There is always big demand for berths on ocean-going vessels that carry cargo and passengers, and the new freighter Aranui 5 is a prime example of that demand.
As australiancruisingnews.com notes this freighter is fully booked this year, and almost at capacity next year for her destination-rich-itineraries in Tahiti. As a result 2018 booking are already being taken.
Aranui’s 14-day cruises sail to nine islands across three French Polynesian archipelagoes – the Marquesas, Tuamotus and Society Islands – which are some of the most beautiful untouched islands in the world.
The Australasian representative for Aranui Cruises, Laurent Wong, says the freighter’s fare includes shore excursions at 17 scheduled ports of call, a twice weekly laundry service, all main meals, and a complimentary glass of wine with on board lunches and dinners.
He says Aranui 5 is an authentic seafaring adventure with all the comforts and ease of cruising. “As a working ship, she also offers a rare experience to see first-hand the freighter’s operations as it dispenses a lifeline of food, fuel and mail, to the remote island ports she visits.”
Her itinerary includes Bora Bora and its famed blue lagoon; the chance to walk in the footsteps of writer Robert Louis Stevenson and artist Paul Gauguin on Nuka Hiva, Ua Pou, Ua Huka, Tahuata, Fatu Hiva and Hiva Oa in the Marquesas; as well as calls to the picturesque Tuamotu ports of Rangiroa and Takapoto.
During the roundtrip cruise from Papeete (Tahiti) the freighter drops off cargo while guests head off on excursions that include hikes, 4WD tours, visits to archaeological sites, and a picnic on a secluded beach in Bora Bora. Throughout, the guests enjoy all the comforts of a cruise ship, including a restaurant, bars, computer room, and outdoor swimming pool.
In late 2015, Aranui 5 replaced Aranui 3 which had spent more than 12 years servicing the remote Tuamotu and Marquesas archipelagoes. There is no Aranui 4 as the number is considered bad luck by the third generation Tahitian-Chinese family who own the cruise company, aranuicruises.com.au