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I know that cruising on the Aranui will be a very different trip compare to a cruise ship like Paul Gauguin. But I have two questions that I'm hoping someone that has been on her can answer for me. 1. Does the Aranui have cabin attendants that come to the room everyday? If not, what happens on this ship? 2. Does the ship provides shampoo and soap in the bathrooms or do we need to bring our own. I have no problems with bringing mine own if I need to. Just want to be ready. Thank you for your time. Janine:confused:

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I was on the Aranui 2 and 3 and yes, they had cabin attendants who made the beds every day and cleaned. I am sure the Aranui 5 does as well.

 

My husband and I enjoyed both trips very much, but we never expected it to be a cruise ship. As to the disorganized excursion program one traveler reported, maybe the owners will get Bernard back, our first rate 'cruise director' on the Aranui 3 who kept everything moving flawlessly. He spoke French, German and English fluently and had recently 'retired' to Tahiti after a career in the French navy. It's always a delicate balance act between an easy going attitude and a full out work ethic.

 

The way I know the islands, there may not be enough excellent English speakers to act as knowledgeable guides. Try to find a 'run' with a guest lecturer whose first language is English.

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I can't remember about the shampoo/soap question, however I'm sure there was at least soap. I always travel with my own shampoo, so don't notice that. The cabin attendant did a great job with our cabin. Concur with Floridiana about going on a trip with an English speaker, in fact I would seek out a native speaker. Our trip had someone who spoke French but attempted to read his lectures to us in English. They were pretty much incoherant, although our guide Stephan did a fantastic job.

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I don't remember the shampoo situation either. There is lovely shampoo in Tahiti if you have time enough to go shopping.

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Has anyone stayed in the "dorm" cabins? My husband is not interested in going on this ship so I will have to go it alone. Where are the bathrooms for this cabin?

 

Thanks.

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Did you see the second dorm room? It has 8 beds and two identical bathrooms, also accessible from inside the cabin.

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Last time, all of the 'bunkies' were individuals, one couple, two friends. The Aranui3 had more bunks and they were all in one room. I don't think the make-up of the passengers in the dorms will have changed much. There were always more adventurous passengers in the mix compared to the more luxurious cruise ships in French Polynesia. The Aranui 5 looks more like a cruise ship than her predecessors , but her itinerary still includes the tiny bays and villages and the close travel along the rugged coasts of Nuku Hiva and Ua Huka.

 

If I continue, I will talk myself into going a third time! :D You may want to engage a travel agent specializing in freighter cruises. We used a reliable one that publishes a small magazine with travl tips and reviews written by travelers. It is against cc rules to name travel agents.

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We are so ready. June 10th can't come fast enough. It will be our 4th trip to the South Pacific in 4 years. But the first time on this ship. Can't wait for a new advantage. :D

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We are so ready. June 10th can't come fast enough. It will be our 4th trip to the South Pacific in 4 years. But the first time on this ship. Can't wait for a new advantage. :D

 

You have the South Pacific flu! :D It took us a long time to recover and be able to visit other parts of the world. Some people never recover! :p

 

Just remember that the Arnui5 is still a freighter!

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We're at 4 weeks tomorrow , where is everyone? See you soon. [emoji846][emoji907][emoji924]

 

 

Wish I were going! Will you write a review?

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Anyone else joining us on the June 10th cruise?? 7 weeks from tomorrow.

 

We're on this June 10 cruise also. We have an ocean view since the balconies were sold out. :( But it will still be fun. First time on a freighter, but I've read all the blogs I can find, so I think we know what to expect.

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Will be our first time also on a freighter. Been on the Paul Gauguin 3 times. Want to do something different this year. What room number do you have. We'll be in 7315. Come by and said hi. We'll John and Janine.

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We're a few decks below you :) in 3621. It's really getting close now. Are you getting local currency beforehand? We're planning to get it in Papeete before boarding the ship since we arrive the night before.

 

Caroline and Michael

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Yes order ours from Wells Fargo Bank. We will pick it up on Thursday. I'm so ready for this trip. Have you been to these islands before? We visit a few of them last year on the Paul Gauguin cruise ship. You will love it.

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Thanks for the tip on Wells Fargo. We looked into it, but Michael says we'll just hit the cash machine in Papeete. I don't think we'll need that much cash since all our transfers and hotels are pre-paid. Mostly for trinkets on the islands, I'm thinking. No, we've never been to these islands before but have heard nothing but good things about them.

 

I'm adding to my list of things to remember to pack! Woo hoo!

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Don't forget the camera!! I did last year and had to use my phone. Took great pictures but not the same as my big camera.

