Aranui Cruises, the French Polynesia specialist, is preparing to restart voyages for international travellers on board its only ship, the Aranui 5.
The unique vessel – which is both passenger and cargo ship – will welcome international guests for its cruise departing on August 8, following the lifting of international travel restrictions.
Earlier this year, Arauni announced that it would be launching a new vessel in 2022.
It is currently on a cruise for local passengers, which departed on July 18.
Aranui has acted as a supply chain for the Marquesas Islands for decades.
As part of new health measures the ship will reduce its guest count from 254 to 230. There will also be enhanced health protocols on board, which have been agreed with the State Sanitary Authorities to protect both islanders and guests, the company said.
The 13-day Marquesas Islands Cruise (from €4,581pp) will make a total of nine scheduled cruises to the unique culture and landscape of the Marquesas during the remainder of 2020, with a further 18 cruises in 2021.
On each voyage, Aranui 5 visits all six inhabited islands in the Marquesas – Nuku Hiva, Ua Huka, Ua Pou, Hiva Oa, Fatu Hiva and Tahuata, with inclusive excursions in every port.
Shore excursions include exploring the archaeological sites of the Taipivai Valley on Nuku Hiva; climbing the mountains of Ua Huka by 4X4 or riding one of the Marquesan horses that roam wild on this island. On Hiva Oa there’s a visit to the former home of the artist Paul Gauguin.
From January 9-21, 2021, Aranui 5 will venture to the British outpost of Pitcairn, calling in at the Tuamotu islands to the east to Tahiti and the Gambier Archipelago. Costs from €5,456 pp.
On September 4-16, 2021, a further option sails west from Tahiti to the Cook Islands and south to the Austral islands. Costs from €5,237 pp.
Cost includes accommodation in a standard cabin, based on two sharing, all meals (incl. wine with meals) and scheduled excursions. Excludes international flights and transfers.