Aranui means “The Great Highway” in the Tahitian language and once every three weeks the Aranui sails out of Papeete harbour to take passengers and cargo to the Marquesas Islands, the most remote archipelago in the world.
This ship serves as a lifeline to the Marquesas Islanders, bringing supplies to each principal village and several remote valleys.
The Aranui V has been beautifully designed with added space for passenger comfort and pleasure. The vessel is capable of carrying 254 passengers with a total of 103 cabins including 32 Suites, 31 Superior Deluxe staterooms and 40 standard staterooms. The Suites have a king size bed and a sofa bed. All guest rooms have private bathrooms with showers. There are berths for 24 passengers in the Class C dormitory, and these five rooms each have a bathroom and shower.
The Aranui V has air conditioning in all passenger areas and indoor public spaces, which are beautifully designed. The interior decor features Marquesan designs, Paul Gauguin prints and original paintings by German artist and island resident, Erhard Lux. The cruise includes three meals with complimentary wine daily, guided excursions, picnics, and meals on shore. Optional excursions such as scuba diving, horseback riding and fishing are an additional cost.
Guided shore excursions include hikes to the waterfalls of Nuku Hiva; a trip to Gauguin’s former home and grave on Hiva Oa; jeep trips to explore mysterious unspoiled jungles, mountain villages and significant ancient temples; local galleries, museums and much more. Picnics and restaurant lunches ashore feature local food. And there are opportunities to snorkel in the translucent waters of the atolls on the more traditional palm fringed French Polynesian islands of Tuamotu and Bora Bora.
Breadth 22 m
Dead weight 3200 tons
Cruising speed 15 knots – 2 propellers
Capacity 254 passengers – 103 cabins
1 dining room, 2 big lounges & 2 conference rooms, 4 bars including one panoramic bar (skybar), 1 fitness room, 1 outside swimming pool, 1 shop, 1 massage room, 2 lifts.
Presidential Suite (1): Outside cabin (41 sqm) with private balcony (12 sqm): 1 bedroom, 2 lounges, 2 bathrooms with shower. 2 Flat screen TV’s, Safe, Refrigerator, Hair dryer.
Royal Suite (8): Outside cabin (22 sqm) with private balcony (9.5 sqm) and private facilities with a shower. Flat screen TV, Safe, Refrigerator, Hair dryer.
Premium Suite (21): Outside cabin (18 sqm) with private balcony (4 sqm) and private facilities with a shower. Flat screen TV, Safe, Refrigerator, Hair dryer.
Suite without balcony (2): Outside cabin (18 sqm) with private facilities with a shower. Flat screen TV, Safe, Refrigerator, Hair dryer.
Superior Deluxe (24): Outside cabin (14.5 sqm) with private balcony (4 sqm) and private facilities with a shower. Flat screen TV, Safe, Refrigerator, Hair dryer.
Deluxe (7): Outside cabin (13 sqm) with private balcony (4 sqm) and private facilities with a shower. Flat screen TV, Safe, Refrigerator, Hair dryer.
Standard cabins (40): Outside cabins (11 sqm) with a porthole and private facilities with a shower. Flat screen TV, Safe. Also available 6 outside standard cabins for 4 passengers with one double bed and two berths, one above the other (16.5 sqm), and two standard single cabins (9.5 sqm)
Class C Dormitory (24 berths): 4 units of 4 persons (12.5 sqm). 1 unit of 8 persons (26.5 sqm). Shared facilities.
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