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Aranui 5 Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Aranui 5 - Not recommended - No pleasure - Inedible food - Expensive

Review for Aranui 5 to the South Pacific
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CaptainFletcher
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Mar 2022
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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 07:00 to 08:30h. Dry baguettes, cheap cold cuts, no variety all the time. The egg cooker was still the best. With a daily price of € 1'300.-- per cabin this is not reasonable. Lunch and dinner (19:00 - 20:00 a fixed menu with the same table wine, every day. The food was very fish heavy and only cheap ingredients. After that, nothing ran on the whole ship, you could go to bed, like in an old people's home. Only on the farewell evening there was a festive menu. I lost 5 kilos in that time. The service a mass processing in canteen style. Ordering soft drinks was hopeless. Treated water undrinkable. Dessert was the best part of the menu but with no alternative and mostly cake. The best of the whole trip was the local lecturer, but unfortunately there was only 3 x a lecture of 1 hour. The entire timing was an imposition and without reason, because on the islands, there was only nature to admire. The local people were always very warm, but that was all the entertainment throughout the trip. On the ship there is only one solo entertainer musician/dancer who brings the same every day. He is not to blame for this, it is about economy measures. Of course the islands in Australis are beautiful, the people there too and the South Seas are gorgeous. But the company of Aranui is only after profit. It is only about profit maximization. At such prices you can expect something more and not just the cheapest. There are much better shipping companies that sail here, offer more comfort and professionalism. Audience 50% American, 50% French, majority seniors and many with limited mobility. It is irresponsible to expose such people to dangers when there is not even a proper tender boat. No goods were transported on this trip, so the crew would have had plenty of time to perform. I know, of course, the Aranui is not a luxury ship and did not expect such. I also like to pay more if I know that the locals benefit from it. But I am absolutely not convinced of that when I see the motivation of the crew. I expect only a fair service and emphatic handling as well as dishes that correspond to the price. Please avoid the Aranui, they will only be disappointed.

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