Delegates at the upcoming Travel Industry Exhibition at Luna Park in Sydney (July 16-17) will have the opportunity to find out more about Tahiti’s newest ship Aranui 5 before it launches early next year.
Laurent Wong at the Aranui stand at the South Pacific Tourism Exchange
Having recently released the first images of Aranui 5, Aranui’s Regional Representative Australia New Zealand Laurent Wong said he was looking forward to showing off the new ship to travel wholesalers, tour operators and agents.
Launching in 2016 with capacity for 254 passengers, the 126-metre long modern freighter will offer new premium suites and deluxe categories with private balconies on more than half of the ship’s rooms.
“Aranui 5 will offer new levels of comfort and style on what has long been considered one of the most adventurous and beautiful voyages in the South Pacific,” Mr Wong said.
Aranui’s 14-day roundtrip cruises from Papeete visit Nuku Hiva, Ua Pou, Tahuata, Fatu Hiva, Hiva Oa, Ua Huka in the Marquesas, Takapoto and Rangiroa in the Tuamotus and the famed Society Island of Bora Bora. The freighter line dispenses a lifeline of food, fuel and other staples to remote island ports while passengers disembark and explore a range of complimentary excursions including hikes, 4WD tours, a visit to the Paul Gauguin museum and a picnic on a secluded beach in Bora Bora.
Aranui 5 is due to commence sailing the picturesque waters of the South Pacific in 2016, replacing Aranui 3 which will be retired after more than 12 years servicing the remote Tuamotu and Marquesas archipelagoes. There will not be an Aranui 4 as the number is considered bad luck by the third generation Tahitian-Chinese family who own the cruise company.