Regions operating in: French Polynesia: the Tuamotu and Marquesas Archipelagos The Marquesas have entranced western explorers, artists, travellers and dreamers for almost 400 years, while the native Polynesians have made it their home for almost 2,000 years. The staggering scenery, fashioned from the Earth’s own fiery ingredients and thrust into the middle of the Pacific Ocean will enthral you. However, the ancient customs, energetic and enthusiastic dancing and magnificent arts and crafts may distract you occasionally as you travel among these remote islands aboard Aranui 3, the most modern and comfortable vessel to ply the combined passenger and freight route here among the six inhabited islands. Just 200 passengers travel aboard Aranui 3, allowing for a personalised experience. You’ll enjoy fresh local produce including fish and seafood as part of your daily dining experience, along with a complimentary bottle of wine for your table. After your meal, there’s entertainment in the bar when the crew perform with ukuleles and guitars for an evening of singing and dancing. If you are looking for a quieter time, there’s a library, video room and saloon where you can relax with a book or chat with your new-found friends. Your adventure cruise in the Marquesas Islands can be as energetic or as relaxed as you want to make it. The ship’s gym is fitted with walking machines, step machines and bikes as well as basic weights to help you work off the delicious desserts. On board, you will find lectures and guides with information and history on this fascinating destination. There are lectures and seminars scheduled almost every day with experts in their fields to help you to fully enjoy this immersive Polynesian experience.
There are four distinct standards of accommodation available. The Suite and Deluxe cabins offer queen-size beds and the Standard A cabins are set up as twin- or triple-share. All cabins are fully air-conditioned and have ensuites. For the more adventurous, there are multiple-share cabins available. Each accommodates up to eight passengers and the bathrooms are shared.
Three delicious, hearty meals of fresh, local produce are served every day with 24-hour complimentary self-serve tea and coffee in between. The spacious restaurant is free seating, so you can relax and circulate among all your new friends throughout the voyage. When dining on board each table receives a free bottle of wine with lunch and dinner.
Dining room, Bar, Saloon lounge, Library, Gym, Pool, Doctor, Expert tour guides.
The hospitable staff, many of whom have worked with Aranui 3 for years, will introduce you to this paradise and the century-old customs that so fascinated the early explorers, such as Cook and Melville. You’ll be aware of the connections with Paul Gauguin, Robert Louis Stevenson and Jacques Brel, for example, and you will understand how they became so captivated by the charm of these islands.
Vessels: Aranui 3
Entered service: 2003
Months of operation: Year-round
Ended service: 2015, replaced by Aranui 5
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
All meals including wine with lunch and dinner
All shore excursions
All port, tourist and cruise taxes
Gratuities are totally at your discretion, they are not expected