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Thought it might be nice to fly to Tahiti and take one of the cruises. Any recommendations?

 

Or if we were to fly to 1 island to stay, which would you prefer?

 

Thanks for your input.

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We don't like flights over 5 hrs so we are cruising to the South Pacific. Last time we got there form New Zealand (5 hr flight) after having cruised to Australia and then New Zealand. We enjoyed 5 nights in Tahiti, then a cruise around the Society Islands, wonderful way to see different places.

 

You can fly into Papeete, stay there for part of your time and then take the ferry to Moorea and spend part of your time there. Ferry is about $15pp each way; fewer ferries scheduled on Sunday but otherwise they run every couple of hours, I think the crossing is about 35 minutes. Most flights leave Papeete late evening so you'd have time to ferry back and go to the airport, no need for an overnight hotel near the airport. There are flights from Papeete to Bora Bora but expensive and awkward.

 

We were able to pick up a cruise from Papeete to Honolulu (10 nights I think) and flew home from there, 5 hrs to LAX.

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Thought it might be nice to fly to Tahiti and take one of the cruises. Any recommendations?

 

Or if we were to fly to 1 island to stay, which would you prefer?

 

Thanks for your input.

 

International flights arrive on the main island of Tahiti and so into Papeete first and then there's a choice of course BUT...each of the islands offer a bit of a unique experience so a lot depends on what you're interested in. A bit more quiet, laid back Bora Bora...more happening, busier...Moorea, for visiting staying on one island experience.

 

For cruises...Tahiti only options include the MS Paul Gauguin, the Windstar Wind Spirit, as well as some other charter options and the Aranui (includes other islands and is a cargo/passenger ship) and catamarans. Again, a lot depends upon what type of experience might interest you. Other ships offering cruises around Tahiti - Archipel Croisieres, Island Escape Cruises, Dream Yacht Charter.

 

Check out this link to our South Pacific cruise forum for our member reviews on Paul Gauguin and Windstar cruises. There is a review on the Aranui on this board - it's amazing - and it's quite a unique experience but again, the ship visits islands beyond Tahiti and the sailings are on quite a different schedule from a regular cruise line.

 

http://www.cruisecritic.com/ports/area.cfm?area=19

 

The search thread on this board might be helpful too if you would like to peruse threads on Moorea and Bora Bora. For hotels, once you have chosen an island, come back for hotel recommendations - unless you have decided to cruise, in which case - bon voyage! :)

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We have been fortunate to have done a cruise out of Tahiti 4 times, #5 next year. All on the Paul Gauguin which I recommend highly. They have a few different itineraries all out of Tahiti.

 

IMHO a cruise from the mainland of the US to Tahiti is really a waste of many days as you spend a considerable about of time simply at sea. The Paul Gauguin is designed for the Tahitian Islands as it can get in to the various lagoons. With only about 320 passengers the quantity of passengers does not inundate the islands.

 

If you do this I would recommend a few night on Moorea pre or post cruise (we love the Hilton). While other islands are great as well only Moorea can be reached by an easy 45 minute inexpensive ($30) ferry. All other islands require a short flight with an expensive fare ($450 RT).

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I would recommend that you fly Air France if possible. The Air Tahiti Nui flight over was grueling because it was one of their older planes and the seats are very small. I am very small person and it was very uncomfortable. A friend flew on Air France and had a pleasant experience.

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Have a look at the Paul Gauguin (pgcruises.com). We've been 6 times and are booked for a 7th. Kind of spoils you.

 

If a land trip, depending on how long you stay, and how laid-back you want it to be, you might want to do two islands. Moorea is always at the top of my list, and is very conveniently located a short ferry ride from Papeete. The islands that are farther away, like Huahine, or one of the Tuamotus like Rangiroa, are less developed so more like being on a desert island, especially the latter. But they are expensive to get to. So it's a trade-off, and for me, Moorea wins. Bora Bora is beautiful, but very expensive and a bit over-rated I think, but it does have good tourist infrastructure.

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International flights arrive on the main island of Tahiti and so into Papeete first and then there's a choice of course BUT...each of the islands offer a bit of a unique experience so a lot depends on what you're interested in. A bit more quiet, laid back Bora Bora...more happening, busier...Moorea, for visiting staying on one island experience.

