Aranui

The Aranui
A pool party on the sun deck of the Aranui.
Aranui's buffet and dining area.
The dining room of the Aranui.
Fresh food coming aboard the ship.
Aranui's pool on the sun deck.
Women dressed in South Pacific dress on the bow of a boat.
Snorkeling among the coral reef system
Jewels of the South Pacific
Discover the pristine beaches, coral coves, and extensive reef systems of the South Pacific on this 11-day small ship cruise. This voyage circles the Tuamotu Islands and French Polynesia, disembarking to discover small villages and snorkeling in some of …
  • 11 Days
  • $3,910 - $6,010 USD
Ship:
Aranui
Passions:
Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Light Hiking, Horseback Riding, History, Expedition Cruises, Cultural Immersion, Beaches
Places:
South Pacific, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Marquesas Islands, Tuamotu Islands, Society Islands, Papeete, Ua Pou, Nuku Hiva, Hiva 'Oa, …
Level:
Easy
10% OFF
The South Pacific is fringed with errupting blowholes
Sailing the South Pacific
Discover the pristine beaches, coral coves, and extensive reef systems of the South Pacific on this 13-day small ship cruise. Sailing from Tahiti's port city of Papeete, this cruise circles the Tuamotu Islands and French Polynesia before disembarking in …
  • 13 Days
  • $2,624 - $6,519 USD
Ship:
Aranui
Passions:
Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Light Hiking, Horseback Riding, History, Expedition Cruises, Cultural Immersion, Beaches
Places:
South Pacific, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Marquesas Islands, Tuamotu Islands, Society Islands, Papeete, Ua Pou, Nuku Hiva, Hiva 'Oa, …
Level:
Easy
Single Supplement Waived
A Polynesian canoe
Sailing the South Pacific: Roundtrip Papeete
Discover the pristine beaches, coral coves, and extensive reef systems of the South Pacific on this 14-day small ship cruise. Sailing to and from Tahiti and the port city of Papeete, this cruise circles the Tuamotu Islands and French Polynesia, …
  • 14 Days
  • $2,624 - $6,519 USD
Ship:
Aranui
Passions:
Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Light Hiking, Horseback Riding, History, Expedition Cruises, Cultural Immersion, Beaches
Places:
South Pacific, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Marquesas Islands, Tuamotu Islands, Society Islands, Papeete, Ua Pou, Nuku Hiva, Hiva 'Oa, …
Level:
Easy

The Aranui is a mixed passenger/cargo vessel that operates between Tahiti and the Marquesas. The name "Aranui" means "The Great Highway" in Maori, another great Polynesian culture.

She offers comfortable, air-conditioned accommodations for about two hundred passengers. Passengers will be able to sunbathe on deck, swim in the pool, or enjoy exotic tropical drinks while the Aranui wens her way among the islands of the Marquesas.

Accommodations classes are three classes of Suites, Deluxe, and Standard cabins.

The ship features a small boutique where various sundries, clothing and souvenirs are available. There are washing machines and dryers aboard, but dry cleaning is not available. There is also 2 bars and video room, which has a television, VCR and a small collection of videotapes. She also has a swimming pool and sunbathing space.

The electrical current in the cabins is 220 volt 50 cycle AC, using French-style plugs. The vessel accepts traveler's checks and credit cards for on-board purchases. Lock boxes are available on board for passenger convenience.

All meals are included in the price of the cruise. Meals are served in the Aranui's dining room in an informal setting. Depending on the number of passengers, there will be on or two seatings. There is buffet breakfast. Lunch and dinner menus will vary depending on what fresh ingredients are available. Complimentary wine is provided at both lunch and dinner. For shore excursions, a picnic lunch or a delicious meal at a local restaurant will be provided.

The vessel operates under the French flag, and her crew are all Polynesian, primarily Marquesans. They are extremely skillfull and very hospitable. It is often their custom to give an impromptu concert in the evenings, both for their own and for passengers pleasure.

The Aranui was built in Romania as a freighter and passenger vessel. Because of the number of passengers the vessel can carry, she was reclassifed as a passenger vessel. Thus, meeting the strict requirements of international SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) regulations and many safety features including life boats and lifte rafts and fire safety systems.

Class "C"
Dormitory style, Upper & Lower berths. Air conditioned without private facilities
Aranui's Standard Cabins.
Standard
Two lower berths, outside cabin with private facilities.
Aranui's Deluxe Cabins.
Deluxe
Large outside cabin with queen bed, refrigerator, private facilities with bath. Navigation deck.
Aranui's Suites A-D, E-G and J-H.
Suites J-H
Suites J, H. Large outside cabin with queen bed, refrigerator, private facilities with bath and with or without balcony.
Aranui's Suites A-D, E-G and J-H.
Suites A-D, 1-4
Suites A, B, C, D, 1, 2, 3, 4. Large outside cabin with queen bed, refrigerator, private facilities with bath and with or without balcony.
Aranui's Suites A-D, E-G and J-H.
Suites E-G
Suites E, F, K & G. Large outside cabin with queen bed, refrigerator, private facilities with bath and with or without balcony.
Deck plan