312 Paul Gauguin Cruises Paul Gauguin Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise because of the amazing comments and the itinerary. Everything was perfect from beginning to end. We were greeted by an extraordinary team who immediately made us feel so welcome. Check in was very quick and our luggage ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the amazing comments and the itinerary. Everything was perfect from beginning to end. We were greeted by an extraordinary team who immediately made us feel so welcome. Check in was very quick and our luggage was immediately delivered to our cabin. We were on deck 6 which was the perfect location. The food and service were amazing. The crew knew our name and what we like to eat and drink the second day we were on board. Everybody was so nice, from the Gauguins and Gauguines to the waiters and concierge. We never had to wait in any restaurants. Shows were beautiful and so entertaining. Shore excursions were well organized and a lot of fun. Cabins are very clean and spacious. Our concierge April Jane always made sure we had everything we needed. The ship is a perfect size for people like us who like personalized service and a quiet place to rest, have great drinks and enjoy the scenery. Ports of calls were excellent choices with different things to do on each island (we really enjoyed the barbecue on the private motu on Tahaa, and the wonderful swim on the amazing beach on the motu in Bora Bora). We really enjoyed the music and songs by the Gauguins and Gauguines, as well as the visit on board by Polynesian women who taught us how to make the flower necklaces and heis and leis. This was for us the vacation of a lifetime. We will definitely go back. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Wanted to give a heads up warning to anyone considering cruising on the Paul Gauguin that you will be paying Regent prices without receiving the quality experience you may expect. There are many friendly individuals aboard who work hard ... Read More
Wanted to give a heads up warning to anyone considering cruising on the Paul Gauguin that you will be paying Regent prices without receiving the quality experience you may expect. There are many friendly individuals aboard who work hard to give passengers great service, but there are too many negatives to overcome. It's a long way to travel and a lot of money to spend to sail on a Paul Gauguin cruise. French Polynesia is a wonderful location for a vacation. I would suggest researching alternatives if you decide to visit. We didn't let our disappointment ruin our trip. When it became apparent that drink service on deck 8 aft was terrible, we moved to the piano bar and met Nelson, who was an outstanding crew member. He memorized every traveler's name on the ship. Don't like flies on your lunch buffet food in La Grill? La Veranda had the same food daily served inside. Drinks watered down? Order doubles. Dining for our party of four was very hit or miss. Some items were nice while others were poorly prepared. Our best meal by far was the "specialty" restaurant's evening meal in La Veranda. All lunches were buffets. A phone call to reception complaining about the air conditioning and lack of hot water in our cabin resulted in both repairmen showing up in 5 minutes. Impressive indeed. The plumber replaced the shower temperature unit and all was right. The AC fellow's probe measured the room at 21.8C (71.24F). Tolerance was 21 to 23 (69.8-74.3 fahrenheit). Tough luck for us getting our room any cooler. Fortunately our travel agent had put together a pre/post cruise hotel package that included less expensive and better Air France flights than the cruise line's included arrangements with Air Tahiti Nui. Moorea's Sofitel had world class snorkeling which was the highlight of our entire trip. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This was our third time on the Paul G. We absolutely love it. Older ship, yes, as some complain, but it is fantastic. It is kept up and is luxury to say the least. We would not have one complaint about the ship, service, shore exc. etc.. ... Read More
This was our third time on the Paul G. We absolutely love it. Older ship, yes, as some complain, but it is fantastic. It is kept up and is luxury to say the least. We would not have one complaint about the ship, service, shore exc. etc.. It is everything and more we expected. The staff treats us like family. On our return, they remember us and it's like coming home. The Show, Tony Tyler - singer and Magician - Gustavo are just amazing. We booked our third trip because they were onboard. Fantastic entertainers. We cannot wait to go again. The food is WONDERFUL. Breakfast foods always hot to order!! Fresh fish and fresh fruits are amazing. Tea time in the afternoon is a treat!! Love the singers and dancers they bring on board. The Gauguin's are great. We love the Paul G. Ready to go again!! I saw other reviews that complained, honestly, I don't know what ship they were on. We were treated like Kings and Queens!! It's the best!!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This was our second trip on the Paul Gauguin. We did the 10-day cruise last August specifically to snorkel at the two atolls, Fakarava and Rangiroa, in the Tuomotus. We never got there because an engine problem kept us five days in Bora ... Read More
