The ship size (332 passengers) was appropriate for the itinerary and the crew was most friendly and very accommodating. Many learned our names within hours of being onboard, greeting us with smiles and learning guest's preferences. They were amazing. The officers were present and also extremely friendly.
Of special note was the excellent quality of the meals provided. Meals were very fresh with local polynesian as well as gourmet French offerings. They had three venues for meals: main dining, more intimate specialty dining, and alfresco top deck dining. Room service meals were available 24 hours per day.
Ports of call were not only scenic but also offered a taste of the local culture. The leisurely pace of the cruise allowed overnight stays in Bora Bora and in Moorea. Spending Christmas day on their private motu was very special. Not only did guests enjoy this spectacular beach day, but the crew had fun with a Santa visit and local singing.
Excursions offered guests many active water sports activities, great exploring of the beautiful islands beneath the sea and to the top of their mountains. The ship has a water sports back deck where guests could depart for snorkel and scuba diving excursions, go kayaking or on other trips.
Entertainment was intimate with the local Gauguines performing often. A most interesting program was offered on Christmas with the crew having fun by performing together by each department onboard. They laughed, the passengers laughed and it was a perfect choice for such an small, intimate ship. Most passengers seemed to enjoy the offerings.
The ship is scheduled for refurbishment which should make future cruises even more enjoyable for guests. The planned updates were showcased to guests on the cruise. They have a very high repeat guest ratio and this holiday cruise had many guests who return to spend this special time onboard with Paul Gauguin.