Hello i am 45 and my husband is 46 i consider my self well traveled and hope to help you in your choice of cruising with the Paul Gauguin. We had been wanting to go the French Polynesia for about 20 years now but could never seem to be able to afford it they way we wanted to go which was over water bungalows and have to fly to different Islands every few days which all of this after i calculated the expense it was undo able for us. So i started searching around and found the Paul Gauguin then there was some hope, we really like the fact that once you pay for your vacation it was all included especially your alcoholic beverages! That was a plus, even though we are not heavy drinkers it is nice to not have a huge bar tab once your lovely trip has ended from the beautiful 16.00 tropical looking drinks.
We booked are cruise through are Platinum American Express so that we could get the most bang for our buck, American Express offered us an additional 500.00 for the cabin plus the cruise gave us 300.00 so we had a total of 800.00 on board credit that we applied all of our excursion.
Once you get there you will not need much cash it is better to put any expense like a rental car,food, and souvenirs on a credit card so that you get a much better exchange, most vendors do take American Dollars but the exchange is terrible, use credit.The truth is once you pay for your trip you will not need much at all unless you are a big shopper and like to bring lots back home.
If you are a honeymooner take into consideration that this ship age average is over 50's the nightlife on the ship is quite even though they have an amazing band on board it is relatively quite. There is a show every evening that was very nice but they are more folkloric not like the show you are used to seeing in Carnival or Royal Caribbean lines more native to the area with real Tahitian dancers and music from the local Islands.We are in our 40's and the age group did not bother us at all actually it was quite nice we were there to enjoy the ship and the area with out crowds and noise in a classy environment and that is what we found plus there were a few other couples that were in our age group to. The dinning is open you can go from 7pm until 9:30 and you have the option to sit alone or with your new friends you may make on the ship, they were very accommodating.
This ship is low key, no huge buffets everywhere , nothing is ever crowded, getting on and off the ship is very easy,the excursion and all of the tender services were very well organized and no waiting which was a huge plus. Try to plan your excursion on the website for Paul Gauguin on your reservation number for the one you absolutely would like to do but wait to do the remainder on the ship on the day you board and after remember the ship has a small amount of people on it so they will not book up as fast as other cruises you may have been on.
If you are considering going next year wait until after the ship has been remodeled which will be in January of next year, just give Paul Gauguin a call for exact dates, but if you are going now it is still very beautiful though i do feel it is time for a face lift. It is a little outdated and the carpets need work. But still very nice and well maintained.
Also we heard lots of talk on how so many people were scared about some of the excursions, the descriptions made them seem scary and you had to be highly experienced, as i said before the age group is above 50's and 60's so they have to be careful and cautious, we did all the things that looked the scariest and it was great nothing to be scared of if you can swim, do it all they were amazing!
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