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Paul Gauguin Revisited 2014-Still Looking Good
BY STEVEN B. STERN FRIDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2014 8:28:45 AM  
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PAUL GAUGUIN REVISITED 2014

                            (Still Looking Good)

 

          Since my last French Polynesian Cruise on the Paul Gauguin several years ago, the ship had undergone a multi-million dollar renovation which included new carpeting, upholstery and furnishings in the staterooms, public areas and dining venues. Previous itineraries explored the islands of French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, the Marquesas, and the Tuamotus. Now several cruises extend as far as Fiji, Australia and Singapore. I was most pleased to see Captain Mirkovic  and hotel director Jacques Le Tallec were still with the ship, both being exceptional officers with great rapport with the passengers.

          Our 202-square-foot, category C balcony cabin was quite comfortable featuring generous storage and wardrobe space, a queen-size bed, a writing desk, a make-up area, a couch, cable TV with in-house movies, an electronic safe, direct-dial telephone, a hair dryer, and a bathroom with numerous mirrors, good shelf space, a full-size tub with shower combination, robes and slippers. Our refrigerator was stocked daily gratis with soft drinks, beer and  bottled water. Wines and spirits were free of charge from room service.

          The 249-square-foot, category B veranda staterooms, the 300-square-foot veranda suites, the 332-square-foot Grand Suites, and the 457-538-square-foot Owners' Suites afforded even more space and luxury at a commensurately higher price.

          The service and cuisine in the three restaurants continues to be exceptional. Breakfast and lunch offered in both the panoramic La Veranda and the indoor/outdoor Le Grill combine elaborate buffet tables with made-to-order menu items served at your table. Breakfasts include just about any dish one could conjure up, and lunches offered an array of salads, sandwiches, pastas, and ethnic dishes.

          The multi-course continental dinner menus featured in the elegant L'Etoile were always excellent, as were the French Provincial cuisine and tasting menus designed by celebrity chef Jean-Pierre Vigato at the Veranda specialty restaurant. (Vigato's Apicus Restaurant in Paris boasts two Michelin stars).

 

          My two most enthusiastic plaudits go to the service throughout the ship  (staterooms, restaurants, bars and reception); and the ship's all-inclusive policy of no tipping while offering quality wines, beer, and soft drinks at meals and top-shelf spirits and other beverages at all the bars gratis.

          The two shortcomings continue to be the dearth of entertainment in the evenings and the high price of the shore excursions.

          Overall  the Paul Gauguin continues to be a romantic, low-key, South Pacific-style adventure visiting some of the most beautiful and exotic islands in the world while providing comfortable accommodations, fine dining, excellent service and all the wine, beer and booze you can consume.

 
 
     
 
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