Aranui 5’s 14-Day South Pacific Voyage From Tahiti – On Board Credit For February 20, 2018, To Celebrate Newly Released Film Gauguin

Aranui 5In order to celebrate the release of the film Gauguin – Voyage de Tahiti with Vincent Cassel this month in Paris, Aranui Cruises have announced a special offer on board the Aranui. The film nicely highlights the Marquesas Islands.

An on board credit of €300 Euros per cabin has been allocated (except dormitories), usable on board (bar, shop, spa, fishing) for all new reservations made on trip N°3 (February 20, 2018). Don’t hesitate to contact us about this offer.

GauguinThe Aranui 5 entered service in December 2015 and makes regular supply voyages from Papeete, Tahiti, to the Marquesas and Tuamotu Islands, carrying up to 256 passengers per voyage.

Apart from supplying cargo to the six ports in the Marquesas Islands, Aranui 5 also operates a passenger service and tourist cruise as part of its 14-day itinerary. It also stops at the islands of Rangiroa and Takapoto in the Tuamotu Islands before returning on its 13th day to Bora Bora in the Society Islands.

For details of booking a cargo ship voyage on Aranui 5 in the South Pacific, or for any other line for that matter, please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail PassageEnquiry@aol.com.

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Aranui 5 Prepares For Her Maiden Voyage – Change Of Ships At Celestyal – CMI Leisure Takes FleetPro’s Ocean Fleet

The Cruise Examiner for 23rd November 2015.

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The new Chinese-built Aranui 5 has 254 berths on offer for those who want to cruise the South Pacific in a supply ship

November 9 saw the arrival of the new Aranui 5 at Papeete, Tahiti, where she is preparing to take up her supply role to the Marquesas and Tuamotu Islands next month. A product of Huanghai Shipbuilding in Shangdong, China, she is one of the world’s last mixed passenger and cargo ships. Elsewhere, Celestyal Cruises will be taking on a replacement for its third ship and mounting a program of 7-night cruises from Turkey. Meanwhile, the newly formed Miami-based Cruise Management International has taken over the ocean operations of the Swiss-based FleetPro Group.

 

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Aranui 5 Maiden Voyage Delayed Until November 21 – New Ship Still Under Construction In China

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Compagnie Polynésienne de Transport Maritime (Aranui Cruises) has informed us that that the arrival of the new Aranui 5, now being built in China, will be delayed once more. Aranui Cruises now anticipate her first 14-day voyage will leave Papéeé for the Marquesas and Tuamotu Islands, as well as Bora Bora, on November 21, and not October 10, 2015, as previously planned. While awaiting the new Aranui 5, all cruises will be continue to be performed by the Aranui 3.

For further details of Aranui sailings please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruisepeopleltd@aol.com. In North America please call 1-800-961-5536 or e-mail cruise@thecruisepeople.ca.

Maiden Voyage Of Tahiti-Based Aranui 5 Delayed Until October 2015; Passengers Can Rebook To Ensure They Are On The New Ship

Aranui 5Tahiti’s Compagnie Polynésienne de Transport Maritime (CPTM) has just confirmed to us that the Aranui 5 ‘s maiden voyage will be delayed by one sailing. At the moment, CPTM believe that she should be able to enter service with departure N°14/2015 (October 10, 2015). This date could change again in the future. To be on the safe side, passengers wishing to travel on the new vessel should probably book on Voyage N°16/2015 and thereafter.

With these latest changes, for passengers already booked and wishing to travel on the new ship CPTM will allow them to postpone or even cancel their cruise without penalty. CPTM’s reservations department will shortly be contacting all operators and agents having passengers on these trips.

Furthermore, CPTM has decided to reintroduce for 2015, their Senior Special (voyage N°12 – Aug 29th 2015). The discount granted will be 10% applicable to passengers already booked on this departure and also to new reservations (some conditions apply).

For further details on booking on either the Aranui 3 or the new Aranui 5 please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk. In North America please call 1-800-961-5536 or e-mail cruise@thecruisepeople.ca.

Aranui Adds Bora Bora To 2015 Schedule To Exotic Voyages Through The Remote Marquesas Islands (10% Off Some Voyages)

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The new Aranui 5 (above) is scheduled to take over from the Aranui 3 in September 2015.

The well-appointed passenger-freighter Aranui  has released its 2015 sailing schedule, offering seventeen departures destined to attract a lot of attention. Passengers sailing in 2015 will also now have the pleasure of visiting the legendary island of Bora Bora, which has been added as a port of call on each of the year’s voyages.

For added value, travellers can take advantage of a 10% discount on two select voyages (*) while visiting this exotic paradise. The Aranui departs from Papeete on a regularly scheduled 14-day journey. The 2015 schedule includes the following travel dates:

January 10 & 31, February 21, March 14, April 4 & 25, May 16, June 6 (*) & 27, July 18, August 8 & 29 (*), September 19, October 10 & 31, November 21 and December 12, 2015.

