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Old September 21st, 2007, 12:10 AM
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Anyone been to Tahiti? Paul Gauguin or Tahitian Princess? Please advise. Hubby has always wanted to go to Tahiti. Which is best? Thanks in advance!
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Not sure about PG but we have 2 friends who love their TP cruise. We hope to do it in 09.
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I did Tahiti in 2000 aboard the Renaissance and I hope to go back this decade.

The thing about PG is that it is more expensive BUT it is all inclusive and it is smaller in number of passengers I believe so the staff to passenger ration should be good.

Do the ports differ from ship to ship?

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We decided on the Tahitian Princess. Will take our own snorkel gear. I know the PG is wonderful, but we will try out Princess for the first time. This is our 10th cruise, and 2 have been on Crystal. We made up our mind to give the Tahitian Princess a try on our last Crystal cruise, which was through the Panama Canal. One of our tablemates had taken the TP a few years ago, and said she found minimal differences between Crystal and Princess. So we will see for ourselves.
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I'm new to this board, but not to cruising or Tahiti. We've done it twice with Princess.

That being said, for your first cruise in the region, I would recommend the TP - the region is expensive to begin with. The PG is all-inclusive, with the exception of some excursions, so it's more expensive off the bat. Princess will be less, but you will have to pay for more things (like specialty coffees, soda, alcohol, etc). The ship is small and give you a chance to really get to know your cruisemates and the crew, but at the same time it's not so small that you can't find a little spot all to yourself and relax.

We enjoyed the ship, the itinerary and the folks we met along the way. For snorkeling, diving and juse scenery, it's hard to beat Tahiti
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If you can afford Paul G cruise line then go with it, more luxury.
I have been on the Tahitian Princess three times in the past 3 years and like it just fine. It is small, 850 passangers or something like that and I enjoy the smaller ships than the large one, also fewer children on it.

If you can go a few days early do not stay in Papeete, you can take a ferry ride to Moorea and stay there several days, then ferry back to Papeete and hop on your cruise ship. If you stay in Moorea stay at the Sheritan.

You will want to buy pearls in the south pacific, beautiful, expensive pearls. Take your credit card!

You will love the Cook Islands and snorkeling is beautiful, water is warm.
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Very interesting , I'm looking at a cruise from Tahiti to Vancouver BC
in April 2011.
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If you can go first class and are willing to pay 2 or 3 times more go with Paul G. cruise line.
If you just want a nice affordable cruise on a smaller ship then go with Princess.
I have gone with Princess to Tahiti a couple times now and am always happy with my trip. I prefer smaller ships, like having my own yachat only with gambling, entertainment, activities, etc.
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We decided on the Tahitian Princess. Will take our own snorkel gear. I know the PG is wonderful, but we will try out Princess for the first time. This is our 10th cruise, and 2 have been on Crystal. We made up our mind to give the Tahitian Princess a try on our last Crystal cruise, which was through the Panama Canal. One of our tablemates had taken the TP a few years ago, and said she found minimal differences between Crystal and Princess. So we will see for ourselves.
Curious to know how your trip was and how much it REALLY cost to do the whole thing ( with all the extras). I am a big fan of the Paul Gauguin. Tahiti is very expensive onland and it is best to do the all inclusive cruise packages, with meals and drinks included, like the Paul Gauguin. What the Paul Gauguin also offers is scuba diving-both lessons and excursions, and TIME in each place. Many times you are 2 days in a port and really get to enjoy the gorgeous scenery and quiet. I have been several times and the incredible staff, especially the great cruise director, Michael Shapiro and the Gauguines, the local girls from the islands, are so warm and generous. They take you to your own Gilligans island-one for a barbeque and one just to relax. Wish I was there now.
But when I am in New York and gazing at a ship sailing out of the harbor as I enjoy the sunset, I always say in my head,
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