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What's free onboard (partial list)


Almost all food and beverages, including those in the mini-bar.


Onboard entertainment.

Marina: kayaking, water skiing and snorkeling - and the use of the nautical equipment.

Films for your in-cabin DVD player.

What's extra  (partial list):


Nearly all shore excursions.

Scuba diving.

Laundry & dry cleaning.

Medical services

Internet access.

Ship-to-shore phone calls.



Official currency

On most cruise ships, it's the US dollar. On the islands, it's the French Pacific Franc (CPF). Most tourist-oriented outfits accept the dollar and major credit cards. Still, I recommend carrying some CPFs, just in case. Note: The Paul Gauguin does not exchange currency.

Expensive islands

Practically everything you might want to buy in French Polynesia is very expensive. The more popular the island, the more that will likely be. That goes for restaurants, resorts and taxis. Note: This makes a cruise fare that includes bed, food, drink and entertainment in Polynesia a good value.

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