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11 Night South Pacific Cruise from Tahiti

11 Night South Pacific Cruise from Tahiti (Papeete)

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Tahiti (Papeete)
  • Day 2
    Huahine
  • Day 3
    Tahaa
  • Day 4
    Bora Bora
  • Day 5
    Bora Bora
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Rangiroa
  • Day 8
    Tahiti (Papeete)
  • Day 9
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Tahaa
  • Day 11
    Moorea
  • Day 11
    Tahiti (Papeete)
  • Day 12
    Tahiti (Papeete)

Paul Gauguin

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Pros

Top-notch service and gourmet dining in three restaurants

Cons

Limited onboard activities during days in port

Bottom line

Active cruise that highlights French Polynesian destinations


Cruise Reviews

Have always wanted to see this part of the world. Paul Gauguin did it better than I could have imagined! The cruise ship was great, a little older, but clean and bright and had all the amenities needed. Small ship, less passengers, no ... Read More
Have always wanted to see this part of the world. Paul Gauguin did it better than I could have imagined! The cruise ship was great, a little older, but clean and bright and had all the amenities needed. Small ship, less passengers, no long lines. Easy, efficient with their tenders to shore. Shore excursions were amazing. Crew members were spectacular! So kind and so accommodating. They made us feel so welcome and joyous. Activities were fun. Made wind chimes, bracelets got fake tattoos...all fun. Everything inclusive Food was great! Ok, the wine was not the best. But hey...the margaritas were pretty good. Easy to get on and easy to get off. The islands they take you to were beautiful. Bora Bora for 2 days, was amazing. Tahaa and the private island with the BBQ was fantastic, everyone had so much fun, we didn't want to leave. Would go back in a heart beat! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Over the top service always with a smile! Wonderful, relaxed small ship atmosphere where you get to know the other 330 passengers onboard. We loved requesting a "table to share" in the evening to meet other folks. Fun ... Read More
Over the top service always with a smile! Wonderful, relaxed small ship atmosphere where you get to know the other 330 passengers onboard. We loved requesting a "table to share" in the evening to meet other folks. Fun nightly entertainment. The local Polynesians onboard with us the entire cruise to entertain and share with us about the culture were outstanding. Never a problem getting a good seat in the evening for the shows. So nice to feel pampered and not like you're being herded around in large groups like on the large ships. Definitely could have used better information about the shore excursions as what we were told was sometimes incorrect or lacking information that was important. Having the shore excursion talks available in the cabin television would be helpful. Snorkeling excursions were fabulous. Rangiroa at the local aquarium and Fakarava at the South Pass were highlights. The Aqua Walk was a bit disappointing compared to other options. Wish they had someone who did underwater videos of our snorkeling. Good food. Liked having the tips all included but still tipped extra for our cabin housekeeping and an extraordinary waiter we had everyday. Such a totally different experience than when we've sailed on large ships. Arriving several days early to get acclimated was fantastic. A superior horizon overwater bungalow at the Sofitel Hotel in Moorea was a fantastic option for us. Arrived late night via Air Tahiti Nui. Had a room at the Intercontinental Tahiti with extensive breakfast buffet. The next morning we took the ferry over to Moorea for two nights. We loved it so much that we went back for two more nights after our cruise. The ferry departs near where the Paul Gauguin arrives so it is very convenient. Take the Aremiti 6 rather than the Terevau. Much better experience. They mention that boarding begins at 3 p.m. but I would emphasize that it is best to be there as shortly after as possible that so that you can get settled in your cabin before the life boat drill and dinner. We would highly recommend Paul Gauguin for a relaxed cruise with gorgeous destinations. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
So, this cruise was highly recommended by our travel agent and so we listened and booked it. So right from the get-go after final payment we received the airline reservations for a flight out of LAX that would not arrive until 10:30PM in ... Read More
So, this cruise was highly recommended by our travel agent and so we listened and booked it. So right from the get-go after final payment we received the airline reservations for a flight out of LAX that would not arrive until 10:30PM in Papeete and then they would transfer you to the ship. I am saying why? So, we'll board at Midnight? Yes. Well there goes your boarding experience and no dinner for that evening. Meeting at the airport and transfers to the ship were great, waiting and standing in the rain to board not so much fun. Day 1 of cruise gone! Cabin was great, luggage was already there waiting. The ship is quite old, but clean. I have no real complaints about the ship. Dining experiences were awesome all credit goes to the staff. The menus at the 2 restaurants that you must make reservations for have the same menu every night (bad idea). Earliest you can eat dinner is 6:30PM Food was very good though. All entertainment starts at 9:30PM and that just does not work for us, we did manage to stay up for the Beatles from the Philippines but ended up leaving early, they tried, but sorry out of sync and out of tune. It was the only show we went to. Other activities were going on throughout the days and evenings and the ones we did go to were good. But it should be mentioned that a lot of these activities start at 6:30PM so we did not get to meet the Captain as we had dinner reservations, we did not get to make a Tahitian flower crown for the wife as we had dinner reservations. The fitness center is very small and very crowded and most time we had to wait for a machine to workout. The Public rooms, Bars we awesome and we had a good time. Service throughout the ship was excellent as well as the staff, enough cannot be said about the wonderful staff. The shore excursions we took were average and nothing to get excited about. So let's talk about the Islands...first one we go to is Huahine and I have to say why? Why the heck do they go there? Tender from the ship to the opposite side of the Island and take the shuttle to town 30 minutes away and two stores were open, gezzz what a waste of time. Second one is their private Island Taha'a and it was great and had a good time there until it rained, and everyone scrambles to get back to the ship via tender. Third stop Bora Bora for two days. Toured the Island and went shopping, second day went on the glass bottom boat, it was OK but overcrowded. Next stop Moorea for two days, day one it rained the whole time of our tour around the town and the shops we went to, OK but missed all photo opportunities due to the clouds. Second day we went shopping until it started raining again and again a battle for the tender back. I believe Moorea would have been by far the best Island, but rain prevented most of the great experiences. So finally, back to Papeete and we get there at 7:00PM and receive our Dis-Embarkation instructions, I thought embarkation was bad this was really bad. Must be out of cabin by 9:00AM and can't leave the ship until 12:30PM Breakfast does not start till 9:00AM so 3 hours of sitting or waiting, what to do? They do allow you to walk into town, which we did and went shopping and were back by 11:00AM just in time for lunch. Then we wait till 12:30PM to get off and found out the bus was going to take us on a 2.5-hour tour "to waste time" as the guide said because the Hotel they were taking us to was not ready for us. The tour was OK, and the Hotel was very nice but all you get is a room for 4 hours to kill before you have to check out and wait in the lobby for another 1.5 hours before the bus takes you to the airport for your Midnight flight back home. After loading the bus and luggage in a van we get to the airport at 9:15PM and wait another 2.5 hours before boarding. The flight back to LAX is 8 hours and I can’t sleep on a plane, never could sleep in an upright position. So, from 6:00AM in Tahiti to 1:00PM home 33 hours later is not how I would have planned it. We did get about 2-3 hours sleep in the Hotel in Tahiti and wife slept on the plane home. My advice, don’t book your travel plans through Paul Gauguin, book your own flight and get your own Hotel if you need one and get there 1 day before because the earliest flights all seem to get there after 6:30PM and boarding starts at 3:00PM. Also, the earliest flight home starts at 8:40PM so again I would get a Hotel going home (even though you may not spend the night), some place to go and relax before going to the airport. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
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