 

For cruises...Tahiti only options include the MS Paul Gauguin, the Windstar Wind Spirit, as well as some other charter options and the Aranui (includes other islands and is a cargo/passenger ship) and catamarans. Again, a lot depends upon what type of experience might interest you. Other ships offering cruises around Tahiti - Archipel Croisieres, Island Escape Cruises, Dream Yacht Charter.

 

Check out this link to our South Pacific cruise forum for our member reviews on Paul Gauguin and Windstar cruises. There is a review on the Aranui on this board - it's amazing - and it's quite a unique experience but again, the ship visits islands beyond Tahiti and the sailings are on quite a different schedule from a regular cruise line.

 

http://www.cruisecritic.com/ports/area.cfm?area=19

 

The search thread on this board might be helpful too if you would like to peruse threads on Moorea and Bora Bora. For hotels, once you have chosen an island, come back for hotel recommendations - unless you have decided to cruise, in which case - bon voyage! :)

 

I seem to be struggling to find prices for the Paul Gaugin cruises around the Society Islands (getting a feeling of if you have to ask the price then you can't afford it syndrome !!). Looking to do something like a 7 day cruise. Thank you.

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Check out Windstar also. We were on the Wind Spirit in May, and had a wonderful time. it is a smaller ship and very laid back. Either way, you will love your Tahitian holiday.

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A cruise to Tahiti is good way to see several islands and might be the best option for a first-time visit. Cruises are fantastically scenic. However, bear in mind that the best beaches are generally occupied by hotels and are often inaccessible - this applies particularly to Bora Bora.

 

Also, please select the SMALLEST ship you can find - the PG and Windstar are OK but big ships like the Princess or Oceania fleet are much too big for these tiny islands. If you cruise to Tahiti from, say, mainland USA or even Hawaii, then you will be on a big ship and see lots of sea.

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Some excellent tips on here for first time visitors to the area. I would be interested in people's comments regards Gaugin v Windstar/Windspirit. Thank you.

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Some excellent tips on here for first time visitors to the area. I would be interested in people's comments regards Gaugin v Windstar/Windspirit. Thank you.

 

Can't really answer your question, Gaugin vs Windstar, because we were in the same situation as you.

 

I put our TA to work. I wanted to see Bora Bora. However, I knew that I didn't want to start on a large ship on the west coast, then go to Hawaii first and then spend way too many sea days getting to the south pacific islands and then back to the west coast. I wanted a small ship, a nice itinerary, a package deal with airfare, and a price I could afford without robbing a bank.

 

We have settled on The Wind Spirit, "Dreams of Tahiti," in August 2017, with round trip airfare from LAX to Tahiti, a full day and night at The Meridian Hotel before boarding the ship, and a day room at the hotel upon disembarkation before a night flight back to LAX. The price is below what I was expecting even though we did not pick the last expensive cabin since we wanted a mid ship location. I think the experience of being on a sailing vessel and with a maximum number of fellow passengers at 149 should be very pleasant and the itinerary includes an overnight stay in Bora Bora.

 

I would suggest you research on your own and then use your TA, if you have one. We even picked August because even though there will be some rain, this month has the lowest rainfall -usually!! Further research and help from CC has shown me that there are few private tours available on these small islands, although there are some, so our TA has a connection with a company that can assist with tours here in the south pacific or Windstar has very nice excursions at all the ports of call too, even though the cost can add up fast.

 

Have fun researching and making decisions. :)

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Can't really answer your question, Gaugin vs Windstar, because we were in the same situation as you.

 

I put our TA to work. I wanted to see Bora Bora. However, I knew that I didn't want to start on a large ship on the west coast, then go to Hawaii first and then spend way too many sea days getting to the south pacific islands and then back to the west coast. I wanted a small ship, a nice itinerary, a package deal with airfare, and a price I could afford without robbing a bank.

 

We have settled on The Wind Spirit, "Dreams of Tahiti," in August 2017, with round trip airfare from LAX to Tahiti, a full day and night at The Meridian Hotel before boarding the ship, and a day room at the hotel upon disembarkation before a night flight back to LAX. The price is below what I was expecting even though we did not pick the last expensive cabin since we wanted a mid ship location. I think the experience of being on a sailing vessel and with a maximum number of fellow passengers at 149 should be very pleasant and the itinerary includes an overnight stay in Bora Bora.

