I have enjoyed reading previous posts from this group.
Just putting notification out there that if anyone is looking at flights now (& will be flying into Papeete from Auckland), the flights don't work in traveller's favour, in terms of the departure and arrival back of the cruise ship.
My partner & I have just booked our flights, and the only feasible option was to depart Auckland on Friday 10 October at 5:05pm (on flight NZ40), with arrival to Pappeete the day before, on Thursday 9 October at 11:05pm.
Departing Papeete back to Auckland, we had to choose leaving on Sun 19 October (on NZ41) - this is because flight leaving Papeete on 18 October (when cruise ends) departs at 7:30am. The cruise ship does not get back into dock until 9:00 am that day.
So, for us, there will be accommodation involved in Papeete on both ends of the cruise trip. Not too worry. Papeete is a beautiful place.
Just letting anyone else know who is travelling from Auckland! :)