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About Tahiti (Papeete)

Papeete serves as the gateway for cruisers travelling to the Society Islands and other islands in French Polynesia. All passengers land at Faa'a International Airport, which is the hub and jumping-off point for Tahiti cruise embarkations.

Two nearby volcanoes erupting from an emerald sea created Tahiti, the largest and most populated of the French Polynesian islands. Tahiti Nui (meaning big) is the largest section of the figure-eight shaped land mass, while Tahiti Iti (little) forms the smaller area. Though connected by a narrow strip of land, from the air they almost appear to be two separate islands.

Tahiti is also the urban hub of French Polynesia, with the port and capital, Papeete, (pronounced pa-pa-et-tay) at its very centre. It feels a lot more French -- and a bit more cosmopolitan -- than the other islands, with sidewalk cafes along the main boulevard and a colorful, busy municipal market. The vibe is bustling (and traffic congested at times), with locals hopping on and off city buses on their way to and from work, and tourists ducking in and out of shops selling jewelry, French wines, fabrics and crafts.

That's the atmosphere, at least, on Tahiti Nui. Tahiti Iti is much more rural -- sparsely populated with just a few villages and small beaches, and only two roads, each about 11 miles (18 kilometers) long, skirting the north and south sides of the island. A day's trip along these quiet coastal roads awards views of clear waters, waterfalls, archaeological sites and caves -- and a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of Papeete.

From the town of Tautira where Tahiti Iti's north coast road ends, you can walk along the stunning Pari Coast to spy petroglyphs (rock carvings) and sacred marae or Polynesian temples. Where the road ends on the south coast is Teahupo'o, the surf capital of French Polynesia. Massive waves as high as seven or eight meters draw competitors for the Billabong Pro Tahiti surfing championship in August.

Ultimately, the island of Tahiti offers more activities, resorts and restaurants than its neighboring small islands. Beyond busy Papeete are museums, beaches and water sports options located on or just off the island's one coastal road. Even if your ship overnights in Tahiti, it's worth arriving a couple of days early to explore or simply relax at a resort perched at the edge of the lagoon. After your cruise, if you haven't done everything you intended to do in paradise, you can make up for it here on a post-cruise stay.


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  • 17 Night
    Cruise to Tahiti (Papeete)

    Leaving:
    Honolulu
    Visiting:
    Maui, Bora Bora ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    17 Night Cruise to Tahiti (Papeete) Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Honolulu
    • Day 2
      Maui
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Bora Bora
    • Day 9
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Auckland
    • Day 16
      Paihia
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 19
      Sydney (Australia)
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    Celebrity Solstice - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Elegant, modern ship with impressive drinking and dining venues

    Cons

    Exclusive venues for certain cabin categories could make some passengers feel excluded

    Bottom Line

    Sophisticated, contemporary and delicious cruise experience for all ages

    Reviews

    Celebrity Solstice Reviews

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    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    Celebrity Solstice, the first of the Solstice-class ships, offers one of the most elegant mains...

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    Gunda A
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Only complaint is we had to get off!
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Disappointing
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
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  • 117 Night
    Cruise to Tahiti (Papeete)

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Antigua, St. Lucia ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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    117 Night Cruise to Tahiti (Papeete) Route (Regent Seven Seas Cruises)
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      Miami
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      Cruising
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      Antigua
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      St. Lucia
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      St. George
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      Bonaire
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      St. Eustatius
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      Salaverry (Trujillo)
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      Lima
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      Lima
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      Easter Island
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 29
      Cruising
    • Day 30
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    • Day 31
      Bora Bora
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Pago Pago
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      Cruising
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    Seven Seas Mariner - Regent Seven Seas Cruises

    Pros

    Cruise fare covers nearly everything: drinks, tips and excellent variety of excursions

    Cons

    Prices are among the industry's highest, even for entry-level suites

    Bottom Line

    Inclusive nature and great service means a Mariner cruise is all about relaxing

    Reviews

    Seven Seas Mariner Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    In an era when mass-market cruise ships are getting bigger and bigger, Seven Seas Mariner is a ...

