We are from central Indiana and have traveled quite a bit over 30 years. This was our first trip to the South Pacific. We traveled to LAX from ORD and then onto Papeete, staying in a day room at the Intercontinental. On the ship we had cabin 408. It was in a great location, even during the rocking and rolling sailing days. Our journey to the South Pacific on the Paul Gauguin was a wonderful value despite the costs. I felt a little misled by the all inclusive that included a small frig in your state room "stocked". Beer and water and soft drinks are all that were in the frig. When I asked for a small bottle of rum/vodka for the room I was told no, that we could order room service. No cocktails were served up on the top/sun deck while we were sailing. There were very few lounge chairs up top as well. I asked if some could be brought up for us and was told YES, but they were never delivered. Clearly there are not enough lounge chairs on this ship.
We might possibly be in the minority when it comes to dining on a cruise ship. Food means very little to us, except for nourishment. Everything we ordered/ate was good except for the steaks. But it could be they were non grain fed beef, and that would be the difference right there. The Creme Brulee was the exception, just wonderful. We did enjoy the delicious dessert every time it was offered. It would have been so much better not to insist on reservations on such a small ship in the restaurants. One is so busy with excursions/day trips etc., that making a dining reservation is not of importance. We used the room service for breakfast often, but the stateroom is clearly not a good place for two to dine, the table is very tiny. Food was delivered promptly as ordered.
The Le Gauguin ladies were always cordial, welcoming and willing to help and steer you in the right direction. I especially enjoyed the Pareo tying class at La Palette. Coming back to the dock on Rarotonga and finding one of them playing the ukulele and singing while you waited for the tender was delightful.
Perfect location to everything!
Lots of closet space and under bed storage.
NO US plug in the bathroom itself. Only one US plug at the vanity.
Bathroom lighting was excellent as well as having a bathtub on a ship!!
The table in the room is way too small for two to use for eating.