Without a doubt, our sailing on the Paul Gauguin was our best cruise experience after 18 cruises. I am not sure we will be happy with a "regular" cruise ever again. So many aspects of this cruise will make it hard to not want them as part of future cruise experiences.
I had a little concern about the Paul Gauguin sailing due to what I thought was a high fare for the 11 day sailing and due to the smaller size of the ship. Would it be a rough ride and would we get seasick? Would we get stir crazy and feel closed in or notice a serious lack of space resulting in a lack of enjoyment for ourselves? Nothing could be further from the truth. When you take everything into consideration, the PG cruise epxerience is a great value!
This will be long review but important informaiton for a potential Paul Gauguin passenger. Here goes. Overall, this is the best cruise ship and cruise line we have ever sailed - by far! The ship is a wonderfully smaller vessel with ample space for the 330 passengers (if at full capacity). The ship is clean, beautifully appointed, nicely laid out, and has everything any passenger would need at sea. The staterooms (we had a window stateroom - but often perfer a balcony room) are very beutiful, well designed, with TONS of storage space. In fact, we have never in 17 pervious sailings had so much room for our clothing and other personal items. We had entire areas empty in our room after putting everything away. The bathrooms have a tub/shower combination and are very large with lots of space to store items as well. The bed was marvelously comfortable. No twin beds pushed together with the split down the middle. The linens, towels, toiletries, and other items were of the highest quality. Our room was appointed with fresh fruit and flowers as well and stocked with beverages that were restocked daily. We didn't miss having a balcony on this ship during the entire 11 days.
Room 433 was perfectly located and a great room. The window was good sized and let in tons of light. the room condition was excellent. Great bed, linens, towels, etc. Tons and tons of storage space. Quiet room as well. The air conditioning worked well. All in all, a very nice stateroom.