This was our second trip on the Paul Gauguin. We did the 10-day cruise last August specifically to snorkel at the two atolls, Fakarava and Rangiroa, in the Tuomotus. We never got there because an engine problem kept us five days in Bora Bora (they had to fly in an engineer with a part from France!). They provided us with some compensation, so we decided to book the seven day version of the same cruise (only one day in both Bora Bora and Moorea instead of the 10-day trip that schedules two days at these two islands). We knew we were taking a chance going in the rainy season and we sure did run into a lot of rain. Two of the days, because of bad weather and rough seas our excursions were cancelled, including Moorea and once again Rangiroa! We did the pinnacle snorkel in Fakarava, but only got to snorkel near the beautiful coral and schools of fish about 20 minutes. We enjoyed our excursions on Bora Bora, Huahine, and Tahaa'a. The trip was still very good, and the staff were excellent as was the food. Now for a few minor criticisms. They had us fly on Air Tahiti Nui from Los Angeles on the late afternoon flight. Flying into Papeete and getting to the ship after midnight had some negatives: we missed the first days activities and dinner, and also the first port talk on the first three ports we were visiting. They should be able to just videotape this kind of presentation as other cruise ships do and repeat it on the cabin television. I thought they could have done something classy on Valentine's Day, like give the women flowers when they came for breakfast. The majority of people going into the dining rooms never use the hand sanitizer that were placed there to prevent illness. On the big cruise ship a staff person is positioned there to make sure people do clean their hands. We still had a good time and recommend this cruise to all. As my boss said, better being in the rain in Bora Bora than being in the snow in Minnesota Minnesota! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We were in a Deluxe Stateroom. I think there are only 4 of them. The one with a Butler. The stateroom was one of the best layouts we have experienced. However the food aboard this ship is not cruise ship fine dining. The Main dining room ... Read More
We were in a Deluxe Stateroom. I think there are only 4 of them. The one with a Butler. The stateroom was one of the best layouts we have experienced. However the food aboard this ship is not cruise ship fine dining. The Main dining room L'etoile is open seating, crowded, noisy & hot. The La Veranda is their fine dining. Just passes because its just the breakfast room with table cloths! The Breakfast is the worst we have experienced for hot food. Its luke warm, pallid & poor choice. We had our Butler bring breakfast thinking it would be better - no its cold too. Our Stateroom had a complete power failure at 10pm one night. In complete darkness for 2 hours when they gave us lights but no TV, Fridge or Sound system. The wiring I saw was appalling but they fixed it the next day & gave us a shipboard credit, Vey nice. We had heard so much about how luxurious this ship was is was such a disappointment to find it old & tired. Built in 1997 but have no idea if they have upgraded it. If they have it didn't work. French Polynesia is a 'difficult' destination unless water sports, beach & swimming is your thing so shore excursions are expensive but for snorkeling & all things water its perfect. BTW Papeete airport is an experience! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
I am Executive business traveller. Having sailed on 3 other high-end cruise lines with much international travel in my past, we decided to try PG Cruises. We were in absolute disbelief at the quality of this trip from start to finish. Even ... Read More
I am Executive business traveller. Having sailed on 3 other high-end cruise lines with much international travel in my past, we decided to try PG Cruises. We were in absolute disbelief at the quality of this trip from start to finish. Even the luxury travel agents we met onboard said they would advise their contracted clients to CANCEL! Five detailed emails with photos were sent to the VP of Paul Gauguin Sales and Guest Relations via our Cruises Only travel agent documenting in great detail our experience from start to finish (which had unfortunate health repercussions for me): *tiny, uncomfortable airline seats on the cheapest possible airline to French Polynesia *room location was NOT as stated by Cruises Only/PG (we were under the noisy pool deck, above the shuttle-lowering machinery and across from the Laundry service room!) We did not sleep a wink the entire week due to 6:30-7:30am wake up calls daily. *hygiene concerns: no air conditioning during the entire week in the main restaurant, lack of ice under food and drinks served outside on the disgusting and crowded 'private island', and leftover food from the entire week served in the same hot air restaurant on the last day *the end of the Private Island day involved multiple garbage bags visible to guests and sauces dumped down crab holes (I am sure the Environmentalists would love that as well as zero recycling onboard of hundreds of plastic water bottles--they are discarded as garbage.) *public toilet sewage overflow on the same floor as the restaurant * incredibly rude, (even offensive) staff in several departments *no follow up from any of the Department heads when complaints were addressed in person *safety concerns during rough seas with water shuttles and onboard activities *feather pillows in the room when foam was requested due to severe allergies *cheap amenities (tiny, cheap plastic 'beach bag' that barely holds sunscreen/facecloth!' *very old, run down ship with the smell of moldy carpet * repetitive food menus in the cabin and restaurants, average quality, and no lobster or filet mignon except on one night, and badly cooked at that! *cheap (often the same) Chilean wines served every night with dinner regardless of what you order. No decent selections listed unless you wanted to pay extra, and the list was very expensive for average wines. *very little Concierge/Reception service (and zero follow up to requests) unless you are paying extra for an excursion...otherwise you are limited to the back of the boat area for 'water activities' wearing lifejackets to paddleboard or kayak...NO SWIMMING allowed....we were blasted by a bullhorn to stay OUT of the water!? *No recommendation to do