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  1. Not unless they are arranged for you which the ship will do for a fee (I think it is was $20)
  2. Couple of items what you saw on the motu was likely the camp of the family that maintain the motu. It’s a big job to rake entire beach so it’s perfect, trim all flora ( never saw so much as a downed palm frond) and I’m pretty sure they corral urchins in the shallows so there are clear paths. This is in addition to setting up and tearing down all chaises, umbrellas, etc. , maintaining the fixed facilities, etc. they do this almost every week for the PG and I think sometimes Regent ships use it too. My other comment sort sort of addresses two of your other observations. Food is very expensive in FP. Eggs are about a dollar PER egg, even hinano is close to 12 per six pack. Yes the hotel food prices are high but they are not gouging you as much as you might think.... and those egg prices result in everyone having a chicken or two scratching around in their backyard, hence the chorus of rooster calls. Agree with Kahuna that there is some good snorkeling at the motu but you have to know where to go.
  3. At night, a net is stretched across the pool so that it is not used; unsure what time this happens. Keep in mind because you are near the equator, sun sets 530-630pm; depending on time of year. Shorts not permitted in any public areas after 6pm. I imagine going back and forth to gym okay ;o)
  4. -Excursions thru the ship open up 60 days before the embarkation date (double check though, as this may be dated info) -I have heard of people having box lunches made; enquire onboard. Please note that some excursion providers may not want you eating on their, boat, bus, 4x4, etc -Snacks? In addition to 3 square and 24 hour room service, there is afternoon tea, occasional ice cream socials, food available in the afternoon at the pool grill; have never gone hungry on the PG -The ship does not cater to children like the mass lines. There is an ambassadors of the environment kid activity group on some voyages, also, daily craft class, trivia/name that tune contest, other classes with the Gaugines including language, pareo tying, dancing....kayaking off the marina (only certain days) If the kids love water stuff, they should be fine - Unk about radios -Fridges have water, beer, sodas ... let your stewardess know your preferences and they will try to accommodate. Please don't expect it to be filled with Rock Star or the like. -Have no idea if international calling plan would work on ship -Breakfast and Lunch are buffets with options to order off cook to order menu. Lunches are themed, French, Italian, Asian... etc - Breakfast orders through room service are placed by filling out a card and hanging on door before lights out. There is a 24 hour menu that includes a (small) variety of options. Last time we went it included sandwiches, pasta, pizza, salads, chicken, deserts.... someone may have posted it (Try Delane's enormous travel log) Also, during the hours of the main dining room, you may order anything off that menu that day. That can be a good way to spend a quiet evening after a long excursion day. Also, sometimes, we don't like to wait around to order dessert in the dining room so we do so once back in our cabin. The daily program will give you the hours of the bars; I don't remember off the top of my head. Yes you can get a morning Bloody Mary and late night cocktails, just unsure of the specific times. Not sure how to advise as to large group excursions. Any more questions, feel free to post as this thread has a lot of repeat PG cruisers... we're planing #10 ;o)
  5. Some things (like number of passengers) are hard to quantify in a comparison but very ‘tangible’ in the experience. On the other hand, do whatever you can yo see French Polynesia. It is spectacular.
  6. It’s been too long... guess spoiled by multiple live threads last month.
  7. Paul Gauguin is all inclusive except for excursions (though here is an included beach barbecue and free private island access in Borabora) It is a dream. Not sure I understand the ‘too themed’ comment earlier and definitely not family oriented.
  8. All for more plant based choices but impossible burger is an industrial, engineered product made with gmo ingredients... yuk
  9. This is an interesting post; as a super light packer, feel like I’m getting a glimpse of the other side. Worried for you if traveling atn economy for baggage fees but I’m sure you have that sorted. They will allow you an extra checkin for diving equipment but have been strict about it consisting of just that; also be aware they are serious about weight of your carryons. have s wonderful time!
  10. Got to agree with you Doug. After a couple of trips on the PG decided to try a Caribbean cruise on the Navigator... I think still Radisson at that time. So still small(ish) ship and similar service level to PG. Could not compare to the beauty of French Polynesia... both in the jaw dropping scenery and kind Tahitians. We decided we’re not bucket list people, no been there done that for us, more like been there ... when can we go again? Currently planning trip number 10.
  11. None of our ship dives have ever been scheduled in the afternoon.
  12. The dive times depend on a lot of variables including number of divers, their respective experience and whether there are any discover scuba or certification course divers for your cruise. Generally, there are two morning dives per site... I think 8am and 10am... with the new divers generally completing the first dive. This is not always the case and sometimes, perhaps depending on staffing they mix up the groups a bit. When you get on board, you will sit down at the dive desk which is next to the excursion desks and fill out a medical questionaire and they will advise as to what you are looking at in terms of timing.
  13. Flotation bibs are available from the ship’s marina, ask and they will toss one in with your other snorkel equipment that you chech out for the cruise.
  14. Interesting that the deck plans have comment that 801 has king, (seems like if others on that deck did they would comment) I can tell you they used to call the PG beds 'European Kings' now they rightly call them queens. The first line under accomodations on the website says what follows so clearly a king size bed would be an exception. If it's important to you, recommend you call PG to get clarity. Nearly 70% of suites and staterooms have private balconies, and all feature an ocean view, temperature control, queen-size bed (a limited number can have twin-bed configuration)
  15. Honeymooners and anniversary celebration still offered; usually in Bora Bora about an hour before sundown on (I think) the first night. Tell your travel agent or pg directly that you’d like to attend and you’ll receive an invite. You don’t need one to attend but not sure they publish it anymore in the daily schedule...and no, your anniversary needn’t fail on the cruise week. We usual hand our camera to another participant in case we’re not crazy about the one taken by the ships photographer ..... champagne, cake and a photo wrapped up in the blanket wearing flower crowns and flanked by gauguines with the Mt. in the background. It’s a nice souvenir.
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