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ARANUI CRUISES
Year Round Cruises from Papeete, Tahiti to Remote Tuamotu, Marquesas Islands, Rangiroa and Bora Bora French Polynesia with special departures to Pitcairn Island.

Our thoughts on Aranui 5 Cruises
An Aranui 5 Cruise is something quite unique in the South Pacific and reminiscent of the non-timetable trips taken in days gone by travellers “hitching a ride” on an old copra boat as it did the rounds of far-flung islands picking up copra (dried coconut flesh) and dropping off supplies at remote communities.  On an Aranui Cruise you can still experience something of this wonderful atmosphere while travelling in the air-conditioned comfort of a modern purpose-built cargo-passenger ship on a schedule you can rely on to depart and return to Papeete as planned. In some of the remote places you visit on Aranui, this ship is the only regular means of travel and freight services they have.

On Aranui 5 there will only be around 260 passengers on board and on any typical voyage they will be real ‘travellers” from all over the world, so expect many interesting conversations, especially at meal times on board, where you will share tables of up to eight people. Breakfast is buffet style as is lunch; however, many lunches are spent ashore at local restaurants or markets.  You will enjoy the French-inspired food at dinners on the ship.  House wine is included with lunch and dinners on board and although premium wines are available at additional cost, most people will find the house wine very pleasant.

Partaking in the port and historical lectures on board helps one understand something of the places you will visit before you get there and certainly adds to the whole experience.  Of course, there are fun things to participate in too such as Tamure dance classes and Polynesian concerts etc.  The facilities on board also add to the enjoyment of the trip; such things as captioned French movies, a gym, library, swimming pool and even a coin-operated laundry.

The ports of call are naturally stunning.  After a couple of ports, you really get into the groove and feel the cares of everyday life melting away.  Many of the shore excursions are included in the cruise cost and there are sometimes optional activities such as game fishing etc which you pay for. Enjoy church visits, local markets and local sights in these remote naturally beautiful islands.  It is also interesting to watch the sometimes tricky berthing of the ship and the cargo handling.  At some stops, the ship doesn’t berth but just anchors off and passengers and cargo are moved by launch and barges.  This adds something to the whole experience too.

Aranui Cruises now include Bora Bora as the last stop on its itinerary. Entering the Bora Bora Lagoon by sea is a special treat and enjoying a day in Bora Bora is yet another highlight of this splendid cruise experience. Another new option is their twice-yearly trip which takes in remote Pitcairn Island.  On these voyages, Aranui 5 follows a different itinerary taking in Magareva, Adamstown Pitcairn Island, Aukena, Rapa and Raivavae (Pitcairn voyages do not include Bora Bora). These voyages are always very sought after and sell out quickly, so we advise you to book really early.

How to sum up the Aranui Cruise?  “Delightfully different” is a term that springs to mind. You will spend a delightful 13 days on a modern cargo-passenger ship on which you will enjoy the company of some very interesting fellow cruisers while you visit some of the Pacific’s most stunningly beautiful natural surroundings and remote communities.

Your Cruise Options:
The 13-day cruise itinerary includes 2 full days at sea.  Departures are scheduled on Saturdays and Thursdays.
Saturday Departures
Depart Papeete Saturday at 10.00am
Return to Papeete Friday at 9.00am
Thursday Departures
Depart Papeete Thursday at 10:00am
Return to Papeete Wednesday at 9:00am

Bullet 2018/2019 Cruise Itinerary
Embarkation Thursday or Saturday morning:
7:00 to 9:00am 
Scheduled Departure Time: 10:00am 
Following is the Saturday Itinerary.
All itineraries follow a similar pattern, although due to the different departure days from Papeete, there are minor differences in the sequence of port visits around Hiva Oa, Nuku Hiva and Fatu Hiva.  However, every cruise, with the exception of the Pitcairn Island Cruises, visits all the ports on the itinerary. Itineraries may be modified due to technical, meteorological or freight constraints.

