Paul Gauguin Cruise Review
Itinerary: Tahiti & Society Islands - May 2012
Returning from paradise is not easy. You didn't prepare me for THIS part of the trip!! Husband and I and our two grown daughters were on the August sailing of the lovely ship Paul Gauguin. We had two "E" Category staterooms, non balcony which was fine since we were not in the room all that much. The stateroom was actually larger than we expected, with lovely furnishings, colors, good towels and sheets. The best was our room steward, tip top and wanted to take him home with us, We were told it was not a full ship, sailing prior and sailing after ours was sold out but for some reason we had about 15 open staterooms.
Food was delicious and good varied selection. Besides the American items, we found French flavor and Pacific Rim options as well as fresh fish and healthy options. Our family all have some diet limitations not to mention trying to stay away from the stuff that makes the statement, everyone gains weight on a cruise. We were very happy with the open buffets so we could make our own choices of what and how much on our plate. We did eat in the specialty restaurants for the experience and they did not disappoint. As you mentioned to us, we made reservations as soon as we got on the ship and we had our choices of days and times.
We partook in many shore excursions, all of which added to our fun and adventure. We did not pre book these and found a few already sold out. Not an issue, we always found those to our liking. Seemed the very high activity ones sold out, but not sure about that. Everyone on the islands who we interacted with spoke English of some sort. Knowing French would add to the enjoyment of being able to interact with the locals who were not connected to the tourist part of the islands. Time at the private beaches were a "lazing in paradise experience".
I know we read this from other reviews and we have to agree, the crew so adds to what makes this experience so enjoyable. Their sense of happiness, joyfulness and wanting to please is very contagious. The French Polynesian way of life. The hiring process and the training process of this ship should be packaged and sold to many companies in the US that could turn around their questionable customer service attitude.
On board we enjoyed the entertainment at the Piano Bar and the La Palette Lounge. We did not partake in any Spa appointments but seemed to be a popular spot. We ignored the little casino on board and saved our money. We sat by the pool on Deck 8, in the water surrounded by water in every direction.
Our one week flew by way to fast. We took home some information on the Moana which I believe starts the end of the year. We would like to do the Panama Canal sailing the first of the year and will clear our calendars and give you a call. This will be for Will and I only. The girls are back to work. Thank you Linda, you have been a joy to work with.
— Will, Joyce, Meagean and Brittney Whitworth, California