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Paul Gauguin Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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A Great Way To See French Polynesia

Paul Gauguin Cruise Review by Bjbrohm

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2019
  • Destination: the South Pacific

A friend took this cruise and I liked that it was a smaller, more intimate atmosphere. We added two days at the front of the trip to stay in a bungalow in the lagoon at the intercontinental hotel. We flew Air Nui Tahiti and even though it was in coach, the food was good and lots of free entertainment. Highly recommend is asking if there are any upgrades available as it is much cheaper. PGC took care of everything as there was someone waiting for us at the airport to take us to the hotel. Our bungalow was great as was the hotel. Do bring an adapter for the electricity though the hotel will sell you one and then refund the money upon checkout. Transfer to the ship, check in and settling in room was seamless. The room reminded us of our Airstream - lots of storage and comfortable. The week on board was great. The staff learns your name and I swear they could read minds as they anticipated everything. Food was wonderful and halfway through the cruise, we were asked if we wanted to share a table which we did. We sat with a couple from Texas and other guests and ended up dining with them for the rest of the cruise. We did excursions everyday as we thought that would be the best way for us to see things. Really enjoyed the two private islands. I have arthritic knees and every time I went down the stairs to the launch, two crew members assisted me on andoff the launch. Every morning I ordered a pot of coffee from room service and it was there in less than 5 minutes. At the end of the cruise, we got a tour of Tahiti since we couldn’t check into the hotel til after 2. I thought that we would all get put in one room, but we were checked into individual rooms. We were not impressed with the Tahiti Pearl as they were rather rude. We got the fun around trying to ear dinne4 as their restaurant was closed for a private party, but finall got to eat. When we checked into the airport, I asked if there was any upgrades available and there were in Premier class. So for $350 a person, we got a roomier seat with foot rest. It made the redeye an easier way to sleep. All in all, it was a great trip. Would do it again.

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Cabin E 423

I didn’t think our room looked dated and there was lots of storage space. I used the clock as a night light in the bathroom as it was dark. There were two 110 plugs so might bring a small power strip to plug devices in for charging. But it was comfortable and clean.

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4WD Island Tour

Left a kidney on one of the roads - quite bumpy but fun

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