Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Arrive 9:00 AM, Depart 5:00 PM
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Arrive 8:00 AM, Depart 5:00 PM
Bora Bora, Society Islands
Arrive 8:00 AM, Depart 11:00 PM
Taha’a (Motu Mahana), Society Islands
Arrive 8:00 AM, Depart 5:00 PM
Nuku Hiva, Marquesas
Arrive 8:00 AM, Depart 6:00 PM
Ua Pou, Marquesas
Arrive 8:00 AM, Depart 3:30 PM
Arrive 9:00 AM, Depart 4:00 PM
Moorea, Society Islands
Arrive 8:00 AM, Depart 5:00 PM
A valid passport is required for travel. Copies will not be accepted. Please check your passport expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least six months afteryour return date of travel. If your passport expires before November 18, 2019, we suggest renewing it now. U.S. Citizens, Canadians, passengers from New Zealand and/or Australia are not required to have a Visa unless their stay is more than 90 days.
It is the sole responsibility of the guest to identify and obtain all require travel documents for all ports of call. Please check with the French Consulate and request specific information for entry to French Polynesia if needed. Any guest without proper documentation will not be allowed to board the vessel and no refund of the cruise fare will be issued. Bare Necessities Tour & Travel and Paul Gauguin Cruises assumes no responsibility for advising guests of visa or other immigration requirements.
The Ministry of Health in French Polynesia confirms the requirement that travelers arriving from countries with high risk areas of yellow fever be vaccinated for yellow fever. It is the responsibility of the traveler to ensure they are vaccinated for yellow fever at least 10 days before departure. A vaccination certificate may be requested at boarding and/or upon arrival. Click here to view the high risk area countries.
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.
Approximately 30 – 45 days priorto the cruise departure, Bare Necessities will email your unique booking number that will allow you to access Paul Gauguin Cruises website and complete online check-in. We will include a link in the email to a secure webpage you will use to complete your online check-in. At that time you will need to enter your passport information as well as your travel plans. When the online check-in process has been completed you will be able to print your boarding pass and luggage tags.
Information about shore excursions will also be available at that time and you can sign up for these excursions online or once onboard the ship. Laundry packages may only be pre-purchased and more information will be included with your booking number. If you will be traveling 30 days prior to the cruise and will not have access to email, please let us know.
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 the 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 ship is located at the cruise pier beside downtown Papeete (pronounced Pah-pay-et-te). Embarkation will begin at approximately 3:00 PM on Saturday, May 4th, 2019. 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 Papeete on Saturday, May 18th, 2019. The ship will arrive in Papeete at 7:30pm on Friday, May 17thso if needed, passengers may disembark Friday if they plan to fly home that same evening or anytime before disembarkation begins on Saturday. If remaining onboard Friday evening the ship usually has the exceptional dance troupe O Tahiti E performing onboard. Passengers with flights very early in the morning should discuss arranging transport to the airport with the concierge. Passengers may enjoy dinner onboard before disembarking on Friday evening and breakfast before debarking on Saturday.
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. Please contact your air carrier(s) directly to determine their particular specifications, weight limits, and/or fees for luggage.
Faa’a International Airport (PPT) is the island’s airport. All major airlines coordinate air travel to Tahiti with the one of the following airlines – Air Tahiti Nui, Air France, or Quantas. Most flights arrive very early in the morning so you are welcome to arrive the day of embarkation or earlier depending on your vacation needs.
Taxis have government-regulated, fixed fare rates with surcharges for each piece of luggage. If you are a tourist, expect that most taxi drivers may try to charge more. However, you can avoid being overcharged if you know how much you should be charged. There are fixed and minimum fares for the short taxi rides, and then the final price is settled by the meter depending upon your exact route. Many taxi drivers will not use the taximeter, so to avoid any misunderstandings and overcharging, it’s better to ask the driver to start the meter. Rates vary with the time of day you are traveling. Usually a taxi from the airport to the pier will run between $15- $25 one way. The island accepts US Dollars, but make sure when discussing price you are agreeing to the same currency. As of August 2018, 100 CPF (or XPF) is approximately $.95 US. http://www.ihatetaxis.com/advice/dealing-with-taxi-drivers
A “Day Room” is the equivalent of a 1 night stay. Make sure when reserving your room, that you indicate the day prior to your arrival as your check in date. Make sure to advise them of your arrival time. Overall, prices are high, but this is expected for the French Polynesia Islands. Please keep in mind, these prices often include amenities we have become accustomed to such as adequate sized bathrooms, air conditioning, and complimentary coffee service. In the past we have recommended a stay at the InterContinental Resort TahitiPointe Taa A, Faaa, Tahiti 1-866-599-6674
When reserving your hotel, we suggest either contacting the hotel directly or go online to the various travel sites, for example Expedia, Travelocity, AirBNB, and TripAdvisor. We encourage you to read the reviews on these hotels.
If you choose to extend your vacation, there is a ferry that will take you to Moorea or you can book flights to one of the other islands, such as Bora Bora.
The 3 day pre-cruise and post cruise packages at the Sofitel private island in Bora Bora have sold out. More details at https://sofitel.cruisebare.com
The currency used onboard the Paul Gauguin is in US Dollars. The local currency in the Society and Marquesas Islands is the French Pacific Franc (CPF or XPF). In the Cook Islands the currency is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD). You may exchange dollars for small denominations of the local currency at the reception desk to use for purchasing any local handicrafts or souvenirs, but the amount available for exchange aboard the ship is limited.
Spending Money (continued)
Tahiti’s currency is the French Pacific Franc (XPF or CPF) and currently approximately $1 US Dollar is worth around 100XPF. A conversion example would be 4500XPF is roughly $45 US Dollars. New Zealand dollars (NZD) are used in the Cook Islands and $1 US Dollar is worth approximately 1.37 NZD.
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 Los Angeles International Airport, or at a bank or ATM when you arrive in Tahiti or the Cook Islands. Bank ATMs are available at the airport in Papeete as well as on most of the major islands. There will be ATM fees, and your bank may also charge additional fees. Check with your bank to see what you may expect.
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.
Tipping is not expected in Polynesian culture. If the service is extraordinary, tipping as a compliment is always appreciated, but isn’t customary. End your purchases with a smile and by saying “meitaki ma’ata,” which means “thank you.” Some say the Polynesians perceive the tip as receiving “something for nothing” and then believe they owe the tipper something in return. Bargaining and haggling can also be taken as an insult.
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 2, 2018. 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. It 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.
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 the South Pacific Escape. This is sure to be a trip of a lifetime!
The Staff of Bare Necessities Tour & Travel