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The Aranui 5 - Tahiti to the Marquesas
The Aranui 5 is a deluxe passenger freighter cruise from Tahiti to the Marquesas islands and Bora Bora. The ship was designed to deliver supplies and carry visitors to the most remote islands of the South Pacific.
Onboard the Aranui you will find a pool, daily seminars, lounge, bars, library and breathtaking South Pacific ocean views. Included are daily shore trips on each of the islands you visit.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Aranui Pitcairn Island Voyage Happening (2022)
Aranui 5 Cabins
The Aranui 5 has cabin styles for all types of travelers. suites, balcony cabins, staterooms and comfortable dormitory cabins.
The Suites are furnished with floor to ceiling windows. They include a king-size bed or twin beds and a sofa bed to sleep 2 or 3 people.
Deluxe cabins are similar but without the sofa bed and can accommodate 2 people. Standard staterooms have a porthole window and are available for single, double or quadruple occupancy.
Private bathrooms with showers are included in each guest room. There are berths for 24 passengers in the Class C dormitory. These four rooms each have their own bathroom and shower. There is also space on deck for 45 local passengers.
Aranui 5 Itinerary
The Aranui 5 follows a 12 to 14-day itinerary. Some cruises also stop in Bora Bora.
The cruise includes three meals daily with complimentary wine for onboard lunches and dinners. Guided excursions and meals on shore including a private island picnic in Bora Bora.
Optional excursions such as scuba diving, lagoon tours and fishing are additional.
Aranui 5 Ship Features
The Aranui 5 is 22 meters (72 feet) wide by 125 meters (410 feet) long. There are also 9 decks in total. It features ample public space areas, 31 suites, 29 superior and deluxe staterooms. There are a total of 103 cabins. It has a cruising speed of 15 knots so that it can safely navigate the smaller harbours of the Marquesas Islands.
The Suites are furnished with a king-size bed and a sofa bed. Each can sleep 2 or 3 people. Staterooms are available for single, double or quadruple occupancy. Some suites and deluxe cabins have twin bed options, while some standard cabins have queen beds. Private bathrooms with showers are included in each guest room. There is space for up to 24 passengers in the Class C dormitory. These four rooms each have a bathroom and shower. There is also space on deck for 45 local Marquesian passengers.
Public areas include a reception area, dining room, a Sky bar, dancing room, 2 conference rooms, lounges, a library, video and computer room, boutique, swimming pool, fitness room, 1 massage room and a Spa. The decor features Marquesan designs, Paul Gauguin prints and original paintings by Erhard Lux. This German artist lives part-time in Moorea. The Aranui 5 has air conditioning in all passenger areas and indoor public spaces. There is also a wheelhouse lookout and engine room.
Aranui 5 Cabins
The Aranui 5 is a ship unlike any other cruise ship. With half of the ship dedicated to cargo that is delivered monthly to the islands of the Marquesas, the other half accommodates up to 256 passengers.
Join us on a voyage to tour some of the most remote islands of the South Pacific.
There are a variety of Aranui cabins onboard. Below we will show the types of Aranui cabins you can choose from.
Larger than any other suite on-board (440sq ft + 130sq ft balcony), this stunning, one-of-a-kind, spacious, the exterior cabin is located on the Sky Bar Deck. It features a large, private, outdoor balcony with glass sliding doors. The ultimate in modern elegance, the Presidential Suite accommodates two or three adults. It also offers premium spaces and amenities. These include a living room, day room, mini bar, two bathrooms and a walk in closet.
The Presidential Suite is located on the Sky Bar Deck. Three rooms accommodates two or three adults and offers a king bed, or two twin beds, and a sofa bed. For your convenience, this spacious suite (41sqm/441 sqft) offers two full-size bathrooms (each with showers) and access to the balcony (12 sqm/129sqft) from each of the three major spaces (day room, living room and bedroom).
The day room features an ornate mini-bar and comfortable dining space. It separates the bedroom from the living room, providing adequate space and privacy at night. Extra amenities include a walk-in closet attached to the main bedroom. It also includes a make-up table, hairdryer, desk, 2 flat-screen TVs and an in-room safe
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Feel like Royalty on-board the Aranui 5 with the comfort and luxury of the Royal Suites (240sq ft + 100sq ft balcony). Each of these eight suites offer their own private, outdoor balcony and private facilities with a shower. Royal Suites are available on the Sun Deck, Pool Deck, Veranda Deck and Boat Deck.
The elegant Royal suites, located on the Sun Deck, Pool Deck, Veranda Deck and Boat Deck, room two or three adults and offers a king bed, or two twin beds, and a sofa bed. For your convenience, this spacious suite (22sqm/236sqft) offers a day room with ample seating space, a full size bathroom with a private shower and a large, private balcony (9.5sqm/102sqft) with a sliding glass door.
Feel like royalty on-board the Aranui 5 with the comfort and luxury of the Royal Suites. Extra amenities include a semi-private bedroom with a decorative screen, a wardrobe, make-up table, flat screen TV, hair dryer, an in-room safe and an under counter refrigerator.
