I am interested in sailing on the Paul Gaugin, but smoking/non-smoking areas are not specified in the literature. Does anyone know if this is a mainly smoking or non-smoking ship? Any comments on the Paul Gaugin in general are welcome. Thanks!
I just returned from a cruise on the Paul Gauguin to French Polynesia. There are designated smoking areas throughout the ship. A small area of the Grand Salon (where the shows are preformed) is one of the designated areas. Ash trays are near all of the elevators. The casino is a total smoking area. Topside smokers seemed to concentrate around the bar area. If you are a smoker (like myself) smoke in areas only where you find ashtrays. If you are a non smoker, just avoid those areas.
One final comment-not smoke related. We have cruised on eight different cruise lines, all of which have had plusses. But, the entire experience aboard the Paul Gauguin was the greatest vacation I have ever had. I cannot begin to say enough good things about it. Hope you have as much fun as I did.
I was hoping to read that there was very little smoking aboard Radisson ships, but from Robb's post, it sounds like there is too much smoke for us. I can't recall any showrooms where smoking is permitted on other ships I have sailed, let alone such a small ship as the Paul Gaugin.
Any recent sailors who can comment on the smoking situation on this and other Radisoon ships?
Oceania prohibits smoking both in cabins and on cabin balconies. It has only two small smoking areas, both on open decks (I think). Also, in answer to "Considering Radisson", most ships I have sailed DO have a smoking section in their showrooms.
I have been on all the Radisson ships except for the Song of Flower, and smoking was not permitted in any of the showrooms. The Paul Gaugin is such a singular experience that rarely has a bad comment been made on any board, and it is usually "considered" best trip of one's life by many happy past cruisers.
Definitely go on the Paul Gaugain! The smoking is no worse than any other cruiseship (unless you opt for a non-smoking ship). It would be a mistake to opt for another cruiseline just because there are smokers aboard. The Paul Gaugain is so much better than other ships and itineraries. It will be a wonderful experience for you!
I also found this unusual. All my experience sailing Crystal, Celebrity and Princess - none of those lines allow smoking in their show rooms or restaurants. I have not sailed Radisson yet and was looking into it for a November, 2005 cruise but this item alone would give me second thoughts.
I agree...Radisson has no more smokers on board than any other cruise ship I've cruised on. There are designated smoking areas and I think most all the smokers on any Radisson ship I've been on adhere to smoking only in these designated areas. The ventillation is very good. I've never heard from any Radisson passenger that the smoke was bothersome. I don't recall any smoking area in the showrooms, but I could be wrong?? Like I said, the ventillation system is excellent.
I've been on the Gauguin twice in the last 3 months and it's the best cruise I've ever done (out of 23). The smoking was not noticeable anywhere. Smokers are generally grouped in far corners near smoke-eaters so you probably wouldn't even know you were near them. The reason they still have smoking arreas is that many of their clients come from France and Japan where smoking seems to be a national passtime. Still, to forego the best cruise on earth because of this issue would be a shame. In the guide book for the cruise, they say that smokers should do so only on the Starboard (right) sice of the ship when outdoors, and only in posted areas indoors. I never saw anyone smoking in any of the restaurants, although I think they SAID there was a smoking area.
smoking on cruise ships in general - altho i am going to have to check on the paul g. - sounds like it had great reviews. 99.9% of us smokers are considerate - we only smoke outside in public areas - except for the casinos. even if there are indoor designated smoking areas, unless weather conditions outside are outrageous, you will not find us inside. this has been going on for years. 15 years ago we used to joke that you could tell the folks from Michigan who smoked because we we all huddled outside under the portico - and this was in chicago, where then smoking was still allowed in hotel lobbies! all we ask is that we be permitted to smoke in our exterior well ventilated cabins, and outside.
smoke in the showroom? i would be as likely to drop my drawers and pee on the floor!
so book your cruise and have a good time. all the best to you and yours - i.