Day 01  Tahiti Depart Papeete at 10.00am
Day 02  Fakarava atoll Tuamotu Archipelago
Day 03  At Sea crossing to Marquesas
Day 04  Niku Hiva Group
Day 05  Ua Poa
Day 06  Hiva Oa (Atuaona), Tahuata
Day 07  Hiva Oa (Puamau)
Day 08  Fatu Hiva
Day 09  Ua Huka
Day 10  At Sea crossing back to Rangiroa
Day 11  Rangiroa
Day 12  Bora Bora
Day 13  Tahiti Arrive Papeete at 9:00am

Bullet 
Aranui5 Schedule 2018
Voyage             Depart              Return
Number            Papeete            Papeete

16                     20 Oct              02 Nov
17                     08 Nov             21 Nov
18                     27 Nov             10 Dec
19                     15 Dec             28 Dec

Bullet Aranui5 Schedule 2019
Voyage             Depart              Return
Number            Papeete            Papeete

01                     10 Jan              22 Jan*
* Special Pitcairn Island Discovery Cruise
  See "Specials" below
02                     26 Jan              07 Feb
03                     14 Feb             26 Feb
04                     02 Mar             14 Mar
05                     21 Mar             02 Apr*
06                     06 Apr              18 Apr
07                     27 Apr              09 May
08                     16 May             28 May
09                     01 Jun              13 Jun
10                     20 Jun              02 Jul
11                     06 Jul               18 Jul
12                     25 Jul               06 Aug
13                     10 Aug             22 Aug
14                     29 Aug             10 Sep
15                     14 Sep             26 Sep
16                     03 Oct              15 Oct
17                     19 Oct              31 Oct
18                     07 Nov             19 Nov
19                     23 Nov             05 Dec
20                     14 Dec             27 Dec

What Aranui Cruises Say About Themselves
"THE NEW SHIP IN FRENCH POLYNESIA

Come explore the enchanting Marquesas Islands aboard the latest incarnation of our famed ships. Setting sail in the Winter of 2015, the new Aranui 5 represents the crowning jewel of a 30 year long pursuit of the ultimate passenger freighter.

Redesigned and custom built with passenger comfort in mind, you will embark on a voyage of discovery following the paths of Paul Gauguin, Robert Louis Stevenson, Thor Heyerdahl and Jacques Brel. Our Polynesian staff and crew will welcome you to these exotic, captivating islands they call home.

The Aranui 5 continues our relaxed, friendly tradition with space to meet new friends in the bars and lounge or while relaxing on the deck or by the pool, as the islands seem to float by. If you are looking for privacy or romance, retreat to your balcony in our suites and deluxe staterooms. Watch the infinite colors of the sunset play in the sky and sea as another day draws to a close in the South Pacific. 

Aranui 5 is a new custom-built, dual-purpose passenger/freighter that sails from Tahiti to the Marquesas, Tuamotu and Society Islands in French Polynesia on a 14 day all-inclusive cruise. Designed to offer all of the comforts of a cruise liner, while operating as a supply ship, Aranui 5 is classified as a small vessel, accommodating approximately 254 passengers and 103 cabins.

With 8 different guest decks, the interior decor reflects the Polynesian heritage of her owners and crew.  The ship features a restaurant where all the meals onboard are served in a casual setting; 2 lounges; 2 conference rooms, where guest lecturers will offer presentations on various topics related to the Marquesas; 4 bars, including the Sky Bar with sweeping panoramic views; an outdoor pool; a boutique; a massage room and a gym.

After a 3 course dinner, let the lively Aranui Band introduce you to Polynesian rhythms and teach you to swivel your hips to the infectious beat of the Tamure or the Tahitian Waltz.

Our prices include all Aranui 5 planned shore excursions to remote villages, archaeological sites with lecturers on site, dance shows, hiking, picnics, restaurants, 4x4 sightseeing tours and 3 meals per day. A complementary glass of wine is offered for scheduled “onboard lunches and dinners.”

