Tere Moana Cruise Review by trav25: Wonderful vacation
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Glad we didn't listen to the first reviews and cancel, which we were contemplating doing.
We had the best vacation of our lives. We loved going to French Polynesia on the Paul Gauguin too. For our itinerary, it was a port everyday (except when we were unable to anchor at one because of high winds) and the people going were interested in the historical places. That made everyday busy and we were all too tired to stay up at night and miss entertainment. The small size of the ship makes this a very social ship. The staff was superb and eating wherever you want, helps you to get to know your fellow travelers. The excursions helped get to know one another because the size of the tours were usually small. Going to the oracle in Delphi was probably the largest group.
Favorite ports: Dubrovnik, Rhoades, Patmos and going to Delphi.
Least favorite port: Zadar, Croatia we arrived on a Sunday. Most everything was closed on Sunday. When some shops (not any museums) More opened, they closed from 2-5 and the ship left at 6.
We docked everywhere except Dubrovnik - where we had a tender- (be aware that the time posted ahead of time for the tenders changed during the day so you could only go back to the ship every hour), Santorini where we had a tender and Mykonos was our on,y zodiac ride. They were fine and actually came and went more often than the tenders I thought.
When you do a back to back tour, the menu will be mostly the same but that was good because we knew what we liked and what others tried and liked. There were about 14 of us that stayed on for the next week so we all got to know each other well.
Staterooms were fine. Occasionally, our toilet area would smell like a ship toilet but on,y one other couple said that. I heard one couple complaining about their room being too hot and another about it being too cold. Our room was fine and had lots of storage. Bring your own hair dryer though.
It is difficult to do some of your own laundry. On the pg, there was a rope that went over the bathtub. No bathtub on the TM just a circular shower. Our neighbor showed us how they did their laundry. You need plenty of rope to do a triangular hold in the bathroom. You can also bring your own wire hangers and hang clothes up over the bed using the air conditioner to hold them. Grab 2 beach towels and roll up laundry to get out excess water and one to put over the bed. We also used the laundry services and it was great.
I assumed we would have guest lecturers but we didn't. Actually, going on the TM arranged tours gave you well qualified guides.
Can't say enough about the staff and how wonderful they were. Kudos to all of them for working so hard to make our vacation wonderful. Less
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