 

I would suggest you research on your own and then use your TA, if you have one. We even picked August because even though there will be some rain, this month has the lowest rainfall -usually!! Further research and help from CC has shown me that there are few private tours available on these small islands, although there are some, so our TA has a connection with a company that can assist with tours here in the south pacific or Windstar has very nice excursions at all the ports of call too, even though the cost can add up fast.

 

Have fun researching and making decisions. :)

 

Many thanks for your reply Procruise. It looks as though we will be going for the same cruise in March (hopefully towards the end of the rainy season) as it will follow a visit to New Zealand (early Autumn). Unlike you though it looks as though I may well have to rob a bank !!

 

You seem to have done a lot of research already with regards private tours so I would like to benefit from your hard work if you are happy to part with your knowledge.

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Many thanks for your reply Procruise. It looks as though we will be going for the same cruise in March (hopefully towards the end of the rainy season) as it will follow a visit to New Zealand (early Autumn). Unlike you though it looks as though I may well have to rob a bank !!

 

You seem to have done a lot of research already with regards private tours so I would like to benefit from your hard work if you are happy to part with your knowledge.

 

Boleynkid,

 

Actually I haven't even started on this 8/2017 cruise. I just finished up planning six private tours on our NE/Canada cruise this coming September, then we're cruising on The Viking Star to the West Indies in January. Even though Viking includes tours, we may take a few private tours.

 

I will however, get in touch with our TA with regards to private tours in the Society Islands and find out who she recommends to contact. Once I hear from her, I'll let your know here and then offer my E-mail address, since I don't believe I can post that information here with company names etc.

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FLETCHER, Oceanias small 640 passenger R ships are perfect for SouthPacific.

 

I totally disagree. But then in the South Pacific I have only gone on luxury expedition ships with about 100 passengers - ships like Caledonian Sky and Silversea's Silver Discoverer.

 

A ship with 600 passengers effectively doubles Bora Bora's hotel capacity and everyone has to make for one single beach. It's not a pretty sight.

 

The advantage of a big ship like Oceania is that it's cheap and there's lots of entertainment stuff on board.

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I have been on a number of cruises in French Polynesia with Royal Caribbean (2000 passengers), Princess (R ship with 680) and the PG. the PG was indeed the best by far.

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Boleynkid,

 

Actually I haven't even started on this 8/2017 cruise. I just finished up planning six private tours on our NE/Canada cruise this coming September, then we're cruising on The Viking Star to the West Indies in January. Even though Viking includes tours, we may take a few private tours.

 

I will however, get in touch with our TA with regards to private tours in the Society Islands and find out who she recommends to contact. Once I hear from her, I'll let your know here and then offer my E-mail address, since I don't believe I can post that information here with company names etc.

 

You clearly love your cruises Procruise and a Rocky Mountaineer/Alaska Cruise combo is another on my wish list.

 

Thank you for your kind offer with regards private tours in the Society Islands. That would be great and much appreciated.

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We were on the Windstar in May. The weather was not perfect, but we still had a great time. Two private tours we booked prior that we really enjoyed were Albert's ATV tour on Moorea, and Patrick's motu and snorkeling tour in in Bora Bora. Patrick's is expensive, but is 3/4 of a day and was a wonderful experience.. I booked both of these on line before we left. You don't have to pay for them until you arrive.

Have a wonderful time.

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Many thanks for your reply Procruise. It looks as though we will be going for the same cruise in March (hopefully towards the end of the rainy season) as it will follow a visit to New Zealand (early Autumn). ...

 

March should have been less expensive than August, in general. March will be muggy and hot. That's a bigger deal in their "summer" than being rainy. It can do that any time. But it will still be great.

 

As for "sailing", I don't think that Windstar actually does much of that, not really.

 

FLETCHER, Oceanias small 640 passenger R ships are perfect for SouthPacific.

 

I also have to disagree. The PG, with less than 350 is much better. Windstar is much smaller than that. When we first sailed the Paul Gauguin in 2000, the R ships were still there, and the passengers pretty well overwhelmed the little dock at Bora Bora.

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From what I've learned, Paul Gaughuin is tops for Tahiti and is pretty all inclusive, even including airfare from the west coast, but you certainly pay a premium for the experience. It may be on our list someday, but not currently willing to pay @ $12,000 for two people for 7 days.

