A 17-night adventure that explores the Far East from Bali to Fiji, with stops in the Solomon Islands, Australia, the tiny nation of Timor-Leste, and Papua New Guinea.
Benoa (Denspasar), Bali
Depart 6:00 PM
Arrive 1:00 PM, Depart 6:00 PM
Arrive 9:00 AM, Depart 5:00 PM
Thursday Island, Australia
Arrive 12 Noon, Depart 5:00 PM
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Arrive 6:00 AM, Depart 6:00 PM
Samarai, Papua New Guinea
Arrive 12 Noon, Depart 5:00 PM
Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
Arrive 10:00 AM, Depart 5:00 PM
Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
Arrive 9:00 AM, Depart 5:00 PM
Tanna Island, Vanuatu
Arrive 8:00 AM, Depart 5:00 PM
Arrive 9:00 AM
Travel documents vary based on cruise itinerary. It is the sole responsibility of guests to identify and obtain all required travel documents for the entire cruise vacation and have them available when necessary. Valid travel documents such as passports and Visas are required for boarding and re-entry into the United States and other countries.
All guests must carry a valid passport. Passports must be valid for at least six months after your return date of travel. Guests are responsible to ensure validity dates of passport and to secure proper documentation for countries visited. Please consult your respective State Department or Foreign Ministry for specific Visa and entry requirements for countries scheduled on your itinerary. For U.S. citizens, further information can be found by visiting: http://travel.state.gov/. Consult your healthcare professional for any inoculations you may require, or contact the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) toll-free at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) or online at www.cdc.gov/travel.
Port taxes, fees, and gratuities are included in the price of this cruise. The cruise line may charge an additional fee per passenger should the price of oil increase over 30% from today’s date to the sail date. Such amount, if any, will be charged to your onboard account.
Booking numbers will be provided approximately 30-45 days prior to sailing. Passengers must complete their online guest information form in order to receive their cruise documents (e-tickets). The cruise line will email your e-tickets once you have submitted your information form.
All guests are required to complete the online information form. If you plan to be traveling 30 days prior to our cruise and do not have access to email, please let us know and we will make arrangements for your documents to be available at the pier.
A list of the shore excursions and a link to the Paul Gauguin website will be emailed with your cruise documents (e-tickets). You can sign up for these shore excursions in advance online or once onboard the Ship.
IMPORTANT – For those interested in scuba diving, please ensure you have either completed a dive or taken a refresher course within 12 months of the cruise. If not, you will be required to take a refresher course on board and will not be able to purchase any dives until this course is completed.
This is an all-inclusive cruise; however, you may choose to partake in a spa service or sign up for one of the many shore excursions offered. These are additional and will be charged to your shipboard account that is set up at embarkation. Each guest will receive a card upon boarding the ship which will serve as your room key. Your account can be settled in cash or credit card on the final day of the cruise. All onboard charges are in US dollars.
The m/s Paul Gauguin is located at the Port of Benoa in Bali. Embarkation will begin at approximately 3:00 PM on Wednesday, May 20th, 2020. The gangway will close at 5:00PM and the ship will sail at 6:00 PM. A safety drill will be completed prior to departure. All passengers are required to attend.
The m/s Paul Gauguin will begin disembarkation at 9:00 AM in the Port of Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji on Saturday, June 6th, 2020.
*Please note that there are no facilities available on Lautoka Wharf to store or drop off your luggage.
All luggage pieces must be securely packed and clearly labeled with passenger’s full name, ship’s name, cabin number, and date of sailing. We recommend that travel documents (cruise tickets, passport and visa, if applicable), valuables, and medication are hand carried in your carry-on bags. Neither Paul Gauguin Cruise Line nor Bare Necessities Tour & Travel are responsible for any loss, theft, or damage to passenger’s luggage or personal property. Pl ease contact your air carrier(s) directly to determine their particular specifications, weight limits, and/or fees for luggage.
Passengers are responsible for arranging their airfare. Bare Necessities recommends arriving at least one day early to avoid unexpected travel delays.
Incoming Flights to Bali:
Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) also known as Denpasar Airport or simply Bali Airport is the only airport in Bali. The airpot is just on the other side of the Benoa bay located 10km (~6 mi) from the port.
Outgoing Flights from Fiji
Nadi International Airport (NAN) is the main international airport at the Republic of Fiji. The Airport is located 22 km (~13 mi.) south of Lautoka and takes approximately 30 minutes by taxi.
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There are at least a dozen locations within Bali that are prime vacation spots for those staying at resorts, either along the coast or within Ubud, the arts center of Bali. If you are traveling to a hotel in Ubud, it will take you anywhere from 60-70 minutes to arrive, as Ubud is in the midst of the island rather than on the coast. Some of the top resorts featuring lush tropical greenery, views of the hills and rice paddies are located in Ubud, Ungasan, and Jimbaran.
Some of the most popular beachside resorts in Bali are located in the following towns:
A drive to most of these villages from Bali Denpasar Airport will only take about 20 minutes.
33 minutes from the port is Nadi, Fiji’s third-largest center and its gateway town. Most budget and mid-range accommodations as well as the vast majority of shops and restaurants are in or just north of the town center. A 20-minute drive over a short bridge to the east lies Port Denarau, home to six international luxury hotels (and counting), the shopping complex and marina, and large private homes. From the country’s major international airport, one can be whisked to a five-star resort or catch an open-air public bus to a lively hostel, and most accommodations in-between. A shared beachfront and free shuttle bus make it easy to get around Port Denarau and access the restaurants and spas of each hotel.
The currency used onboard the Paul Gauguin is in US Dollars.
