2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
I was the lucky winner of a Paul Gauguin cruise to Tahiti and the Society Islands. Amazingly, our room was not the lowest level, but had a beautiful picture window! Our room was ideal, and included a small in-room safe (large enough for ... Read More
I was the lucky winner of a Paul Gauguin cruise to Tahiti and the Society Islands. Amazingly, our room was not the lowest level, but had a beautiful picture window! Our room was ideal, and included a small in-room safe (large enough for a tablet but not a small laptop) and restocked beverage refrigerator. The climate control in all areas of the ship was amazingly comfortable, particularly with the heat and humidity (which I loved, don't get me wrong!) of the gorgeous French Polynesian islands. The meals were wonderful--healthy and delicious choices were the norm! Room service was included, too. The ship's amenities included a small gym--very nice for a ship this size. The staff were truly outstanding! The port talks were a refreshing change from larger ships' sales pitches--the excursions were actually presented at the end, with independent options (eg. bicycle rentals on Bora Bora) also mentioned. Snorkel gear are included, and can be picked up in advance of excursions. We enjoyed the underwater diving helmet experience (we are non-swimmers), and would highly recommend it. As well, the guided archaeological walk on Moorea was also excellent. Friendly, casual, and yet very attentive service made the cruise perfect! A small error occurred prior to embarkation, but was remedied more than adequately, reflecting the high professionalism of the staff and the integrity of Paul Gauguin. Thanks so much, Paul Gauguin, for fulfilling a dream! Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Worst trip ever.Let me start with the staff was 100%.We saved for two years14,0000.00 plus travel, and expected the best food and beaches every day.They dont tell you that their are no swimable beaches in Marquesas islands.We left with ... Read More
Worst trip ever.Let me start with the staff was 100%.We saved for two years14,0000.00 plus travel, and expected the best food and beaches every day.They dont tell you that their are no swimable beaches in Marquesas islands.We left with 40-50 mph winds.People were sick for days,they should have stayed in Bora Bora area,we got to Marquesas and canceled all trips.We did not go swimming on beach until the 10 day of trip.The back of ship opened 2 times.The ship is out dated,food was disgusting,fly all over food on upper deck,drinks are watered down,tenders were very unsafe getting on and off.We went on the 13 day to intercontental hotel in Moorea and had the best food of the whole trip,very disapointing .We will never cruise Paul Gauguin again.Spoke with VP Sandy Stevens and she offered nothing to us and told us social media does not matter.I will posting pictures of our trip on youtube and outher pictures.GOOD VP Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
French Polynesia has been on our list for a while. We wanted to see a range of islands so we chose a few nights at an over water bungalow at Le Taha'a and then boarded the Paul Gauguin for a cruise through the Society and Tuamotus ... Read More
French Polynesia has been on our list for a while. We wanted to see a range of islands so we chose a few nights at an over water bungalow at Le Taha'a and then boarded the Paul Gauguin for a cruise through the Society and Tuamotus Islands. It was a fantastic experience from start to finish. The service was excellent, everyone is there to make sure you are having a wonderful time from our room stewardess, to the dining room staff, to the bartenders. We loved the food on board, in particular the daily fresh fish and the themed lunch-time buffets. We enjoy food and are avid cooks, so we really appreciated the diversity, quality and creativity of the food on board this ship. The all inclusive drinks were great from the local beer, to our nightly cocktails, to the daily wines. I was a kid in Hawaii for 2 years in the early 60's and French Polynesia brought back so many memories since it is still relatively untouristic and lets the scenery both above the water and below it speak for itself. The natives were very friendly and we had some very enjoyable tours. We did a mix of independent tours and ship tours, which we found through Cruise Critic, and they were all sensational. Nothing beats snorkeling a sea life rich reef, having your guide catch some local fish, and then serving you that fish grilled along with local fruits and vegetables. Sitting outside in the glorious weather, watching the sunset, with a drink in hand, as you cruise to another island is sheer bliss. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
Heard about how good this line was and tried it. It was better than expected. 5 Star/Excellent rating in my book. Check in was speedy and EXCELLENT Cabin was clean and perfect EXCELLENT Ship ... Read More
Heard about how good this line was and tried it. It was better than expected. 5 Star/Excellent rating in my book. Check in was speedy and EXCELLENT Cabin was clean and perfect EXCELLENT Ship was EXCELLENT Staff was EXCELLENT Excursions were EXCELLENT Food was EXCELLENT Dinning was the highlight every day. 15 staff in dining room each meal including trained sommelier with excellent wine suggestions. Cruise is all inclusive with no tipping of staff, wine and drinks included (some special liquors have a charge), mini-bar in cabin included. Absolutely the best trip we have ever done. If I had to find something less than perfect it would be that two singers sang off key :-) Tours of the bridge, galley and engine room are not advertised but ask at reception desk on first day.. Small ship, 330 pax and 550 feet long. If you want a great cruise this is the one! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2015
Our family has cruised this ship for multiple cruises and we decided to join them on this trip. It was the best cruise trip we could ever ask for. From "Five Star" gourmet dining to staff that know you by first name, it was all ... Read More
Our family has cruised this ship for multiple cruises and we decided to join them on this trip. It was the best cruise trip we could ever ask for. From "Five Star" gourmet dining to staff that know you by first name, it was all anyone could ask for. I highly recommend anyone that can to truths trip once in their lives. You will never regret it. We are going back! You can start your day at the rear of the ship at 6:30 with coffee and a continental breakfast or have a full breakfast starting at 7:00 AM. There is no assigned seating and you can sit where you please and eat as much as you want. They offer buffett or order from the menu or just ask. Whatever your heart desires they will accommodate. The days can be spent leisurely or you can tour through excursions. If packaged tours are not your style you can leave the ship and explore on your own while in port via tender to the shore anytime you want. Tenders depart every thirty minutes. One day of there trip includes a picnic on a private motto (island) where the staff presidents you with a great lunch. This cruise is all inclusive. You need not bring a wallet for anything. Beer, wine, alcohol, sodas, water, is all included. No drink packages required. Onboard entertainment is mostly cruise staff but you become part of the family with the staff and have a blast together. What more could you ask for. You have to try this trip to believe what I am stating. Read Less
Paul Gauguin Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 4.4
Dining 5.0 4.4
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.8
Family 2.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.2
Enrichment 5.0 4.2
Service 4.0 4.7
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.1

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