 

We have just booked a unique cruise with Norwegian, part of their repositioning of the Jewel from Vancouver down to Sydney in October of 2017. We had no interest in the first leg to Honolulu and will just fly in to HNL a day or two early. Then it's 12 days down to Papeete from HNL including the ports of Kauai, Hilo, Nuku Hiva, Rangiroa, Bora Bora, Moorea and then Papeete where you overnight on the ship.

 

The second leg for us is 17 days from Papeete to Sydney including the ports of Raitea, Bora Bora a second time, Pago Pago, Apia, Suva, Lautoka, Port Villa, Noumea, Isle of Pines, Sydney. A total of 29 days, 18 ports. Of course the option is open to add on one or more Australia and New Zealand cruises on the same ship, but we will probably just land tour from Sydney a few days and then fly home.

 

29 days with NCL vs 7 days with PG for a savings of @$4,000 over the PG price for 7 days. I think it's a excellent value.

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5 cruises on the PG and I never paid close to $12000 even for a 14 night cruise. Don't look at a balcony cabin or suite! I do hear you though regarding the 29 days on NCL. However - your 29 days will cost you a lot in booze charges if you drink and gratuities. Also water - something you will need. A 20 ounce bottle is $4. Even if you buy a water package it's a lot of money. The nickel and diming will drive you crazy. Take your NCL cruise and get a taste of FP, you will be back and take the PG. That's what happened to me long ago after a RCCL repo cruise from Auckland to Honolulu. Even my Princess cruises were cheaper but after all the extras it wasn't that much cheaper. It's not all about the money sometimes. Service, ambience, fellow cruisers, etc. Regarding these things, no one beats the PG. The big ships are also too big for a true FP experience.

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5 cruises on the PG and I never paid close to $12000 even for a 14 night cruise. Don't look at a balcony cabin or suite! I do hear you though regarding the 29 days on NCL. However - your 29 days will cost you a lot in booze charges if you drink and gratuities. Also water - something you will need. A 20 ounce bottle is $4. Even if you buy a water package it's a lot of money. The nickel and diming will drive you crazy. Take your NCL cruise and get a taste of FP, you will be back and take the PG. That's what happened to me long ago after a RCCL repo cruise from Auckland to Honolulu. Even my Princess cruises were cheaper but after all the extras it wasn't that much cheaper. It's not all about the money sometimes. Service, ambience, fellow cruisers, etc. Regarding these things, no one beats the PG. The big ships are also too big for a true FP experience.

 

 

I hear you about the PG. A few previous PG cruisers have already been giving me the hard sell. Someone recently confirmed with me that his fare was @ $6,000 pp for an 11 day, and this is what I saw on the website recently. By contrast, I can do a base fare of $1,400 on an 11 day and a $2,000 base fare on the 17 day leg. Not to mention that other than Tahiti, I get to revisit a couple of the Hawaiian islands and see the other islands in Figi, Vanuatu, Samoa, New Caledonia as well as Australia at the end.

 

We have sailed NCL many times and enjoy the experience. We actually prefer them over Royal, Hal, Celebrity and Princess. We will have the free drinks package for the entire 29 days. We are happy with the tap water, but may bring along a brita cup. Because of the big difference in cost and longer itinerary, I just don't see going with PG this time. NCL may never offer this cruise for this price again, so I feel like I need to take advantage of the opportunity. But PG has been on our bucket list for some time, so hopefully someday.

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Cool. Holland America in March is doing a 33 day San Diego to San Diego going to 4 stops in Hawail, Fanning Island, Rarotonga then a week in French Polynesia. No international air which is very cool. Yes price pretty much the same as a PG 11 day. So I really do understand.

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The Paul Gauguin and Windstar cruises are good value. If you take an expedition cruise ship, which will give you an even better experience than the PG, that will cost a lot more. I think the best itinerary is Tahiti-Marquesas-Tuamotus-Mangareva-Pitcairn-Easter Island and that will cost at least $12000 per person, all inclusive.

 

The NCL ships, with their water packages etc, are completely alien to me and sound like hell afloat.

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We are looking at PG for Tahiti in October 2017. Am interested in your comment about not booking balcony or suite...how are the port hole and/or picture window rooms?

