Polynesian Dream Cruise: Ocean Princess Cruise Review by boone2
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Polynesian Dream Cruise
Destination: South Pacific
Embarkation: Tahiti (Papeete)
The ship was in extremely good repair, the crew was the best we had encountered, always so friendly and helpful,nothing was too much trouble. This was the first time we had traditional dining, I'm not a huge fan. We had asked for a table for 2 on late seating. On the first night we were placed on a table for 4, the couple we were with were very nice but they had wanted to be on a large table. The Maitre'd' was very helpful and always present, on our last cruise in August we never saw him. The next night we were placed on a table for 2 right next to a table for 6, unfortunately that table had a young lady on it who had verbal diarrhea at loud decibels, having to listen to her drivel drove us nuts and it gave hubby earache, how the other members of the table stood her for 10 nights I don't know. By the third night we had met quite a few members of our roll call and were invited to share a table for 4 with another couple from Toronto (thanks Katie and Bill) We had a blast with them and enjoyed their company very much. The food was good to very good in the dining room. We used the buffet for breakfast and most lunches when we were on board, it was certainly adequate and the food fresh, we never went hungry. We never used room service this trip. The entertainment was not really very good but the ship was nearly dead by about 11pm at night, the demographics were alot of honeymooners and older couples. There was only one child, she was from our Roll call. The best of the entertainment were the folkloric shows, they were superb. There was one in Tahiti and two in Riatea, one of which was preformed by children which was very entertaining. These were all local entertainers brought onto the ship and were part of many highlights of this trip. There was plenty of entertainment, just none that appealed to us. The excursions were all private ones, most of which we booked prior to going or picked up on shore, They mostly all consisted of snorkeling and each trip was unique. The first one (Patricks' Safari) in Tahiti had been coincidentally booked by all roll call members and was great, we learnt alot about the flora, fauna and geography of FP and also got to know people we had been corresponding with all year. We ended by swimming in a river pool. I would highly recommend this excursion. We had booked Marc's Huahine picnic and met even more members of the roll call. This trip was one of the best days we spent on the cruise. It was so natural and uncommercialized and the food was excellent. In rangiroa we picked up a snorkeling at the pier, it was fun but quite pricey at $50 for 1.5 hours snorkeling at a motu. In Riatea alot of our roll call picked up a river cruise and motu snorkel, this was fun. In each of the islands it seemed the snorkeling was a little different. On Bora Bora we shared a boat with our table companions, this was booked by them previously. This was another highlight, we saw dolphins frolicking around us, swam with sharks, went to different areas of the island to snorkel and swam in a coral garden. We had a round trip around the island with all the sights ect pointed out. This was a 4 hour hire and was wonderful In Moorea I had previously booked a snorkeling and motu picnic tour with Albert's Tours. I heard negative things about this after booking but it was really good, you can also pick up this tour at the pier but don't get lunch, just fruit and water. WE swam with sharks, stingrays and had a lovely lunch with whale sightings just outside the reef. This was truly a dream vacation. I am not a watersports fan, not even a very good swimmer but spent every day in the water and loved it. The islands seemed to get even more beautiful as we went on, the people truly lovely and seemed to quite like tourists too. I hope I will have a chance to take this trip again Less
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