anything unless you explored on your own (only Bora Bora and Tahiti and possibly Moorea were worthwhile.) *lame onboard entertainment (except for the last night) The arrogance in the response from this French cruise line was appalling. Everything was ignored or made to look like it was our fault, and they were sorry we were 'unhappy.' For $15,000 out of pocket (including insurance) it was the WORST trip and waste of money in my entire life. This was supposed to be a celebration trip. Not even my $180 massage to alleviate the congestion from the feather pillows mistakenly put in the room (after clear instruction of my allergy) was offered as compensation! You will be treated better at any level of Starwood/Marriott hotel anywhere in the US than on this ship, (unless you are also French) with the exception of the lovely staff in the restaurants onboard, who we tipped generously. I wish there was a way to recoup even a portion of the money wasted. Their contract is iron clad. Beware! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This was supposedly a 'luxury' cruise. Terrible! Go Crystal or stay home...or just fly direct to the islands worth seeing. (Contracted by PGcruises) Air Tahiti Nui--AWFUL. First Class is the only tolerable seat on the plane. PG ... Read More
This was supposedly a 'luxury' cruise. Terrible! Go Crystal or stay home...or just fly direct to the islands worth seeing. (Contracted by PGcruises) Air Tahiti Nui--AWFUL. First Class is the only tolerable seat on the plane. PG (small, old, run-down, moldy) ship: cheesy staff entertainment, poor service, no A/C in main restaurant (?!?), loud hydraulic machine noises every morning 6:30-7:30am, cheap food w/repetitive menu, bulk cheap wines from Costco paired with any/every meal by the 'Sommelier.' Unhappy cabin maid and no where to swim ever unless you are paddling off the back of the boat, and even then no swimming is allowed. Rude Conciege/Reception desk with tons of 'French attitude.' Soooooo NOT worth it! We had bad weather to boot and it was the trip from HELL with a lame Captain who never communicates with the cruisers despite terribly dangerous sailing conditions. Tenders to shore were constantly cancelled and there was nothing to do onboard. We played shuffle board in the pouring rain. Oh, and NOT ONCE were we warned about how bad 'rainy season' can be. Even if it was perfect weather we would never waste this kind money on this cruise line ever again. They do give you a tiny cheap plastic 'beach bag' as a welcome gift after choking down some cheap Processo. It is laughable how bad this cruise line is. They should be ashamed of promoting themselves as a luxury liner. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
First time on a cruise . The Staff was very friendly and professional . My stateroom was very quite and clean . I went on the PG to experience the water . The dive staff was great - Maud and Clement were excellent dive guides . All the ... Read More
First time on a cruise . The Staff was very friendly and professional . My stateroom was very quite and clean . I went on the PG to experience the water . The dive staff was great - Maud and Clement were excellent dive guides . All the dive equipment was in good shape . Saw many BIG sharks and rays . Very cool . The Lagoon excursions to see the rays and more sharks were very well run . Drove a motor scooter around Bora Bora and Moorea - a real blast . Check out Belvedere on Moorea . Ate at L'Etoile every night . Wonderful food . Met lots of new friends and heard NO complaints . Loved Alex at the piano bar before dinner . All the PG bars carry the best booze . No charge or tipping , which took getting used to . Just the views of the islands from the PG deck is worth the price of admission . Stunning ! The islands are poor but that is not the fault of the PG . I always got a smile in return for a smile . Cant understand how anyone would not like this cruise . Everyone I met ( 125 people ) loved it and many were on for the 2nd or 3rd time . The PG is well air conditioned but the islands are warm and humid . Recommend highly that you stay on Tahiti a few days BEFORE the cruise . The pool at the Intercontinental on lagoon are fun . Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
While I had done over a dozen cruises around the world, I have not been on such a small cruise ship. Our standard cruise line is Holland America which does not come to these ports in Polynesia because they are too large. Paul Gauguin ... Read More
While I had done over a dozen cruises around the world, I have not been on such a small cruise ship. Our standard cruise line is Holland America which does not come to these ports in Polynesia because they are too large. Paul Gauguin is a nice small ship that has good food and great services. We had 6 family members with us on this cruise and we all agreed that the food and service was better than Holland America, but of course the cost was more as well, so maybe it was to be expected. Even though the ship was smaller, there was no lack of things to do. There were no sea days like what we would get on Holland since the islands are so close together on our cruise. So most of the time we could snorkel or borrow a kayak or paddle board from the ship for some light exercise, Rinse off and then get a great meal. Our room stewardess Jo Fe was always smiling and helpful even though she had a lot of rooms to take care of. As typical of many cruise ships the room stewards work very long hours, but we noticed that no matter when we saw her whether it was in the morning or late evening, she was always happy and fun to be around.. She and co-worker Ronna were always nice to see and talk with. So when you combine the food, the island people, the service, the fantastic views of the islands and wildlife, it was a great trip. The one major difference we noted from Holland America was that there was no/little