We just returned home from the 14-day Society Islands, Tuamotu Islands, and Marquesas trip. This was our first time on the PG and we are already talking about going back and perhaps doing the Cook Islands.
Everything was just wonderful. In January the ship returned to French Polynesia after refurbishment and everything is bright and new. We loved our cabin in the stern on deck 7 and our hardworking housekeeper Annie Rose. She knew us by name from the first day and kept us supplied with our preferred drinks throughout the trip.
The Gauguines were beautiful and talented and did everything possible to make us happy. At dinner time in L'Etoile they sang and danced throughout the room.
We attended several lectures and, by far the most entertaining and knowledgeable was Mark Eddowes. Mark told us that he only goes on the trips to the Marquesas although he was aboard for the full trip. His talk about the Bounty, Fletcher Christian, Captain Bligh, and breadfruit was a highlight of the trip. He also lead tours to archaeological sites and other places throughout the islands.
All three restaurants were great and the food exceeded our expectations. The soups especially were quite good and unusual. Of the three restaurants, we preferred Le Grill. It was romantic and, weather permitting, we had tables outside under the stars.
If you decide to go on the PG and Huahine is on the itinerary, the ship tour led by Paul Atallah is also a must do. The best island, in my opinion, is Fakarava where we snorkeled with Ato Lissant and he prepared the most wonderful lunch of fish he caught while we waited as well as poisson cru (a traditional Tahitian dish of fish and other stuff "cooked" in lime juice).
In conclusion, I highly recommend the Paul Gauguin.