Cargo cruise line Aranui unveils first leisure-only cruise

Tahitian cruise line Aranui Cruises has unveiled the first look of its new 10,000-tonne cruise ship set to join Aranui 5 in the South Pacific in mid 2022. 

Rather than being a duel freight and passenger vessels like its predecessors, the new ship – named AraMana – will be purely for leisure cruising. In other words, comfort and relaxation will be front of mind when it comes to the design.

Aranui unveils new leisure cruise

The ship will have a capacity to hold 280-guests and feature an observation lounge, dance floor, spa, two restaurants, an Amphitheatre and a swimming pool. Some of its more opulent spaces will include a striking staircase, plush furniture and an elegant piano bar. There will be 11 cabin categories onboard, all of which will feel spacious and stylish with a Polynesian flair.

AraMana, meaning ‘path of the Polynesian spirit’ aims to provide guests with an authentic Polynesian experience. Mirroring the boat’s exterior, which features a ‘vahine’ (Polynesian woman) and traditional tattoo design, onboard will be an all-Polynesian crew and a tattoo room.

Aranui unveils new leisure cruise

Just as Aranui’s freighter ships put the Marquesas Islands on the map, AraMana is set to shine a light on some of French Polynesia’s other unique destinations including Tuamotu, Gambier, Society and Austral Islands. As well as routes to Pitcairn and the Cook Islands.

AraMana’s Society Islands cruise will feature some of French Polynesia’s most cherished destinations including Bora Bora, Tahaa, Huahine, Moorea and Rangiroa, with less-trodden gems such as the tiny tropical island Makatea.

Aranui unveils new leisure cruise touring Makatea. Image: Lionel Gouverneur
Makatea. Image: Lionel Gouverneur

“We’ve been taking guests to the far-flung corners of French Polynesia for more than 30 years on our special cargo-cruise ships and with the addition of AraMana, we are in a unique position to open up more of French Polynesia to the world,” said Laurent Wong, Aranui Cruises regional representative Australia New Zealand.

Aranui unveils new leisure cruise touring Rapa. Image: Lionel Gouverneur
Rapa. Image: Lionel Gouverneur

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