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About Rangiroa

Rangiroa, located 219 miles northeast of Tahiti, is a stunning atoll, especially when seen from the air. (Check it out on Google Earth.) It's the largest atoll in the Tuamotu Islands and, in fact, one of the largest in the world.

More than 415 motus (tiny coral islands) surround this atoll. These motu, with gaps of various distances between them, form a misshapen circle that completely surrounds a huge interior lagoon -- a lagoon so vast that the entire island of Tahiti could comfortably fit within it. Only two of the motus are inhabited and only one, known as Avatoru, has a decent road. As with other atolls around the world, Rangiroa was once a volcanic island that eroded over millions of years and eventually sunk into the ocean leaving behind a fringing coral reef (which are now the motus).

With fewer than 3,600 citizens, sleepy Rangiroa is perhaps what you've always imagined as a tropical island hideaway, complete with a pink-sand beach and a spectacular 'blue lagoon', which is a separate body of water located within the main lagoon.

Ships entering Rangiroa's huge lagoon, sail through one of two main passes connecting the ocean to the lagoon. The passes are named after the only two villages on the atoll -- Tiputa Pass and Avatoru Pass. Avatoru, the little capital, is the larger of the two towns and boasts a post office, grocery store, a few banks and ATMs, two churches and several casual restaurants. Tiputa is smaller and is located on an adjacent motu to the east.

Rangiroa is a paradise for divers and snorkelers who thrill at the sight of sea turtles, bottlenose dolphins, hammerhead sharks, manta rays and stingrays as they "shoot the pass" or drift snorkel through either of the two passes, from the ocean to the lagoon.


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  • 32 Night
    Cruise to Rangiroa

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Hilo, Honolulu ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    32 Night Cruise to Rangiroa Route (Holland America Line)
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      San Diego
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      Cruising
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      Hilo
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      Honolulu
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      Cruising
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      Equator (Cruising)
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      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Christmas Island
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      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Bora Bora
    • Day 17
      Bora Bora
    • Day 18
      Raiatea
    • Day 19
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    • Day 20
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    • Day 20
      Moorea
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      Rangiroa
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      Tahiti (Papeete)
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      Cruising
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      Marquesas
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      Nuku Hiva
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      Cruising
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      Equator (Cruising)
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      Cruising
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      San Diego
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    Zaandam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Easy-to-navigate ship with a spacious feel and grown-up vibe.

    Cons

    Few balconies, little variety in cabin categories, mediocre evening entertainment.

    Bottom Line

    Perfect-sized ship for port-intensive itineraries.

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    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Zaandam is a classy ship that proves you don't need gadgets and gimmicks to have a good time. It's...

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    Herbs Mom
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Top Notch small ship! Great Itinerary!!!
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Almost a Perfect Journey
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Rangiroa

    Leaving:
    Tahiti
    Visiting:
    Huahine, Bora Bora ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Paul Gauguin Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Rangiroa Route (Paul Gauguin Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    • Day 2
      Huahine
    • Day 3
      Bora Bora
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      Bora Bora
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      Rangiroa
    • Day 6
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Tahaa
    • Day 9
      Moorea
    • Day 10
      Moorea
    • Day 10
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    • Day 11
      Tahiti (Papeete)
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    Paul Gauguin - Paul Gauguin Cruises

    Pros

    Top-notch service and gourmet dining in three restaurants

    Cons

    Limited onboard activities during days in port

    Bottom line

    Active cruise that highlights French Polynesian destinations

    Reviews

    Paul Gauguin Reviews

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    5.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

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    stephensjw
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    What a great trip!
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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Disappointing cruise and cruise ship on a very overrated cruise line!
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  • 32 Night
    Cruise to Rangiroa

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Hilo, Honolulu ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    32 Night Cruise to Rangiroa Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      San Diego
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Hilo
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      Honolulu
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      Honolulu
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      Maui
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Equator (Cruising)
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      Cruising
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      Christmas Island
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      Cruising
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      Bora Bora
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      Bora Bora
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      Raiatea
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      Tahiti (Papeete)
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      Tahiti (Papeete)
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      Moorea
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      Rangiroa
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      Tahiti (Papeete)
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      Cruising
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      Marquesas
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      Nuku Hiva
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Equator (Cruising)
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      Cruising
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      San Diego
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    Rotterdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Pool deck never feels overcrowded

    Cons

    Older ship showing signs of age, particularly in non-suite cabins

    Bottom Line

    Simple ship with a laidback atmosphere

    Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

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    rlauder
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Panama 2020
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Mostly great service and a relaxed, uncrowded ambiance
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      Still water, coffee, and tea
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      Soda and Juice
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      Beer, wine, and spirits
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      Including smoothies and blended drinks
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Rangiroa

    Leaving:
    Tahiti
    Visiting:
    Tahiti, Huahine ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Rangiroa Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    • Day 2
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    • Day 3
      Huahine
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Rangiroa
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      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Raiatea
    • Day 8
      Bora Bora
    • Day 9
      Bora Bora
    • Day 10
      Moorea
    • Day 10
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    • Day 11
      Tahiti (Papeete)
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    Pacific Princess - Princess Cruises

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    0.0/5

    Pacific Princess offers some of the line's more exotic itineraries in Europe, Asia and South Am...

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    seanugget
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Pacific Princess Dream Come True!!
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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Love this ship
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 32 Night
    Cruise to Rangiroa

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Hilo, Honolulu ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    32 Night Cruise to Rangiroa Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      San Diego
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Hilo
    • Day 8
      Honolulu
    • Day 9
      Honolulu
    • Day 10
      Maui
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Christmas Island
    • Day 15
      Equator (Cruising)
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Bora Bora
    • Day 17
      Bora Bora
    • Day 18
      Raiatea
    • Day 19
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    • Day 20
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    • Day 20
      Moorea
    • Day 21
      Rangiroa
    • Day 22
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    • Day 23
      Cruising
    • Day 24
      Marquesas
    • Day 25
      Nuku Hiva
    • Day 26
      Cruising
    • Day 27
      Cruising
    • Day 28
      Equator (Cruising)
    • Day 29
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 32
      Cruising
    • Day 33
      San Diego
    Ship Details

    Volendam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Incredibly polished service from friendly, well-trained crew

    Cons

    Does show its age in several areas throughout the ship

    Bottom Line

    Nice variety of activities, amenities and enrichment on a manageable midsize vessel

    Reviews

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    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    When it launched in 1999, Volendam had the highest passenger capacity in Holland America's flee...

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    esanesel
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Our second and last cruise on HAL
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Rollercoaster of highs and lows
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    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 26 Night
    Cruise to Rangiroa

    Leaving:
    Tahiti
    Visiting:
    Tahiti, Rangiroa ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    26 Night Cruise to Rangiroa Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    • Day 2
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Rangiroa
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Huahine
    • Day 7
      Raiatea
    • Day 8
      Bora Bora
    • Day 9
      Bora Bora
    • Day 10
      Moorea
    • Day 10
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    • Day 11
      Tahiti (Papeete)
    • Day 12
      Bora Bora
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Pago Pago
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Nuku Alofa
    • Day 19
      Cruising
    • Day 20
      Dravuni Island
    • Day 21
      Cruising
    • Day 22
      Cruising
    • Day 23
      Paihia
    • Day 24
      Auckland
    • Day 25
      Cruising
    • Day 26
      Cruising
    • Day 27
      Cruising
    • Day 28
      Sydney (Australia)
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    Pacific Princess - Princess Cruises

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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Best cruise ever on Princess
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Last minute trip... great choice
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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