mention of anything over the PA systems unless it was for essential crew activities (disaster drills, etc). We got no reminders about any activities, times when tenders were leaving, entertainment, or even when we had to disembark. It was a very low key, no pressure cruise compared to anything else we had been used to. I would greatly advise the flight/cruise combo in that they pick you up from the airport and transport you to a Day Room at the InterContinental so that you can freshen up before you embark the ship 10 hours later. They also include a free lunch buffet. I would imagine that they would have done the same thing for us after the cruise as the flights going back to LAX from PTT don't leave until close to midnight, but we had chosen to take a ferry back to Moorea and stayed a few days at the Moorea Intercontinental over water bungalows so when we came back to Papeete, we had a long wait until the midnight flight out. Be advised that the Papeete (Tahiti) airport does not have air conditioning in the terminal, so if it is a humid day, it can wear on you. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This cruise was chosen because of it's destination which we had never visited, it was also part of an extended 50th wedding anniversary celebration including a trip to Australia. The crew and standards of service were friendly and ... Read More
This cruise was chosen because of it's destination which we had never visited, it was also part of an extended 50th wedding anniversary celebration including a trip to Australia. The crew and standards of service were friendly and efficient made this a memorable experience. The weather was wonderful which was a risk at this time of the year with only a few showers on the last day. This cruise was not full but even if the ship had been full it would still be very spacious. The island stops were what you expected from a South Pacific cruise and the islanders very friendly and welcoming. This cruise is best enjoyed if you are keen on snorkelling or diving or just swimming in wonderful clear warm sea. We did always take the organised trips and we found the locals helpful to organise you own activity. The ship shows it is in need of some updating which is due in the hectic few months but it is still very comfortable. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Destination was the key. The islands were beautiful, the water warm & clear, the weather was somewhat hot & muggy, but no rain.. 5 stars for the crew! The service was outstanding. The butler was average and could have done ... Read More
Destination was the key. The islands were beautiful, the water warm & clear, the weather was somewhat hot & muggy, but no rain.. 5 stars for the crew! The service was outstanding. The butler was average and could have done without. The food was below average. Trying to save money? Cabins were clean but small and need some refreshing. The shower was a joke! The excursions were typically tourist without anything really exceptional. We went ashore on Bora Bora and Moorea and arranged our own excursions which were more fun and a lot less expensive. Two days were spent on their private Motu (one was enough). Two islands were basically a waste of time since the port was just a few shacks and a church. The hotel for the day before returning was a disaster. Again trying to save money Overall, the pre-impression we had was that this was a 5 star cruise similar to Seabourn. NO WAY! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This trip came highly recommended by friends that had taken this trip on previous occasions under different ownership. This was a "bucket list" trip for us. Very disappointed. The only saving grace for the entire trip was the ... Read More
This trip came highly recommended by friends that had taken this trip on previous occasions under different ownership. This was a "bucket list" trip for us. Very disappointed. The only saving grace for the entire trip was the service staff. They were all excellent. Food was only mediocre and many times served only warm. Coffee in the grill was served warm until we sent back for hot coffee two days in a row. With few exceptions, food was bland. NY steak served in main dining room was about 1/2 inch thick. I have seen better at Sizzler. (Side note: Asked for a Shrimp Cocktail appetizer in main restaurant and was told there would be an extra charge. Really???? at these prices. Shameful!!) Main piano bar opens at 6 PM. This seems late to me, as some may wish to have a cocktail around 5PM which to me is "cocktail time". Don't know why there is a "Marina" advertised as the only use I was aware of was to check out snorkeling equipment. Rangiroa and Fakarava were less than exciting and probably added to make the cruise longer than seven days. Two days at Taha, (beach party), was over kill. Stayed on the ship the second time we stopped there. Extra charges for Wall Street Journal and WiFi. Again for a "luxury cruise" this seems odd. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We did the trip 8 years ago and wanted to see the Marquesas again, they are the best of all. The people that live there are friendly and put out so much effort to welcome you. If you buy native crafts this is the place to do it. They make ... Read More
