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We chose Ponant for its size and so called ‘luxury’ cruising. We found the cabin very small and could not store our bags anywhere. We struggled to move around the cabin without bumping in to one another! We were disappointed in the meals which we expected to be of a higher standard in both restaurants. We felt general information was lacking. The shore excursions were incredibly over priced for what we received and certainly would not recommend any that we went on. The staff on board were excellent however and have no criticism of them. We did not attend any entertainment activities except for the last night where a local Tahitian dance company came on board and we thoroughly enjoyed the night. Papeete was a huge disappointment for us- very neglected -obviously the French have not poured any money into their colonies over the years. The Tahitians however are a lovely race, friendly and welcoming.

The highlight was the beautiful colours of the Tahitian waters

Le Boreal Cruise Review by cruisers80

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2017
  • Destination: South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Suite
We chose Ponant for its size and so called ‘luxury’ cruising. We found the cabin very small and could not store our bags anywhere. We struggled to move around the cabin without bumping in to one another! We were disappointed in the meals which we expected to be of a higher standard in both restaurants. We felt general information was lacking.

The shore excursions were incredibly over priced for what we received and certainly would not recommend any that we went on.

The staff on board were excellent however and have no criticism of them.

We did not attend any entertainment activities except for the last night where a local Tahitian dance company came on board and we thoroughly enjoyed the night.

Papeete was a huge disappointment for us- very neglected -obviously the French have not poured any money into their colonies over the years. The Tahitians however are a lovely race, friendly and welcoming.
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Deluxe Suite
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We were on level 5 - cabin was very small, likewise the bathroom. It was good however to have a separate toilet
We were told by other passengers we could store our bags under the bed but in our cabin this was impossible so space was incredibly limited for movement around the cabin
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