The cruise is anything but banal: Marquesas returning to their homeland, itinerant workers, and travellers taking short cuts. The entire trip, a loop from Tahiti, lasts 14 days, but it is possible to perform only a part. The brand-new ship sails the vastness of the Pacific, making stops in the Marquesas islands, which are otherwise difficult to access, and where tourism is underdeveloped: thanks to the Aranui V, which delivers freight to these remote spots, they can now be visited very easily.
The loading and unloading in itself is fascinating, as are the Marquesas' deep valleys, sacred temples, and artisanal crafts. No need to search for an address to spend the night, the 126-metre ship has comfortable cabins with full board, pool and gym.
Compagnie Polynésienne de Transport Maritime (CPTM)
+689 42 62 42
Rooms: from 481 560 XPF per person for 14 days