The 254-passenger dual-purpose Aranui 5 (www.aranui.com
) has released its 2019 sailing schedule, offering 20 departures destined to top even the most discerning travelers’ bucket lists. Following its off-the-beaten-path concept, Aranui is also launching two special voyages to the remote Pitcairn Island to kick off the year.
Departing Jan. 10, 2019 and March 21, 2019, the exclusive Pitcairn Island voyages mark the first time the cruise line has offered a different itinerary since its inception, and the first new destinations offered since the Aranui 5 introduced Bora Bora in 2015. The special voyage will depart from Papeete, Tahiti and follow a 13-day itinerary with visits to Adamstown in the Pitcairn Islands, Anaa and Amanu in the Tuamotu Archipelago, Mangareva and Aukena in the Gambiers, and Raivave and Rapa in the Austral Islands.
Throughout the journey, passengers can enjoy visits to crystal-clear lagoons, pearl farms and archaeological sites, as well as meet villagers, make local arts and crafts, and revel in ample sightseeing. Travelers will follow in the footsteps of the famed HMS Bounty mutineers and accompanying Polynesians who arrived on Pitcairn Island over 200 years ago. Descendants of the mutineers will guide guests around the isolated island that is only accessible by sea for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
“We are thrilled to offer our guests the opportunity to explore the legendary Pitcairn Island, which has a rich history despite its remote geography removed from modern conveniences,” said Eric Wong, Executive Vice President, Americas for the Aranui 5. “The ambience and comforts of the Aranui 5 provide opportunity to relax along their adventuresome journey to some of the world’s most secluded islands.”
Due to an overwhelming response, space is limited on both Pitcairn Island voyages with rates starting at US$3,358 per person.
The remaining 2019 voyages will follow Aranui’s primary 13-day all-inclusive itinerary, departing Papeete, Tahiti and sailing to Fakarava and Rangiroa in the Tuamotu Archipelago, Bora Bora in the Society Islands, as well as Nuku Hiva, Ua Pou, Hiva Oa, Fatu Hiva, Tahuata and Ua Huka in the Marquesas Islands, where passengers will follow in the footsteps of Herman Melville, Paul Gauguin and other legends.
For added value, Aranui is offering a 10% discount seasonal on select voyages* throughout the year. An exclusive senior discount for travelers aged 60 and above is being offered for the Sept. 14, 2019 departure. The 2019 schedule includes the following travel dates:
Jan. 26 – Feb. 7* June 1 – June 13 Sept. 14 – Sept. 26
Feb. 14 – Feb. 26* June 20 – July 2 Oct. 3 – Oct. 15
March 2 – March 14* July 6 – July 18 Oct. 19 – Oct. 31
April 6 – April 18 July 25 – Aug. 6 Nov. 7 – Nov. 19
April 27 – May 9 Aug. 10 – Aug. 22 Nov. 23 – Dec. 5
May 16 – May 28 Aug. 29 – Sept. 10 Dec. 14 – Dec. 27
The cruise includes three meals daily with complimentary wine for onboard lunches and dinners, guided excursions as outlined in the itinerary, picnics and meals on shore, cultural activities and Polynesian entertainment. Optional excursions such as scuba diving, horseback riding and fishing are available for an additional charge.
Prices for a 2019 Aranui 5 vacation start at US$2,920 per person (not including the 10% discount) and do not include port tax, cruise tax and tourism tax.