Get ready to see some beautiful places, and be sure to interact and get to know crew and fellow passengers. Also, this is FRENCH Polynesia, so expect many French citizens and speakers. Our cruise was about half American half French passengers. I loved practicing my French and people were patient and kind. If you want to go scuba diving in French Polynesia, do NOT hesitate to do this. Forget the famed "over water bungalows" and go on the Paul Gauguin instead.
Mar 10, 2020
Cannot recommend it. Its a great idea but the ship is too old, too small, and far too expensive. Even though a small ship, the only dock it uses in the Tahiti itinerary is at Papeete.. tenders are used at every stop thereafter. They only run each 30 minutes. Only once did we see passengers turned away because it was too full- but we spent an awfully lot of time of our vacation waiting around for or riding tenders. Not pleasant.
Feb 01, 2020
Get involved in the activites; lots to choose from
Jan 18, 2020
Don’t rush over at 3 pm. Let that mob get in and then arrive. And, do it!
Dec 18, 2019
Do not book though Paul Gauguin Cruises
Oct 20, 2019
Not much to do on shore in Huahine or Moorea so best to book a shore excursion. Tendered at all ports but only 5 minutes to shore. Easy to get off and on.
Feb 14, 2019
Wait until two hours to disembark. The dinning room its set up to welcome guest two hours after everyone had to disembark
Jan 08, 2019
I wanted to point out that all my pre-cruise went through my AMAZING travel agent, Mayra Silveira (cruises dot com). She was so attentive! We had a great time!
Dec 19, 2018
Explore all dining venues. Each one offers a different experience.
Oct 26, 2018
You will see a unique part of the world, but it's made extra special because of a truly memorable staff!
Jul 25, 2018
Go to Tahiti during their winter time --- July, Aug, Sept for the best weather.
Apr 03, 2018
Try to get Level 8 Veranda Stateroom with Butler service. Very quiet and service is spontaneous.
Dec 05, 2017
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.
Jul 20, 2017
Prepare to meet some really nice people and make new friends!
Mar 02, 2017
Having a butler was so nice! We highly recommend it.
Dec 29, 2016
The embarkation time is 3PM for the cruise took. E, and earlier arrivals had no place to wait. This could be a problem in rainy weather. Alcohol, except for premium brands, is included in the price, as is all food, regardless of restaurant. Evening dress is shoes, collared shirt/trousers for men
Dec 19, 2016
Book your preferred restaurant asap since the guest numbers allowed to two small restaurants are limited.
Take the island tours either with the cruise or outside venders to see the whole islands. Outside vendors are highly regulated.
Dec 07, 2016
If you dive, do dive with them. The dive staff is great and you leave the ship right from the aft watersports platform that drops down from the ship - VERY convenient!!!
Oct 07, 2016
Must do... everything except the excursions was included & that is such a plus!!
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