Lesley and Warren and their children just returned from a cruise in Tahiti on the Paul Gauguin. Here's what they had to say:
On to the cruise .... WOW!!!!! From the super duper easy checking in and registration (esp when compared with Royal Caribbean where you're herded through a warehouse of registration!) to the champagne and uniformed maids greeting you and then escorting you to your stateroom ... luggage arriving fast, wow! Just a lovely introduction and reception (and, as always your lovely note and wine waiting - thank you!). Our butler was awesome as was every single crew member who assisted us the entire week! Simply amazing attentiveness, especially since there were only 188 passengers! The crew knew us all by name, and what we liked and they just fussed so much over the kids!
The stateroom was very comfortable, the food was spectacular! The Young Ambassadors of the Environment was one of the highlights of the cruise, with Warren and I enjoying it just as much as the kids. The two naturalists, Chris and Abigail, were just superb. We all learned so much and met fabulous people with whom we wish to keep in touch!
I loved the casual elegance and intimate feeling on this ship - it wasn't dripping with chandeliers nor was it out to stun you with amazing features. It was just lovely as it was, with such attention to service that you didn't need to think - everything was done for you! We even noticed the lack of trash cans but you never needed them because someone was cleaning up for you!
We loved all of the stops: did the snorkel drift down the coral garden in Raietea, swam with the rays and sharks twice, the kids did a hike, we drive around on Moorea, jet-skiied around Bora Bora, shopped and just hung out in the motus - so incredibly beautiful. Favorite water: Bora Bora, fave island Moorea!
My dear, it was an amazing trip, so spectacular and so peaceful. Thank you once again for creating such a memorable holiday for all of us.
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