We flew from Brisbane and stayed overnight in Auckland NZ. From there it was only a 5 hour flight to Papeete where we stayed at the Intercontinental for 2 nights. It is a nice place but expensive like all French Polynesia. The lagoon which adjoins the normal pool was a pleasant surprise and was a great place to snorkel. It is a short taxi ride (10 - 15 minutes) to the cruise pier behind the Tourist Centre
There is nothing better than a quick and simple embarkation. We were directed to the Marina lounge and in less than 10 minutes we checked in and were heading up for lunch.
This was our first cruise on the larger Oceania ships (only been on Nautica and Regatta) and was keen to see if it still had the feel we like on smaller ships.
The space in the PH on this ship is amazing.
The walk in robe seems a bit excessive at first but it is easy to get used to and keeps the room tidy. The bathroom works well and despite previous reviewers comments on the separate tub and shower we used both and loved them. The products provided are fine and reduce the items we need to pack.
I had pre-ordered a bottle of scotch and it was on the bench warmly awaiting my arrival.
The bed as usual was heaven and the TV position better than on the smaller Oceania ships.
The furniture on the balcony was good and we used it for many sunrises and sunsets.
It was a very hot day and because it was Sunday some things were closed. It was the only stop where the people were a bit pushy which was a contrast to other places. They would not take no for an answer. We walked around the town for a few hours with little to see. The attractions are obviously outside the town.
The town of Papeete is OK but not a place to stay for a length of time