Just returned from what should of been a fantastic holiday celebrating our 30th anniversary.
Arrived on ship, all seemed good, quick & organised embarkation, went to our suite, 711, very impressed with amount of space, flower arrangement & bubbly on ice in room. Jonathan our butler introduced himself & was very helpful, answered all our questions & made notes of reservations we wanted in restaurants. The service on the ship was outstanding, all staff always greeted you with a smile, mealtimes waiters are always walking around topping up your wine but never intrusive.
This is sadly where the positive feedback ends. The week we cruised, the ship had over 200 doctors with partners on board from Quebec on a conference / seminar based holiday. We have never met such rude people who did not want to mix with anyone on board who was not a french speaking doctor. We should of been told this when we booked & i feel that Paul Gauguin let other people on board to make the numbers up.
The food could of been better too. Only 3 restaurants on board, we had breakfast in our suite every morning which was nice, Jonathan brought canapés every evening to our room before going for dinner. The entertainment was poor, The Gauguins on board were same old, same old by the end of the cruise.I thought the cruise director wasn't that good, he put on a show one night, which was like an evening with a Barry Manilow wannabe !!. The excursions were ok, nothing exciting. The best one we did was a day at The Intercontinental Hotel in Bora Bora, it really was paradise. Disembarkation was low key, we got our own luggage & waited for a taxi.
My summary: For the money this cruise cost i did not get the wow factor at all. The ship lacked atmosphere, the food was not the best, entertainment was poor & i will not be going on a Paul Gauguin cruise ever again. Very very disappointed.
Really pleased with cabin, spacious, clean, nice sized balcony.