Tahiti’s freighter cruise line is inviting New Zealanders to spend 2014 like the explorers and artists of yesteryear on a cruise adventure to French Polynesia’s Marquesas Islands. Final resting place of the French artist Paul Gauguin, the Marquesas are 1500km north of the main island of Tahiti.
The mixed passenger and cargo vessel Aranui 3 will make 17 roundtrip departures from Papeete in 2014 with passengers calling into Fakarava and Rangiroa in the Tuamotus and Ua Pou, Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa, Fatu Hiva, Tahuata, Ua Huka in the Marquesas archipelago, during the 14-day itinerary.
As the ship’s crane dispenses a lifeline of food, fuel and other staples to these remote ports, passengers have the option to explore on a range of guided shore excursions including hikes, picnics and 4WD tours. Marquesas highlights include Gauguin’s grave and the tallest tiki in French Polynesia on Hiva Oa, anchoring in Fatu Hiva’s remote Bay of Virgins, a cultural display in Ua Pou and a journey across the volcanic vistas of Nuka Hiva which inspired Moby Dick author Herman Melville to jump ship in the 1840s. Priced from NZ$6690*pp twin share, the fare includes 16 guided shore excursions, all main meals and a complimentary glass of wine with onboard lunches and dinners.
Aranui 3 accommodates around 200 pax in air-conditioned cabins including suites with private balconies and deluxe and standard twin rooms. Throughout the journey guests enjoy the comforts of a cruise ship from a spacious sundeck to a freshwater swimming pool, a gym and a library.
Visit www.aranuicruises.com.au or phone +613 9449 3778.
*Subject to availability, conditions apply.