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Is it Saturday yet? Hurry hurry we're getting on the plane Friday. Ship on Saturday. Make cabin 7315 ready for us to celebrate our 35 wedding anniversary.

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Is it Saturday yet? Hurry hurry we're getting on the plane Friday. Ship on Saturday. Make cabin 7315 ready for us to celebrate our 35 wedding anniversary.

 

 

Congratulations on your anniversary [emoji898]what an awesome way to celebrate have fun [emoji41]look for your review!

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OK so the truth is I have been on the Aranui 3. As a result I fell in love with the islands and took my family sailing for a few months to see the Marquesas again on a sailboat that we took to the Marquesas from California.

Then the Aranui 5 came out and I just had to go and see it. Besides people ask me about it all of the time because I sell it among many other cruises and trips. I posted a detailed blog and the answers to about 50 questions nobody seems to answer anywhere. I even made a video with a aerial drone camera.

The truth is if you like adventure, a unique experience, are well traveled, don't like to travel with masses of people, like to travel with staff that are locals and want to visit places few people go to, the Aranui 5 is a fabulous experience. If you prefer broadway shows, casinos, paying extra for shore excursions, you may want to avoid this type of a cruise.

I'm the adventuring type so it was definitely up my alley of the top 2 cruise experiences I have ever had and I have cruised a lot.

 

Normand Schafer

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Thanks for the tip on Wells Fargo. We looked into it, but Michael says we'll just hit the cash machine in Papeete. I don't think we'll need that much cash since all our transfers and hotels are pre-paid. Mostly for trinkets on the islands, I'm thinking. No, we've never been to these islands before but have heard nothing but good things about them.

 

I'm adding to my list of things to remember to pack! Woo hoo!

 

I just went to the bank machine in Papeete, it was much easier than ordering Polynesian Francs. I hear there are also bank machines at the airport but I pre-booked a transfer to my hotel so I didn't need any cash... and tipping is not even customary in French Polynesia so that made things even easier.

 

Normand

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Thank you Normand, very good information!

 

I, too, fell in love with the islands when travelling on the Aranui 2 and 10 years later on the Aranui 3. It looks like the Aranui 5 has more amenities than her predecessors.

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Yes Normand's website seems to be down at the moment. The blog is great reading and very informative so I hope it will be available again soon

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Yes Normand's website seems to be down at the moment. The blog is great reading and very informative so I hope it will be available again soon

 

The new Aranui 5 Blog and the older Aranui 3 Blog are still online. The site may have been doing maintenance in the evening. Hope you enjoy them.

Edited by FamilyAdventuring

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We are going on Aranui 5 end of September 2017 and are so excited! Glad to know there are ATMs at the airport where we can get cash as I like to have a bit of local currency when we travel. Appreciated Normand's blog as well as the info here on Cruise Critic. Would love to hear if anyone else will be on the Sept. 30 departure. Have heard negative remarks about one language group and am hoping we won't have that sort of trouble! I know those of us from the USA will be in a minority, but we'll be courteous!

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This is a great thread. This is at the top of our bucket list (well mine, not the DW's). But first, we have to survive our 34 days on the Rickmers Seoul (breakbulk freighter) from Houston to Antwerp this September & October.

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A writer friend told me that one well-known author of young adult novels wrote them on freighter trips. Unfortunately I don't have a talent that would keep me occupied that long. ;-)

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Floridiana,

 

A typical freighter may give you time to write a novel but I'm sorry, this one is not typical or one you should pick if you want to sit around to write a book. It will keep you busy every day as the activities are too interesting and will entice you out of your room. The Aranui 5 is a hybrid freighter/cruise ship. Yes there are two at sea days (of the 14 days) when you may fill up your time with guest lectures, Polynesian dance lessons or some much needed down time. You will see from my blog that the daily excursions that are included in the price will keep you busy exploring the islands unless you somehow decide to stay in your room. I just couldn't resist exploring the islands myself.

Normand

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We are going on Aranui 5 end of September 2017 and are so excited! Glad to know there are ATMs at the airport where we can get cash as I like to have a bit of local currency when we travel. Appreciated Normand's blog as well as the info here on Cruise Critic. Would love to hear if anyone else will be on the Sept. 30 departure. Have heard negative remarks about one language group and am hoping we won't have that sort of trouble! I know those of us from the USA will be in a minority, but we'll be courteous!

 

 

 

I hope that you do a review when you return from this adventure! I would be interested in hearing about it[emoji4]

 

 

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Hey who else is booked on the January trip to the Pitcairn Islands?

 

 

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