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Caribbean Cruising at its Best Aboard Paul Gaguin's Tere Moana

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If you are one of those people who just couldn't imagine yourself on a cruise ship the size of New York City, then I'm about to let you in on a well-kept secret. Yes, you can enjoy a luxury cruise experience without tons of people, kids, or greasy food aboard Paul Gauguin Cruise's mv Tere Moana ship.

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The little sister to the Paul Gauguin, which cruises the waters around Tahiti, the Tere Moana is a small ship or large yacht that accommodates just 90 passengers. There are no kids on board and none of the amenities that the large ships boast including endless buffet lines, rubber chicken, gambling, loud music, crowded pools and decks, etc.

Cruising aboard the Tere Moana is an unbelievable pleasure. It is for those who like fine food and wine, who don't need to be entertained every moment with loud music, bustling casinos, tacky shows, and cruise directors promoting Bingo and other stupid games. It is for those who want the true cruise experience — being on the open waters and just listening to the sound of the surf or the thoughts in your own mind.

The food here is truly amazing -- prepared to order versus large convention style meals -- because there are only 90 passengers on board at any one time. The wines are also of a high caliber as is the service. The staff is accommodating and gets to know everyone on board. And the ship calls on smaller ports that the big boats just can't access -- for example on a recent Caribbean itinerary round-trip from St. Martin included calls in St. Barts, Virgin Gorda, and Jost Van Dyke -- ports that the larger ships simply can't fit into.

The staterooms are spacious and have everything you need. There is a library, Grand Salon for drinks and a piano bar, and two evening dining options. But the best thing about this experience is that you can find places to be alone and read, look out to sea, and just be with your own thoughts.

If you are looking for a ship with non-stop action 24/7, lots of fast food outlets where you can always grab a quick bite like pizza and burgers, and activities for the kids, then this is NOT the ship for you. But if you want a luxurious, exclusive experience akin to a day on St. Barts, then this is the ship for you. The Tere Moana cruises the Caribbean during the winter and visits other ports throughout the year.

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