember you and your name and are very attentive.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Lots of spaces to get lost in. Most areas well maintained and clean.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Good size for two weeks. Our cabin stewardess, Rosenita, was a charm.

Ship tip

Make reservations at specialty restaurants as soon as you board. Shore excursions are extra so do some research beforehand and maybe you can have an option. There is always something to eat so watch your diet.

Ports of call

Papeete, Tahiti

3 out of 5
I usually skip Papeete.

Fakarava, Tuamotu Archipelago

4 out of 5
Our excursion to Teahata Beach was cancelled so we walked the very small town and found a place to swim and snorkel. would like to go back again.

Fatu Hiva, Marquesesas

4 out of 5
The Marguesas are special: less tourists, and no beaches. Its about unpaved roads, small population and amazing vistas and scenery. Our excursion to Hanaveve was an adventure. The Bay of the Virgins is dramatic but even more dramatic as you sail by.

Atuona, Hiva Oa, Marquesas

5 out of 5
We did not do an excursion but took shuttle bus to gaugain museum. no those are not real gaugain painting but the museum is quite charming.

Tahuata, Marquesas

4 out of 5
The excursion was similar to others in Marquesas. remeber no beaches so more unpaved roads to charming village with a church and an excellent small museum.

Nuku Hiva, Marquesas

3 out of 5
Losts of stops on this excursion. Roads a bit better and dramatic overlooks and vistas. The Taipivai Valley had some s offerings to buy which are quite unique.

Huahine, French Polynesia

4 out of 5
Skipped the many excursions on this visit and just enjoined the shuttle into town and a swim at the public beach. very laid back.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

3 out of 5
This was 3rd time to Bora Bora so we just went to the Paul Gaugain Cruise motu for a swim and snorkel. Just oK snorkel. If this is your first time do an excursion.

Taha'A, Society Islands

5 out of 5
Did the PGC Moto Mahana day at the beach with BBQ, swim and snorlkel. Snorkel was better but still not great. Try an excursion.

Moorea, French Polynesia

5 out of 5
Second time to Moorea. The dock didn't have much and so you more or less need a taxi to the village. We stayed on ship.


4 out of 5
The return home can be grueling. We had post cruise day room at Intercontinental. Sequence: breakfast available till 8 or 9, check out of room by 9:30. Lunch 11-12. off ship by 12:30PM. Transfer to hotel. Room was ready early. At hotel till 8:40PM then transfer to airport. Flight at midnight.
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