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Over the top service always with a smile! Wonderful, relaxed small ship atmosphere where you get to know the other 330 passengers onboard. We loved requesting a "table to share" in the evening to meet other folks. Fun nightly entertainment. The local Polynesians onboard with us the entire cruise to entertain and share with us about the culture were outstanding. Never a problem getting a good seat in the evening for the shows. So nice to feel pampered and not like you're being herded around in large groups like on the large ships. Definitely could have used better information about the shore excursions as what we were told was sometimes incorrect or lacking information that was important. Having the shore excursion talks available in the cabin television would be helpful. Snorkeling excursions were fabulous. Rangiroa at the local aquarium and Fakarava at the South Pass were highlights. The Aqua Walk was a bit disappointing compared to other options. Wish they had someone who did underwater videos of our snorkeling. Good food. Liked having the tips all included but still tipped extra for our cabin housekeeping and an extraordinary waiter we had everyday. Such a totally different experience than when we've sailed on large ships. Arriving several days early to get acclimated was fantastic. A superior horizon overwater bungalow at the Sofitel Hotel in Moorea was a fantastic option for us. Arrived late night via Air Tahiti Nui. Had a room at the Intercontinental Tahiti with extensive breakfast buffet. The next morning we took the ferry over to Moorea for two nights. We loved it so much that we went back for two more nights after our cruise. The ferry departs near where the Paul Gauguin arrives so it is very convenient. Take the Aremiti 6 rather than the Terevau. Much better experience. They mention that boarding begins at 3 p.m. but I would emphasize that it is best to be there as shortly after as possible that so that you can get settled in your cabin before the life boat drill and dinner. We would highly recommend Paul Gauguin for a relaxed cruise with gorgeous destinations.

WOW! We loved the laid back atmosphere of the ship!

Paul Gauguin Cruise Review by TexasMomoffour

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Over the top service always with a smile!

Wonderful, relaxed small ship atmosphere where you get to know the other 330 passengers onboard. We loved requesting a "table to share" in the evening to meet other folks. Fun nightly entertainment. The local Polynesians onboard with us the entire cruise to entertain and share with us about the culture were outstanding. Never a problem getting a good seat in the evening for the shows. So nice to feel pampered and not like you're being herded around in large groups like on the large ships.

Definitely could have used better information about the shore excursions as what we were told was sometimes incorrect or lacking information that was important. Having the shore excursion talks available in the cabin television would be helpful.

Snorkeling excursions were fabulous. Rangiroa at the local aquarium and Fakarava at the South Pass were highlights. The Aqua Walk was a bit disappointing compared to other options. Wish they had someone who did underwater videos of our snorkeling. Good food. Liked having the tips all included but still tipped extra for our cabin housekeeping and an extraordinary waiter we had everyday. Such a totally different experience than when we've sailed on large ships.

Arriving several days early to get acclimated was fantastic. A superior horizon overwater bungalow at the Sofitel Hotel in Moorea was a fantastic option for us. Arrived late night via Air Tahiti Nui. Had a room at the Intercontinental Tahiti with extensive breakfast buffet. The next morning we took the ferry over to Moorea for two nights. We loved it so much that we went back for two more nights after our cruise. The ferry departs near where the Paul Gauguin arrives so it is very convenient. Take the Aremiti 6 rather than the Terevau. Much better experience. They mention that boarding begins at 3 p.m. but I would emphasize that it is best to be there as shortly after as possible that so that you can get settled in your cabin before the life boat drill and dinner.

We would highly recommend Paul Gauguin for a relaxed cruise with gorgeous destinations.
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