Aranui Cruises, the French Polynesia specialist, is to expand its fleet with the AraMana, the line’s first every passenger only vessel.
Aranui’s current ship, the Aranui 5, handles both cargo and passengers. It will continue to operate cruises in the region.
The AraMana will handle up to 280 guests, looked after by 100 Polynesian crew.
The new ship will feature a special room for passengers wanting a tattoo.
The Aranui 5 will continue to sail around the Marquesas Islands, while the AraMana will run different two-week cruises throughout the year. They will include sailings around Tahiti, the Society Islands and the Tuamotu Islands.
“Our future guests aboard AraMana will immediately feel an authentic French Polynesian Mana, or ‘spirit’,” said Eric Wong, the executive vice president of Aranui Cruises.
“The AraMana has been our vision for many years, and we are proud to not only to be able to offer new destinations to passengers but continue the Aranui Cruises legacy by providing support to some of the most remote islands in the world.”
Prices and more details of the itineraries will be announced later this year.