Tahiti Welcomes New Cruise Ship Aranui 5

Posted November 28th, 2015

Welcomed with a traditional water jet parade by local tug boats, the Aranui 5 freighter cruise vessel docked into Papeete earlier this month.

Aranui Cruises' new ship will remain in port until its maiden voyage on 12 December, which will coincide with the Marquesas Art Festival.

This celebration is held in Tahiti every four years and will enhance the journey for the ship's first cruisers with local ceremonies and rejuvenated Polynesian culture.

“Guests travelling on our maiden voyage will truly have the trip of a lifetime as the first to enjoy the luxurious comfort of our new freighter as well as experiencing the Marquesas during a time of brilliant colour and activity,” Aranui’s Regional Representative Australia New Zealand Laurent Wong said.

Aranui 5 has been a long time in the making and we are so excited that she has finally arrived in her new home.”


The custom-built Aranui 5 has replaced Aranui 3 and will function as both a cargo and cruise vessel, with capacity for 254 passengers.

The ship offers a range of state rooms including premium and deluxe types that include Marquesan-inspired decor, Paul Gaugin prints and private balconies (only in 60 rooms).

Life on board Aranui 5 will be far more luxurious than on its predecessor with air-conditioned public areas, conference rooms, lounges, swimming pool, library and the popular Sky bar.

Aranui 5’s 14-day roundtrip leaves from Papeete and docks at iconic French Polynesia destinations such as Nuku Hiva, Ua Pou, Ua Huka in the Marquesas,  Rangiroa in the Tuamotus, and the famed Bora Bora.

The freighter line dispenses food, fuel and other lifeline staples to remote island ports while passengers disembark and explore a range of complimentary excursions including hikes, 4WD tours and a picnic on a secluded beach in Bora Bora.

Packages for Aranui 5’s 30 April, 2016, departure start from $6,363* including all meals, excursions and wine with lunch and dinner onboard.


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Ben Stower

I love the kind of travelling that is one part strategic planning and two parts spontaneous adventure. Whether I'm exploring my local city or a small town in the middle of nowhere, I'm always hoping to find something no one else has discovered.

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