We did the trip 8 years ago and wanted to see the Marquesas again, they are the best of all. The people that live there are friendly and put out so much effort to welcome you. If you buy native crafts this is the place to do it. They make it. The dance and singing on Tahuata was the best I have seen. They were having so much fun. Such a lovely place to live. The food was great and the staff were as good as ever. We enjoyed our meals in which ever dinning room we were seated. We continued to learn about these wonderful islands from Mark Eddowes. He gave tips on the crafts and artists we might see. We felt safe walking around the islands hiking and taking pictures. Even if we do not speak the languages, we were able to sing songs that were know by both the natives and ourselves. Each in our own language. That made a lasting memory. They also liked to show us the tattoos that are family inspired. We could have spent more time with these people and the beautiful topical setting. We live on the coast of Oregon and I will be more welcoming to visitors, playing forward the kindness of the lovely people I met on this latest trip. Travel should teach us things and we learned so much about this part of the world. thanks to on board hosts and entertainers. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We are a couple 65+. (Probably the average age would be 50's, probably due to the swimming and snorkelling/diving activities offered.) We chose this cruise as we hadn't been to Tahiti before. We have always cruised on larger mid ... Read More
We are a couple 65+. (Probably the average age would be 50's, probably due to the swimming and snorkelling/diving activities offered.) We chose this cruise as we hadn't been to Tahiti before. We have always cruised on larger mid size ships - minimum 1800-2000 passengers. We have been spoilt now for the small ship as service was so much more personal (300 passengers on this trip) and definitely no queueing at the buffet for breakfast and trying to find a spare table! We went to La Veranda restaurant for breakfast each morning where we were greeted at the entrance and shown to a table then our order for coffee or tea was taken and we went over to the buffet - very civilized, never too many people. Embarkation was very quick and smooth and on the last day we were able to stay in our stateroom until 9.30am and then use the public rooms until 10.00am. (No being rushed off the ship at 8.00am). The ship was to start embarkation for the next trip at 3.00pm! Needless to say, the food in the main evening restaurant, L'Etoile was superb, as was the special dining experience in La Veranda at night which offer a gourmet, reservation only venue. There was no surcharge for this dining experience and no charge for any of the drinks including cocktails throughout the cruise. Another restaurant, Le Grill offers reservation only Polynesian dining in the evening. Entertainment was usually Tahitian dancing and music - lovely, and one night the crew put on a show and another night the very talented cruise director had his own show. The cruise company owns a private motu (island) and on the second day we spent the day over there to swim, snorkel and enjoy a lunch put on by the crew (again included). On another day, my husband booked a snorkelling trip through the ship and wasn't disappointed. I did their Circle Bora Bora tour and enjoyed it. It is the most expensive cruise we have done but it was a special, memorable 7 days. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Enjoyed bora bora in an overwater bungalow before embarking on the October 8th sailing of the Paul Gauguin In general, beautiful islands with wonderful people! However weather was hotter than we expected. Hotter than Hawaii and any ... Read More
Enjoyed bora bora in an overwater bungalow before embarking on the October 8th sailing of the Paul Gauguin In general, beautiful islands with wonderful people! However weather was hotter than we expected. Hotter than Hawaii and any Caribbean island we have visited. Phone app reported 85f temps, feeling like 95f. Believe it! Embarkation started at 3pm promptly. No evidence of anything earlier. Very smooth and quick process. There are pearl stores and shopping close to the port IF you have someone to watch your luggage. We arrived at 2:45 and crew took our luggage promptly but not sure how early this starts. Aft cabin 767 was very nice and I would recommend it. At the beginning, it was too hot to use balcony but as cruise progressed, we got to use it in evenings and morning. Too hot during afternoon. This cabin has no bathtub but nice shower, perhaps 2.5 feet by 5 ft. Ship itself was in good shape, no issues. Dining- dinner was wonderful! Dinner food was excellent as was service. Speciality dining in la verandah was great but the speciality dinner in the grill was disappointing. Main dining room dinner was great. We had breakfast delivered to room and it was always on time, hot, and good. For lunch, order off the menu! Buffet food was disappointing. Afternoon teas were very nice. Service-excellent! Staff is great. Wine steward Eduardo is the best! Drinks are refilled promptly. All aspects of service were excellent. Entertainment- well this is the weak point. There are some daytime activities which are fine for those staying on ship. However, evening show in main theatre is weak. Best and really the only good show is the last nite when a professional group from Tahiti comes on board for a Polynesian review. Don't miss this one! The ship band however is very good - the celebration band. You can listen to them in several venues daily. There is also a piano musician in the piano lounge in the evening. Ports-enjoyed them all! With the exception of papette, not very commercial. Recommend you book an excursion on huhaine as its pretty rural. Private Gauguin tahaa motu picnic is wonderful. Skip other tahaa excursions and go to picnic. Did independent jet skis on bora bora and sail/snorkel in Moorea. Disembarkation-very quick and smooth! Walked off ship at 8:20 and ready for our private driver at 8:25. Those on independent air could stay on ship till 10am. Others using Paul Gauguin air could stay on till noon so pretty late compared to other ships. We did private circle island tour before going to our Tahiti hotel. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
our flight left los angeles, ca in the afternoon and we arrived in tahiti, before midnight, were met by a Gauguin rep and immediately transferred to the ship. A glass of champagne greeted us as we were quickly checked in and shown to our ... Read More
