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sarahv

Cruise Tour on Oceania. Need Advice

by sarahv »

 

We're considering alumni-associated travel (with GoNext Tours and Oceania Cruises) -- 10 nights Mar-Apr 2014 to French Polynesia: Papeete, Moorea, Raiatea, Bora Bora, Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa, Rangiroa, back to Papeete.  We need to decide by July to get the "deal" -- 2-for-1 cruise fares, free airfare, $2,000 bonus savings per traveling couple.  We're worried it's one of the daily off for a few hours then back on the ship (a quick hop around each island stop and back aboard 'the boat what brung ya', lest you get left behind).  We only stay overnight on Bora Bora.  A veranda/double occupancy is advertised at $4299 per person (estimating $10,000 plus for almost 2 weeks).

We ask you....are these islands really worth the long flights, quick-paced journey, and cost -- "Moorea -- considered the most beautiful island in the world by Frommers...."  (True?)  and Rangiroa touts black pearl farms....We've done long flights for land tours of Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii.  We've never done a cruise, involving long or short flights.  Have you heard of this tour?  What do you think of this tour -- good, bad, and/or ugly?

 

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Johanna

RE: Cruise Tour on Oceania. Need Advice

by Johanna »

I'm sorry, I've never heard of this tour, but I have been to Tahiti which is totally gorgeous. We did it by land, which allowed us to linger. I guess a cruise would have been nice, but I enjoyed really getting to know the island. 

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melinda

RE: Cruise Tour on Oceania. Need Advice

by melinda »

I did the cruise tours with Oceania (different itinerary) and thought they were terrific. If you have the money, go for it. You won't regret it.

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kringenwally

RE: Cruise Tour on Oceania. Need Advice

by kringenwally »

Sarah V, who hasn't come back since posting the question six weeks ago (and surely by now has had to make a decision), wrote: 

"...We're worried it's one of the daily off for a few hours then back on the ship (a quick hop around each island stop and back aboard 'the boat what brung ya', lest you get left behind)..."

Sarah, do the math: 10 days, including boarding (usually late in the day) and docking/disembarking (usually in the morning), leaves eight days, hitting six targets - how much time do you think there will be spent on each?

That's what these cruises usually are, and that's what people like about them. There isn't all that much on the islands to "see" in a touristic sense of the word, you're not touring islands in the Mediterranean with lots of antique ruins and what-have-you. But surely a phone call can ascertain what the day-to-day program of this particular cruise will be?

If the "arrive-look-leave" travel method isn't what Sarah likes, why even consider a cruise that hits that many targets in that short of a time? If just relaxing on one or two such paradisical islands, doing pretty much nothing except slowly enjoying the Pacific version of what the Italians call Dolce Far Niente, a swim here, a snorkeling there, a little boat ride...then fly in, do that, and fly home, forget the cruise.

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sarahv

RE: Cruise Tour on Oceania. Need Advice

by sarahv »

Thanks for your VERY helpful comments. We may rethink this one.

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daren

RE: Cruise Tour on Oceania. Need Advice

by daren »

I have no experience with a cruise tour specially on Oceania but my friends have they said that they enjoy too much during the cruise travelling..

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