My husband and I just returned fromt the January 6th 10 night sailing of the Paul Gauguin under the new management of Pacific Beachcomber. It was the President's Cruise and Richard Bailey and his family traveled on the cruise for the entire time. The ship had 85% occupancy.
This was our fifth time traveling on the Paul Gauguin, our most recent trips being last year on the Papeete/Brisbane seventeen night sailing and the year prior on the Papeete/Marguesas sailing(the anniversary year of the Paul Gauguin). The two prior year sailings were President's Cruise sailings as well. We are happy to report that all is well on the Paul Gauguin. Most of the crew and staff are the same. We were happy to see so so many faces that we recognized and who recognized us. Our favorite Executive Chef, Mark Bishop, from England has stayed with the ship as well as our absolutely most favorite Captain, Rajko Zupan. The food, wine and liquor is exactly the same. The service is equal if not better than ever. The new President spent a great deal of time with many of the passengers and attended all of the events on the ship. There were many new touches added that were quite wonderful. The entertainment was good, Siglo was on vacation and the replacement band, PJ's Band was very good. The female vocalist was absolutely positively outstanding!
We have no complaints and/or criticism's and will return again next January if not sooner.
The motu day at Tahaa is greatly improved from last year. There is new furniture, the beach has been enlarged and there are more very good vendors spread out down the beach.