Aranui Cruises has secured a deal for its next ocean vessel, a 280-passenger dedicated luxury cruise ship that is expected to be delivered by 2021.
Designed by Shanghai Ship Research and Design Institute, Aranui 6 will see the company move away from its luxury/cargo operation, and instead offer a true luxury cruise experience alongside Aranui 5, reports Cruise Industry News. An official statement on the new signing has yet to be released by the Tahitian cargo cruise line but images circulating online confirm the deal has been done.
Renderings of the new 14,500-tonne ship have emerged, depicting a 139.9-metre-long and 22-metre-wide vessel with a marina off the back of the ship, suggesting Aranui 6 may offer a platform for watersports and zodiac expeditions. It will be approximately 15 metres longer than and carry around 24 more passengers than Aranui 5. The renderings suggest the new ship will be around seven decks high.
Meanwhile Seatrade Cruise News reports that Aranui 6 will provide a lounge for entertainment, a grill bar, shops, conference room, kid’s playground, library, gym, spa and superior deluxe suites.
Last month, Aranui Cruises released its 2021 schedule which will feature three new itineraries to 11 new destinations, including the cruise line’s maiden voyage to the Cook Islands, an expanded Pitcairn itinerary and the first dedicated Society Islands cruise. A number of those departures are designated as being non-freight departures, including the 12-day Society Islands & Tuamotus voyage on 8 May 2021 and the 13-day Cook Islands and Australs sailing on 4 September 2021.
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