Friends suggested this. I don't like cruises & shouldn't have gone. The only port PG docked was in Papeete. All other cruise involved waiting on launches & feeling like 2nd class citizen because priority is given to PG excursions (which are costly, despite the very expensive cruise). Once on the ship, and after visiting the first port, we learned that that port & Moorea (the last port) were the only ones that the marina would allow direct use of kayaks, sailboards & paddleboards. Luckily, we could use these from the private beach (only in the afternoon, tho) & the private island. We were never able to use sailboards, tho. You need wind for them, & while we had a lot of wind, it was deemed unsafe then. I didn't feel that the entertainment was varied enough, although Claudine's act was great. Not interested in watching a bunch of people get hypnotized--that should be a private experience. Too bad they no longer have Dr Poole do a presentation.
Because of the high wind & seas, the pool was often closed (all the water sloshed out), eating at The Grille felt like we were in a hurricane. Apparently, those winds are normal for that time of year, but we were assured by the PG rep that August was a "great" time.
Enjoyed biking around the island. Too bad the bus/launch took up several hours leaving less time for activities.
Nice Cross-Island hike. Enjoyed that, cafe lunch, & bus back to port.
Had a great snorkeling tour, much cheaper than PG excursion. Still cold with the wind, though.