Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Passenger / Freighter Aranui III Will Undergo Refit Before Resuming 2012 Tahitian / Polynesian Sailings

Aranui III was the first incarnation of cargo-passenger vessels to bear the Aranui name that was built with passenger comfort in mind. The well-appointed "Freighter to Paradise" will soon receive further enhancements including the addition of new carpeting for guest cabins, as well as new and re-upholstered dining room chairs among other improvements.

These enhancements will occur during the 2011/2012 winter season while the ship is in dry dock. The Aranui's main engine will receive an overhaul, while its hull will be repainted after it is cleaned of barnacles and algae. Lifeboats will also receive a major overhaul to ensure safety.

The 2012 Aranui III schedule has recently been announced and includes 16 departures from Feb. 4 - Dec. 15, 2012. The Aranui III departs from the Tahitian island of Papeete on a regularly scheduled 14-day journey. The 2012 schedule includes the following travel dates:

Feb. 4 - Feb. 17

Feb. 25 - March 9

March 17 - March 30

April 7 - April 20

April 28 - May 11

May 19 - June 1

June 9 - June 22

June 30 - July 13

July 21 - Aug. 3

Aug. 11 - Aug. 24

Sept. 1 - Sept. 14

Sept. 22 - Oct. 5

Oct. 13- Oct. 26

Nov. 3 - Nov. 16

Nov. 24 - Dec. 7

Dec. 15 - Dec. 28

Travelers will board the Aranui III for complete vacation experience following in the footsteps of famous figures such as Treasure Island-author Robert Louis Stevenson. Guests journey through 800 miles of the most spectacular and remote islands in exotic French Polynesia including Tahiti, the Tuamotu Islands and Marquesas Islands.

Highlights include Nuka Hiva, where 23-year-old Herman Melville jumped a whaling ship for an adventure which ultimately inspired highly regarded literary works such as Typee and Moby Dick, and Hiva Oa, where artist Paul Gauguin's search for an unspoiled paradise came to an end. The ship also visits the Marquesan islands of Tahuata, Ua Pou, Ua Huka and Fatu Hiva, as well as Fakarava and Rangiroa in the Tuamotu Islands.

Prices range from $2,234 – $4,982 per person, based on double occupancy. Rates do not include port tax, cruise tax and tourism tax, which may total up to $350 depending on stateroom category, and an $80 fuel surcharge.

The cruise includes three meals with complimentary wine daily, guided excursions outlined in the itinerary, picnic and meals on shore. Optional excursions such as scuba diving, horseback riding, fishing and helicopter tours are additional.


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