Cruise Tour on Oceania. Need Advice
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?