Absolutely the best cruise ship in the industry. Outstanding service, friendly crew, and every accomodation was provided to exceed the customer's expectations. French Polynesia is beautiful and the native people are friendly, cordial and very respectful of the numerous tourists who visit their islands. Overall cost of the cruise is a little higher than most, but the service, food, cabins, and port calls make the cost a great bargain.
There are activities for children that are designed around an educational theme with the Cousteau Society, but don't expect them to be entertained every single minute by the staff. The itinerary provided ample opportunity to venture off on personal sightseeing and shopping trips and the excursions are varied and appeal to all ages. The ship's own marina in the aft section allows for water skiing, kayaking, and sailboarding at no additional cost.
One suggestion for customers opting to use the Air/Sea Travel Package: you will not have a great deal of flexibility with airlines to make changes and/or upgrade reservations. With the Air/Sea arrangement, tickets are purchased at a "bulk rate" and have numerous restrictions. Plus, we experienced some delays using the transporation vouchers when being bussed between the airport, hotel and other venues. A better option may be to arrange individual flights on the airline of your choosing and have more control of your time while in Tahiti. There is a lot to see and do on every island and each has it's own unique qualities. The Paul Gauguin is a must for anyone wanting to experience the apex of cruising.