Our Specials
Bullet Seasonal 10% Discount
A discount of 10% off the cruise fare (excluding taxes) is given for the following sailing:
2019
Aranui 5 Voyage Nº02 2019. 
Depart 26 January 2019, return 07 February 2019. 
Aranui 5 Voyage Nº03 2019
Depart 14 February 2019, return 26 February 2019. 
Aranui 5 Voyage Nº04 2019. 
Depart 02 March 2019, return 14 March 2019.
Aranui 5 Voyage Nº15 2019*
Depart 14 September 2019, return 26 September 2019.  
* Seniors Special 
Conditions:
 - Only available to adult passengers travelling in
   all accommodation categories for the full
   duration of the 14-day cruise.
 - Discounts may not be combined

Bullet Seniors 10% Discount
A discount of 10% off the cruise fare (excluding taxes) is given to seniors aged 60 years and over on:
Aranui 5 Voyage Nº15 2019. 
Depart 14 September 2019, return 26 September 2019.  
Conditions:
 - Only available to passengers travelling in all
   accommodation categories for the full duration
   of the 14-day cruise.
 - Proof of age is required at the time of booking.
 - Discounts may not be combined with any other
   discount offer.

Special Pitcairn Island Discovery Cruise 2019
STOP PRESS
The January 2019 Pitcairn Discovery Cruise is sold out and a second Pitcairn Island Cruise has been scheduled. Please register for Pitcairn cruises in 2020 as there is huge demand for this itinerary.
Thu 21 March  Tahiti Depart Papeete at 10.00am
Fri 22 March    Anaa Tuamotu Islands
Sat 23 March   Amanu Tuamotu Islands
Sun 24 March  At Sea sailing to Gambier
Mon 25 March  Mangareva Gambier Islands
Tue 26 March   Adamstown Pitcairn Island
Wed 27 March  Depart Bounty Bay Pitcairn
Thu 28 March  Aukena Gambier Islands
Fri 29 March     At Sea sailing to Rapa
Sat 30 March    Rapa Austral Islands
Sun 31 March   Depart Rapa
Mon 01 April  Raivavae
Tue 02 April   Tahiti Arrive Papeete atpprox 5:00pm

Bullet Cruise Repeater’s discount
A 10% discount will be offered to past passengers who have cruised with Aranui previously. The
Conditions:
 - Available to passengers travelling in all cabin
   categories for the full duration of the
   14-day cruise.
 - Repeater’s discount cannot apply
   simultaneously with any other discount.
 - Proof of previous trip is required at the time of
   booking.

Bullet Single Cruise Passengers on a “stranger share” basis
Aranui offers the option of a shared cabin which will be only available in Standard Cabin accommodation. At the discretion of Aranui's reservation department, they will search for a second passenger of the same gender to share the cabin. If the search is found to be unsuccessful, and the single travelling passenger was fortunate to occupy the Stateroom by him/herself alone, the additional 50% single supplement will not be applied, but only the initial (1x) full rate per person will be applied.
Conditions:
 - Available in Standard Cabin accommodation only.

Your Accommodation Options Aranui 5
Aranui 5 has Suites and Cabins spread over her 8 decks.  The highest deck is Sky Bar Deck, followed below in order by: Sun Deck, Pool Deck, Veranda Deck, Boat Deck, Upper Deck, Main Deck and Lower Deck. 

Aranui 5 Cabin Categories (in ascending order of tariff)
Bullet Class C Cabins:
Dormitory-style, there is 1 eight berth (bunk) cabin with 2 bathrooms and 3 four berth (bunk) cabins with 1 ensuite bathroom all located on Upper Deck.  Class C cabins open off an internal passage and have a porthole and a wardrobe, TV and hairdryer.
Maximum Occupancy:  4 or 8 persons. Minimum age for passengers in Class C Dormitory Cabins is 15 years
Existing Bedding:  In 4 Berth Cabins 2 sets of bunks, in the 8 Berth Cabin – 4 sets of bunks.
8-person cabin is 26.5m2, 4-person cabin is 12.5m2.

