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Paul Gauguin Review

5.0 / 5.0
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11 Night Cook & Society Islands Cruise on the Paul Gauguin

Review for the South Pacific Cruise on Paul Gauguin
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First Time Cruiser • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Jun 2012

Itinerary: 11 night Cook & Society Islands: Tahiti, Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Bora Bora, Tahaa, Moorea. Great itinerary! We also loved having 2 nights in Bora Bora and in Moorea. It was a great way to see a variety of islands in a short time span.

Room: We had a porthole room on deck 3. For us, it was the perfect location and if we ever sail again on the PG, we wouldn't hesitate to book a room again on the same floor. Sure, you have to either take the stairs or elevator to get most places, but it wasn't a bother for us. The tender access was also on 3 so it was convenient to catch a tender and when returning from the tender to throw our stuff in our room before heading upstairs for lunch or a snack. The room was of average cruise ship size, as was the bathroom. But, the huge plus in the bathroom was the full tub/shower. It was nice not to have to squeeze into the typical cruise ship shower. I felt that the downside of the room was the lack of closet space. There were two closets, but both were smaller than I was expecting. I did get more hangers from our steward, but we had to double and triple hang most things to fit everything into the closets. There was a variety of drawers and cupboards throughout the room, which were nice to store things in as well. There is a hair dryer in the room, but it was weak. There were two American and two European type plugs in the room, one set at the vanity and another set on the side of the minibar. There was also a nice sized window ledge on which we stored a lot of items. And, the beds were tall enough to store our luggage underneath.

Room Steward: Our room steward was nice and did a good job cleaning. However, we both thought she was the worst steward we've ever had on a cruise ship. The main reason being her inconsistency -- sometimes we had beach towels, sometimes we didn't. Sometimes we got two washcloths sometimes we got one. Sometimes we had a bath mat and other times we didn't. Sometimes our minibar was stocked and other days drinks were not replaced. One day, we also found one of our toothbrushes bristles down on the counter, which we had left standing up in a glass. And on another occasion, my contact lenses case was set upside down and was leaking.

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