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About Tahiti

Currency
The official currency of Tahiti is the French Polynesian Franc (XFP). Most of the tourist venues will accept US bills and Euros, as well as major credit cards, but may give change in Polynesian Francs. We recommend that you use the ATM to get a few Polynesian Francs while there, or exchange a few with a hotel if staying there a day or two prior. Taxis will accept US dollars.
If traveling from any other country than the U.S., we recommend that you convert your local denomination to US currency or Euro before you leave, as these are both widely accepted.
Languages
French, Tahitian, English
Destinations
  • October 11, 2014 – Papeete – 10PM
  • October 12, 2014 – Raiatea – 11AM to 6PM
  • October 13, 2014 – Taha'a (Motu Mahana) – 9AM to 5PM
  • October 14, 2014 – Bora Bora – 9AM
  • October 15, 2014 – Bora Bora – 6PM
  • October 16, 2014 – Moorea – 9AM
  • October 17, 2014 – Moorea / Papeete (Overnight in Papeete) – 5PM
  • October 18, 2014 – Papeete – 9AM

Before Your Trip

What’s Included and What’s Not
What is included?
  • Accommodations for 8 days/7 nights on the elegant 6-star Paul Gauguin
  • All meals onboard the ship’s restaurant
  • 24 hour room Service
  • Bottled water
  • All beverages (soft drinks and alcoholic beverages)
  • Gratuity to ship’s staff
  • All port changes and service taxes
  • Olivia’s signature entertainment and programming
  • Olivia staff assistance throughout
What’s not included?
  • Ship services and incidentals such as Spa services, Internet café, Casino, Photos
  • Airfare to/from Papeete
  • Transfers from/to airport
  • Optional excursions offered in each ports
Travel documentation and identification
You will need a passport that is valid for six months past the date of the trip. If you are not a US citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the country we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
Visa
US citizens DO NOT need to get a visa ahead of time. If you are not from the U.S., please check with your consulate for proper Visa requirements.
Vaccinations
Please check with your local Public Heath Department or personal physician regarding immunization requirements for all countries on your itinerary. You may also check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Web site at: www.cdc.gov. Just click on “Traveler’s Health” and then “Vaccinations.”
Travel insurance
Travel insurance is available from Travel Guard. For information visit travelguard.com/olivia or call Travel Guard at 1-866-420-0125.
Joining the Olivia trip groups online
If you’d like to chat with people who are going on this trip, sign up for the Olivia Connect trip group or the Olivia Facebook trip group.

Travel and arrival

Where to fly into/out of
You will need to fly in and out of Papeete, Tahiti (PPT). We encourage all passengers to arrive early to avoid the stress of unexpected delays. We will be offering a two night pre-Stretcher package in Papeete October 9-11, 2014, and a day room option for early arriving flights on Oct. 11, 2014.
Suggested arrival/departure times
Please arrive before 9:00 pm on October 11, 2014 and make you way to the ship. The ship departs at 10:00pm, so you will have time to get to the ship in time. They are used to the 8:30pm – 9:00 pm arrivals on the day of embarkation each week.
Your departure out of Papeete on October 18, 2014 can be at anytime, as we arrive in Papeete the night prior (October 17) at approximately 7:00pm. However, most of the flights to the U.S. depart in the late evening. For this reason we propose two options:
1. You CAN depart the night of October 17, 2014 and not miss any of the programming or meals. We will offer optional transfers for purchase from the ship to the airport directly after dinner to make your late night flight. The entertainment will be held earlier that evening, so you will not miss anything. We recommend this to people for 2 reasons:
a. It gives you an extra weekend day at home. Some people appreciate this extra day to unpack, do laundry, and relax before going back to work on Monday.
b. If you depart on October 18, you will need to something to do for the day, a dayroom at a hotel with a place to store your luggage. The only real option is to purchase a day room at a local hotel through the ship as you wait until the evening for your flight. Day rooms are not inexpensive in Tahiti. The option of departing the night prior saves you money.
2. Depart on the evening of October 18, 2014 and purchase a day room package through the ship on board. Day room package will include a transfer to the hotel, dayroom and use of hotel facilities, and transfer to the airport.
American Airlines 5% Discount
The AA discount code A13H4AA is good for 5% off and applies to flights into and out of Papeete, Tahiti (PPT). In order for discount code to be valid, flight cannot be solely on a codeshare airline; the originating flight must be on American Airlines. Dates of travel are October 8 – 23, 2014.Airfare can be booked no earlier than 11 months before the trip. This reservation can be booked by calling (800) 433-1790 ($25 booking fee applies) or visiting AA.com/rainbow (no booking fee and please remove the preceding “A” when booking online).
We are proud to partner with Delta Airlines. The Delta Airlines discount code NMGKC is good for 10% off and applies to flights into and out of Papeete, Tahiti (PPT). Dates of travel are October 8 – 22, 2014. Airfare can be booked no earlier than 11 months before the trip. This reservation can be booked by calling (800) 328-1111 ($25 booking fee applies), visiting delta.com/booking (no booking fee) or calling your travel agent (if applicable) and mentioning the discount codes.
Olivia’s preferred travel agency
We are happy to partner with Panorama Travel, which provides excellent service and competitive airfares. For a small fee, they can also assist you with using your frequent flyer miles for free tickets and upgrades. You can reach them at 800-523-0093 or 503-682-6800.
Luggage allowances
While there is no luggage limit on the cruise itself, airlines often restrict (or charge) for excess baggage. Because each airline is different, and the regulations change over time, please check with your airline for baggage allowances.
Transfers and Meeting up with Olivia
Getting to your ship
The transfer to the ship from the airport will run approximately 1700 XFP ($30 US) for the base fare, and an additional 203 XFP (Approx. $2.25 USD) per piece of luggage. In the evenings, you may be charged an extra $10 - $15 USD.
Address:
The Paul Gauguin will be docked at the port of Papeete, Tahiti. The port is located in downtown Papeete and is just 20 minutes away from the international airport of Papeete.
Ship Check-in
Embarkation and check in will be available after 3 pm. However, if you have an early morning flight arrival, we will offer optional day-room packages at the host hotel. This will include breakfast, use of the facility and an afternoon transfer to the ship.

