Aranui Cruises has provided a glimpse into the plush future of cargo cruising in Tahiti, unveiling the first images of its next ship Aranui 5.
Launching in 2016 with capacity for 260 passengers, the 125-metre-long freighter will offer a range of accommodation options, from the operator’s first single staterooms to new premium and deluxe categories.
The renderings of the ship’s interior reveal spacious cabins styled in a natural colour palette, with Polynesian flourishes including Marquesan-inspired décor, Paul Gauguin prints and original paintings by Erhard Lux, a German artist who lives part-time in Moorea.
The cruise line has announced that, to cater for the demand for balcony cabins, more than half of the ship’s rooms (60) will feature a private balcony – five times more than Aranui 3.
The new cruise freighter will also offer suites with king beds, air-conditioned public spaces including a restaurant, a disco, two conference rooms, lounges, a library, a video and computer room, a boutique, a swimming pool with a whirlpool, a fitness room, a spa and four bars, including the popular Sky bar on the open deck.
Packages for Aranui 5’s first five voyages of 2016 start from $8689* in a stateroom or $9622* in a superior deluxe balcony cabin including all meals, excursions and wine with lunch and dinner onboard, return economy airfares from Sydney with Air Tahiti Nui, luxury transfers to the nearest international airport, four nights’ accommodation at Manava Suite Tahiti with continental breakfast, taxes and transfers in Tahiti.
Aranui’s 14-day roundtrip cruises from Papeete visit Nuku Hiva, Ua Pou, Tahuata, Fatu Hiva, Hiva Oa, Ua Huka in the Marquesas, Takapoto and Rangiroa in the Tuamotus and the famed Society Island of Bora Bora. The freighter line dispenses a lifeline of food, fuel and other staples to remote island ports while passengers disembark and explore a range of complimentary excursions including hikes, 4WD tours, a visit to the Paul Gauguin museum and a picnic on a secluded beach in Bora Bora.
*Subject to availability, conditions apply. On sale until 31 August 2015, for travel on Aranui 5’s departures between January and April 2016. Prices are in $AUD per person twin share. Single occupancy attracts a 50 per cent surcharge. Add $100 for return flights from Melbourne.