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    geebee2546
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Standards slipping.
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    The Amazon
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
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  • 30 Night
    Cruise to Tahiti (Papeete)

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Kauai, Honolulu ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    30 Night Cruise to Tahiti (Papeete) Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 3
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 4
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 5
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 6
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 7
      Kauai
    • Day 8
      Honolulu
    • Day 9
      Hilo
    • Day 10
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 11
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 12
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 13
      Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
    • Day 14
      Nuku Hiva
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    • Day 17
      Bora Bora
    • Day 18
      Bora Bora
    • Day 19
      Cruising
    • Day 20
      Cruising
    • Day 21
      Pago Pago
    • Day 22
      Cruising
    • Day 23
      Cruising
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      Suva
    • Day 25
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Paihia
    • Day 28
      Auckland
    • Day 29
      Cruising
    • Day 30
      Cruising
    • Day 31
      Cruising
    • Day 32
      Sydney (Australia)
    Ship Details

    Insignia - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    ** Excellent food and attentive service accompany an intimate and mature atmosphere onboard

    Cons

    ** Activities are few, which can prove either relaxing or slightly dull

    Bottom Line

    ** Insignia is a small, quiet and comfortable ship oriented toward adults

    Reviews

    Insignia Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    On Oceania's Insignia, size matters. At 684 passengers, the ship is large enough to have most of t...

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    stoshb
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Small ship is the way to go
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    BrocktonCruiser
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Great Small Ship Experience - Happy Holidays
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Tahiti (Papeete)

    Leaving:
    Tahiti
    Visiting:
    Bora Bora, Raiatea ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    14 Night Cruise to Tahiti (Papeete) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    • Day 2
      Bora Bora
    • Day 3
      Raiatea
    • Day 4
      Moorea
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Nuku Hiva
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Hilo
    • Day 12
      Kona (Kailua Bay)
    • Day 13
      Kauai
    • Day 14
      Maui
    • Day 15
      Honolulu
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Jewel - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Attractively refurbished ship with lots of dining and entertainment options

    Cons

    Water slide was removed in the 2018 makeover

    Bottom Line

    Choose this Jewel-class flagship if you like a vessel that's comfy and fun.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Jewel Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

    More than 14 years old, Norwegian Jewel has regained its luster with an extensive refurbis...

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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Comparison to prior cruise experience
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
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    • Select Dining
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    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
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  • 28 Night
    Cruise to Tahiti (Papeete)

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Hilo, Honolulu ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    28 Night Cruise to Tahiti (Papeete) Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      San Diego
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Hilo
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      Honolulu
    • Day 9
      Maui
    • Day 10
      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Equator (Cruising)
    • Day 13
      Cruising
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      Christmas Island
    • Day 14
      Cruising
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      Bora Bora
    • Day 16
      Bora Bora
    • Day 17
      Raiatea
    • Day 18
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    • Day 19
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    • Day 19
      Moorea
    • Day 20
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    • Day 21
      Cruising
    • Day 22
      Nuku Hiva
    • Day 23
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Equator (Cruising)
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 29
      San Diego
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    Oosterdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    The addition of the line's signature Music Walk has reinvigorated nightlife onboard

    Cons

    Lacks attractions for active cruisers

    Bottom Line

    Good service and excellent evening entertainment combine to please

    Reviews

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    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    First thing's first: Plenty of features onboard Holland America's Oosterdam might elicit an "oo...

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    ElEl
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    A few minuses, but overall lots and lots of pluses
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Not our cup of tea
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    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 13 Night
    Cruise to Tahiti (Papeete)

    Leaving:
    Tahiti
    Visiting:
    Moorea, Bora Bora ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    13 Night Cruise to Tahiti (Papeete) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    • Day 2
      Moorea
    • Day 3
      Bora Bora
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Nuku Hiva
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Hilo
    • Day 11
      Kauai
    • Day 12
      Kauai
    • Day 13
      Maui
    • Day 14
      Honolulu
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Jewel - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Attractively refurbished ship with lots of dining and entertainment options

    Cons

    Water slide was removed in the 2018 makeover

    Bottom Line

    Choose this Jewel-class flagship if you like a vessel that's comfy and fun.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Jewel Reviews

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