Paul Gauguin Review

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Review for the South Pacific Cruise on Paul Gauguin
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6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Jun 2011

SUMMARY---The Paul Gauguin was a bucket-list cruise for me. We were able to afford to go on this cruise because of the offers of 2-for-1 cruise fare (drinks and gratuities included, free air from Los Angeles, and $250 per person on board credit.

Air Tahiti Nui--Embarkation: Boarding the Air Tahiti Nui flight in Los Angeles went smoothly but we took off about an hour late because they were waiting for luggage from a delayed Air France flight. It was a wide-body plane but not a big one with 2X4X2 seating and no walk-through aisles except at front and back of the plane. Individual movie screens are on back of seat in front of you and you can choose from a wide variety of movies or music to watch--the down side is when the person in front of you leans back the screen is very close to your face. Dinner was served early with complimentary wine. They don't come around often so it was wise to bring our own water on board for the 8 hour flight.

Upon arrival and after passing through customs/immigration we boarded buses for the pier and boarded the Paul Gauguin. Our cabin was on deck 6--very basic cruise ship cabin with a small balcony but plenty of closet and drawer storage and a full tub in the bathroom. The mini bar is stocked with pop, water, beer, and mixers--they also leave a fruit basket and will refill if you wish. Even though it was after 9pm we headed straight for the dining room and joined a nice group of people for our first meal. Despite the label "luxury cruise" the ship itself is pretty plain compared to other cruise lines we have traveled--the carpet was stained and worn in many places and not much in the way of art work or fancy decor. The PG was due for renovations late 2011/early 12 so that should help.

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Cabin D

Cabin 623---Small balcony, average cabin size, lots of storage in closets and drawers. Small refrigerator. Large bathroom with full tub. We could hear the passengers next door but only when they were having a fight and yelling.

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