 

We also lived in Key West, Pensacola Beach, and Hawaii (husband) with several vacations in Caribbean and Hawaii. What makes Tahiti special or so different to spend $10-12K on a 7 day trip?

 

Wondering if Australia/NZ or Panama Canal would be better option - history, sightseeing, things to do. Besides FP culture, would like something more than just beaches and snorkeling.

 

Thanks for your thoughts!

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We are looking at PG for Tahiti in October 2017. Am interested in your comment about not booking balcony or suite...how are the port hole and/or picture window rooms?

 

Porthole or window cabins are fine and offer a much better value IMHO. The ship is small enough that you're never far from a weather deck and don't ever fell like you're in a huge hotel. The PG does have a very different feel to it and while we love it there are posters on CC who do not care for the PG at all.

 

We also lived in Key West, Pensacola Beach, and Hawaii (husband) with several vacations in Caribbean and Hawaii. What makes Tahiti special or so different to spend $10-12K on a 7 day trip?

 

We've lived in similar places as yo and IMHO the best beaches in the world are in the FL panhandle. IMHO, Fiji has the best snorkeling I've ever seen (but I'm a soft coral fan:o). FP on any ship is a great combination of stunning scenery, fantastic water activities, and exposure to a wonderful culture. Add in the PG and you add one of the most unique shipboard experiences we've ever had. We also had an aversion to the cost (and travel time) for a 7 day cruise so our first PG cruise was a B2B. Turned out to be less expensive to do 7 more days on PG than a 4 day pre or post cruise land stay. Another time we took the 14 day Papeete to Fiji trip on PG. this also breaks the per diem down some and makes the long flights a bit more tolerable. If you can book a cruise where Dr. Mark Eddowes (cultural anthropologist) is a guest lecturer, you're in for a real treat.

 

Wondering if Australia/NZ or Panama Canal would be better option - history, sightseeing, things to do. Besides FP culture, would like something more than just beaches and snorkeling.

 

We've also done the Canal and NZ and they were fantastic trips. Actually, I'd recommend the South Island by car rather than cruising NZ:o. If you want more than different culture, killer views, great snorkeling/diving, and a one of a kind shipboard experience, you may be disappointed. FP has some shopping, but not much. I think only vanilla and black pearls offer possibilities for good value. There are a couple of WWII gun positions on Bora Bora, several archeological sites, and working pineapple and vanilla farms to visit. Bora Bora also has the original Bloody Mary's:D. I do believe the emphasis is on scenery and water activities, though.

 

Thanks for your thoughts!

 

Hope these help.

 

Greg

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I've made 35 trips around the world and have seen many incredible destinations, I may add about 4 trips to the Caribbean, once on a small ship with only 62 passengers.

 

I'm heading to FP for trip number 19 this summer. In all my travels around the world the most stunning is FP. Why did many write about Bora Bora being the most beautiful of any place on earth.

 

On can go to Hawaii or the Caribbean but once you take in FP nothing compares. Pictures are nice but until you see it in person you have not experienced it.

 

BTW, there are often specials and I've seen inclusive from LAX for under $3500 per person. Remember that the expense of getting to FP from the east coast is half the cost, the cruise line has no say over that. Air has always been expensive to FP compared to places equally as far. Hawaii receives more visitors in a week than FP does in a year, that is what makes it special, it isn't overrun by a ton of people. You go on a cruise in the Caribbean and the ship you're on with 4000 other people ties off next to several other ships of similar size. No compare that to a maximum of 320. The special thing about the PG beyond it's incredible crew is that captain has the discretion of moving the itinerary around to make sure the PG is the only one on the island whenever possible.

 

The port hole and window rooms are just like the balcony room minus the balcony. Many repeaters on the PG only book the window rooms, they are the 'deal'.

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Thanks Greg! Very helpful, thank you.

I might ask you and TahitianBigKahuna a few more questions.

I have asked for a quote for 11 day cruise but now will ask about B2B too.

Sidenote- I see you also live in AZ and are a naval academy grad. Husband is retired E8

(26 yrs). He prefers this type of cruise over his rack and boat food! LOL

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Thanks Greg! Very helpful, thank you.

I might ask you and TahitianBigKahuna a few more questions.

I have asked for a quote for 11 day cruise but now will ask about B2B too.