our flight left los angeles, ca in the afternoon and we arrived in tahiti, before midnight, were met by a Gauguin rep and immediately transferred to the ship. A glass of champagne greeted us as we were quickly checked in and shown to our cabin. We were starving, as the food on the plane was below average. Room service rapidly delivered delicious salmon, vegetables, and potato chips along with two glasses of chilled white wine. Delicious. Our 4th level cabin had a large window, plenty of storage, a very comfortably firm bed, and was attended to by Gessell the entire trip. We always had fresh fruit and fresh towels and a bucket of ice. We didnt miss having a balcony, Dining onboard was fantastic, and waitstaff cheerful and responsive to every request. There were very few children on board, and those lucky few who were, well, they were VERY well behaved considering this is mainly an adult cruise. We didnt plan any excursions, we'd just take the first tender off the boat in the morning and see what was available for us to do. We rented an electric car on Bora Bora and drove around the island, Stopped to hike to the cannons after paying 500f each to be shown to the path by a local. Nice little hike on volcanic rocks, I had flip flops on and made it ok. Beautiful view and a bit of history. Met a couple who encouraged us to do a whale watch in Moorea with Moorea adventures. (100$each), well worth it. We did so, and even tho we were unable to swim with them, what we saw was amazing. OUr guide didnt want us to get in the water with them as the couple were "having a moment" and were flapping tails and doing a ritual that made it a bit rough and dangerous to get too close! After that performance, we were treated to a swim with rays and sharks. We returned to the ship just before the lunch service ended at 2. Seems like most days we barely made it back for lunch service, but the staff were wonderful to let us come running in at the last second before doors shut! Not to worry if you miss it, there is always wonderful room service and your next meal is never far away. On Bora Bora we also took a jet ski tour around the island, 230$ for 2 people, one machine. Fun morning on the water, with a stop between the Four Seasons and St. Regis for some fruit and a quick swim. The water colors are BEAUTIFUL on this tour. On huahine we took the tender to the pier, then LE truck to town. Not much going on, swam at the beach, but on return, while waiting at the pier for the tender I saw a shark, a ray and many fish. Was very sorry I didnt have my nice snorkel gear from the boat as staff told me it was ok to swim off the pier and there was plenty of fish to be seen. I did buy some vanilla to bring back in a vacuum sealed package. The larger package was about 20$ -saw it for $70 at the airport! Paid 49$ each for a 3 hour tour in Moorea. Delores was our guide and driver and we were SO pleased we'd decided to do this. A trip around the island with stops for pictures, she spoke non stop with bits and facts about her homeland. Up the hill to Belvedere outlook was amazing. A local was coming down from a hike carrying chestnuts and Delores was able to get a few from him that had been cooked ( steamed?) to eat. DELICIOUS!! A local sells coconuts nearby and the water was refreshing and the young coconut delicious to eat. Beautiful chickens roam the area with their chicks in tow! We attended to lecture on board about the coral reefs one night, very informative and glad we attended. Mutiny on the bounty lecture was not as enlightening, enjoyable but went on a bit too long. We didnt attend any shows, or activities on board. Happy to sit outside and enjoy a glass of wine and the scenery-day or night. Compliments to bartenders on board, they make delicious drinks! THE CONS: Air tahiti Nui needs a makeover. Nice staff, bad food, dirty plane. I saw no soap in the bathroom, carpet well worn, and the cup holder near the drop down tray was FILTHY...not sure if it was dirt or mold but it was black. And it wasnt only at my seat! Pouch with magazines in from of me torn on both planes! Ok, we got to our destination on time, and in one piece so I guess thats the best we can ask for. Suggestion, bring your own food and entertainment..movie choices are slim. Also, for our day room we were sent to the Tahitian Pearl. Others with us had spent a pre-trip at the Intercontinental and were amazed at the difference between that and the Pearl. Our room was clean with 3rd floor ocean view, but the beach was a public beach, with black sand and no life guard or water toys to rent. No adult pool, it was filled with kids. Far from the shopping areas. Some compared it to a motel 6 vs the intercontinental. We were only there for a few hours, and ate a delicious dinner before we left for the airport. Paul Gauguin was excellent as a whole and I think it was a wonderful way to see the Society Islands. If you're interested in seeing this part of the world, this is a first class way to do it! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I was the lucky winner of a Paul Gauguin cruise to Tahiti and the Society Islands. Amazingly, our room was not the lowest level, but had a beautiful picture window! Our room was ideal, and included a small in-room safe (large enough for ... Read More