The Premium Suite, located on both the Pool Deck and the Veranda Deck (200sq ft + 45sq ft balcony). It is an exterior Aranui cabin that offers a private, outdoor balcony with sliding glass doors. A semi-private day room with a decorative divider screen separates itself from the bedroom, and private washroom facilities. There are twenty Premium Suites available on each sailing of the Aranui 5. Each accommodates two or three adults.
The Premium suites, located on both the Pool Deck and the Veranda Deck, room two or three adults and offer a king bed, or two twin beds, and a sofa bed. For your convenience, this spacious suite (18sqm, 102sqft) offers a day room with ample seating space, a full size bathroom with a private shower, and a small, private balcony (4sqm, 43sqft) with a sliding glass door.
There are twenty Premium suites available on each sailing on-board the Aranui 5. Extra amenities include a semi-private bedroom with a decorative screen, a wardrobe, make-up table, flat screen TV, hair dryer, an in-room safe, and an under counter refrigerator.
Located only on the Veranda Deck of the Aranui 5, the Junior Suites without balcony can accommodate two or three adults (200sq ft). On the Pool Deck, there is another Junior Suite with a balcony.
A king bed or two twin beds, and a sofa couch are provided. Each of these suites provide breathtaking views through two separate windows.
Other amenities include a bathroom with a shower, desk, wardrobe and make-up table.
Superior Deluxe Cabin
The Superior Deluxe suites, located on the Sky Bar Deck, Sun Deck, Upper Deck and Main Deck, room two people and offer a king bed or two twin beds. For your convenience, these spacious suites (14.5sqm, 156sqft) offer a full size bathroom with a private shower and a small, private balcony (4sqm, 43sqft) with a sliding glass door.
Extra amenities include a wardrobe, make-up table, hair dryer, desk, flat screen TV, an in-room safe, and an under counter refrigerator.
HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE: The Superior Deluxe suite located on the Main Deck has been created with mobility issues in mind, and provides ample space and accessibility for those with special requirements. Please note that this unit does not offer a balcony, but instead provides two windows.
7 Deluxe Suites can be found throughout the Sky Bar, Sun and Pool Decks of the Aranui 5 (140sq ft + 45sq ft balcony). The fabulous Deluxe suites room two adults and offer a king bed, or two twin beds.
For your convenience, this spacious suite (13sqm, 139sqft) offers a full size bathroom with a private shower and a small, private balcony (4sqm, 43sqft) with a sliding glass door. Extra amenities include a make-up table and hair dryer, desk, wardrobe, flat screen TV, an in-room safe, and an under counter refrigerator.
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Standard cabins can be found on the lower deck, boat deck and main decks of the Aranui 5 (120 to 140sq ft). The standard cabins do not have balconies and can accommodate two adults and offer a king bed, or two twin beds. A limited number of standard cabins can accommodate 4 with an additional bunkbed in the room.
The cabin includes a full size bathroom with a private shower. Porthole windows can be found on the lower deck and boat deck while regular windows can be found on the main deck. On the main deck, some of the standard cabins have an obstructed view (lifeboats outside) which can be booked at a reduced rate.
Dormitory Cabin (Class C)
Dormitory cabins are available with one shared washroom for every 4 people. Some dormitory cabins have 2 bunkbeds (4 people) while others have 4 bunkbeds (8 people). Guests can request to be in an upper or lower bed or to be placed in the 4 or 8 person dormitory (Class C) cabin. There is a locking storage compartment for each person. Children under the age of 16 are not permitted in this cabin category.
Aranui 5 Deck Plan
Here is the Aranui Deck Plan. There are 9 main decks onboard the Aranui 5 plus the Bridge Deck.
We frequently are asked questions like: Where is the best cabin? Where will I be located? or Can I stay in a room next to my friend? Well here is a detailed map of the Aranui 5.
Use the Aranui Deck Plan to find where your cabin will be in relation to the onboard cargo, the dining room or virtually any other location onboard the vessel.
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Aranui Cruise FAQs
Answer: There are two ways to regularly connect to the internet. 1) Order a cell tower powered Wifi hotspot routher or 2) Use the onboard wifi. If you want your own wifi hotspot that works off cell towers order a personal wifi hotspot before going to Tahiti. With Tahiti Wifi you will receive a router on arrival at the airport. Enter discount code FARANDAWAYWIFI when ordering to receive 5% off. Onboard the Aranui, two different Internet packages are available while on the Aranui. For 3500 cfp ($35) you will receive 150 megabytes of Internet connectivity and for 300 megabytes the cost is 5000 cfp ($50). Internet connectivity can be slow especially at peak time periods when large numbers of passengers are trying to connect at the same time. Connectivity is not available in staterooms and cabins but it is available in the Verandah Bar, Lounge, Sky Bar, Reception area, Dining Room and Fitness Centre. On some islands internet is also available. This includes villages on Takapoto, Taiohae – Nuku Hiva, Hakahau – Ua Poe, Atuona – Hiva Oa, Omoa – Fatu Hiva and Vaitape – Bora Bora.
