South Pacific Tahiti Cruise: Freighter Cruise from Tahiti
Imangine a South Pacific Tahiti Cruise: Freighter Cruise from Tahiti. The Aranui III sails on a 14-day adventure cruise 16 times a year from Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia. Marquesas islands, begins the journey from Tahiti to Fakarava, Ua Pou, Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa, Fatu Hiva, Tahuata, Ua Huka, Rangiroa and back to Papeete.
The cruise includes all meals-breakfast, lunch and dinner as a regular cruise does, but also all shore excursions are included and wine with dinner is included. It is cultural cruise on a working freighter and guest lecturers tell of the history and customs of the islands. Tropical Sails will assist with flights, pre and post hotels on Air Tahiti Nui.
Dates and fares from Aranui South Pacific freighter Tahiti cruise to the Tuamotus and the Marquesas.
Review from Fodor’s:
The Aranui 3 offers 2-week Tahiti cruise itineraries from Papeete to the Marquesas year-round. As a combination of passenger and cargo ship, it’s the lifeblood of the many small islands where it calls. Wine is included with both lunch and dinner. While the ship is comfortable, it’s also very casual and even includes three dorm-like multi-passenger cabin.
The Aranui 3 is a mixed passenger-cargo vessel operating between Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands. While the ship has most of the facilities of a typical mainstream cruise ship (restaurant, pool, gym, lounge, and library), it’s the experience of being part of the lifeblood of these distant islands that makes the journey unique. The Aranui 3 calls at ports with names few have ever heard and would be hard-pressed to find on a map: Hakahau, Taiohae, and Atuona, and the tiny settlements on the islands of Ua Pou, Nuku Hiva, and Hiva Oa. And there are half-dozen more little known ports on the itinerary. As the cargo is being unloaded at each port—and the Marquesan crew is loading on the copra, pearl shells, and other island produce—passengers are free to wander around the town or take excursions to villages where the likes of Robert Louis Stevenson and Herman Melville lived more than a century before. There are visits to ornate churches, artisans’ workshops, and the former house and grave of artist Paul Gauguin who spent his last years on the island of Hiva Oa. Entertainment is provided by the ship’s Polynesian musicians, and an expert on Marquesan history, anthology, art, or some other specialty subject accompanies each cruise.
A single-ship cruise line, the Aranui 3 company offers 14-day itineraries through the Marquesas Islands from Tahiti, departing every other Saturday and returning two weeks later on Friday. The ship carries both cargo and passengers and provides a lifeline to the less-visited islands in the Marquesas. Additionally, it’s the easiest and simplest way to visit a variety of these islands. It’s a one-of-a-kind ship with a mostly local, Polynesian crew.