On this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, passengers embark from Tahiti on a 14-day voyage sailing 800 miles north to some of most spectacular and remote islands in the world, to be fully immersed in the Polynesian culture.  The Aranui visits Takapoto and Rangiroa in the Tuamotu archipelago, Bora Bora in the Society Islands, as well as Nuku Hiva, Ua Pou, Hiva Oa, Fatu Hiva, Tahuata and Ua Huka in the Marquesas Islands.

While on shore in Bora Bora, passengers will have the opportunity to take part in optional excursions including a tour of the island by boat, motorized canoe, truck or helicopter, or a visit to see the Manta and other rays that inhabit the island’s waters. The Aranui‘s crew will prepare a full picnic lunch on the beach in the afternoon for guests who can enjoy the rest of the day sunbathing and exploring the island on their own.

Each voyage includes on-shore experiences such as hikes past awe-inspiring waterfalls and sacred ritual sites, encounters with local artisans, a visit to artist Paul Gauguin’s grave, snorkeling in translucent waters, picnics featuring local food, a visit to a pearl farm and more. Featuring a crew primarily composed of local inhabitants from the Marquesas Islands and throughout French Polynesia, the Aranui provides a unique culture-oriented spin on hospitality which combines with mesmerizing scenery to create an unforgettable sailing experience.

Travellers booking a voyage aboard the Aranui can choose from four different cabin categories – Suite, Deluxe, Standard and Class C – each providing different configurations.

The cruise includes three meals with complimentary wine daily, guided excursions as outlined in the itinerary, picnics and meals on shore. Optional excursions such as scuba diving, horseback riding and fishing are additional.

For further details please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

South Pacific Cargo Ship Voyage: Aranui 5’s Maiden Voyage To The Marquesas and Tuamotu Islands Is Set for 6th June 2015

Aranui 5Compagnie Polynésienne de Transport Maritime (CPTM), who operate the South Pacific island supply ship Aranui 3 from Papéeté to the Marquesas and Tuamotu Islands, have announced that their new Aranui 5 (see image above) will make her maiden voyage from Papéeté on June 6, 2015. The Aranui 5, which is beiong built in China, will replace the present ship and will have additional capacity as well as more facilities for passengers. Details will follow later but below is a detailed outline of the usual itinerary. For further details please call Miri Lopusna at the Cruise People Ltd in London or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

