Julie Farrell’s Paul Gauguin Cruise
Cruise Line: Paul Gauguin
Title: 14 day cruise from Papette to Fiji.
Dates: May 17-31, 2014
If I had to pick a favorite thing about this cruise, it would be… EVERYTHING! The cabins were lovely, very nicely appointed with plenty of room, good amenities, great storage and great lighting. The service was one of the best that I have ever had on a cruise. Great attention to detail, and name recognition was amazing from the staff. I was hosting this cruise and the behind the scenes staff that I worked with were all wonderful, extremely helpful and accommodating.
There were so many interesting ports of call. Bora Bora is beautiful and quite exotic with its blue lagoons and crystal clear water. It was there that I had an incredible experience swimming with the sting rays! Taha was a day on the beach which was great fun. We just spent the entire day on the beach and had a wonderful beach barbeque. Cook Islands have a very interesting history and we just happened to have a woman from the Cook Islands on board with her husband who was one of the guest speakers. The Cook Islands are very remote and pristine and the natives were lovely people.
Even though I had been to Fiji before, I enjoyed all three ports of call we visited there. I guess Suv-Suv was the most quaint and had the most local color. The Fijian people are not as friendly and soft spoken as the Tahitian people are, so experiencing the different cultures is really part of the experience.
On board I found all of the classes that Paul Gauguin offers very interesting. I was quite impressed by the level of diversity that the young employees exhibited. They ran all of the activities for the ship from crafts to music and dance. The food service was excellent and all of the dining rooms are quite lovely. Food was absolutely wonderful, and it was so nice to have open bar all day long!
The shore excursions were very well organized and the ground operators that they used were great. Everything was extremely well organized and timely. I really believe this is one of the very best cruise lines out there. The cabins were beautiful, the food was excellent and the service was to die for. I don’t have one negative thing to say about the entire cruise. I am ready to go again!
Some things you really don’t want to miss if you take a similar trip are: Going in one or two days early and staying at The Inter-Continental Hotel in Papeete in an over the water bungalow is an experience not to be missed! Or if you stay in Suva, Fiji be sure to stay at one of the upscale hotels that they offer post cruise – The Westin was a great choice. Finally I would highly recommend swimming with the manta rays!
Tips for a Similar Cruise:
- Take a power strip with you for your cabin; although they had two 110 plugs, only one was working. Sometimes these things happen, so it never hurts to be prepared.
- Take a pair of water shoes for the all-day beach experience and swimming with the rays.
- Do not miss one meal, for they are all wonderful!