Paul Gauguin Cruise Review by nep1984: Fantastic!
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Destination: South Pacific
Embarkation: Tahiti (Papeete)
OVERALL: This is a wonderful cruise and the best value to see Tahiti and her islands in absolute luxury and ease. The running of the ship has not changed since PG Cruises took this over from Regent. If the PG is within you budget and you are debating this vs. staying in hotels, choose this for sure. Also highly recommend arriving a few days early and staying in Tahiti or Bora Bora then going on the 7 day cruise.
CABINS: Yes this is a luxury ship but you are not going to find the same sized cabins that you would find on Seabourn, Regent, or Silversea. That being said, the cabins are smaller but great. They are very cozy with lost of real wood and mirrors. The bathroom is a good size with a full sized tub. Amenites include L'Occitane products, robes, liquor and soft drinks in the fridge, a small flat screen tv, and fresh fruit daily. I loved spending time in my cabin.
SERVICE: Very very good. All the staff are super friendly and work with a smile. You can tell that More they work very hard to try and provide good service. One of our waiters told us that "On the Paul Gauguin, anything is possible," as we special ordered green apple sorbet from the chef for the next night. Asked for a Malbec one night when the red was a Merlot and it was not a problem. But of course, as with anything, there is some room for improvement. Examples: Lots of people left towels on the pool chairs and did not return. This gave the impression that those chairs were being occupied. Maybe they could have someone come around and remove unused towels. Another example: Asked for a mojito at the bar one night. Told they didn't have mint leaves at the bar. Could have gone to the kitchen to get some, but not that big of a deal.
ITINERARY: Action packed with every day in port. So much to do whether you want to just relax, go on shore excursions, or use the marina on the back of the ship for free water skiiing, windsurfing, or kayaking. What a great and easy way to see Tahiti!
FOOD: I loved the food. Ate at the main restaurant most nights and had 7-8 courses each time. Mostly amazing. Went to the Verandah one night but did not love the food. (Maybe because the ship was at sea and I was sleepy from the rocking.) It was not bad but in past cruises it was better when the Verandah featured the Aspicius menu for dinner. (They are bringing this back though.) Lunch at the Verandah has a different theme each day so it is a nice surprise. Favorite foods were soups, pastas, and sorbets (especially the green apple, mango, and coconut sorbets).
PUBLIC SPACES: The feel of the ship is very elegant. The decor is not loud and cluttered. There is Polynesian art everywhere. Art deco creeps in with the design of the main restaurant and some of the finishings. You can tell this ship was designed for Tahiti. Pool deck was never crowded. Suggestions for improvements: put chairs outside on Deck 5. Maybe install jacuzzis or sunbeds on deck 9?
VALUE: This is a luxury cruise with everything included - tips and booze too! It is by far the best value to see French Polynesia since hotels, interisland flights, and food are all very expensive. Their competitive prices make this a great value.
ENRICHMENT AND ENTERTAINMENT: There was always something going on day and night. During the day they had enrichment talks, arts and crafts, Tahitian pareo making, beach sports. At night there was always a show...mostly great Tahitian dance shows, plus the piano playing at the Piano Bar. Don't expect Broadway productions like on bigger vessels. The band on the PG is great!
CLIENTELE: Lots of honeymooners, lots of elderly, few families, mostly couples. Less
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