Sidenote- I see you also live in AZ and are a naval academy grad. Husband is retired E8

(26 yrs). He prefers this type of cruise over his rack and boat food! LOL

 

Feel free to ask as many questions as you wish, be more than happy to answer any and all.

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I am going on a 10 day FP cruise in May staying in Papette for two days before and 1 day after. Can you tell me what currency is needed? I am seeing some tours quoted in USD, others in Euros, others in Pacific Francs. Do I need all three to pay for taxis, meals, tours, etc.--I am hoping not! I have never been to FP either.

 

Thank you,

Connie

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I am going on a 10 day FP cruise in May staying in Papette for two days before and 1 day after. Can you tell me what currency is needed? I am seeing some tours quoted in USD, others in Euros, others in Pacific Francs. Do I need all three to pay for taxis, meals, tours, etc.--I am hoping not! I have never been to FP either.

 

Thank you,

Connie

 

Your best deals will be made with local currency as typically when you pay with Euros or USD the exchange rate they give is not good. So you really want to use CFP, some refer to it as XPF.

 

When you arrive in PPT go to a local bank and exchange. So not exchange at an international airport on your way as this is typically the worst exchange rate.

 

We typically exchange enough to pay for the local vendors and local excursions who wish to be paid the day of the excursion. Most larger purchases/stores accept CC and we use a Capital One Venture card as they do not charge a fee for foreign purchases, I assume there are other CC who do not as well but many do. Typically the exchange rate when paying by CC is what you would get from a local bank.

 

Vendors, cabs and eateries will accept Euros and USD but as I said usually not the best exchange rate.

 

An Example: Today the international exchange rate for CFP to the USD is 111.51. That is a great rate and one you need to take advantage of. Typically the local banks will be slightly under that rate. Most local vendors and excursions will give an exchange of 100 to 1. Doesn't matter if the bank rate was 90 to 1 the locals for some reason stay at the 100 to 1 rate no matter what. So ............ you exchange when you get there at the higher rate and then pay in local currency ......... saves you about 5% - 10% ;)

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Feel free to ask as many questions as you wish, be more than happy to answer any and all.

 

Okay now we are getting excited about Tahiti...now looking at the 10 and 11 day cruises. Would you choose one over the other for your first time? And why?

 

10 day including Tuamotus so Rangiroa and Fakarava islands or the 11 day which includes the Cook Islands of Aitutaki and Rarotonga

 

As you know PG offers the extended stays but would you really choose an over water bungalow in Tahiti compared to Bora Bora? Probably not going to extend our stay if we do the 10 or 11 day but want to ask just in case.

 

Do many passengers use the gym? I am pretty active and accustomed to running around the deck on the bigger ships. I am assuming with the smaller ship I wouldn't be able to do so and have to utilize the gym.

 

Have you cruised in the month of October before? Since it is on the fringe of rainy season was wondering if I need to re-think my months (previously it was November for my birthday/our anniversary until I saw it was rainy season).

 

Are there certain tours/excursions you think are must-dos? If so which ones.

 

Thanks again for your help!

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Okay now we are getting excited about Tahiti...now looking at the 10 and 11 day cruises. Would you choose one over the other for your first time? And why?

 

10 day including Tuamotus so Rangiroa and Fakarava islands or the 11 day which includes the Cook Islands of Aitutaki and Rarotonga

 

Depends on the time of year. The Cooks are further south so during the months of December - February the Cooks will have less humidity and rain than the Atolls of French Polynesia. If the weather is rough the ship can not use tenders on Rarotonga or Aitutaki but Rangiroa and Fakarava the ship enters the lagoon where the waves are less.

 

As you know PG offers the extended stays but would you really choose an over water bungalow in Tahiti compared to Bora Bora? Probably not going to extend our stay if we do the 10 or 11 day but want to ask just in case.

 

If you're thinking a day or 2 forget Bora Bora, to expensive to fly out there and back to take in an OWB. Stay at the IC Tahiti which is the best resort on the island, has a great dinner floor show, close to a shopping cnter for snaks and close to the bus to go into PPT. If it's 3 or more days I would tell you to get off Tahiti and enjoy either Bora Bora or Moorea. Moorea is beautiful and has nice OWB rooms plus you can take the ferry, much less money.

 

Do many passengers use the gym? I am pretty active and accustomed to running around the deck on the bigger ships. I am assuming with the smaller ship I wouldn't be able to do so and have to utilize the gym.

