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Paul Gauguin Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Wonderful service. Relaxing cruise

Paul Gauguin Cruise Review by NeedToVacation

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2019
  • Destination: the South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: undefined

My husband & I had saved up for our 25th anniversary to go to Tahiti. It was SO worth the wait! No lines anywhere - and they treat you like royalty.

The ship is the perfect size. The staterooms are so comfortable. We got a balcony room near the front on Deck 7, and were not disappointed.

I enjoyed the entertainment at night when I could stay awake that late(!). The dancers are very good. Mahana took us on a ship tour the first afternoon. She was adorable.

We tried all 3 restaurants, but we found that the “Veranda” was a bit too fancy for our tastes. Actually, our favorite foods were at the private motu (Taha’a stop) and our ship excursion to a motu in Moorea. We enjoyed the continental breakfast items in the back of the ship every morning. All the croissants you could dream of!

All of the ports were just amazing!! SO many shades of blue in the crystal clear water!! Abundant sea life to explore while snorkeling. We saw the huge manta rays, swam with black tip reef sharks, saw a baby whale breaching, spotted eagle rays in large groups, watched dolphins playing.

I was amazed at all the different vibrant colors of the clams (oysters?!) in the water. Bright turquoise, royal blue, green, purple, tan, etc. And if you attend the talk onboard about how they cultivate the “black pearls” that Tahiti is known for, it’s very interesting.

We enjoyed the pool on the ship and had it all to ourselves! It was crazy! We hardly ever saw anyone in the nice plush lounge chairs around the pool. Maybe the sun is just too intense there for most of the “older” clientele.

So if you want to be pampered on your vacation and skip the crowds of the colossal cruise ships, take a Paul Gauguin Cruise. We would highly recommend it.


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Cabin Review

I liked being towards the very front of the ship. It was very quiet for sleeping at night. We hardly felt any movement.

The bed is big and so comfy! There was plenty of space in the bathroom for 2 people.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Tahiti (Papeete)

Drove up into the lush green areas of the mountains. Saw waterfalls, he fed the blue-eyed eels in a river. We could swim at one spot.

Took a short, scenic bus ride to the Maitai Lapita Village Hotel. They greeted us, gave us our beach towels and chairs, and vouchers for lunch at the restaurant. We hit the beach, went snorkeling, and then jumped in the warm pool! Sat at the restaurant and ate lunch. Good service - delicious dessert! (Chocolate mousse)

The grounds are beautiful. You can sit near their front desk / reception area to use the Wifi also.

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Snorkeling

Very nice couple who took us out on their comfy brand new boat. Only 6 passengers total. Saw a HUGE manta ray, a big group of spotted eagle rays. Snorkeled in shallow area with tons of coral and fish. Then by a lighthouse. Highly recommend this trip.

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Motu Islet Beach

Very nice guide - funny and informative. Took us to see the dolphins that were playing in the water. Then to a shallow area to feed and pet & swim with the friendly sting rays. Also saw a few black-tip reef sharks. Then took us to a motu for more swimming /snorkeling. And they made us a delicious BBQ lunch with cold drinks. Great day!

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