Here is the local currency for each visit:
|Bali – Indonesian rupiah (Rp).||14,177 Rp = $1 USD|
|East Timor – United States Dollar (USD)|
|Australia – Australian Dollar (AUD)||1 AUD = $.71 USD|
|Papua New Guinea – Kina (PGK)||1 PGK = $.30 USD|
|Solomon Is. – Solomon Islands Dollar (SBD)||1 SBD = $.12 USD|
|Vanuatu – Vanuatu vatu (VUV)||114 VUV = $1 USD|
|Fiji – Fijian Dollar (FJD)||1FJD = $.47 USD|
You’ll want to have some cash on hand for small purchases and the occasional tip. Euros and US Dollars are not widely accepted in the islands and therefore, local currency is best. You may exchange your currency at the airport, or at a bank or ATM when you arrive in port. Bank ATMs are available at the airport in Bali as well as on most of the major islands. There will be ATM fees, and your bank may also charge additional fees.
Most international hotels will also exchange currency, but the rates may be higher. Major credit cards are accepted at most major hotels, shops and restaurants, as well as onboard the ship. It’s worth taking at least two credit cards in case one is not accepted. Traveler checks are not accepted onboard.
It is a good idea when traveling abroad to contact your credit card companies in advance to inform them of your travel plans. Doing so may prevent your card from being “tagged” as stolen and may prevent inconveniences.
If you have not already done so, we ask that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. We do not want you to be one of our unfortunate passengers who does not purchase trip insurance and find themselves unavoidably having to cancel the cruise. The cruise becomes non-refundable March 11, 2019. Protect your vacation investment. Travel insurance can also reimburse you for any medical expenses incurred while onboard, baggage delays, and lost luggage. For more information, call TripAssure at 800-423-3632. Our agency ID is OMNT0904TX or visit https://www.tripassure.com/main/?welcome=OMNT0904TXto purchase your policy today!
All Beverages are complimentary, including soft drinks, juice, bottled water, hot beverages, beer, and select wines and spirits.
Smoking is prohibited in all enclosed areas of the ship, including in your staterooms and on your balconies. Designated smoking areas can be found on the exterior open deck areas (Starboard only). Areas are as follows: Forward outdoor area on Deck 5, the outdoor area of La Palette and the Bar Du Soleil. Cigar smoking is permitted only at La Palette and pipes are not allowed anywhere onboard.
Notice– Always use ashtrays and never throw cigarettes overboard – they could blow back into the ship and cause a fire.
Keeping in Touch: If friends and family need to reach you, they can send a message to the ship at http://www.pgcruises.com/guest-contact. They must have your name and cabin number.
The Paul Gauguin Cruises has an advanced cellular network installed onboard, allowing guests to place and receive calls using their personal mobile phones when the ship is in international waters. In order to take advantage of this service, guests’ mobile phones must be able to roam internationally, and their provider must have a roaming agreement with Maritime Communications Partner AS (MCP). Not all prepaid phones are supported. For questions about services or about pricing and billing, guests should contact their mobile phone provider’s customer service department prior to sailing.
User must dial “+” or “00”, the country code, city code, and full number to call any country, including their country of origin.
Internet Access is complimentary for guests in the Owner’s and Grand Suites and is available to all other guests for a nominal fee. Rates can be found at http://www.pgcruises.com/faq?subjects=346
The Standard Electrical Voltage aboard ship is 220 volts (European current). Both 220-volt and 110-volt outlets are available in bathrooms and staterooms. Hair dryers are provided in your cabin for your convenience. Adapters may be necessary for on board the ship, as well as time spent in hotels, if you plan to bring electrical equipment with you such as laptops, cells phones, etc.
Laundry / Dry Cleaning and pressing services are available for an additional cost and may be arranged through your room steward. Prices vary per piece and are listed on the laundry tickets provided in your stateroom. You might consider the laundry package which includes unlimited laundry at $249 per person. This must be purchased in advance and no later than 24 hours prior to sailing. Details can be found at: http://www.pgcruises.com/gifts?item=17
Wet Landings Please note that when the ship is at anchor, passengers will be transferred by shuttle or zodiac. This may involve a beach landing at the private island and private beach stop.
Motion Sickness As on any seagoing vessel, some marked motion may be anticipated in certain areas dependent upon the weather. t is recommended that passengers bring anti-motion sickness medication just in case, even if you have never experienced motion sickness in the past. Please consult your physician should you have any questions as to what would be most appropriate for you. A qualified physician or registered nurse is either on staff or is available from shore. In addition, the ship’s officers are qualified in administering first aid. Any applicable fees for medical services rendered on board will be charged to your account and presented for settlement at the end of the cruise.
To assure that cruise lines continue to support our charters and that we all enjoy a wonderful, stress-free, clothes-free experience, we ask passengers to please observe the following decorum:
Suggestions on what to pack include causal dresses or skirt/slacks ensemble for women, khakis/slacks and open-collared shirts for men. Shorts and t-shirts are also acceptable dining room attire. The degree of dress is of course, in accordance with your personal preferences. When on shore, the climate calls for casual and comfortable clothing. Pack loose-fitting, natural fabrics and plenty of shorts. Casual shirts, walking shorts and comfortable footwear are strongly recommended.
Don’t forget essentials, such as, Sunscreen, brimmed hats, sunglasses, swimsuits for shore excursions, reef-walking shoes, bug repellent and any prescription medicine authorized by your physician.
If you have any questions, or if we may assist you in preparing for departure, please do not hesitate to contact us anytime Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM Central (10AM – 6PM EST & 7AM – 3PM PDT) at 800-743-0405 or 512-499-0405.
We are delighted that you have chosen to join us for our Bali to Fiji Cruise. This is sure to be a trip of a lifetime!
The Staff of Bare Necessities Tour & Travel