I was the lucky winner of a Paul Gauguin cruise to Tahiti and the Society Islands. Amazingly, our room was not the lowest level, but had a beautiful picture window! Our room was ideal, and included a small in-room safe (large enough for a tablet but not a small laptop) and restocked beverage refrigerator. The climate control in all areas of the ship was amazingly comfortable, particularly with the heat and humidity (which I loved, don't get me wrong!) of the gorgeous French Polynesian islands. The meals were wonderful--healthy and delicious choices were the norm! Room service was included, too. The ship's amenities included a small gym--very nice for a ship this size. The staff were truly outstanding! The port talks were a refreshing change from larger ships' sales pitches--the excursions were actually presented at the end, with independent options (eg. bicycle rentals on Bora Bora) also mentioned. Snorkel gear are included, and can be picked up in advance of excursions. We enjoyed the underwater diving helmet experience (we are non-swimmers), and would highly recommend it. As well, the guided archaeological walk on Moorea was also excellent. Friendly, casual, and yet very attentive service made the cruise perfect! A small error occurred prior to embarkation, but was remedied more than adequately, reflecting the high professionalism of the staff and the integrity of Paul Gauguin. Thanks so much, Paul Gauguin, for fulfilling a dream! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We selected cruise in order to scuba dive while seeing French Polynesia islands. The entire experience was excellent, from booking to checking in at LAX La tahiti airlines counter, to being met in Papeete, transported to a lovely hotel to ... Read More
We selected cruise in order to scuba dive while seeing French Polynesia islands. The entire experience was excellent, from booking to checking in at LAX La tahiti airlines counter, to being met in Papeete, transported to a lovely hotel to rest until we boarded the Paul Gauguin for 10 glorious days. Then here is a first for us- instead of pushing everyone off the boat at 9am on disembarkment day, we were givien the use of most of the ship and offered lunch on board! The staff could not do enough- all very professional, friendly who only wanted the best experience for the clients. The ship is lovely- there were 311 on board and so no crowding for getting on/off, no wait for dining, a very intimate feel overall. While the PG doesn't have the "glitz" of newer (and MUCH larger) ships with their multistory grand reception areas, the PG was very tastefully decorated and had great beds and very amble dresser and closets. A primary reason for us was the diving and the scuba team of 4 headed by David was top notch and did not disappoint. Dive Master Marcel was one of the best we have ever had. And It was REALLY nice to end a dive, get back on the back of the PG and leave all the equipment for someone to clean and have ready for the next dive. The PG also had a great magican "Gustavo" from Brazil who did great tricks and shows. We were also honored to meet Maurice Bligh, the great, great grandson of Admiral Bligh whose presentations were very interesting. Also loved the archeologist/anthropoligist Mark who did several talks about Polynesisan culture- all great and made one appreciate their special culture. If you want a great cruise in a beautiful location, GO on the Paul Gauguin! The staff is over the top- just to name a few of the stars' Eduardo, Jayson, Francis, Anthony, the expert bartenders in La Playette on 8 and in the Piano Bar- plus so many others who outdid themselves to make our stay memorable. A once in a lifetime experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
My wife and I, ages 77 and 84 and experienced travelers, had cruised on the Paul Gauguin previously (2012). Now, 4 years later, the service on the ship was still outstanding--particularly in the dining areas. The maître d' of the ... Read More
My wife and I, ages 77 and 84 and experienced travelers, had cruised on the Paul Gauguin previously (2012). Now, 4 years later, the service on the ship was still outstanding--particularly in the dining areas. The maître d' of the "La Veranda" restaurant was exceptional. The food, however--although well-prepared, well-presented, of good quality and varied--was only average in taste. The pastries, while very attractive, were not particularly good. My wife (who is a French-speaking European), was particularly disappointed in the croissants and pain au chocolat. They did not compare with the pastries on the previous 2012 cruise. The ship is showing age. Our cabin needed furniture, toilet and air-conditioning repair .On one night the AC went out. I spent the entire following afternoon in the cabin on a hot day, observing the workmen trying to fix the AC. At 2 PM a technician came and attempted repairs. When this wasn't successful, he called his supervisor, who also attempted repairs. When this didn't work, the chief supervisor was called; he finally resolved the problem. At one time, there were 4 staff members in our cabin, including the guest relations manager. It took the reminder of the day before the cabin cooled down. The guest relations manager was able to find the one vacant cabin on the ship for me to use until the temperature in my original cabin returned to normal. It was a lost day for me, and an unpleasant one. One of the principal "enrichment" speakers had an extremely heavy New Zealand accent, which made him largely incomprehensible to my wife and I. We stopped attending his lectures. All in all, the cruise experience was a disappointment. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We have read many reviews of M/s Paul Gaugin and wanted to cruise in Tahiti to maximize our trip. We have sailed on Regent ships and loved those experiences. M/s Paul Gaugin staff was the real star of this show. By the end of the first ... Read More
