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South Pacific Expedition Cruises Cruise Reviews

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A Perfect Cruise post COVID

Review for Aranui 5 to South Pacific

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captainmcd
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

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Flying Coyote
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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

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coastcashier
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 Aranui 5 to South Pacific

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HamiltonLovebirds
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

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Go to the Marquesas, perhaps not on the ARANUI 5

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rwcorne
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


A perfect ending to a round-the-world trip

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w-w-s
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

I read about the Aranui 3 many years ago and had been intrigued by the Marquesas islands ever since. I generally hate cruises, but I was on a freighter cruise before and liked the experience. Also the Marquesas Islands are so remote that Aranui 5 is one of very few ways of getting there. I finally took the plunge this year. The cruise was part of my round-the-world trip. I could fly east (which ...
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Sail Date: June 2018


A comfortable freighter cruise with a focus on culture.

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ilikeanswers
First Time Cruiser • Age 30s

The Aranui ships are not like your normal cruise ship. They take passangers and have cruise like atmosphere but half the ship is a working freighter delivering goods, supplies and some locals between the islands and connecting them to Papeete. This is what makes Aranui so interesting and integeral to the local community. On our cruise the passanger mix was more English speakers than French and ...
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Sail Date: June 2018


Westerly winds brought up the waters over the bow. Thrilling to see.

Review for National Geographic Orion to South Pacific

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joan1931
2-5 Cruises • Age 80s

Chosen as a frequent traveler when offered a discount. Went with a travel buddy and shared a forward cabin. Lovely even if a bit small. It took a fair amount of rolling making the first 3 days a bit unsettling. As we went south we were in calmer seas and enjoyed the ship not only as an adventure but as a guest of the "hotel". The crew on the Orion is proud of its staff and well it should be. ...
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Sail Date: May 2018


Beautiful scenery but expedition not up to Lindblad standards

Review for National Geographic Orion to South Pacific

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Clairerc
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

We chose this trip because of our wonderful experience with Lindblad in the Galapagos and our understanding from Lindblad that this would be an expedition with varied land experiences in small groups with a top notch team of knowledgeable guides with an A+ Expedition Cruise organization. The further bonus was the opportunity for great diving while on the trip. Sadly, it did not live up to our ...
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Sail Date: April 2018


Not your everyday cruise - a VERY unique experience

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AirmanMike
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

I had been to the Marquesas Islands on a sailboat in 2002 and wanted to share this unique part of the world with my wife. This cruise was an amazing two week trip and cultural immersion of French Polynesia and especially the Marquesas Islands. Having been here before, my wife and I really enjoy this part of the world, and especially the nice people. We have heard all of the complaints - it is ...
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Sail Date: November 2017


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