We did the 7 night Society Islands cruise for our honeymoon in December and it was perfect! We booked a pre-cruise hotel package through Paul Gauguin at the Intercontinental Thalasso in Bora Bora (we actually got married here as well) and it was beautiful! All of our travel arrangements and transfers were taken care of so we didn't have to worry about a thing. Embarkation went smoothly - we were warmly welcomed upon arrival and after checking in at reception, we were given a tour of the ship and then shown to our cabin #814. The cabin was very nice with a living room, comfy bed and a nice balcony. The location was perfect - close to Le Grill, the pool deck, and La Palette. We ate at at all three restaurants - Le Veranda was our favorite for lunch and for the views. Le Etoile was our favorite for the cuisine. We also ordered room service for a few meals as well. The room service was exceptional. I ordered a pot of coffee every morning at 4:00 (I had to spend some time studying for a final exam during our cruise), and it arrived hot and fresh within 5 minutes of ordering each time.
This was our first cruise, so we have nothing to compare it with, however several of our fellow passengers told us that we have set the bar high with Paul Gauguin. I can believe it! The staff was fantastic! Our butler, Jonathan, was very friendly as were all of the wait staff, bartenders, and everyone else. We were greeted by name wherever we went, and we never wanted for a thing.
We also met some of the nicest people on this cruise. We would see familiar faces each day on the tenders, at the restaurants, and the excursions. We seemed to know everyone by the second day!
We chose to do one excursion each day - mornings, so that we would have the rest of the day free to explore the ship and attend some of the activities available at La Palette. We did Marc's tour on Huahine: this was probably our least favorite and also the only one we booked outside of Paul Gauguin. I know others have written on Cruise Critic about how great this was, but we found it to be really lacking in terms of the sites visited , the picnic itself, and the snorkeling. Maybe it was just an off day. We attended the BBQ on Tahaa: this was a nice relaxing day (not too much rain) and the food was really good. On Bora Bora, we did the wave runner one day (my husband had a blast - I just prayed that I would be able to hold on) and the Stingray Ballet the second day. The Stingray Ballet was our favorite - standing in beautiful turquoise water with stingrays and fish surrounding you. We even saw a few sharks swimming around us. The snorkeling sites our guide took us to were the best we'd ever experienced. On Moorea, we did the ATV tour: this was a lot of fun. Our guide was great and he took us to some beautiful spots. We did Dr Poole's dolphin expedition on the second day and it was as fantastic as I've heard. We saw lots of dolphins and Dr. Poole was very entertaining.
I can't say enough about the Paul Gauguin or the Intercontinental Thalasso! They both provide an incredible experience. We are already planning our next trip - except the next time we are going to add a post-cruise trip in addition to the pre-cruise!
The furnishings were elegant and the bed was very comfortable. We spent quite a bit of time each day on our balcony - an evening cocktail before dinner, and room service breakfast. We loved the views from the balcony. The location was perfect for us. We will definitely book this cabin again.