 

The gym gets reasonable use, not a big gym but everything you need is there.

 

Have you cruised in the month of October before? Since it is on the fringe of rainy season was wondering if I need to re-think my months (previously it was November for my birthday/our anniversary until I saw it was rainy season).

 

Best fringe time is September to early October.

 

Are there certain tours/excursions you think are must-dos? If so which ones.

 

Many fine excursions on all islands both private and ship. On Rangiroa thin water. Fakarava think water, Moorea think land, Huahine is a toss up, Tahaa is Motu Mahana whis is like a free excursion, just enjoy the day. Bora Bora think water/lagoon cruise. Aitutaki think water, Rarotonga think land.

Things to see and do on Huahine.pdf

Moorea must do.pdf

Best tours & things to do on Bora Bora.pdf

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Thank you so much TahitianBigKahuna for all of this information and attachments. VERY helpful. I have printed out the responses AND the attachments.

 

Your photos are beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing the link. I will have to start an Instagram account just to follow you. :)

 

Another question for a first timer. I am not sure our budget can allow an over water bungalow stay if we do a 10-11 day cruise. Would it be better to do a 7 day with a 2 night bungalow stay or do a 10-11 day cruise and see more islands? I am thinking the latter but wanted your opinion. Thanks!

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Thank you so much TahitianBigKahuna for all of this information and attachments. VERY helpful. I have printed out the responses AND the attachments.

 

Your photos are beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing the link. I will have to start an Instagram account just to follow you. :)

 

Another question for a first timer. I am not sure our budget can allow an over water bungalow stay if we do a 10-11 day cruise. Would it be better to do a 7 day with a 2 night bungalow stay or do a 10-11 day cruise and see more islands? I am thinking the latter but wanted your opinion. Thanks!

 

Personally I would do the 10 day and maybe a day room at the IC including the transfers. This is true if you take the red eye ....

 

10 day cruise is better than 2 nights OWB and a 7 night cruise, IMO

 

Thanks for the kudos on the pictures

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Feel free to ask as many questions as you wish, be more than happy to answer any and all.

 

What is considered premium liquor by PG standards?

 

For laundry services, PG says to request prior to cruise but do they offer specials when onboard?

 

Regarding dining, my husband is a Hawaiian shirt/shorts/flip flops kinda guy. Not excited when I told him he has to wear dockers for dinner in a tropical climate. Can we order room service if we don't want to dress up?

 

Haven't started to look but since you are into photography any suggestions for point and shoot underwater cameras?

 

By the way, called today for pricing on the other October cruises for Cat F. All sold out until December sailings. :( I started to panic BUT we have a hold on 10day sailing Cat E which included 2 night IC hotel stay pre-cruise (incl a few meals) plus post cruise day room and shipboard credit. Getting excited and trying to get my parents to join us!

 

Thanks for all your help!

Lynn

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What is considered premium liquor by PG standards?We had Macallen's 10 single malt, Maker's Mark bourbon, Jack Daniels and Tanquerey Gin while we were on board. But that was some years ago.

 

For laundry services, PG says to request prior to cruise but do they offer specials when onboard?

 

Regarding dining, my husband is a Hawaiian shirt/shorts/flip flops kinda guy. Not excited when I told him he has to wear dockers for dinner in a tropical climate. Can we order room service if we don't want to dress up?The dining room is air conditioned so the "climate" shouldn't be an issue there. There was an outside dining venue (reservations required) but I don't know if that still exists.

 

Haven't started to look but since you are into photography any suggestions for point and shoot underwater cameras?I bought a Panasonic XP for about $120 at Costco a year ago and it takes great photos. It's only good to 10 M though. It's point and shoot (and that took me a while to get the hang of aiming) but it's settings include an underwater setting that puts a bit of the red back in.

 

By the way, called today for pricing on the other October cruises for Cat F. All sold out until December sailings. :( I started to panic BUT we have a hold on 10day sailing Cat E which included 2 night IC hotel stay pre-cruise (incl a few meals) plus post cruise day room and shipboard credit. Getting excited and trying to get my parents to join us!

 

Thanks for all your help!

Lynn

 

Hope the above helps.

Greg

 

PS we leave for FP on Saturday; we'll be on Sirena...10 of us in the family going.:)

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