Aranui 5 – Freighter to Paradise – The Journey of a Lifetime
A “Cultural immersion soft adventure” cruise.
Come explore the enchanting Marquesas Islands on what is often referred to as the trip of a lifetime. For 30 years our ships have been bringing avid adventurers on one of the most fascinating voyages anywhere on the planet. This ship, the crown jewel in our pursuit of the ultimate passenger-freighter, will take you to remote areas as we resupply these tiny communities so far from civilization. The unspoiled beauty, the warmth of its people and their culture give a glimpse into the ancient majesty of these islands.
The custom built Aranui 5 is specially designed with space and passenger comfort in mind, and can comfortably accommodate 254 passengers with many of the amenities found on larger cruise ships: air-conditioned cabins, bar, lounge, video room, library, and a sun deck with a swimming pool. Suites have private balconies. However, passenger should note that the Aranui is first and foremost a working inter island trading ship. The passenger section of the ship is upscale, though not a luxury cruise liner..
For nearly four decades, the primary purpose of the Aranui has been a lifeline to the Islanders, bringing supplies to their many villages and valleys. In these remote islands, our arrival is always met with great enthusiasm as Aranui provides an essential link to the outside world. Eagerly awaited provisions — from sugar to a new sewing machine, sandals for the children to a new pick-up truck — create a holiday atmosphere. Copra, citrus fruit, fish and barrels of Noni are loaded while in port, destined for Papeete.
Watching the Polynesian crew (97%) handle the movement of cargo is all part of the fascination of the voyage. There is interaction between them and the passengers. Once in the Marquesas, you will explore some of the most beautiful and least visited islands in the world…thousands of miles from any continent and for the most part, accessible only by sea.
Visits to remote archaeological sites, Gauguin’s grave and more are all included in the cost of the cruise. If your time does not allow you to enjoy the complete Aranui cruise, it is possible on some sailing dates to fly to the Marquesas and board the ship for a partial cruise.
29 spacious Suites, 31 Deluxe and Superior Deluxe Staterooms, with balconies; 3 Junior Suites with or without balconies; and 40 Staterooms, all beautifully appointed with your well-being in mind. For the more adventurous, the shared space in C Class will accommodate 24 passengers
- Suites – Large outside cabins with king or twin beds, all have a sitting room with sofa bed, refrigerator, private bathroom with shower & hair dryer, with balcony. Junior suite with or without balcony.
- Deluxe – Large outside cabin with king or twin bed, refrigerator & safe, private facilities with shower & hair dryer.
- Standard Staterooms – A king or two single beds, outside cabins. The ones below Main deck (Reception) have portholes; the ones above Main deck have picture windows.
- Class C – Dormitory style, upper and lower berths, air conditioned, share facilities, located on restaurant deck.
Length: 410 feet, Cruising Speed: 15 knots, Cabins: 103, Crew: 103