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5 out of 5

Fantastic, repeatable experience. You'll see us again. by brichardson4502

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What can we say. We weren't sure what to expect and all our expectations were exceeded. We became close friends with 270 passengers and even better friends with all the staff. Can't say enough of how attentive and wonderful they were to us. I wish we could call each of them out by name but I can't remember all 220+ staff - suffice it to say they were all great!

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4.8 out of 5

One of the best cruises we have ever made! by dwsteele99

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Best cruise, ship, staff, and food we have every experienced. Highly recommend this trip.

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4.6 out of 5

from resorts to lush landscape by charleskaminski

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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.

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5 out of 5

.The most wonderful vacation ever! by ronmazza

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Friendly and warm staff, excellent restaurants and food, drinks all day! Some of the nicest people go on this cruise - all are a lot of fun! Will do this one again someday

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5 out of 5

Trip of a lifetime! by cruiseconverts

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The stateroom was very comfortable, the service was excellent and the excursions were awesome. We swam with rays and sharks in the Lagoonairium in Moorea. We didn't book this through the ship but we learned about it on trip advisor. We saved a lot on the taxi (we used Teva Taxi) and were treated to a very good tour of the island on the way there and back. We rented a waverunner for 3 hours in Bora Bora. Fantastic! 

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5 out of 5

Exceptional value by donfranz

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This is an complete cruise package, including meals, non-premium alcohol and gratuities. Excursions were reasonably priced. Our stateroom had a problem with toilet flushing, but it was manageable. The staff are very attentive. On-board medical facilities are limited and any serious problem must be handled "on-shore." Embarkation began at 3 PM, with nowhere to wait if arriving early.

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5 out of 5

best services in the industry by elaine250

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We have done 18 cruises. This cruise is fantastic.

 

All crews are so helpful.......restaurant waiters, housekeepers, concierge, tender boats, bar tenders, name them all.

Food are excellent.

Programs are super.

Art and craft classes are marvelous.

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5 out of 5

Trip of a lifetime!! by bymm8875

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This trip was amazing! From the pre cruise 3 night stay in the over the water bungalows in Bora Bora to the 10 nights on the M/S Paul Gauguin everything was perfect. The crew & service was exceptional & the smaller ship with only 332 passengers made it more personable.

We just can't say enough good things about the whole experience.

Highly recommend it & plan on going on more Paul Gauguin cruises!

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5 out of 5

We loved our cruise by lizzyloves2b

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The outstanding service was the highlight of our cruise. The entire trip was coordinated with exceptional precision.

We enjoyed the Gauguin hosts and hostesses that were always available and very entertaining.

We really liked the waiter Ryan in the La Varanda Restaurant and bartender Francisco in La Pallett.

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5 out of 5

Deserves to be on your bucket list by blacktieranch

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This Paul Gauguin cruise actually exceeded our expectations and they were pretty high. The ship itself is comfortable, could use a little update in decor but you soon overlook this as the crew is amazing. They memorize your name, the bartenders remember your favorite drink if you have one, and are ready to tend to your every need. The islands visited on the cruise are breathtaking. Aitutaki was our favorite, the snorkeling there was amazing. 

The excursions offer a pretty good variety, our favorites were the snorkeling ones, particularly the swim with the Rays and sharks, sounds scary but it's really an amazing experience.

The food is good enough that your waistline will grow a bit by the end of the cruise. It's a good thing the activities keep you moving. The passengers range from newlyweds to those celebrating 50 year anniversaries so you will meet and make new friends along the way.

There were many passengers who had done the cruise before, many repeat customers which speaks well for Paul Gauguin. We may well fall into this group in a few years. Polynesia is a magical place.

 

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5 out of 5

Impeccable service by Docntx

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There is this sense of luxury at its best, in the form of staff that constantly anticipate your wishes, indulging, gracious, with contagious smiles and cheer.

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5 out of 5

What a Wonderful Cruise by jilagan

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The 11 day PG cruise to French Polynesia was wonderful. The locations, the cruiseship, its crew and their services, the food and entertainment, were all excellent. I would highly recommend this world class cruise to anyone. Love    

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5 out of 5

Best cruise EVER by Xrayjudy

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This all inclusive cruise line was far above our expectations. It was great to not be nickeled and dimed constantly. Everything was handled with extreme efficiency i.e. boarding and disembarkation. We purchased the least expensive cabin which had two portholes. It was exactly the same size as the balcony units. The storage was the most generous of any ship. The bathroom was very large with a bathtub. You could actually put two people in it at the same time. The food was consistently well prepared and tasteful. Our only disappointment was the two specialty restaurants. While the service and ambience were above board, the food portions were extremely limited and small. For dinner , the Main diningroom was wonderful. For breakfast and lunch, the outside buffet could not have been any better. The menu changed daily If you choose not to do the buffet, you could order off the menu. Included in the cruise cost was free alcohol, beer, wine, sodas, In the room refrigerator, was water, sodas, and beer replenished daily. I would consider the Alcohol and wine to be mid level which was quite a good surprise. Gratuities were included. This being said the service was exceptional. From the room stewards, alll the way up to the maître d', you were treated like gold. We never saw one sourpuss. Entertainment: Michael Schapiro, the cruise director, put on two musical shows in the evening. Fabulous job ,very entertaining. There was a magician, who we did not see. Three evenings while in port, they brought on local dance troops who were wonderful. The ship had local young females and one male as hostesses (called the Gauguines) who entertained and were the most delightful. They had various Jobs throughout the ship, like greeting you at the tenders, hosting games, and singing and dancing throughout the ship. What a treasure they are to the cruise line. This was an 11 night cruise beginning in Tahiti. These tropical islands can only be described as heavenly. Our itinerary included Bora-Bora, Moorea, Huahine, Aututaki, Rarotonga, and their private island on Tahaa, where we spent the day with an island barbecue. I would give this cruise line and A+.

