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See the Marquesas Festival the Cruisey Way with Aranui 5

July 26, 2017 Cruise No Comments Email Email

Tahitian freighter cruise line Aranui Cruises will include a call to the spectacular Marquesas Festival in its final voyage of the year.

The festival is held every two years in the far-flung Marquesas Islands, the northernmost of Tahiti’s five rchipelagoes, alternating between a mini festival and the main arts festival.

The 2017 mini festival will be a four-day extravaganza of Polynesian music and dance from December 18 to 21, 2017, at Tahuata, the smallest of the inhabited Marquesas Islands.

To coincide with the biennial event, Aranui Cruises’ modern freighter ship Aranui 5 will make an extended visit to Tahuata on December 20 allowing guests to participate in a community feast and enjoy the cultural festivities well into the night.

The festival was created to keep the Marquesan culture alive and showcases the vibrant traditions of the remote island group with visitors treated to rhythmical dances, powerful drum performances, games and contests of strength and skill, as well as chanting, sculpting and tattoo demonstrations.

Aranui’s Regional Representative Australia New Zealand Laurent Wong said an Aranui 5 cruise was the best way to explore the Marquesas Islands.

“As a regular visitor to the far-flung Marquesas, we’re in a unique position to showcase these extraordinary islands to the world and there is no better time to visit than during one of their spectacular festivals,” Mr Wong said.

“As with any major event, accommodation and flights are at a premium during the festival so the easiest and smoothest way to experience the Marquesas Festival is with Aranui.”

During its 14-day roundtrip cruises from Papeete, the 126-metre long mixed cargo and passenger vessel dispenses cargo while guests disembark and explore nine islands across three striking and distinct Tahitian archipelagoes. Guests can enjoy Bora Bora and its famed blue lagoon; the chance to walk in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson, Herman Melville and Paul Gauguin on Nuka Hiva, Ua Pou, Ua Huka, Tahuata, Fatu Hiva and Hiva Oa in the far-flung Marquesas; and the picturesque Tuamotu ports of Fakarava and Rangiroa.

Departing on December 14, 2017, the Marquesas Festival cruise is priced from $8670* twin share for a premium suite and $7970* per person twin share for a superior deluxe room, both featuring a balcony.

Aranui 5 features a restaurant, two conference rooms, lounges, a library, a boutique, a swimming pool, a fitness room, a spa and four bars including the popular Sky bar.

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