Sea Sand and Romantic views: Paul Gauguin Cruise Review by Trend

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Sea Sand and Romantic views

Sail Date: November 2012
Destination: South Pacific
Embarkation: Other
The departure from Fiji was a little disorganized and could have been better, but once on the ship it was relax and enjoy. We had outstanding weather and the calmest seas the captain said in 6 years of sailing. Each port had it's up's and downs as we tried to vary what we saw. In Fiji we traveled in land to a village and a great water fall swimming hole. It was a day of contrasts and fun.

In Savusavu I was disappointed the ship did not offer any tours for snorkeling so we joined a dive group and found this is not a smart thing to do as our safety was second on the list.
On board we enjoyed the Grill restaurant and the beautiful outdoor views and relaxed atmosphere with amazing attention to all we wanted. We enjoyed this so much that we returned several nights but after a few found the menu did not change for 5 nights. We then tried the main dining room which was a little varied with also great attention to every detail and need. The wine list this time we traveled was a More little more restricted but my husband always found something to enjoy.

Days at sea had some offerings of interesting talks and craft projects but the ship does lack space for shade if you just want to lounge on deck out of the sun.

The evening entertainment is limited but always something offered and the staff show was amazingly creative.

The stops in Tonga and Aitutaki were wonderful with views of caves in Tonga and interesting culture and colours of water in Aitutaki that I could not believe. Under the water we saw giant clams,stingrays,fish galore,eels,starfish,sharks and many many more colours of coral and creatures than I dreamed of. Once into French Polynesia the ship stops were their comfort zone and the disembarking tenders were done in an organized manner which is a pleasure. The day at their motu picnic was wonderful and great weather helped it all.

Only negative was on this 12 day trip the end days had some shortage in some areas of the ship with toilet paper. This did cause some disruption to our comfort but was dealt with.

The food is still very good maybe not Regent offerings but still excellent quality and the staff all went above and beyond constantly and made you feel like family.

The last day that you have they allow you to enjoy the town of Papeete.This is disembarkation day they provide a lovely buffet lunch which lets you explore the city after breakfast while you need to be out of your room but also gives you the comfort of the ship to dine and freshen up before leaving for hotels or home. Less

Published 12/23/12
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Cabin review: C752

We were in 752 and the balcony is small but fine for breakfast or a snack. The room is spacious with good storage and the the tub is nice. It does need new shower curtains as the old ones are hard to slide and leak out. We were near the stairs but could not hear the elevators at all.

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