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Paul Gauguin Review

5.0 / 5.0
313 reviews

An incredible exploration of the Tuamotus, Marquesas and Society Islands

Review for the South Pacific Cruise on Paul Gauguin
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Apr 2023

We were a party of three on the 14 day Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands trip. As previous Ponant passengers (Antarctica and the Kimberley), we felt that this trip was more akin to a Ponant "expedition", the format of which we absolutely love.

We can't speak highly enough of our experience on this expedition. While our stateroom on the PG was a tiny bit dated (dark wood instead of the Scandi neutral tone wood everyone goes for nowadays), the amount of storage was incredible - a place for everything and everything in its place. The stateroom bathroom, while a bit plain, was great for a ship - quite large and loads of cupboard space to keep everything put away. Our stewardess was superb - friendly and super efficient and handled our laundry (with special requests not to tumble dry certain items) perfectly!

The crew were the best we'd ever encountered. Charming, friendly and nothing was too much trouble. We absolutely loved everyone who looked after us. We felt really well looked after by everyone - our stewardess, the bartenders, the entertainment staff, the dive team, our waiters, the restaurant maitre'ds and the reception staff!

Cabin Review

While the decor is a little bit dated (dark wood rather than light wood, and a small TV (but we did not turn the TV on once as there was too much else to do)), the layout and amount of storage space is terrific. We each had our own closet for hanging items, and there were plenty of drawers and shelves in which to put things (we didn't use them all). The under-bed storage was impressive, with room for a large suitcase, large dive gear case and smaller carry on bag. And the bed was very comfortable - nicely firm and supportive.

The bathroom decor is plain, but the bathroom had a tub with shower, an extendible washing line over the tub and sturdy hanging rack/towel rail over the end of the tub. The cupboard space in the bathroom was plentiful and we did not use it all. There was plenty of counter space. There are hooks on the back of the bathroom door for hanging pyjamas and robes, and towel rails on the opposite wall.

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