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April 2, 2019
Zack Creach

5 Reasons to Book a South Pacific Cruise

Cruise lines like Paul Gauguin specialize in South Pacific itineraries, and for good reason. If you’re debating between booking a land-based vacation or a South Pacific cruise, here are five reasons that might sway you to set sail.

5. Why Only Visit One or Two Islands?

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With a South Pacific cruise, you are not limited to whatever island you’re staying on, or hopping to only one or two more during your vacation. French Polynesia is divided up into five groups of islands, and there are 118 islands and atolls, with just over half actually inhabited. Depending on what cruise option you pick, you could end up visiting some of the more remote islands that you would never have the chance to see if you just stayed in a resort the whole time.

While most people think of Tahiti for a South Pacific cruise, there are also cruise lines and itineraries that take you as well to the Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and more.

4. Cruises Are Often Cheaper

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If you’re eyeing that over-the-water bungalow in Bora Bora, you might be surprised to see how expensive it is if you are planning a vacation of a week or more. Why not consider a luxury cruise where you’ll get more bang for your buck? On some itineraries, you may have an overnight stay at an island like Bora Bora where you can still opt to spend a night in an over-the-water bungalow at a specially negotiated price.

Compare cruise line itineraries and packages, as you can find options that are a bit more “all-inclusive” style versus what you may be used to. Paul Gauguin includes select wines and spirits, complimentary soft drinks, butler service, onboard gratuities and more. When you compare this to everything you’d have to purchase if you were booking a hotel, it’s an even better deal.