While You’re There

Accommodations
Paul Gauguin Amenities
Now in its 14th year of cruising the Tahitian islands, and the 5th time Olivia has chartered her, this ship has undergone a multi-million dollar upgrade. Recently awarded one of the “World’s Top Rated Small Ships” and “Highest Rated Small Luxury Cruise Ship” by Conde Naste Magazine, the Paul Gauguin is a beautifully-designed, intimate 332-passenger ship and boasts the following:
  • One of the best crew-to-guest ratios at sea – 1:1.5
  • La Boutique Duty-Free shop, specializing in beautiful Tahitian pearls
  • Luxurious onboard spa
  • Fitness Center
  • Guest Lecturers (Mammal expert and Tahitian History expert)
  • Onboard watersports marina for complimentary kayaking, windsurfing and waterskiiing
  • Zodiac for optional Dive excursions
  • Optional PADI dive program and certification
  • Les Gauguines – Paul Gauguin’s signature Polynesian women entertainers
  • Le Grand Salon Lounge with stage for nightly entertainment
  • La Palette lounge and DiscoWhirl pool
  • Casino
  • Piano Bar
  • Pool
  • Deck with Premium Lounge Chairs
  • Non smoking interior
All cabins include upscale amenities
All cabins are comfortably appointed with:
  • Luxury European Linens
  • Feather-down Duvets
  • Robes and cotton slippers
  • LCD flat-screen satellite television
  • DVD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Personal safe
  • Refrigerator replenished daily with soft drinks, beer and bottled water
  • Mini-bar
  • International direct dial phones
  • Private bathrooms with shower
  • Luxurious bath products
  • Spacious bath with full-size tub (select staterooms offer shower only)
Dining
Enjoy the finest fare in your choice of two elegant restaurants and an outdoor grill, each featuring single, open-seating dining so you have the option of dining when and with whom you choose. To enhance your dining experience, Olivia has created tables specifically for those guests who prefer to dine alcohol-free or with other solo travelers.
Electricity
All staterooms are equipped with 110 and 220 volt electricity. These outlets are provided beside the dressing table mirror in your stateroom. Should you have several items to plug in at once, you may consider bringing a power strip.
Elevator
There are two elevators located forward and two elevators located on the aft of the ship. Please note the Water sports Marina is not accessible by Elevator.
Excursions
In each port we visit, an array of optional excursions are available from snorkeling, scuba diving, jet skiing in Bora Bora, swimming with sting rays and sharks to 4 wheel driving in Moorea and much more. You will be able to PRE-BOOK THESE IN ADAVANCE. More information on these will be in your final documents.
Gratuities
Gratuities are included in the cost of the cruise. Gratuities are provided for your cabin steward, dining room steward, bus person, maître d’ and other-behind-the-scenes crew members. Tips to your local guides on excursions are not included, and are recommended. Below is a suggested guideline:
  • Local Guide – ½ day - $2-$3 or full day $4-$5
  • Bus driver -½ day - $1 full day - $2
Internet / e-mail / fax
There is an Internet center onboard; minute plans are available. Pricing will be posted onboard. Guests may also bring their own laptops and purchase an Internet wireless plan onboard.
Laundry and dry cleaning
Laundry and pressing service is available onboard. Dry cleaning is also available. Check onboard for pricing.
Medical services
The ship has an infirmary and a medical Doctor on board for an additional charge.
Money: Paying for things on board
All purchases made on the ship will be charged to your onboard account, which you create when you first check in. Please check with the front office onboard for further details. .
Phone
Each cabin has a phone. There is an additional fee to use this phone; cost is available onboard.
Room Service
24-Hour Room Service is available at no extra charge. Room service menus are in each cabin. If you prefer, you can have your Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner served in the privacy of your stateroom during operating hours of the restaurants.
Smoking policy
2nd hand smoke has been proven to cause lung cancer. All indoor areas onboard, including cabins and verandas, are non-smoking. Smoking areas in a few different public outdoor areas will be posted. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation to stay within the designated smoking areas for everyone’s comfort.
Spa services
There is a wonderful spa onboard, offering you facials, massages and many other services. There is a salon as well for hair appointments, manicures and pedicures. All are available for an additional fee.
Solo travelers
We will have a solos coordinator who will ensure you have a great time. We designate areas for solo to eat meals together, have dance classes together, sit together during evening shows and much more. Though you may travel solo, you will make lots of new friends.

After Your Trip

Disembarkation
All guests will be asked to disembark the ship by 9:00am on October 18, 2014.
Transfers to the airport
Transfers to the Papeete Airport can be arranged on board for the night of October 17, 2014 for the flights departing the evening of October 17. If your flight departs the evening of October 18, 2014, the ship will have optional day room and airport transfer packages to purchase. /dd>
Vacation Extenders
Pre-trip 2 night packages will be available so you may explore Papeete, Tahiti in more depth before the trip. Post-Trip 3 night package will be available in Bora Bora. Please check back to the Vacation Stretcher page for more information, approximately one year from the trip dates.

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