    Day 1: Departure from Papeete dock at 10:30 am

Day 2: Fakarava is the largest atoll in the Tuamotu. There is snorkeling and scuba diving for people of all levels. You can swim and snorkel in the translucent lagoon to watch the colourful ballet of tropical lagoon fish. The entire morning will be spent on shore. Lunch will be served on board while we set sail for the Marquesas.
Day 3: You can relax with a book on one of the sun decks, swim in the small pool or enjoy the immense South Pacific. Balmy evenings mean reading in lounge/library or chatting with an authority on Marquesan culture or archaeology. You’ll probably spend many evenings socializing on the upstairs deck/bar with your fellow adventurers from around the world. The spirited Polynesian crew treat you like welcomed guests and proudly introduce you to their rich culture. Almost every night, they sing and strum hypnotic Polynesian rhythms on their ukuleles and will teach you to move your hips to hypnotic beat of the tamure.
Day 4: We sail into Taiohae’s spectacular bay, a giant volcanic amphitheater dominated by towering cliffs streaked with waterfalls. As the Aranui unloads, you can explore Taiohae, the tiny Administrative capital of the Marquesas. Taiohae Bay is where a 23-year-old sailor , He man Melville and a buddy jumped a whaling ship in 1842. We follow their escape route by jeep along steep, winding dirt mountain roads to the village of Hatiheu to visit an archeological site. We’ll have lunch at Yvonne’s Restaurant, one of the best restaurants in the Marquesas, where the specialty is pig baked in an underground oven. You’ll meet the owner-chef, Yvonne, who also happens to be the town’s energetic mayor. After lunch, we will travel to the valley of Taipivai. The area is dotted with stone tiki gods and sacred ritual sites (me’ae) and immense stone platforms (paepae) where the Taipi built their houses. Enigmatic petroglyphs of birds, sacred turtles and fish are carved on huge boulders. The Aranui’s whaleboats will sail down the river to return you to the Aranui, which is anchored in the bay.
Day 5: From the deck, you’ll see the soaring mountain spires of Ua Pou. Whenever the Aranui stops, villages greet it. As the muscular crew unloads supplies – from cements to sugar – and loads sacks of copra (dried coconut meat), you’ll explore the tiny town of Hakahau with its church with a hand-carved wooden dais. You can meet some talented woodcarvers and hike up a hill for a breathtaking view of the distant cloud-covered mountains. At Rosalie’s Restaurant, you’ll taste your first Marquesan lunch: breadfruit, a marquesan staple, along with curried goat, barbecued rock lobster, poisson cru (raw fish marinated in lime juice and soaked in coconut milk ), taro and sweet red bananas.
Day 6: We have plenty of time to explore Atuona, the second largest village in Marquesas. This is where Paul Gauguin lived and did some of his best work. You can visit the colonial store where Gauguin shopped and go into a replica of the Impressionist’s infamous “House of Pleasure.” As you walk up the hill to the cemetery, you’ll have sweeping views of the harbor. Beneath a huge frangipani tree is a tombstone with the simple words: Paul Gauguin 1903. Nearby is the grave of another famous European who also was seduced by Hiva Oa: Belgian singer-composer Jacques Brel, who died in 1978. You’ll also enjoy another lavish Marquesan lunch at Hoa Nui Restaurant.
Day 7: This is the most lush and remote island of the Marquesan. It’s also a center of Marquesan crafts. As our guides lead you through the village of Omoa, you’ll see women hammering mulberry, banyan or breadfruit bark on logs. They dry it and then paint ancient Marquesan designs on their famous tapa cloth. Fatu Hiva is also well-known for its hand-painted pareus (sarongs) and monoi, a perfumed coconut oil scented with tiare blossoms and sandalwood. Skilled woodcarvers will invite you into their home/studios.
Day 8: We’ll travel by foot or by jeep to the most important archeological sites for tikis (ancient, human-like religious sculptures) other than Easter Island. Our trained guides will show you these mysterious jungle ruins of Puamau and tell the stories of these haunting statues of an ancient civilization. Bring plenty of film.
Day 9: On this leaf-shaped island, the air is thick with fragrant scent of tiare, frangipani and history. In the tiny village of Vaitahu, Spanish explorers landed in 1595 and opened fire on a crowd of the curious islanders, killing about 200. When the first missionaries came in 1797, the generous local chief left his wife with missionary John Harris, with instruction that he treat her as his own wife. Harris fled the next day. Tahuata also is the site of the first French settlement in the Marquesas in 1842. The huge church built by the Vatican, is decorated with beautiful Marquesan carvings. We’ll picnic in the Valley of Hapatoni and swim and snorkel at a nearby beach.
Day 10: We’ll visit a museum with exquisite replicas of Marquesan art. Some Aranui passengers will explore the island by four-wheel drive; others will ride the Marquesan horses. For three hours, we will explore the mountain landscape with heart-stopping views of the Pacific. The wild horses (brought from Chile in 1856) thrive here, outnumbering the islands 476 residents. We’ll have a Marquesan lunch at local restaurant and have plenty of time to visit studios of woodcarvers. We’ll visit the arboretum and the garden of fruits and flower. Back on the Aranui, it’s Polynesian night with dancing and buffet dinner on the decks.
Day 11: The Aranui will dock in Nuku Hiva at Taiohae in the morning. You may take the Le Truck back to the town center and spend free time there. At noon, the ship will sail to Ua Pou, returning to our first stop in the Marquesas, Hakahau. This is your last chance to buy Marquesan crafts.
Day 12: At sea.
Day 13: On lovely Rangiroa, the largest atoll in the world, we’ll picnic on coral beach. Aranui passengers can swim and snorkel in a translucent lagoon. Excellent snorkeling and scuba diving are available for people of all levels. “Rangi” is an underwater jewel box with stunning colors of corals and clouds of tropical fishes. You’ll have the opportunity to purchase black pearls from local black pearl.
Day 14: Arrival back in Pepeete about 9:30 am.For further details please call Miri Lopusna at the Cruise People Ltd in London or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

Compagnie Polynésienne de Transport Maritime’s Aranui 5 Planned To Commence Cruising The Islands Of French Polynesia In 2014

Aranui 5Compagnie Polynésienne de Transport Maritime (CPTM) has ordered a new cargo-passenger ship to run from Papéeté, Tahiti, to the Marquesas and Tuamotu Islands of French Polynesia. The Aranui 5 will replace the Aranui 3 and when she arrives it is reported that Bora Bora may be added to the itinerary on the return passage.

Designed by Romanian naval architect Josip Srpack (the Aranui 3 was built in Romania), the new ship will be built at Huang Hai shipyard in China and is scheduled for delivery in July 2014. The gap in the numbers is caused by the fact that there were actually two Aranui 2‘s so the number 5 will finally even this out.

The specifications call for the new ship to have an overall length of 407 feet and to be capable of carrying 296 passengers, of whom 228 will be cruise passengers, 32 will be C class dormitory travellers and 36 will be local deck passengers. The Aranui 3  operated at 90% capacity in 2011, carrying some 2,200 passengers. The Aranui 5 wll have more verandahs and will have 62 deluxe cabins compared to just 24 on the Aranui 3.

For further details of this or any other freighter voyage please contact Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.