We have read many reviews of M/s Paul Gaugin and wanted to cruise in Tahiti to maximize our trip. We have sailed on Regent ships and loved those experiences. M/s Paul Gaugin staff was the real star of this show. By the end of the first day most staff we interacted with knew our names. By the 2nd day they knew our drink orders. We had a small issue upon boarding with the temperature in our first suite. The suite on deck 8 was very warm. The butler assured us it would get cooler. Two hours later it was no cooler and were perspiring just from unpacking. To make a long story short after two phone calls and one trip to the Guest Manager's office, and, two trips by the service guy to our cabin they admitted they couldn't fix it and moved us to another suite on the same deck. My only feedback there is that they knew the cabin A/C was broken before they put us in the room they should have moved us to to the other suite up front. Anyway, the issue was solved with the suite move that same day so our trip continued pleasurably. Food is fantastic. We didn't eat at the French restaurant instead opting to eat every night in the main dining room. The staff there is incredibly helpful and downright fun. The bar in the casino you pass on the way to the dining room was our first stop every night and enjoyed the hot canapés there before dinner every evening. Make sure you hit the private moto that Paul Gaugin offers a day trip to - Moto Mahana. Perfect day trip with beach BBQ and drinks from coconuts, floating bar, and ukulele playing crew members. It is a dream come true. The evening entertainment was ok - pretty much expected the Polynesian shows so nothing surprising there. There is a gym looks fairly current never saw anyone in it - there is just much to do ashore everyday there is no need to go to the gym for exercise you are in port every day on the 7 day cruises. We do not have kids and were very happy that there we no children on this cruise. We sailed in September so most children are in school which is why we chose this time of the year. Just nice to not have to deal with misbehaving children in the common areas and at dinner. I could type for an hour but just want to close with this: we are coming back next year. The ship really needs a overhaul some areas are tired, and, the technology on the ship needs updating for TV in the room and internet. In this day and age there is no excuse for those areas to be lacking especially at this price-point. Again the staff of this ship is the star they are incredible. Book a trip you won't regret it. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Tahiti & the Society Islands. I had very high expectations for this trip. The Paul Gauguin exceeded my expectations in every way. The ship is small (332 passengers) and that is a huge plus. Staffing is 1.5/1 and that is great. We had ... Read More
Tahiti & the Society Islands. I had very high expectations for this trip. The Paul Gauguin exceeded my expectations in every way. The ship is small (332 passengers) and that is a huge plus. Staffing is 1.5/1 and that is great. We had an upgraded suite that was just terrific in every way. Our butler and housekeeper were on top of our every need. Dining - fresh locally caught fish every night - every night! There are themed lunch buffets every day. Breakfast buffet is also wonderful. You also can order from a menu at breakfast and lunch. The food was terrific! The fish at dinner was just phenomenal. Any of those dinners would be a $40+ price in Hawaii. Go to the Crew Follies. You will be pleasantly surprised with the talent some of these young folks have. And while in port you can do several water activities right off the back of the ship. Service... Let me say this... I never heard the word "no" all week. Everyone went out of their way to say "yes". This was a World Class way of creating raving fans. The other thing about the staff is that we had a blast with all of them. I told them when we left that we will talk about them for years to come and we will miss them. They were an integral part of an amazing experience. Our travel partners who have gone on more than a dozen cruises said that this staff was the best they have experienced. Shore Excursions run the gamut from active water sports to cultural tours. If you get bored on this trip, that's on you. Can't happen as far as I am concerned. We hope to cruise again with Paul Gauguin in the near future. To sum up, when we filled out our satisfaction form we had to add a page. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
My wife and I were looking for a different itinerary and Paul Gauguin offered that with a 7 night cruise around the Society Islands out of Tahiti. Highlights are two days in Bora Bora and Moorea. The Paul Gauguin is a small ship holding ... Read More
My wife and I were looking for a different itinerary and Paul Gauguin offered that with a 7 night cruise around the Society Islands out of Tahiti. Highlights are two days in Bora Bora and Moorea. The Paul Gauguin is a small ship holding only 340 passengers we sailed with about 250. This gave us an almost one for one staff/passenger ratio. Service was OUTSTANDING, the Crew asked your name and then did a great job remembering it, nice touch. Food was excellent, no problems there unless you want a midnight buffet, not on the Gauguin. Ship had a decent sized show room and nice piano bar. We spent most of our post dinner time in the piano bar mingling with people we met. Bar on the top deck aft was also a nice spot. If you are looking for great entertainment and you like the ship to be your destination then I would recommend you look for a bigger ship with more to do. We went on this cruise for the itinerary, not to hang out on the ship so it was not an issue for us. Rooms are standard, balcony was small. Ship is getting a bit dated, but is scheduled for dry dock spring of 2017, I might wait until that happens, but not a deal breaker if looking to go. All in all, top notch service and food make up for any short comings and the Society Islands are wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Paul Gauguin Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 4.4
Dining 5.0 4.4
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.7
Family 2.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.2
Enrichment 5.0 4.1
Service 4.0 4.6
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.1

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