Aranui 5 Review

Excellent experience in the Marquesan islands

Review for the South Pacific Cruise on Aranui 5
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2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Oct 2022

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.

We liked that it was a small ship and a casual atmosphere. We chose a standard room on level 3 because it was a bit more stable (the ship, being also a freighter, rocks more than a regular cruise ship). It was small but worked for us. There were two seatings for lunch (12 and 12:30) and two for dinner (7:30 and 8 pm). The food was excellent, varied and 3 courses (appetizer, entree and dessert). Red and white wine on the tables at lunch and dinner. There was only assigned seating for a couple of groups. Breakfast was a self-serve buffet with eggs, bacon, sausage, lots of fruit, pastries, cereal, etc. Coffee and tea were available throughout the day.

We were divided by language for each day's itinerary and we were very lucky to have Mila and Spencer as our excursion coordinators. Each day they described the upcoming excursion so we would know what to expect the next day. They were also with us on the excursions to give in-depth information on the history, etc. Most of the excursions were included. We did purchase a glass bottom boat trip and a 4-wheel drive excursion that followed the route of the 10-11 mile hike, which our daughter did (she stayed in a 4 person dormitory, with just one other woman).

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