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Aranui Adventure Cruise Reviews

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15 reviews


1-10 of 15 Aranui Adventure Cruise Reviews

Overall Amazing

Review for a French Polynesia Cruise on Aranui 5

First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

July 15, 2023 sailing from Papeete to Marquesas, on deck 9 starboard in Superior Deluxe room: great. Breakfast buffet, 12 or 12:30 lunch, 7 or 7:30pm dinner. 97 passengers (very much less than capacity) about 65% French speaking and 35% English/Deutch. Liked: Food was wonderful, fixed menus but well prepared and interesting. Red or white wine at lunch/dinner, and changes from one to ...
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Sail Date: July 2023


Review for a South Pacific Cruise on Aranui 5

2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

I am not a fan of big cruise ships..never had much interest in them as I prefer more intimate travel with few people along and more independent sightseeing. I had read about and followed the Aranui for over 40 years and having traveled by freighter as a small child wanted to experience the sea in this way once again. This trip exceeded all my very high expectations. The Marquesas islands are ...
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Sail Date: January 2023

Excellent experience in the Marquesan islands

Review for a South Pacific Cruise on Aranui 5

Former RV Traveler
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

We had picked this cruise for 2020 as a way to see an interesting, somewhat remote part of the world that we only knew about from Melville's book "Typee." Covid had other ideas, requiring rebooking twice. Because of Covid everyone had to be vaccinated and boosted and have an negative antigen test before boarding. There were 30 english speakers out of 180 passengers, ranging in age from 55 to 89. ...
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Sail Date: October 2022

Aranui 5 - Not recommended - No pleasure - Inedible food - Expensive

Review for a South Pacific Cruise on Aranui 5

10+ Cruises • Age 60s

We were for the second time on the Aranui 5 after a very nice trip to the Marquesan Islands in 2017. Our 2nd trip to Australis, on the other hand, was not enjoyable and a big disappointment. First the positive: the cabin (suite) was very good, but also cost € 15,600 for a double cabin with 12 days. Now everything else is to forget. The food on the ship was minimalistic. Breakfast was only from ...
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Sail Date: March 2022

Great vacation to the Marquesas

Review for a South Pacific Cruise on Aranui 5

10+ Cruises • Age 70s

We read about this half freighter/half cruiser about 20 years ago for the first time and always said we would do it one day. Well, when our Wind Spirit cruise in the South Pacific was cancelled, we were looking for another alternative and this was it! Wow, what an experience. This ship takes everything from baby food to cars to these remote islands every two weeks or so. The Marquesas are ...
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Sail Date: February 2022

A Perfect Cruise post COVID

Review for a South Pacific Cruise on Aranui 5

10+ Cruises • Age 70s

I booked this cruise in late 2020 after nearly a year spent at home during the pandemic. It looked like a perfect escape and an email promised great discounts for early 2021. Voyage 9 was to depart in late May, and we chose that trip. It turned out to be a good decision. Aranui paid for our flights between Tahiti and LAX, our 5 days total pre and post cruise at the Pearl Beach resort, and gave ...
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Sail Date: May 2021

Chance of a lifetime

Review for a South Pacific Cruise on Aranui 5

Flying Coyote
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

We chose this cruise for 2 reasons: the exotic ports it was calling on AND the unusual design of the ship- 1/2 Cargo and 1/2 Cruise ship. The food, was always flavorful. Everyone receives the same entree. Unless one has food allergies. The guides, were incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. The shore activities were very interesting AND are included in the price of the cruise. On ...
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Sail Date: February 2020

Over priced and food terrible

Review for a South Pacific Cruise on Aranui 5

10+ Cruises • Age 70s

The price was considerable compared to the value. The food was always cold with only one choice smothered in French creamy Sauces. Plaster was the only offering six days in a row. Eggs were not available every second day. The Scranbled eggs was like sloppy porridge.. The Marquaseas offered no Swimming or Snorkeling opportunities. The Islands were dry and Barron and uninteresting. The staff ...
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Sail Date: June 2019

Polynesian Heaven

Review for a South Pacific Cruise on Aranui 5

10+ Cruises • Age 70s

Aranui 5-February 14-26, 2019. Papeete was a bustling hub of activity. The night before our Aranui 5 cruise, we lodged at the Hotel Tiare Tahiti on the Main Street (Boulevard Pomare) facing the harbour: reasonable rates, pristine but very clean, staff accommodating. Check-in was 2:00 pm. but the hotel desk lady got us in earlier. The only downside was no bottled water in the room. If you arrive ...
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Sail Date: February 2019

Traveled with disabled person

Go to the Marquesas, perhaps not on the ARANUI 5

Review for a South Pacific Cruise on Aranui 5

10+ Cruises • Age 50s

Interesting concept of a combo freighter/cruise ship sailing to beautiful and remote Pacific islands. Unfortunately, the sevice and execution was lacking. Food: The food was okay but, except for two of the dinners, there was no variety and it is not recommended for those with special dietary needs. The table wine was okay. Service: Poor. Our first impression was bad when the room keys did ...
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Sail Date: January 2019

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