Wednesday, 28 March 2012

MS Paul Gaugin - Magical Cruise in French Polynesia

MS Paul Gaugin
One of my best ever holidays was a 7 day cruise around the Tahitian islands on the MS Paul Gaugin.  Talk about 6 star luxury.  It was a smaller sized ship – about 300 passengers.  The itinerary was very leisurely.  Just tootling between various islands – going on little excursions.

The staff had both the big and little things right.  When onshore, you knew that if you went back to the wharf you would find a crew member in a little marquee ready to give you an ice cool drink.  Very refreshing in the heat.

Platform at rear of MS Paul Gaugin for launching water sports
The food was great on board.  I didn’t use it but there was 24 hour free room service.  Your cabin was also stocked with beers and spirits of your choice at no extra charge.  The crew were spectacular – friendly without being obsequious.  The ship perfectly designed for the itinerary – I wouldn’t want to go out into the really open sea on it – since I suspect it would have rolled but it was just fine.  There is a marina at the rear of the ship which they lower as a platform for kayaking, snorkelling, scuba etc.  The best day was probably on the private motu (island) where you arrived to see guys walking around in the water towing a floating bar from which they were doling out fruit cocktails.

Floating bar on private island day


  1. Wow, this is a cruise I would love to do :) thanks for sharing Carole

    1. thanks so much for taking the time to stop by

  2. Looks fantastic! What a great place to visit! Thanks for stopping by my blog to share this with me! Cruises are lots of fun!


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