Bullet Standard Cabins:
Cabins for 2. Standard Cabins for 2 have 11.5m2 of interior space with a bathroom, porthole to outside views (no balcony), desk, wardrobe, one flat screen TV, safe and hair dryer. Staterooms are located on Boat Deck, Main Deck and Lower Deck. Limited interconnecting cabins on Main and Lower Decks.
Maximum Occupancy:  2 passengers
Existing Bedding: Either one Queen-size Bed or 2 single beds.
Additional Bedding:  No additional bedding accommodated
Staterooms for 4. Staterooms for 4 are 16.5m2 and located on Lower Deck. Same facilities as Staterooms for 2, but configured with a Double Bed and a set of bunks.
Maximum Occupancy:  4 passengers
Existing Bedding: 1Queen-size Bed and a set of Bunks.
Additional Bedding:  No additional bedding accommodated.

Bullet Deluxe:
From 13m2 interior space with 4.5m2 private outdoor balcony, the Deluxe category cabins are located on Sky Bar Deck, Sun Deck and Pool Deck and may interconnect with an adjacent room. Facilities include a bathroom, desk, wardrobe, TV, safe, fridge and hairdryer.
Maximum Occupancy:  2 passengers
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed or 2 Single Beds.
Additional Bedding:  No additional bedding accommodated

Bullet Superior Deluxe:
From 14.5m2 interior space with 4m2 private outdoor balcony, the Deluxe category cabins are located on Sky Bar Deck, Sun Deck, 2 on Upper Deck and 1 on Main Deck. Rooms may interconnect with an adjacent room. Facilities include a bathroom, desk, wardrobe, TV, safe, fridge and hairdryer. Handicapped accessible rooms are available in this category.  Accessible cabins have a bigger bathroom and no balcony, but 2 large porthole-style windows.
Maximum Occupancy:  2 passengers
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed or 2 Single Beds.
Additional Bedding:  No additional bedding accommodated

Bullet Junior Suites:
The 3 Junior Suites are on Veranda Deck and provide 18m2 of interior space with a semi-screened sitting area on the outside which has 2windows (which do not open) and no balcony.  Facilities include a bathroom, dressing table, desk, TV, Fold-out Sofa, safe, fridge and hairdryer. 
Maximum Occupancy: 3 passengers
Existing Bedding:  1 King Bed or 2 Single Beds.
Additional Bedding:  No additional bedding accommodated

Bullet Premium Suites:
The 21 Premium Suites have from 18m2 of interior space and a 4.5m2 private outdoor balcony accessed by a glass sliding door from the Suite.  Premium Suites are located on Pool Deck and Veranda Deck. Each has a semi-private day room with decorative screen, a bathroom, dressing table, desk, TV, Fold-out Sofa, safe, fridge and hairdryer. 
Maximum Occupancy: 3 passengers
Existing Bedding:  1 King Bed or 2 Single Beds
Additional Bedding:  1 Sofa Bed for a 3rd passenger.

Bullet Royal Suites:
The 8 Royal Suites are a generous size at 22m2 interior space with an 9.5m2 private outdoor balcony accessed by a glass sliding door.  A decorative screen between the sleeping area and the living area provides a semi-private lounge space.  Royal Suites beautifully located on the front corners of Sun Deck, Pool Deck, Veranda Deck and Boat Deck. Each has a bathroom, dressing table, desk, TV, Fold-out Sofa, safe, fridge and hairdryer. 
Maximum Occupancy: 3 passengers
Existing Bedding:  1 King Bed or 2 Single Beds
Additional Bedding:  A fold-out Sofa Bed for 3rd passenger.