Answer: Unlike many other areas of the South Pacific, the Marquesas Islands have weather patterns which are very consistent year round. There is only a two degrees change in average temperatures from month to month throughout the year. While September to December has about 30% less rainfall than other months, there is only and average of 2.6 to 6.9 inches of rain per month. Visit the weather page of our website for more details on the average weather patterns by month. As far as sea conditions, from September to May you will notice the seas are less rough than June, July and August.
<b>Answer: European format 220 volt power plugs are located throughout the ship. One North American style 110 low voltage electric razor plug is located in the washroom as well for very low voltage devices. Power adaptors should be brought if your device uses another current. Power adaptors are available for purchase in the gift shop.
Answer: Parents take primary responsibility for their children during an Aranui cruise. While daily kids activities may be arranged by Aranui staff (especially during school holidays), these activities are not guaranteed to operate as they may depend on staff resources. Know however that Aranui staff will do their best to make your family holiday exceptional for both children and adults.
Answer: Deep Sea Fishing (3 hours) 10,000 xpf,
Fakarava: bike rental 1500 xpf, Scuba for certified divers (2 hour) 9900 xpf, Guided Quad tour (1.5 hours) 28,600 xpf, guided jet ski tour (1.5 hours) 15,600 xpf
Rangiroa Scuba Diving 9,900 xpf, Glass Bottom Boat 6,000 xpf, and the following for
Bora Bora Otemanu Snorkel tour of Bora Bora in a 14 passenger motorized pirogue (canoe) 7,000 xpf (3 hours), A 20 to 60 passenger Shark Boy snorkeling with rays and sharks tour 5,500 xpf (2.5 hours), a guided Island Truck Tour for 15 to 40 people 6,000 xpf (3 hours), Lagoon Island Tour by boat (3.5 hours) 8,500 xpf, Beginner Diver (1 hour) 11,000 xpf, Certified Diver (1 hour) 9,900 xpf
Answer: There are 5 times during the Aranui’s two week voyage where the Aranui band will perform local and Polynesian music. The band consists of members of the crew who love to share the songs and sounds of the islands. The evening’s entertainment is located in the Veranda bar on deck 6. On select days usually from entertainers can also be found on the deck around the swimming pool area. On other days movies relating to the islands and destinations being visited, are played in the main lounge on deck 5.
Answer: The Aranui 5 has a swimming pool, conference room, 3 bars, indoor and outdoor lounges, a dining room, wireless internet in common areas, 2 small exercise rooms, a gift shop, library, games room, medical office, reception area and laundry room.
Answer: We recommend arriving in Tahiti at least one to two days before your Aranui cruise or 3 to 5 days early if you would like to visit the nearby island of Moorea. Tahiti has some 2 and 3 star hotels in the city of Papeete which are great for a short stay where you can walk to the main market and evening roulottes (food trucks) for dinner. 4 star resorts are located within a 10 to 20 minute shuttle ride from the city. Moorea is a short 10 minute flight or 30 minute catamaran ride from Tahiti and is where the Tahitians go to vacation away from the busy port of Papeete. Bora Bora is also stunning and worth spending 3 to 4 nights. We recommend disembarking the Aranui at 3:30 pm on day 13 (you only miss one dinner and breakfast as disembarkation is at 8 am on day 14). Depending on if you prefer B&B style accommodation, a resort with bungalows or even over water bungalows, we can help put together a variety of extensions to your Aranui trip.
Answer: Dietary requests can be accommodated provided you make arrangements at the time you make your Aranui reservation. Your passenger information form that is filled out and provided to the Aranui also asks questions and clarifies details of your dietary requirements. When boarding the ship, please make sure to reconfirm your dietary needs with the kitchen staff.
Answer: There is a doctor on each sailing of the Aranui. This doctor will change from one sailing to the next. A resident nurse can also be found on each sailing. This nurse can also assist with typical needs at the infirmary located on deck 3 in the hallway behind the reception desk and beside cabin 3502. Waiting area chairs are located outside of the infirmary room door.
Answer:• There is a money exchange office open once each day to exchange money into the local Polynesian Franc. This is located adjacent to the front reception desk of the ship. The exchange rate is set at the beginning of the cruise for the duration of the cruise. A fee of 500cfp is charged as a transaction fee on all cash exchanges no matter the amount. If using a credit card, an additional 2% is charged.
Answer: There is a store with varying hours located on the Aranui. The store sells souvenirs, t-shirts, Tahitian bug spray, Internet packages, pareo’s, sun dresses, hats postcards, magazines, sandals, black pearls, shell carvings, local jewelry, candles, vanilla, bags, umbrellas, raincoats, sunscreen sundries, sarongs, books, snacks, mugs, Cd’s alcohol, SD cards, power converters and much more. Store hours are posted in the lobby outside of the store entrance.