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5 out of 5

Best Cruise Ever in Paradise by NoraS

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Everyone was wonderful. The cruise director spoke English without a thick British accent, Les Gauguines were very friendly and helpful. The service provided by everyone (room stewards, waiters, maitre'd, tender operators, staff) was excellent. Enjoyed the gourmet dining, everything was very close and liked having the snorkel equipment to use the entire cruise.

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4 out of 5

spectacular by SandraG3

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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.

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4.9 out of 5

Excellent Paul Gauguin Tahiti Cruise by fdukes

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Paul Gauguin impresses from the time to begin your vacation with them. Two Paul Gauguin agents greeted us before we checked into the airport at LAX to verify our reservation with them. Itinerary, staff and crew, food, and excursions were exceptional. We will return to Paul Gauguin in the future.

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4.8 out of 5

The Cruise of a Lifetime by JudithDymond

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We have just returned from an 11 day cruise on MS Paul Gauguin to the Cook and Society islands of French Polynesia. We highly recommend this cruise! The ship is attractive, well- maintained, and well-managed . It has an incredibly well trained, cohesive staff who take pride in their service. Anything that you need is not just available- but anticipated. Our cabin was lovely and sitting on the balcony looking at the amazing blue colors of the water and the surrounding islands was wonderful. The meals in both the main restaurant, L’Etoile, and the two smaller venues (Le Grill and La Verandah) were gourmet- beautifully presented and delicious. We enjoyed all our excursions and felt very welcome on whichever island we were visiting. We extend our thanks to everyone aboard the Gauguin- and especially to Rowena, Marlon, Marvin, Rowell, Flo, and Mike . Special thanks to David Walsh of Avoya who offered wonderful suggestions, selected the perfect cabin, and followed through whenever it was needed.

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5 out of 5

No one does Tahiti better... by RoyalTravelDiva

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No one does Tahiti better than Paul Gauguin Cruises 🚢. Do a pre or post stay in a overwater bungalow at the Intercontinental Resort. The water is a beautiful turquoise color. Check out Bloody Mary’s in Bora Bora. This was the most relaxing vacation I have had to date.

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4 out of 5

7-Day Society Islands by philminn

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This was the 7-day trip to the Society Islands plus the Tuamotus.

 

This was our second trip on the Paul Gauguin.  We did the 10-day cruise last August specifically to snorkel at the two atolls, Fakarava and Rangiroa, in the Tuomotus.  We never got there because an engine problem kept us five days in Bora Bora (they had to fly in an engineer with a part from France!).  They provided us with some compensation, so we decided to book the seven day version of the same cruise (only one day in both Bora Bora and Moorea instead of the 10-day trip that schedules two days at these two islands).  We knew we were taking a chance going in the rainy season and we sure did run into a lot of rain.

 

Two of the days, because of bad weather and rough seas our excursions were cancelled, including Moorea and once again Rangiroa!  We did the pinnacle snorkel in Fakarava, but only got to snorkel near the beautiful coral and schools of fish about 20 minutes.  We enjoyed our excursions on Huahine, and Tahaa'a.  But the best day of the trip for us was on Bora Bora.  We had arranged an independent snorkeling tour with four stops.  Even though it was raining when the trip began, with only one other couple aboard.  We had a fantastic stop watching giant manta rays gliding below us, then a stop with many fish, then a great stop at a beautiful coral gardens, and finally a last stop to watch a couple of eagle rays swim by at a distance.

 

The trip was still very good, and the staff were excellent as was the food.

 

Now for a few minor criticisms.

 

Paul Gauguin had us fly on Air Tahiti Nui from Los Angeles on the late afternoon flight.  Flying into Papeete and getting to the ship after midnight had some negatives: we missed the first days activities and dinner, and also the first port talk on the first three ports we were visiting.  They should be able to just videotape this kind of presentation as other cruise ships do and repeat it on the cabin television.

 

I thought they could have done something classy on Valentine's Day, like give the women flowers when they came for breakfast.

 

The majority of people going into the dining rooms never use the hand sanitizer that were placed there to prevent illness.  On the big cruise ship a staff person is positioned there to make sure people do clean their hands.

 

We still had a good time and recommend this cruise to all.  As my boss where I work said, better being in the rain in Bora Bora than being in the snow in Minnesota Minnesota!

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5 out of 5

What an amazing staff. Everyone... by AugoCruise

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What an amazing staff. Everyone from the room attendant, to the wait staff, to the bartenders were terrific; friendly, attentive and accommodating. I am still blown away when the staff remembers my name but, I was speaking to a gentleman that had been on the same ship one year prior. The bartender remembered his name from the previous cruise. A couple staff members that stood out; Jaypee, Adrian, Efrin, and Rowena. Don't hesitate to book this cruise, it's a great way to see a number of the French Polynesian islands and be well taken care of at the same time.

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