Bullet The Presidential Suite:
41m2 interior space, with 12m2 private outdoor balcony, located on the highest Sky Bar Deck for a better distance view with glass sliding doors, living room, dining room, mini bar, enclosed bedroom, walk-in closet, two bathrooms, dressing table, desk, two flat screen TV's, safe, refrigerator and hairdryer. 
Maximum Occupancy: 3 passengers
Existing Bedding:  1 King Bed or 2 Single Beds
Additional Bedding:  A fold-out Sofa Bed for a 3rd passenger.

Getting to and from Aranui Cruises
We will include transfers between Tahiti hotels and Port of Papeete as required/agreed in your package arrangements.  At ports of call access to the land is often provided by launch from the ship’s side.

Families & Kids
Bullet 
Children Travel at 50% Discount
Children aged 3 to 15 years are charged at half the adult price when accompanying parents subject to cabin maximum occupancy policies.
Children aged under 16 years are not accommodated in any Dormitory.
Staterooms for 4 have a set of bunks and several suites have a Sofa Bed.

Check-in/Check Out (Embark & Disembark)
Aranui Cruises Depart Port of Papeete, Tahiti at 10:00am.
Boarding Time is between 7:00am and 9:00am
Aranui Cruises return to Port of Papeete, Tahiti at 9:30am.

Strict Payment Conditions:
 - 25% deposit will be required to be paid within
   7 days of the booking being confirmed by the
   Cruise Operator.
 - Full payment or settlement of the remaining balance
   of account from each passenger or booking must be
   received by The Cruise Operator “no later than 60
   days prior to the scheduled departure date”.
 - Failure to meet these payment conditions will result
   in the booking being cancelled and cancellation fees
   as per the Cancellation Policy will apply.

Cancellation/Alteration Policies and Charges
Bullet 
All cancellations must be made in writing.
Bullet Any cancellation or alterations made after the
      official confirmation of a cabin held on your
      behalf will be subject to a penalty of
      Euro 100.00 per person
Bullet Bookings cancelled or altered 90 to 61 days prior
      to scheduled departure incur a cancellation fee
      of 25% of the cost of the voyage.
Bullet Bookings cancelled or altered 60 to 45 days prior
      to scheduled departure: one third (33.33%) of
      the cost of the full fare of the voyage will be
      retained by the Cruise Operator.
Bullet Bookings cancelled or altered 44 to 30 days prior
      to scheduled departure: two thirds (66.67%) of
      the cost of the full fare of the voyage will be
      retained by the Cruise Operator.
Bullet Bookings cancelled or altered less than 30 days or
      non-appearance: 100% of the full fare of the
      voyage will be retained by the Cruise Operator.

Booking Changes:
After the Cruise Operator issues a booking confirmation, changes to the confirmed departure date made at the passenger’s or travel agent’s request will be subject to the same penalties applied to cancellations.

Medical:
There is a doctor on board. If any person has or is suffering from a serious ailment or condition, he or she should seek the advice and consent of their personal physician prior to embarking on board the vessel. If health condition exists or arises between the reservation time and the scheduled departure date, the Cruise Operator must be advised.

The Operator of Aranui Cruises reserves the right to refuse passage to anyone in such a state of health or physical condition as to be unfit to travel on Aranui5, or whose condition, for whatever reason may be deemed dangerous to the individual or other passengers.

It is expected all passengers are fit enough to undertake or participate any of the offered shore excursions during the 14 day soft adventure cruise. All passengers must be able to access and walk through the gangway unassisted.

The information on this page is correct as at 05 October 2018 and is based on our supplier contracts which are valid for cruises to 31 December 2019.  All information shown is subject to change without notice.


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Cruise Facilities
Bullet Includes 3 Meals per day
Bullet Planned Shore Excursions
Bullet House Wine at Lunch & Dinners on Ship
Bullet Entertainment on ship & land
Bullet Port Lectures
Bullet Coin-operated Laundry
Bullet Wifi available when in range

Cabin Facilities
Bullet All Cabins are Air-conditioned
Bullet Cabins have ensuite bathroom
Bullet All cabins have porthole or window
Bullet Deluxe Cains and Suites have TV & Fridge