We just returned from 10 days on the Tahitian Princess to French Polynesia and Samoa and can highly recommend it to anyone who wants to visit probably one of the last relatively unspoiled destinations in the world.With just under 700 passengers, the Tahitian Princess was just the right size. We've been on much bigger ships with Carnival, Holland America, and NCL, but this ship had virtually everything those bigger ships had without all the crowdedness. We especially enjoyed the coziness of the ship and this ship's smaller passenger capacity seemed to make it much easier and more convenient to establish new friendships.The ship's staff was very attentive and the ship itself was clean and had nicely appointed cabins and public areas. We enjoyed the food as we usually have while cruising. There was good variety and there was certainly lots of it - all nicely presented. The fitness center was well-equipped and the floor-to-ceiling windows made it a delight to get some physical ativity while taking in the scenery - even if it was just seeing the Pacific Ocean most of the time. We visited Bora Bora, Western Samoa, American Samoa, Raiatea, Moorea, and Tahiti and can say without hesitation that these islands are exactly what you picture the South Pacific islands to be - lush mountains with beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters. The natural reefs surrounding all the islands make for safe swimming and great snorkeling. One piece of advice - bring your own snorkeling gear. It's going to seem like a pain to do, but not even all the Princess-arranged excursions provide the equipment and, at least at the time of our trip, equipment wan't easy to find - to buy or to rent - anywhere. We were told that shore vendors are still trying to figure out what things to have for cruise visitors because of the newness of cruise ships coming to this part of world. Availability can only get better over time.The evening shows were largely very good as the comedian, banjo player, and magician/comedian we had on our tour were very entertaining. The variety shows/song and dance routines featured terrific costumes - and lots of them - and intricate choreography. It was all very well done and certainly worth sitting in on each night.Visiting these islands in the South Pacific is a "must" if you're looking for spectacular scenery and a place to kick back. The pace in Papeete seemed a bit more up-tempo than most of the island villages, but we found the pace in the other locations to be very unhurried. We'd suggest enjoying these islands soon before modernization and commercialization creates a more Caribbean-like atmosphere. We think it was definitely worth enduring the long 8+ hour flight from LAX and red-eye return to experience this paradise. Don & Carolyn of Colorado
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