Just returned from another wonderful cruise on the Tahitian Princess (our second one to the S. Pacific). There was a small group with me and I venture to say, we had the best time ever and everyone enjoyed the cruise, their first trip to Tahiti. I personally enjoy being on the smaller ship since one can meet the same people throughout the cruise.
The Cruise Director Robbins and his staff were great and planned a good amount of Trivia and games which I love and usually win! The food, I felt had dropped in quality, the breakfast buffet was terrible except for the fruit, so it was Continental Breakfast for me. The islands were wonderful as well as the shore excursions offered.
My personal disappointment was when we missed Rarotonga, where I was to meet relatives,laden with gifts for them. Due to the high waves, the tender was unable to make the call. However, the Purser offered to deliver the gifts on the next cruise to the port. My whole trip was centered around seeing everyone in Raro. I understand that Raro is skipped quite often due to weather conditions, which we have no control over. Our balcony room was wonderful and we would strongly recommend you only book a balcony room in this area, it is absolutely beautiful to sit out and watch the panorama of the Islands unfold.
Mostly Aussies and Kiwis were employed on the entertainment staff and they were lots of fun and we enjoyed their participation very much. Our waiter, Roberto and his assistant, Juva were wonderful with our meals. The Customer Services Desk were good about all our needs and were some of the best people we have encountered on other ships. Likewise with the Circle and Future Cruise Reps. I was fortunate to get the second most traveled passenger award and this added to our enjoyment. I am planning another cruise next year to the same magical place on the best little ship afloat! I urge everyone to try it, it is like no other cruise you will take in your lifetime!