Missed Aititutaki, on to Moorea

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#1
Toronto, Ottawa Valley ON, and Dunedin FL
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Joined May 2001
Hi, I'll report at length when we get home, but just a quick note to say that after a great day in Rarotonga, we gave Aitutaki a pass because of rain and high seas. So we're on to Moorea. Unfortunately that means two sea days. We don't mind, I knew the risk, but some pax are pretty ticked off.

The whole itinerary got re-jigged to start with because of bad weather in the Cooks, but it didn't help in the end. Our two days in Bora Bora were pretty rainy as well. I failed to get to the motu because of that--many came back looking like drowned rats--but did buy myself a nice little pearl, since I'd forgotten to bring the ones I already owned (ahem.)

The ship itself is in tip-top shape and the dining has been stellar for the most part. A fairly young crowd onboard, many Canadians. By young I mean 40's. Santa Rosa, the band, is great--they have improved I think, although I can't recall how long they've been doing this gig.

Anyways, two sea days ahead, much relaxation I hope, and talk to you soon.
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#2
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Joined Aug 2015
Bummer about Aitutaki ....

Not rainy season yet but lets be honest, the whole world is having strange weather, not the normal type of weather.

The crew on the PG is one of the best prepared for tender duties, if it was possible the Captain would of gone for it ... safety first.
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#5
Toronto, Ottawa Valley ON, and Dunedin FL
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Joined May 2001
Mark Eddowes has been great, as usual. It's been more than 17 years since we first saw him.
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Seven Seas Mariner, Miami-Lima, January 2017
Azamara Journey, Rome-Rome, September 2016
Uniworld Egypt, River Tosca, October 2015
Paul Gauguin 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2014
Oceania Riviera, Nov. 2013
Seven Seas Navigator, Dec. 2006, Alaska May 2012
Radisson Diamond June, Black Sea 2004
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#6
Toronto, Canada
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Joined Nov 2002
Sad that you missed Aitutaki. I was lucky to visit both times. The tender staff did a fabulous job.
#7
Houston, Texas, USA
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Joined Jan 2001
Thanks for the reports. Sorry you missed Aitutaki, it is very nice there.
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#8
Toronto, Ottawa Valley ON, and Dunedin FL
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Joined May 2001
Just got home. Proper review to follow. Met many newbies who just totally fell in love with the PG.
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Upcoming Cruises:
Seabourn Quest Canada, September 2018
⚓Past Cruises:

Paul Gauguin Cook Islands & Society Islands, October 2017
Seven Seas Mariner, Miami-Lima, January 2017
Azamara Journey, Rome-Rome, September 2016
Uniworld Egypt, River Tosca, October 2015
Paul Gauguin 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2014
Oceania Riviera, Nov. 2013
Seven Seas Navigator, Dec. 2006, Alaska May 2012
Radisson Diamond June, Black Sea 2004
Regent Voyager, June '06, Dec. '07, Dec. '09, Dec. 2010