Can't seem to locate any recent feedback or links to feedback from travelors who have recently sailed with the freighter Aranui 3 - any takers on this topic?
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We cruised the Aranui 3 years ago. Although not super recent, I doubt the experience would be significantly different unless the owners segregated the Germans and French to separate cruising dates....and to rogerc
I found the atmosphere totally WWII mentality with pushing and shoving between the two groups in any group venue. This was not my idea of a carefree cruise. One might read the more than candid book account written by a former passenger that is given out ( why, I don't know) when booking. It is absolutely shocking and had we known the details we would never have booked the cruise. I no longer have this book, otherwise I would give the title, etc.
The standard cruises of Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, etc. are infinitely better; beautiful beaches, good swimming--things lacking on the Marquesas cruise.
I took this cruise 2 years ago and it was fabulous. I have no idea what the French vs. German vs. U.S. shoving and pushing stuff is all about; I experienced none of that whatsoever. I would highly recommend this cruise - it has some (trite as it sounds) truly magical moments and most of the guests aboard were very interesting and well travelled. Of course, there are a couple of not so nice ones but they are easy to avoid. It's also a very good value as your only additional cost is liquor but wine is provided gratis and lunch & dinner; all excursions are included.Bill thanks for the update and more positive experience, this is encouraging.
I've booked on the Aranui for the August 6, 2011 departure.
Have done the "big ship, stage show, art selling" cruises and want something unique as to area and destination.
Looked around a lot and found this type of cruise several years ago and put it on the back burner.
It recently bubbled up to the top.
It should be a real experience and one to remember.
Anyone else around who plans to be on board?