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Austral and Cook Islands

2021 - Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Aranui 5
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During this 13-day cruise, explore and marvel in the beautiful landscapes of the Austral and Cook Islands while aboard the Aranui 5. Feel the warm welcome of the local community and have a glimpse of their rich culture. Come explore the enchanting Austral and Cook Islands on what is often referred to as the trip of a lifetime. This ship, the crown jewel in pursuit of the ultimate passenger-freighter, will take you to remote areas as it resupplies 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.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Papeete, Tahiti | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Day 4 : Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Day 5 : Rurutu, Austral
Day 6 : At Sea
Days 7-8 : Rapa, Austral
Day 9 : Raivavae, Austral
Day 10 : At Sea
Day 11 : Anaa, Tuamotu
Day 12 : At Sea
Day 13 : Papeete, Tahiti | Disembark

Highlights

  • Learn about the sustainable fishing of Anaa
  • Try your hand at traditional javelin throwing
  • Admire the intricate works of arts and crafts of locals
  • Indulge in relaxing accommodation as the vessel sails

Ship

Aranui 5

Places Visited

  • South Pacific
  • Aitutaki
  • Austral Islands
  • Cook Islands
  • Papeete
  • Raivavae
  • Rarotonga
  • Rurutu
  • Society Islands
  • Tahiti

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Snorkel the vibrant waters of the South Pacific Sail the crystal waters of the South Pacific reef system Women wearing traditional dress of the South Pacific. South Pacific islands Welcome to Tahiti! South Pacific port on Aranui 5 cruise Golden beachside

Day 1 Papeete, Tahiti | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Board the ship and depart from Papeete, Tahiti this morning.

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Meet new friends at the bars and lounge or relax on the deck or by the pool as the vessel sails on its way to the Cook Islands.

Day 3 Aitutaki, Cook Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at Aitutaki, Cook Islands.

Day 4 Rarotonga, Cook Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Rarotanga, Cook Islands.

Day 5 Rurutu, Austral

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend a day at Rurutu, Austral.

Day 6 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Admire the beauty of the sea beneath the azure sky in this another day of sailing. You can take a refreshing swim in the pool, breathe in some fresh air and watch the infinite colors in the sky as the sunsets.

Day 7-8 Rapa, Austral

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Visit a cave and agricultural center on the island of Rapa, Austral. Delight in the intricate works of art and craft of the local artists.

Day 9 Raivavae, Austral

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Raivavae is the second stop in the Islands of Austral where you can explore archaeological sites on an island circle tour and swim at the beach afterward.

Day 10 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Another day to relish the facilities of your accommodation as it journeys toward Anaa, Tuamotu. You may want to stretch your muscles at the gym or pamper yourself with a relaxing facial, massage or body scrub at the spa.

Day 11 Anaa, Tuamotu

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Learn about the sustainable fishing of Anaa and have a great time trying your hands at traditional javelin throwing and handicrafts.

Day 12 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
While the vessel sails its way back home, don't miss to check the ship’s boutique that sells a variety of supplies including sundries, clothing, and local souvenirs.

Day 13 Papeete, Tahiti | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark at Papeete, Tahiti bringing with you the experience of a lifetime and memories to treasure.

Aranui 5

Per person starting at
$3,670
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Class C
Approx. 135 sq. ft. and 285 sq. ft. Dormitory style accommodations, with two lower and two upper berths or four lower and four upper berths, porthole, one or two private bathroom with shower, wardrobe, sitting area.
Regular Stateroom aboard the Aranui 5
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Regular Stateroom
Approx. 120 sq. ft. Exterior cabin with one double bed or two twin beds, one bathroom with a shower, desk, one flat screen TV, and safe.
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Deluxe
Approx. 140 sq. ft. + 45 sq. ft. balcony. Exterior cabin with one double bed or two twin beds, one bathroom with a shower, make up table, desk, wardrobe, one flat screen TV, safe, under counter refrigerator, hair dryer.
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Superior Deluxe
Approx. 160 sq. ft. + 45 sq. ft. balcony. Exterior cabin with one double bed or two twin beds, one bathroom with a shower, make up table, desk, wardrobe, one flat screen TV, safe, under counter refrigerator, hair dryer.
Junior Suite aboard the Aranui 5
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Junior Suite
Approx. 200 sq. ft. Exterior cabin with a double bed or two twin beds, two windows that cannot be opened, one bathroom with a shower, make up table, desk, wardrobe, one flat screen TV, sofa bed, safe, under counter refrigerator, hair dryer.
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Premium Suite
Approx. 200 sq. ft. + 45 sq. ft. balcony. Exterior cabin with double bed or two twin beds, semi private day room with decorative screen and sofa bed, one bathroom with a shower, make up table, desk, wardrobe, flat screen TV, safe, under counter refrigerator, hair dryer.
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Royal Suite
Approx. 240 sq. ft + 100 sq. ft. balcony. Exterior cabin with a double bed or two twin beds, living room with sofa bed, semi-private bedroom with decorative screen, wardrobe, one bathroom with a shower, make up table, one flat screen TV, safe, under counter refrigerator, hair dryer.
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Presidential Suite
Approx. 440 sq. ft + 130 sq. ft. balcony. Exterior cabin with a double bed or two twin beds, living room with sofa bed, mini bar, walk-in closet, two bathrooms with a shower, make up table, desk, two flat screen TV, safe, under counter refrigerator, hair dryer.

Notes

- Fares for children traveling with parents is 50% of base fare
- Single Supplement: Not available in Single Stateroom and Class “C” Dorm
- Cruise fare does not include tourism, cruise, or port taxes, which vary by cabin type
- Triple/Quadruple occupancy - third & fourth adult sharing cabin less 25% from full tariff (Quad available in regular stateroom only)
- No one under 15 years old will be accepted in the Class “C”
- Children (14 years old and under) will be limited to no more than 15 per sailing

Cruise fare includes:
  • 12 nights accommodation in selected cabin type aboard the freighter/passenger ship Aranui 5
  • 3 meals with complimentary wine
  • Guided tours and educational opportunities
Cruise fare does not include:
  •  Port, cruise and tourist taxes. Total will vary by departure and cabin type selected (please contact us for rate schedule)
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Optional excursions such as scuba diving, fishing, horseback riding, and helicopter tours
  • Any airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities and personal expenses
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