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Paul Gauguin Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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313 Reviews

Ultimate cruise - wish we were still there

Paul Gauguin Cruise Review by Fangantha

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2018
  • Destination: the South Pacific

Incredible 5* service, lovely people, beautiful destination, ship perfect in every way... this cruise will ruin you for all other cruises!! We will return!! It was the best week ever. Everything from

Check in to check out was seamless, very well organised and with such a small ship, no waiting for anything!! We made some great friends onboard, especially the attentive staff, Flo, Hermie, Darwin, Anthony, Allan and the divine Jobert who we wanted to take home with us!

The food was delicious, nothing was too much trouble, we just had to ask! L’Etoile was our favourite restaurant, La Palette our favourite bar. Book your degustation at La Verandah as soon as you can - maybe for the 2nd and last night as it fills up and book an outsider table in Bora Bora at La Grille. Otherwise, we loved L’Etoile, so much variety. We were up late and stayed up late due to time zone change from Australia, so we often had the “Santa Rosa Band” to ourselves in La Palette bar as most people were from the US. The musicians were top class, get a daily schedule from reception each day so you can follow them around :) The shows were amazing, especially the Magician, Nicolas and the crew show is not to be missed - hilarious!! The included day trips to the PG private island in Taha’a and the private beach in Bora Bora are all you need to do, we did a couple of extra day trips but I was happy to be onboard with the friendly staff by the pool (who automatically brought our favourite drinks/snacks after the first day) We got involved in most of the activities onboard but it is so relaxing to do nothing at all! Travelled with 2 young boys 6&9, they had a ball, were very comfortable and well catered for, but they are well travelled and like talking to adults, they didn’t have any other kids to play with, but they were happy to read by the pool or swim/kayak/play jenga. The built in Marina is amazing, we kayaked every day, get your snorkels as soon as the emergency muster is done on the first day!

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Cabin Review

Cabin Porthole 328

Perfect for our needs, very comfortable bed, didn’t spend a lot of time here TBH! Our room was made up twice a day, very good service from gorgeous Clara! Free movies, excellent space.

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Shark & Stingray Encounter

More sea life than expected. Get in the water FIRST and enjoy yourself SNORKELING ON TOP OF THE WATER! (before people with no idea walk all over the coral and seabed stirring up all the sand so you can’t see anything! Grrr...)

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