The Aranui 3 is a mixed passenger/cargo ship that operates between Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands. Discover lush untouched islands, far away from the beaten track. This custom built freighter was specially designed to provide added space and comfort for those seeking a unique adventure in relative luxury. At the same time the ship retains a remarkably friendly atmosphere with an experienced and attentive crew.
Join this unforgettable Tahiti adventure as the ship calls at far away and exotic islands and ports. This state of the art ship offers tasteful, spacious suites. On the sweeping decks, read, relax or take in the views of the pristine lagoons and soaring mountain peaks. Take a dip in the sparkling outdoor swimming pool or use the on-board facilities for fishing, swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving. In the expanded dining room, savour fine French and Polynesian cuisine with fellow adventurers from around the world. Lose calories in the gym or exercise your mind in the library. Socialise in the lounge or learn about the rich Marquesan culture and history from the onboard experts.
Life on Board
On board, time passes quickly. There are two charming bars, two lounges and a full programme of activities. You’ll learn about Marquesan history, culture and art from the guest lecturers and the spirited crew will teach you to weave hats, wear the national dress, the pareo and dance the tamure.
In the library you can read how Herman Melville, Robert Louis Stevenson and Thor Heyerdahl described these alluring islands. Their words and the Gauguin prints on the walls will spring to life when you dock.
Meals are served in an informal, family-style setting in the dining facilities. Depending on the number of passengers booked per voyage, there may be two settings per meal scheduled. Special consideration for medically prescribed diets must be requested at the time of booking or not less than three weeks in advance of sailing date. Three meals per day are provided with a complimentary glass of wine for scheduled on board lunches and dinners.
The Marquesas are half an hour ahead of Tahiti. This when it’s noon in Tahiti, it is 12:30pm in the Marquesas.
Clothing which is informal, comfortable and easily washable is the most practical to pack for the ship. In addition to shorts, jeans and slacks, T-shirts and a bathing suit, a rain poncho or coat and warm sweat shirt or light sweater for chilly evenings are recommended. Comfortable shoes are essential for walking ashore over the coral reefs. Running/walking shoes or sandals are recommended. For women, the native “pareo” or sarong, made of colourful fabric which can be wrapped in a variety of styles, is a versatile choice.
The ship’s boutique sells a variety of supplies including mosquito repellent, sundries, clothing and local souvenirs.
Each cabin is equipped with 220volt, 50cycle AC (European style connection)
In an emergency, it is possible to place telephone calls through the shipboard communications and to contact the vessel through CPTM’s office in Tahiti.
Washing and drying machines are available on board: dry cleaning is not available
There is a doctor on board the vessel. If any person has or is suffering from a serious ailment or condition, they should seek the advice and consent of their personal physician prior to embarking the vessel. The right is reserved to refuse passage to anyone in such a state of health or physical condition as to be unfit to travel or whose condition, for whatever reason, might be dangerous to the individual or other passengers.
Visits ashore are limited to the time required by cargo operators and port restrictions. Port Time may range from just a few hours to a day or more. While shore excursions may be available at some ports of call, CPTM neither owns nor operates nor exercises any control of shore excursions arranged at any port of call. The company, its agents and servants do not assume any responsibility in connection with the operations of said programs. The company accepts no responsibility or liability for the failure of any operator to perform any said program and/or for any injury, damage or loss however caused or arising there from.
Traveller’s cheques and credit cards may be used to pay for shipboard expenses. American Express, Visa and Mastercard will be accepted. Traveller’s cheques can be cashed on board, personal cheques cannot.
Lock boxes are available on board, however CPTM cannot accept responsibility for passengers’ money or other valuables while on board the vessel.
IMPORTANT NOTE: There is a chance Aranui 5 may enter into service sometime during the second half of 2015. Please note that all Aranui passengers who have booked to travel on any Aranui cruise between June and December 2015 are deemed to have understood this change and accepted to travel on either the current Aranui 3 or the new Aranui 5 when the transition occurs.