Since your site is full of glowing reviews of the Paul Gauguin, I won't add to it except to say that we LOVED it - it is a first-class operation all the way and is easily the most luxurious cruise we have ever taken. The one negative was an optional trip we took in Bora Bora. We signed up for Watching the Sunset from a Jet Boat. We thought we'd have a thrilling fast ride on the boat. No; it was no faster than any other boat and was probably even slower. BORING!!! They served the obligatory fruit and cut-up coconuts which is no big deal when you are sailing on a ship such as luxurious as ours. The "guides" were friendly although some of the information they dispensed was factually incorrect. The sunset was disappointing because of cloud cover and I certainly don't hold that against them. We did get to see some sharks - something that was interesting for a few minutes. Then we just sat in the water for over 1/2 hour bobbing around until they took us back to shore. What we both object More
to was the cost - $129 per person. This was a COMPLETE RIP-OFF! If they had charged $49 per person for this excursion, we'd have been perfectly happy. However, since we took many EXCELLENT excursions--some lasting four hours--while on the ship, none cost more than $99 per person and were 100 percent worthwhile. This one left us feeling cheated and unfortunately colored our overall impression of the trip. Less
Cabin 414 was fine and in a great location. One flight of stairs to the Grand Salon where the Captain's cocktail parties, entertainment and some nature talks were held. Two flights up to our favorite place for breakfast and the Internet room - lots of PCs and a decently-fast Internet speed. Our cabin steward(ess) was wonderful. We loved the no-tipping policy as well as being allowed to partake of anything in the minibar for free. How nice is that????
The queen-sized bed was first-rate and very comfortable. We also really liked the high-quality and good-sized L'Occitane amenities. This ship will be the standard against which all other future cruises will be measured.
A prettier island than Bora Bora and again we took a circle tour of the island - well worth it! Heavy rains caused our hike and snorkeling expeditions to be cancelled but we took a long, enjoyable walk and also were able to kayak off the Marine Deck. Great fun but quite a bit of work. Still, very worthwhile.
We left the Paul Gauguin here and spent two days at the Sofitel. We enjoyed the location--away from downtown--and its amenities. Gorgeous infinity pool, lovely room, excellent food at the two restaurants, etc. It was a great way to end our trip in a very relaxing way.